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Location:San Francisco, CA
Company:Judicial Council of California
First posted:January 10, 2017

Job Description Job Title: Human Resources Director Job ID: 4377 Location: San Francisco

Full/Part Time: Full-Time Regular/Temporary: Regular

Overview The Judicial Council of California is seeking a forward thinking and dynamic Human Resources professional to join the Council's executive management team for the largest judicial system in the United States. 

By an amendment to Article VI of the State Constitution in 1926, the citizens of California established the Judicial Council. The Council is responsible for improving statewide administration of the California courts, the largest court system in the nation.

The Judicial Council of California is the policy setting body for the state court system and has constitutionally conferred statewide rule-making authority.  This authority includes developing, advocating for, and allocating the judicial branch budget.  A majority of Council members are California state justices and judges; however, the Council also includes lawyers, legislators, and court administrators.  The Council functions with the assistance of multiple advisory committees, task forces, and its staff arm.

The Council's staff, comprised of more than 700 fulltime employees, is organized into three divisions with 19 offices in two locations in California: San Francisco and Sacramento.  To learn more about these divisions and offices, please visit:  (please use the apply button below)

Provides timely, responsive, and professional human resource management services reflecting best practices to employees and judicial officers of the California Supreme Court, the six District Courts of Appeal, the Habeas Corpus Resource Center, the Commission on Judicial Performance, and the Judicial Council with the overarching goal of developing the California judicial branch as an employer of choice.   The Human Resources office (HR) is responsible for providing an integrated program of direct personnel management services such as:

  • Classification and Compensation
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • Human Resource Information Systems
  • Integrated Disability Management
  • Payroll and Benefits Processing
  • Performance Management
  • Policy Development
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Training
  • Workers' Compensation

    . Responsibilities Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Human Resources Director will manage and lead approximately 40 professional staff and oversee a budget of approximately $10 million.  This position directs and manages programs and personnel in the Human Resources office in order to meet the operations needs and strategic goals of the Judicial Council and the judicial branch. The position is expected to provide advice and counsel concerning best practices for executive decision making and policy development. The Human Resources Director also provides personnel management advice to offices in the Judicial Council, the Supreme and Appellate Courts, Habeas Corpus Resource Center and the 58 Superior Courts throughout the state.

    Key responsibilities of the Human Resources Director include:

  • Manages the Judicial Council's Human Resources office, including planning and directing work, providing human resources policy direction, providing for internal staff development, training, succession planning and recruiting and selecting staff.
  • Formulates goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the Human Resources office in order to achieve the mission of the judiciary;
  • Recommends, guides and advises the Judicial Council and all judicial branch entities on HR policy issues;
  • Directs and ensures the effective and efficient implantation of decisions of the Judicial Council pertaining to HR services and programs;
  • Leads statewide Human Resources programs, services and projects that provide personnel support to the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, Judicial Council and trial courts to meet the diverse, current, and future needs of the state courts system and constituents;
  • Responds to labor and employment issues in collaboration with the Judicial Council's Legal Services office, as appropriate;
  • Assists trial courts regarding labor relations matters (MOUs, labor relation rules, progressive discipline, personnel actions, etc.), upon request; and
  • Implements a wide range of human resources related organizational development initiatives, including skills training, employee surveys, change management, leadership, and talent development; partners closely with the Center for Judicial Education & Research in assessing requirements and needs.

    Additionally, the Human Resources Director effectively interacts with justices, judges, court executive officers, and administrators across the state. The Director builds constructive and effective relationships and credibility with the courts, judicial council advisory committees, and professional and labor organizations, and offices with the Judicial Council of California.  This position is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of both internal and external customers. The Human Resources Director is committed to getting first hand customer information and uses it for improvement in products and services of the HR office.  The Director is an advocate for the Human Resources office and human resource initiatives.

    Equivalent to possession of a bachelor's degree and eight years of professional-level analytical or managerial experience in the field of public administration or human resources management, including at least five years of increasingly responsible management experience.  Additional directly related experience and/or education may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

    The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in or detailed knowledge of:

  • Management principles and practices in a high volume, dynamic environment, including goal setting; employee development; program development, implementation, and evaluation; the supervision of employees; problem-solving and conflict resolution methods and techniques;
  • California budgetary experience; and
  • The state's legislative processes and procedures.

    The successful candidate will be politically astute and must possess the administrative leadership ability necessary to perform within a large complex organization. As such, the incumbent must be a creative problem solver who is open and responsive to organizational needs. Must be an active listener and open communicator and who will value creativity and accountability of all staff.

    The individual will have sound judgment, unquestionable integrity and must display strong leadership.

    . How To Apply To ensure consideration of your application for the earliest round of interviews, please apply by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, however this position will remain open until filled. This position requires the submission of an official Judicial Council employment application and a resume.

    To complete an online application, please click the APPLY NOW button below.


    To obtain a printed application, please download a copy from our website under the Special Access and Paper Application section and mail to:

    Judicial Council of California
    Human Resources
    455 Golden Gate Avenue, 5th Floor
    San Francisco, California 94102-3688

    Members of the Selection Committee will seek information from references regarding qualifications of candidates as the appropriate stage of the selection process.

    . Pay and Benefits SALARY RANGE:  $10,813 - $16,219 per month

    Some highlights of our benefits package include:

  • Health/Dental/Vision benefits program
  • 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Choice of Annual Leave or Sick/Vacation Leave
  • 1 personal holiday per year
  • $130 transit pass subsidy per month
  • CalPERS Retirement Plan
  • 401(K) and 457 deferred compensation plans
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
  • FlexElect Program
  • Long Term Care Program (employee paid/optional)
  • Group Legal Plan (employee paid/optional)

    Please Note:

  • If you are selected for hire, the Judicial Council will require verification of employment eligibility or authorization to legally work in the United States.

    . Equal Employment Opportunity The Judicial Council of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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