Human Resources Manager
San Diego County Water Authority - San Diego, CA

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The San Diego County Water Authority is a public agency that serves the San Diego region as a wholesale supplier of water. The Water Authority works with its 24 member retail water agencies and cities to provide a reliable water supply to support the region’s $186 billion economy and the quality of life of 3.1 million people.

T he Water Authority is governed by a 36-member Board of Directors. Each of the 24 member agencies has at least one appointed representative on the board. For more information, visit .

The Position:

Under administrative direction, plans, manages and participates in the activities and work of the human resources division; develops and implements strategies, policies and programs including organization development, workforce and succession planning and development, labor relations, employee relations, recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, personnel policy administration, benefits administration, and compliance with human resources related federal and state requirements. Coordinates assigned activities with other departments, groups and outside organizations, and performs related duties as assigned.


This class is responsible for planning, assigning, monitoring, and evaluating the work of professional and technical staff in the Human Resources division of the Administrative Services department. Supervision of functions and staff is exercised directly. Assignments are typically received in the form of general instructions and objectives from the Director of Administrative Services requiring the application of extensive planning, knowledge, independent judgment, and initiative in coordinating division activities.


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the class.

Plans, monitors, and evaluates the work of assigned professional and technical staff and consultants. With staff, establishes performance requirements and personal development targets; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and development; recommends compensation and provides other rewards to recognize performance; with management concurrence, takes disciplinary action up to and including dismissal to address performance deficiencies, in accordance with the Water Authority’s personnel rules, policies, labor contract provisions and applicable state and federal laws.

Develops and implements highly complex programs; conducts periodic organizational position classification studies; audits and prepares new or modified job descriptions; designs and conducts periodic surveys regarding compensation, benefits, and other human resource programs; analyzes and presents collected data; recommends salary structure and benefit changes based on studies and analysis.

Manages Water Authority benefits programs in coordination with the Finance department. Negotiates brokerage services and program administrator contracts, researches and recommends program enhancements and cost-containment strategies, resolves service delivery problems, and acts as liaison between employees and service providers.

Acts as a key member of management’s Labor Relations team in contract negotiations with employee association representatives and serves as primary liaison with labor unions and employee/employer relations; analyzes contract proposal impacts; develops recommendations and advises managers regarding employee relations procedures, issues and cases, such as grievances, disciplinary actions, human resources policies, and contract application and interpretation; consults with employees and their representatives to identify and resolve employee/employer related problems and issues.

Oversees internal/external posting, recruitment and selection programs and activities; directs the preparation of job announcements, advertisements and other recruitment materials; supervises the screening of applications for qualifications, the design and administration of job-related selection procedures, ensuring that all phases of recruitment and selection comply with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines.

Provides day-to-day leadership to ensure a high performance and customer service-oriented work environment; develops and maintains a positive and credible working relationship with managers, supervisors, union representatives and employees; maintains a policy-level focus while being attentive to detail and ensuring timely service delivery to internal and external clients; and responds to changing demands with flexibility and innovation.

Develops budget recommendations and manages the biannual division budget; manages the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies, systems, procedures and priorities to achieve annual goals, objectives and work standards. Manages and provides quality assurance for the development and maintenance of the department's databases.

Interprets and conveys human resources related policies, procedures, laws and regulations to managers, supervisors and employees. Supervises the development and delivery of training programs and workshops on a variety of human resources topics.

Represents the Water Authority with consultants and contractors; prepares correspondence and reports on highly sensitive and complex human resources issues, coordinates human resources planning activities with the Director of Administrative Services, Water Authority departments, union representatives and employees.

Coordinates and implements succession planning and talent retention initiatives.

Qualification Guidelines:

Knowledge of:

Principles, theories, procedures, standards, practices, and current trends in the field of human resources; applicable federal and state laws, ordinances, policies, standards, proce­dures and practices and their interrelationships with human resources initiatives; and management and supervisory principles and practices, including budgeting, goals and objectives development, and work planning and organization.

Ability to:

Plan, assign, review, manage and evaluate the work of professional, technical and admin­istrative support staff and contractual consultants on large, difficult studies, projects and programs; train staff in work procedures and provide for their professional development; prepare, administer, and monitor budgets and anticipate future budgetary needs; communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; interpret and apply complex rules, regulations, laws and ordinances; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work; provide technical assistance and staff leadership on all aspects of human resources. Analyze and logically present complex data and information, evaluate alternative approaches, and adopt effective solutions; exercise sound, independent judgment and initiative within established guidelines.

Training and Experience:

A typical way of obtaining the knowledges, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in human resources or public administration or a closely related field; and eight years of progressively responsible human resources profes­sional experience, with five years in a supervisory role and three years in the public sector or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Experience with labor unions and labor relations processes including collective bargaining, contract costing, negotiations and administration is highly desirable. A Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHRM certification) or an International Personnel Management-Certified Professional (IPMA certification) designation is desirable.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:

A valid California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the Water Authority’s vehicle insurance policy.

Application Procedure:

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Questions regarding the recruitment should be directed to the San Diego County Water Authority Human Resources at 858-522-6660.

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