The Human Resources Manager is a proactive business partner responsible for all aspects of managing human assets including, but not limited to, workforce planning and development; safety, WC, benefits and compliance with all state and federal laws. The Human Resources Manager is proactive in addressing Labor and Employee relations issues in a timely manner to keep Labor and employee relations harmonious at all levels.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Stays current on employment and labor laws at the state and federal level;
  • Keeps management informed of upcoming law changes as well as assessing and recommending Valley Pride responses to changes in the law;
  • Takes the lead in Interactions with OSHA, EEOC, Federal immigration agencies, the US Department of Labor and any other regulatory agency;
  • Manages and documents the hiring, onboarding, required training and development of employees including maintaining training databases;
  • Assures legally-compliant and thoroughly-documented PFL, FMLA and other leave management;
  • Oversee H2A program by identifying optimal candidates, planning and executing recruitment, selection, and maintaining contact with pools of qualified individuals;
  • Guides, trains and advises company supervisors and managers on employee and employer rights and responsibilities and maintaining positive employee relations;
  • Understands the critical business issues that arise from human resources and develops sound recommendations and best practices to guarantee effective management of the organization’s human capital;
  • Works with safety to create the training and discipline to build and maintain a safety-conscious culture company-wide;
  • Works with safety to develop metrics for measuring safety throughout the company and uses those metrics to implement comprehensive and compliant employee safety and injury metrics of the company;
  • Regularly reviews Workers’ Compensation statistics and, in consultation with insurance company, works to reduce injuries and time off work;
  • Conducts, documents and makes recommendations relating to investigations on all personnel issues including allegations of harassment, discrimination, injuries etc.;
  • Supervises safety in their conduct of the farm labor vehicle driver training program as well as the maintenance of DOT files and related records;
  • In close partnership with OMF WC manager, provides leadership and direction regarding accident and injury investigation;
  • Coordinates light duty work with employee, supervisor, and physician and WC carrier;
  • Conduct comprehensive loss and claims management and analysis; follow up with all internal/external parties involved to expedite claims to closure.

Job Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration or related field;
  • Preferences given to PHRca;
  • Minimum 5-7 years of proven management experience in human resources and/or safety, preferably in an agricultural environment (harvesting and field operations);
  • Must be an effective hands-on manager capable of resolving any organizational issues
  • Possess solid knowledge of California and Arizona Wage and Hour laws; federal and state laws relating to employee rights and employer responsibilities including the National Labor Relations Act, the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act;
  • Bi-lingual in English/Spanish and prior experience working in a bilingual, bi-cultural environment;
  • Travel to remote company locations, including the following valleys: Salinas, Coachella, Yuma, and Huron as required;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other computer software programs as needed;
  • Must be able to work independently, prioritize responsibilities, and meet deadlines;
  • Valid class C California driver’s license.