Columbia Basin College (CBC) seeks a Vice President for Human Resources & Legal Affairs. The Vice President for Human Resources & Legal Affairs is a strategic partner and provides leadership and policy direction with direct oversight for all human resources functions, including: talent acquisition, employee benefits and leaves, compensation, classification and compensation programs, onboarding and talent development, employee and labor relations, payroll, environmental safety & health, and employee disability accommodations. Additionally, the position is responsible for the College’s legal practices, preparation of written opinions and guidance for college management in regards to grievances, complaints and lawsuits.
The Vice President operates as a critical thought leader and strategic advisor for the College President and Cabinet. In addition to being responsible for coordination and implementation of strategic human resources, labor relations and legal affairs functions, the role serves as a regular member of the President’s Cabinet and responsibilities are very broad in scope involving college-wide functions and issues.
The Vice President plays a key role in advancing the “Yes, And” culture and DEI values of the institution through the relationships between the institution and two collective bargaining groups (faculty and classified staff), as well as non-represented employees, that are integral to the success of the College’s mission and goals. The incumbent must have strong management, follow through and communication skills, understand and promote the connection between human resources functions and student learning and institutional effectiveness outcomes, understand and work with broad concepts as well as specificity, attend to fine details of policies, laws, and contracts, and exercise discretion and judgment and maintain confidentiality.
This position reports to the College President.
This position is open until filled. Priority consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by August 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
- Develop, recommend and carry out approved personnel/human resources programs, including talent acquisition, employee benefits and leaves, compensation, classification and compensation programs, onboarding and talent development, employee and labor relations, payroll, environmental safety & health, and employee disability accommodations in support of the strategic goals identified by the President and Cabinet;
- Plan, develop and administer the annual budgets for Human Resources and Legal Affairs Division, make recommendations on budget and financial data; monitor, control, and authorize expenditures in accordance with established budget procedures, and maintain appropriate records;
- Review, develop and recommend administrative policies and procedures under area of oversight and college-wide that comply with state and federal regulations; maintain College’s administrative policies structure with recordkeeping for policy changes for all divisions;
- Serve as the College’s Washington Administrative Code 132S Rules Coordinator with knowledge of rules being proposed, maintenance of records of any proposed, adopted or past rule changes, respond to public inquiries about proposed or adopted rules, and oversee compliance with Administrative Procedure Act requirements;
- Serve as the College’s primary human resource and legal interface with the Washington State Office of the Attorney General; advise the President and the Board of Trustees, in conjunction with the Assigned Assistant Attorney General on all personnel and legal matters concerning the College; oversee internal assistant general counsel staff and legal work performed college-wide and in support of legal compliance, policy and meeting applicable regulations;
- Serve as the College’s Title IX/EEO Coordinator assuming responsibility for leadership, coordination and oversight of the College’s Non-Discrimination & Harassment Policy and Procedure and Title IX Policy; coordinates and facilitates the College’s compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972; develop and implement educational programs regarding discrimination and sexual harassment prevention, ensuring faculty, staff and students understand their rights and, where applicable, responsibilities under the law; oversee and coordinate investigations, responses and resolutions to complaints, to include supervision of investigators and selection and training of Deputy Title IX Coordinator;
- Serve as a member of the CBC negotiation team during contract negotiations, oversee the coordination of the process, drafting of proposals, final administration of negotiated contracts, agreements and memorandum of understandings, promote effective labor/management relations and interpret, monitor and assist with compliance with collective bargaining agreement(s);
- Work in collaboration with CBC administrators and supervisors to investigate and recommend employee disciplinary action consistent with CBC policies, procedures and appropriate collective bargaining agreement(s);
- Interact with administrators, supervisors and employees to assess department/division human resource needs including, but not limited to, organizational structures, staffing, configurations and organizational development;
- Serve as Appointing Authority for Classified Staff with responsible oversight for hiring, oversight and development of evaluation and classification systems, discipline and separation of probationary employees, or granting of civil service status as appropriate; and
- Coordinate the administration of all salary programs, including application of the provisions of the faculty negotiated agreement, compliance with the Washington State Department of Personnel Classified Staff Salary Schedule guidelines, implementation of the administrative/exempt compensation plan, and administration of the hourly pay program;
Areas of oversight
- Oversee talent acquisition and recruitment activities for faculty, administrative/exempt and classified positions, including implementation of strategies to achieve affirmative action and diversity objectives and goals; oversee the College’s search advocacy program and coordinate training for faculty and staff;
- Oversee an onboarding and talent development program for faculty, administrative/exempt, and classified staff that enhances the knowledge and skills of CBC’s employees, including employee onboarding, training programs, and professional development opportunities;
- Oversee the college’s Reasonable Accommodation and Return to Work policy processing reasonable accommodation requests for faculty and staff, and overseeing implementation with supervisors;
- Oversee the College’s Public Records Officer under Washington’s Public Records Act;
- Oversee the College’s Ethics Officer for education and updating staff on compliance responsibilities with the Ethics in Public Service Act, investigate claims, and interface with Executive Ethics Board on any matters under the Act and/or compliance;
- Oversee drafting of MOUs and interagency agreements between CBC and other colleges, agencies and municipalities, contracts with third party companies and others; review and provide advice regarding contracts, real estate transactions and other related areas;
- Oversee development and implementation of written occupational safety and health programs (“ES&H) and policies concerning responsibilities of the College and ensure compliance with state and federal occupational safety; support other related efforts towards employee wellness and ergonomics;
- Oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive enterprise risk management (“ERM”) program designed to protect the College from exposure to risk that could have adverse consequences to CBC’s assets, personnel, operations, or community relations; provide leadership and serve on College’s ERM Committee;
- Oversee Student Employment Office processes under the Human Resources Department to support on and off campus employment;
- Oversee immigration filings for faculty for lawful authority to work in the position, such as H1-B and other visa filings, interface with special assistant attorney general hired for the performance of work and follow up as appropriate with extension or expiration of status;
- Serve on College committees and provide leadership to College committees as may be designated by the President; act as the College’s liaison to external agencies and organizations regarding human resource matters (i.e. State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Washington State Department of Personnel, Department of Labor and Industries, Department of Employment Security, Human Rights Commission and other organizations);
- Lead, participate in, or coordinate projects, committees or task forces as assigned by the President;
- Discharge other administrative assignments, as directed by the President; and
- Fulfill other duties as assigned.
Common Duties Established for all Vice Presidents
- Support the mission, vision and values of Columbia Basin College through courageous and ethical leadership college-wide and as a thought leader and team member of Cabinet;
- Assure strategies that support student access, success and completion are appropriately prioritized and supported, as well as aligned with the College’s mission, vision and values;
- Work as part of the College’s Cabinet in support of shared goals across the College, regardless of administrative unit, making generous assumptions and conducting open-minded analysis of situations that can assist all parties to learn from failures and create successes;
- Commitment to a “Yes, And” culture by demonstrating the value of a cohesive, intentional and positive culture that brings out the best in all (i.e., being present and listening, making each other look good, embracing change and failure and choosing positivity);
- Personify leadership that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion, that is transparent, positive, visible and ethical in terms of its service to students, the College and the community; and
- Train, supervise and evaluate employees through College policies and applicable collective bargaining agreement(s) with courageous conversations and the appropriate use of candor and principles of trust, honesty, humility and compassion and the provision of support and appropriate resources geared toward success regardless of employee type.
- Juris Doctorate degree from an institutionally accredited college or university;
- Five (5) years of experience in the fields of human resources administration, human resources development, policy and program development, labor and employee/faculty relations, benefits, classification collective bargaining, ADA and FMLA requirements, affirmative action, strategic human resource planning and supporting a diverse workforce; and
- Demonstrated commitment to and competence in leading and supporting a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization.
- Demonstrated knowledge of human resources policies, procedures and regulatory requirements;
- Knowledge of labor relations law and practices, and experience with collective bargaining, contract negotiation and contract administration;
- Strong leadership and coaching skills;
- Demonstrated ability to be proactive, implementing forward-thinking strategies to meet the anticipated needs of the institution;
- The ability to balance strategic focus with operational perspective (articulate vision, execute strategic initiatives, and manage the operations of College HR team);
- Excellent communication skills; written, verbal, presentation, and interpersonal;
- Experience in public and/or academic environments; and
- Familiarity with academic, community college or university institutions.
Preferred Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment
Washington State Bar License or the ability to obtain Washington licensure.