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Human Resources Director
Sacramento Administrative Unit

Disability Rights California is a scent-free environment


Depends on experience


Disability Rights California provides a generous benefit package that includes: medical, dental, flexible spending accounts (e.g., medical and dependent care), basic, life, short- and long-term disability insurances; voluntary vision, supplemental life and long-term care; paid holiday, sick and vacation time-off; and a significant company contribution to the retirement plan.

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Disability Rights California is a well-established innovative non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of Californians with disabilities. Disability Rights California works to achieve fairness and justice for people with disabilities through quality representation, advocacy, investigations of abuse and neglect, peer/self advocacy services, community partnerships, legislative and regulatory advocacy work, education and outreach. Our legal work includes individual and impact litigation.


The Human Resources Director has overall responsibility for strategic, long range initiatives in the human resources unit and daily operational duties in the unit. This position is responsible to the Deputy Director for performing the following duties, as outlined below:


  1. Ensure agency compliance with all federal and State employment laws as they relate to policies, practices, wage and hour, personnel actions, safety, and employee benefits; apprise management of regulatory changes and ensure such changes are incorporated into human resources policies, procedures or practices.
  2. Manage all aspects of human resources department, including assigning job responsibilities, overseeing work product, counseling and coaching on work, and record management.
  3. Oversee project development, policy revisions, proposals for new/revised programs or policies and HR communications.
  4. Develop annual priorities and goals for HR unit based upon input from management teams; plan and manage projects that systemically enhance services for agency employees. Participate in annual fiscal budget planning process and oversee human resources budgets. Lead the development and implementation of agency goals related to staffing and diversity.
  5. Lead organizational safety program.
  6. Develop, deliver or coordinate staff training required, identified or asked for by employees.
  7. Oversee comparability studies and other compensation-related issues, and participate in organizational structure decisions.
  8. Oversee employee relations and advise organization on appropriate actions to comply with internal policies and the law, consulting with external counsel when needed.
  9. Serve as Plan Administrator for Disability Rights California sponsored benefit plans, including the retirement program.
  10. Advise and mentor department staff on all HR functions.
  11. Participate in outreach activities to underserved populations.
  12. Oversee and ensure timely and accurate completion of required internal and external reporting and notifications.
  13. Other duties as assigned.


(Applicants MUST meet EACH of the minimum qualifications to be MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS considered for an interview):

  1. Master's Degree or other advanced degree in relevant field or Bachelor’s degree with PHR/SPHR.
  2. Seven years progressively responsible experience managing/directing the human resources functions of an agency with at least 150 employees including five years supervisory experience.
  3. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and HRIS.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, including ability to give effective presentations.
  5. Experience in conflict resolution and team-building and ability to analyze complex problems and effectively train and work with supervisors in handling complex personnel issues.
  6. Experience and ability to work effectively with a variety of organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives, including persons with disabilities, administrators, advocacy groups and the public, and to maintain confidentiality in all matters.
  7. Experience in full cycle benefit renewal process including Insurance Broker Request for Proposals, benefit plan design, cost analysis, employee communication and open enrollment.
  8. Experience as the 401(k) Plan Administrator, including oversight of Plan documents, leading internal discussions and meetings, Request for Proposal of Plan Advisors, and employee communication related to the 401(k) Plan.
  9. Extensive knowledge of and experience working with employment laws.
  10. Ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions.
  11. Experience working with or sensitivity to individuals with disabilities.
  12. Experience working with or sensitivity to individuals from ethnic and language distinct communities.


  1. Human resources experience in a nonprofit agency, particularly with multiple locations and funding sources.
  2. Ability to read, write, and speak Spanish or an Asian language fluently; or fluency in American Sign Language.
  3. Experience working for non-profit and/or social services organizations.
  4. Experience in the disability rights movement and/or extensive contacts in the disability community.
  5. Experience with and/or extensive contacts in ethnic or language distinct communities.
  6. Familiarity and/or extensive contacts with one or more of the following: homelessness, criminal justice, substance abuse or Gay/Lesbian/Bi-Sexual/Transgender/Intersex (GLBTI) communities.



Disability Rights California
1831 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Jobline: (916) 658-2659


November 2, 2011 @ 5:00

There will be continuous recruitment for this position until it is filled. However, to be considered for the first, and potentially final, round of interviews, applications should be submitted by November 2, 2011 @ 5:00 PM.



In order to be considered for this position, applicants MUST submit the following documents. If ANY of the following documents are not provided, your application for employment will be rejected.

If due to a disability you need an accommodation to complete any of the following, please contact our Recruiter @ 916/488-9955 for assistance.

To be considered for this position, applicants MUST submit the following (Nos. 1-2 below):

  1. Resume: including salary history and three (3) professional references.

  2. Cover Letter which MUST indicate:
    a)   your personal and professional motivation for seeking this position
    b)   a discussion of how you meet EACH OF THE MINIMUM and ANY OF THE DESIRABLE qualifications for this position.


Public Contract Code, Sec. 10353 requires a state contractor to give priority consideration to qualified Cal Works participant (formerly known as Aid to Families with Dependent Children).

PLEASE NOTE:         All individuals who will provide services under the DDS contract will undergo a background and fingerprint check and security clearance in order to protect the safety of persons with developmental disabilities. 

Disability Rights California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, religion, race, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

We value diversity of culture, disability and other life experiences, and are an equal opportunity employer by choice.  Disability Rights California endorses and supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities act of 1990 (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing act (FEHA) and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees who need accommodations.

In keeping with Federal regulations, Affirmative Action applies to the following persons of color:  American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander or African American.