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City of Vallejo - Director of Human Resources

Updated: Mar 11, 2022

Boucher Law, PC is pleased to be retained by the City of Vallejo to conduct a recruitment for its Director of Human Resources position. This is an exciting opportunity to lead an amazing team of dedicated, professional employees that are committed to providing exceptional services to their customers; and to join a high functioning, collaborative leadership team.

The City of Vallejo is located in Solano County and has a population of approximately 121,000 residents. Vallejo is a rapidly changing, highly diverse community located midway between the cities of Sacramento and San Francisco. It is a friendly, active waterfront community that attracts innovative, hardworking people and takes great pride in its 151-year history and maritime heritage. Residents and visitors alike enjoy Vallejo’s delightful historical downtown area, weekly downtown farmer’s market, and beautifully restored Victorian homes and business facades. Vallejo is also home to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, one of America’s only combination wildlife, oceanarium and theme parks.

With direct high-speed ferry access to downtown San Francisco, BART links, and a 30-minute drive to downtown Napa, Vallejo is a prime location for families and businesses to thrive. Vallejo combines a big city’s resourcefulness with a small-town charm, all at a comparatively inexpensive cost when measured against most cities in Northern California.

The Human Resources Director is responsible for planning, directing, managing and overseeing the activities and operations of the Human Resources Department; coordinating assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies; and providing highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager. Key Priorities for the Human Resources Director include:

  • Negotiate successor contracts with public safety bargaining groups (IAFF, and VPOA), in-line with Council parameters

  • Develop and advise the Assistant City Manager on an Employee Retention Strategy

  • Continue to update existing workplace policies and implement new workplace policies where appropriate, with a goal of developing a comprehensive employee handbook

  • Continue to assist the Police Department in reforming existing policies to be in-line with OIR recommendations and the Chief's community policing philosophies

  • Continue to expand and develop the diversity of our candidate pool to help the VPD and all City staff to be a reflection of our community

  • Implement an upgraded version of our Citywide Finance and Human Resources Information System

  • Assist all departments in assessing their existing staffing models and to develop efficiencies and effectiveness where possible

  • Implement a new employee evaluation process

  • Expand training opportunities and learning management systems for all employees

The ideal candidate will be a well-rounded professional with a broad range of experience and knowledge in all areas of Human Resources with in a public agency. The ability to provide leadership and guidance to department staff the expertise is key. Candidates must be exceptional collaborators who can work effectively with all City departments to understand their needs and develop creative and effective solutions to bring forward to the Assistant City Manager. The ideal candidate will have excellent leadership, communication, problem-solving, and presentation skills. He/ she will have a demonstrated track record as an effective strategic leader and working manager.

This exciting search is led by our firm's Senior Practice Leader, Margaret Ramirez. The first review date is March 28, 2022. To learn more, click here.

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