Assistant Superintendent / Vice President, Human Resources

  • Southwestern Community College District
  • Chula Vista, CA, USA
Full time Human Resources

Job Description

Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Human Resources
Compensation: $150,839 – 185,545 DOE/neg.
Location: Chula Vista, CA
Reports to: Superintendent/President
Direct reports: 8; total team of 17 (department chart listed below)
Southwestern Community College District (SWCCD) is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County. As a single-college district serving Chula Vista, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, National City and Coronado, SWCCD provides a wide range of dynamic, high-quality academic programs and comprehensive student services to a diverse community of students. The District provides educational opportunities in the following areas: associate degree and certificate programs, transfer, professional, technical, and career advancement, basic skills, personal enrichment and continuing education. In addition, the College District advances the local region through its educational, economic and workforce opportunities, community partnerships and services.
SWCCD currently enrolls approximately 26,000 students annually, predominantly from diverse communities. The college has approximately 1,300 employees spread across 5 campus locations in the South Bay area of San Diego. To learn more about Southwestern Community College District, please visit us:
Reporting directly to the Superintendent/President, the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President for Human Resources (ASVPHR) provides District-wide leadership for Human Resources, including all personnel and record keeping functions, staff diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) programs, health and welfare programs and other related operations, programs and functions.
The ASVPHR is a member of the Superintendent/President’s Cabinet. With responsibility for a department budget of approximately $1 million, they will manage 8 direct reports, and an overall team of 17 HR professionals. The ASVPHR ensures the Human Resources Office provides accurate, timely, and caring responses to the college staff and community. In the absence of the Superintendent/President, they may serve as the Superintendent/President’s designee of the District. The ASVPHR will also function as the District’s Chief Negotiator in contract negotiations for multiple bargaining units. 
Anticipated focus allocation for the ASVPHR:
  • Labor Negotiations (40%)
  • Leadership and Operations (30%)
  • Managing Grievances and Complaints (30%)
Strategic priorities for ASVPHR include:
  1. Position the HR department as a trusted advisor and partner to all SWCCD departments
  2. Evaluate and implement SWCCD’s HR systems architecture
  3. Re-engineer campus hiring practices, with a focus on diversity and inclusion
  4. Leverage best practices to improve HR business processes and workflows
  5. Develop the organization’s capacity to mentor, coach, manage and develop staff
  • Passionate: Driven by SWCCD’s purpose, which is to improve the lives of our students.
  • Equitable & Inclusive: Proven commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Community-minded: Track record of working collaboratively with diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Responsible: Demonstrates integrity and strives for excellence in their work. Promotes a culture of accountability and credibility.
  • Team Player: A servant-leader who fosters a respectful, transparent, and collaborative work environment.
  • Growth Mindset: Views challenges as learning opportunities.
  • Innovative: Engages in continuous improvement, with an intuition for identifying ways to improve any and all aspects of our work.
  • Planning and Process Management: Operates effectively at both the strategic and tactical levels, with excellent organizational, time management, multi-tasking, and planning capabilities.
  • Reflective: Skilled at receiving and giving feedback and performance critiques.
  • Communicative: Outstanding oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Impressive diplomacy skills and savvy at negotiations.
  • Sociable: Charismatic, warm and welcoming; a true “people-person” who enjoys interacting with people throughout the community.
  • Meticulous: Superior attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
  • Self-Starter: Demonstrates a strong personal initiative and sound decision-making skills.
  • 3 years of progressively responsible administrative experience including leadership and senior management experience.
  • Master’s Degree in business management, public administration, a J.D. or a related field. Earned doctorate from an accredited institution is desirable. PHR or SPHR strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity, to and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and working environment.
  • Ability/experience in constructing, articulating and implementing a strategic HR plan.
  • Experience developing and managing annual budgets over $1M.
  • Impressive management skills with experience in coaching and mentoring staff at all levels.
  • Excellent communication skills, using both written and oral skills to influence and engage constituents.
  • Proficient with technology and adept at switching to/integrating new systems and platforms.
  • Demonstrated experience with risk mitigation.
  • Collective bargaining/union relations experience helpful.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal Employment Laws required.
For more information or to apply, please contact:
Liliane Lendvai, Director
Blair Search Partners
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