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.

Valley Pride provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.