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Chief HR Officer

City of Santa Maria
Santa Maria, California 93454
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift




$146,827.20 - $178,469.46 DOE/DOQ



The City of Santa Maria is looking for a Chief Human Resources & Organizational Development Officer (Chief HR Officer) to oversee the City’s human resources, risk management, and organizational development and innovative change projects. The Chief HR Officer should have experience with labor and employee relations, policy and procedures, long-range strategic planning, employee development and training, workplace safety and risk management, classification and compensation, and the ability to oversee other HR functions such as benefits administration, wellness, recruitment and selection, workers’ compensation, etc. The successful candidate will have a history of bridging the public-private divide, thinking beyond bureaucracy, and providing excellence in service and programs while balancing a culture of professionalism and fun.


For more information please see the complete recruitment brochure: https://wbcpinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Chief-HR-Officer-Santa-Maria-7-FINAL.pdf



This is a great position for a candidate who brings excellent communication and leadership abilities and is looking to work for a City Administration that focuses on reducing process and bureaucracy, seeks out innovation, and makes things happen. This is an at-will position that reports directly to the City Manager and leads a division of eight support staff and a $1.4 M operational budget, and a $7.8 M risk management budget. In addition to overseeing all HR activities for the City, the HR Officer is responsible for the overall direction and vision of the division, provides professional support and consultation, and makes recommendations regarding operational, policy guidance, and personnel matters. We are looking for an HR professional that has a BIG picture perspective across the whole organization, and not just a micro focus on California compliance, laws and regulations; but you will need to know those too. The department oversees the following:

  • Long Range Strategic Planning
  • Benefits Administration and Wellness
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • Workplace Safety
  • Workers’ Compensation and Risk Management
  • Employee Development and Training
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Classification and Compensation
  • HR Policies and Procedures


The City has four bargaining units and two unrepresented management groups. The HR Officer will be the lead negotiator, or work closely with outside consultants, to negotiate on behalf of the City. In addition to the traditional core oversight functions, this position will be a business partner, change agent and leader.



  • Graduation from a four-year college or university, with specialization in public or business administration, or human resources management. Increasingly responsible experience in human resources, employee relations, risk management, personnel administration, or a related field will be accepted in lieu of a degree, with two years of experience counting toward one year of education.
  • Preferred: Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
  • Experience: considerable years of increasingly responsible municipal government/public administration, administrative or managerial and supervisory experience.
  • OR any combination of education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the above minimum requirements.



  • Background serving municipal clients either in private practice, or within a municipal organization, and familiarity working in a union environment.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish.



The annual salary range is:$146,827.20– 178,469.46 DOE/DOQ; salary will be negotiated depending upon qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is also included, please see the link above for more details.


Apply by September 5th for first consideration.



-          Interviews will be held on October 4th and 5th (candidates invited to interview will need to be available for both days)


Please contact your recruiter, Wendi Brown, with any questions:

  • 866-929-WBCP (9227) toll free
  • 541-664-0376 (direct)


Posted: 2019-08-07 Expires: 2019-09-06

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