California State University, Sacramento — Director, People and Culture

Director, People and Culture

Job No: 511380
Work Type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sacramento
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Human Resources

Working Title: Director, People and Culture

Classification Title: Administrator II (MPP)

Posting Details

Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Monday, March 28th @ 11:55pm PST

Hiring Preference

Not Applicable

Position Summary

Under general direction of the Associate Dean, the Director, People and Culture provides high level human resources and inclusion consultation and advice, leadership and management, analysis, and planning for the College of Continuing Education (CCE) staff and instructors. Incumbent acts as the personnel liaison on behalf of CCE with the following University entities: Office of Human Resources (OHR), Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO), Office of Faculty Advancement, (OFA), Division of Inclusive Excellence and Academic Affairs, in areas including: benefits, employee labor & relations, employment services, classification & compensation, payroll, academic personnel, and student employment.

The Director, People and Culture, leads, advises, advocates, and is an influential resource focused on infusing a culture of Inclusive Excellence into all programs and activities, including practices related to hiring, developing employees, and promoting talent. Incumbent works closely with the campus Division of Inclusive Excellence to align CCE equity, diversity and inclusion efforts with initiatives and practices on campus. Provides oversight and monitoring of CCE staff adherence with equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation guidelines, and leave administration policies.

The Director, People and Culture, interacts with CCE instructors, staff and student employees regarding all HR-related matters. Manages CCE's centralized Personnel Operations Office, which provides departmental personnel support to over 150 employees and 500 instructors employed within CCE. Incumbent works closely with Director of Operational Effectiveness & Efficiency to ensure effective coordination for CCE's internal payroll and timekeeping functions. Incumbent will provide leadership and management for employee engagement & organizational effectiveness, staff and instructional personnel functions in compliance with CSU policies, collective bargaining agreements, and CCE administrative guidelines. Serves as direct resource to CCE managers, leads, staff and instructors with regard to human resources law, university policy and collective bargaining agreements.

The Office of Human Resources (OHR) will provide guidance and communications to support this position and ensure overall compliance with HR related functions on campus and within CCE.

FLSA: Exempt

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,583 – $13,750 per month

Hiring Range: $4,583 – $11,456 per month, commensurate with candidate's knowledge, skills, and abilities

Salary Grade/Range: RANGE A-Grade-1

Recruitment Type: Regular

Time Base: Full-Time

Pay Plan: 12 months

Work Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., work hours may vary dependent on department operations

Department Information

The College of Continuing Education (CCE) extends the mission of the university by increasing access for non-traditional learners. With a primary expertise on serving working adult learners, CCE provides programs and services to individuals and employers year-round, unbound by traditional semester schedules and formats. CCE serves a hybrid student body that extends beyond California, serving over 80,000 learners annually through in-person, hybrid and fully online workshops, courses, conferences, certificate and degree programs.

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Required Qualifications


  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college, with concentration in human resources, human relations and/or organizational management, business administration, or other closely related field; or equivalent experience/training.


  1. Eight (8) years of progressively responsible administrative analytical and/or supervisory experience in personnel programs, including recruitment, payroll, classification/compensation, labor relations, equal opportunity and/or related areas.
  2. Two (2) years of experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  3. Experience working and/or managing in a heavily unionized environment.
  4. Demonstrated experience in planning, designing and delivering programs and practices related to diversity and inclusion issues.
  5. Experience implementing principles and practices of effective human resources management including recruitment, classification administration, employee and labor relations, staff development/training and evaluation, and regulatory requirements that impact terms and conditions of employment in a university or government environment.
  6. Experience with analysis, interpretation and implementation of personnel policy and procedure, collective bargaining agreements and employment law, advising management and managing sensitive employee and labor relations issues, including progressive performance management.
  7. Experience using critical thinking and problem-solving skills to take initiative in identifying issues and challenges within the workplace; and to negotiate and implement solutions to resolve conflicts and promote teamwork.
  8. Experience and skills to effectively recruit, select, train, direct, motivate and evaluate personnel.
  9. Experience and skills to make presentations and conduct training to individuals and groups.
  10. Experience developing and administering budgets, including the analysis of expenditures and the allocation of personnel.
  11. Experience using software such as MS Word, Excel, e-mail, calendar and other computer programs to produce documents, forms, reports and spreadsheets.


  1. Thorough knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion theory and best practices.
  2. Interpersonal, communication and customer service skills to interact with individuals of diverse backgrounds and harmoniously with individuals at all levels of the university to build and maintain an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  3. Knowledge of principles and practices of public administration, business, and human resource management, including planning, organizing, training, change management, and goal setting.
  4. Knowledge of and experience applying governing personnel rules and regulations, federal and state laws, codes, statutes and collective bargaining provisions.
  5. Strong organizational and project management skills to handle a large number of assignments with sensitivity to priorities and shifting demands.
  6. Ability to interpret policy, conduct studies, analyze statistical data, and develop complex cost forecasts to drive decision-making.
  7. Ability to exercise considerable judgement, tact, and confidentiality to resolve a variety of administrative and personnel matters; and to communicate complex and sensitive information.
  8. Writing, editing and proofreading skills to effectively prepare a variety of correspondence, reports, policies, procedures, agreements, presentations, and training documents.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master's degree from an accredited university or college in public or business administration, human resources management, or a closely related field.
  2. Knowledge of and ability to use enterprise payroll/human resource management systems.
  3. Experience working in higher education or the public sector organization.
  4. Industry certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources or equivalent.

Required Licenses/Certifications


Documents Needed to Apply

Resume, cover letter, and three professional references.

About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California's capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State's 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California's capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

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Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.
Eligibility Verification
Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa).

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.

Advertised: March 07, 2022 (9:00 AM)
Applications Closes: Open Until Filled

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