Human Resources Manager Job at St. Helena, Napa County, California

Human Resources Manager

City of St. Helena , California

Job Information 


Human Resources and Information Technology

Senior Level


$96,213.00 - $116,948.00 Annually

Application Deadline 

3/19/2021 or Until 100 Applicants

No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City is seeking an experienced Human Resources professional who will oversee the Human Resources Division of the Administrative Services Department as the City’s new Human Resources Manager. The City Manager has an unique opportunity to implement a reorganization of personnel positions, roles and responsibilities within Human Resources/Information Technology (HR/IT) and Finance departments when the incumbent HR/IT Director retires. The City Manager was approved by the City Council to recruit and place the new Human Resources Manager in this current fiscal (2020/21) allowing overlap with the incumbent director ensuring a smooth transition and exchange of HR specific and citywide organizational knowledge. This is a tremendous growth opportunity for a Human Resources Manager to be mentored by a seasoned director or a Senior Human Resources Analyst ready for the next career step.

The Human Resources Manager is the mid-management level class which oversees all functions of the Human Resources Division and who reports to the Administrative Services Director. The Human Resources Manager is responsible for originating, carrying out, reviewing, interpreting, and coordinating citywide policies. The position is expected to independently perform the full scope of administrative, analytical, and management duties for Human Resource operations

A key component of the Human Resources Manager role is to oversee the Citywide labor and employee relations program in the Human Resources Division. This position will be knowledgeable in labor contracts management and interpretation, organizing and leading meet and confers and employee relations matters, and partner with leadership and labor attorney. The successful candidate will have excellent analytical, collaborative, project management and communication skills and have the ability to think well on their feet, as well as a high degree of emotional intelligence. Candidates with direct experience negotiating in a public sector labor environment is preferred and are highly encouraged to apply.

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Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be an experienced, transformative and dynamic leader who possesses the creativity and flexibility to function effectively as a leader and as a working manager. The ideal candidate shall be a seasoned human resources professional with vast experience working in the public sector. Communication is paramount in this role. Candidates must be an exceptionally strong verbal and written communicator who values the art of listening, encourages diversity of thought, viewpoints and experiences, and possesses the utmost integrity and discretion to view issues objectively and find workable solutions. The successful candidate shall ensure the optimal use of department and organizational resources, assessing and developing safe work policies and practices, along with attracting and retaining the best talent available. Employee engagement will also be key in this role, with a strong focus on cultivating diversity, inclusion, equity and access, as well as fostering extraordinary internal customer service amongst employees.

Desirable competencies Human Resources Manager  shall include:

Results-Oriented: Able to translate ideas into concrete action; maintain a focus on results and outcomes; ability to build high-performing teams that hold themselves and staff accountable for their performance; pursue aggressive goals and work hard/smart to achieve them; and strive for results and success.

Adaptable & Forward-Thinking: Able to pivot and navigate through the “gray area”, while following human resources law; a “big picture” strategic, critical thinker and problem solver; provides/ implements creative solutions and provides direction by clearly and effectively setting courses of action; and flexible and open to ideas and feedback from others.

Talent Development: Provides guidance, opportunities and motivation to develop and strengthen knowledge, skills, and competencies to improve employee’s capabilities; exemplifies an authentic and strong character with integrity; sets high expectations; inspires and motivates others; coaches and mentors a high performing team of employees.

Effective Communication: Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts. Maintains appropriate level of confidentially.

Leadership: Leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; demonstrates a high level of conscientiousness; holds self and others accountable.

Collaborative & Inclusive: Develops effective relationships within the organization by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills. Embraces and encourages inclusion, equity, accessibility and diversity; identifies, understands, monitors, and measures the needs of both internal and external customers; and having a healthy sense of humor and optimism is highly desirable.


  • $96,213—$116,948 annually ($46.26—$56.23 hourly) †
  • CalPERS defined benefit retirement: 2.0% at 60 formula for current members; 2.0% at 62 for new members. Employee (EE) is responsible for payment of the EE share of the pension cost. City employees also participate in the Social Security system
  • City-paid health, dental and vision insurance coverage for employee and dependents 
  • Vacation accrues at varying rates for full-time employees. The beginning accrual rate is generally ten working days per year, increasing with tenure
  • Twelve holidays annually
  • Two personal convenience days per year (increases to five day after five years)
  • 40 hours Executive Leave
  • Sick leave (twelve days per year)
  • $50,000 Life Insurance
  • Deferred Compensation Plan†
  • Dependent Care program
  • Healthcare Flexible Spending Account
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Bereavement Pay - 3 days in state/5 days out of state
  • Bilingual Pay (2.5% written, 2.5% verbal)

†St. Helena Unrepresented Mid-Managers have agreed to a one-year 5% salary reduction which provide a 13-day budget reduction bank leave for Fiscal Year 2020-21, deferred compensation match has been suspended for FY 2020-21, and step increases have been suspended for FY 2020-21.

Special Instructions

To apply for this challenging career opportunity, please apply online at CalOpps to submit an on-line application and complete the supplemental questionnaire (see below for questions). Additional, please submit a cover letter, resume and one  (1) staff report example of your work. Please note that Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed. 

Application Deadline:

March 19, 2021, 5:00 pm.

2021 Tentative Schedule:

  • Preliminary screening, may include telephone interviews — week of March 22.
  • First Round Oral Board Interviews— March 31
  • Second Round Oral Board Interviews (if necessary)—April 2
  • Background Check:  week of April 5
  • Appointment— May 3 or May 10


Supplemental Questionnaire:

  1. Please provide additional information on how you meet the following minimum requirements (a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, human resources, or a related field, and five years of broad and increasingly responsible experience in human resources including two years of supervisory/management responsibility).
  2. A key component of this position will be to manage and coordinate the Citywide labor and employee relations program. Describe your knowledge and/or experience in labor negotiations or meet and confer meetings. Include in your response your experience managing the process, setting deadlines, coordinating with union representative and City officials, participating at the negotiating table (and in what capacity), drafting and/or costing proposals, and participating in strategic negotiations meetings with the elected body and/or negotiating team. List the employers you performed such duties for and your job title at the time.
  3. Describe your experience and level/scope of responsibility in administrative investigations regarding potential misconduct (e.g. harassment/hostile work environment). For each position where you have relevant experience. List the employers you performed such duties for and your job title at the time.
  4. Describe your experience and level/scope of responsibility in reviewing policy, analyzing data, compiling information from automated systems, preparing management recommendations, presenting information and/or writing reports. Relevant experience would include performing such tasks both in support of other manager (e.g. City Manager or department heads) or for use at public meetings by an agency’s elected decision-making body (e.g. a Board of Directors or City Council). Additionally, upload a copy of a report where you had the sole responsibility for writing, performing the research/analysis, and making the recommendation on a human resources discipline.
  5. Describe your experience in assisting supervisors in managing employee performance concerns, drafting performance management or disciplinary documents, and participating in a discipline or appeal process.
  6. What additional training or continuing education (outside of degree programs) have you had in the last two-three years on Human Resources subjects?
  7. Describe your experience in processing and responding to employee complaints or grievances.
  8. Interview dates have been confirmed to be Wednesday, March 31, 202 If selected for an interview are you are able to attend in person, Zoom or both.
  9. If selected for an interview, what is your preferred times, select all that apply:

8:00 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 11:00 am

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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1480 Main Street

St. Helena, CA 94574