The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, known locally as “HARD”, is an independent special district created in 1944 by public vote to provide parks and recreation services. The District now serves over 300,000 residents across 100 square-miles in the City of Hayward and the unincorporated communities of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview and San Lorenzo. The District shares boundaries with many governmental agencies including three County Supervisor districts; the City; four school districts; and numerous special districts.
HARD is the largest recreation district in California with over 100 parks and facilities including many unique treasures. This includes a golf course with two-story driving range with Top Golf Tracer systems; a full-production theatre; interpretive nature programs and an animal hospital; two senior centers; robust sports programs for youth and adults; numerous pre-k sites and programs; the historic Hayward Plunge natatorium and several seasonal aquatic facilities and splash pads; California’s oldest Japanese Gardens; Mia’s Dream Come True Ultra-Inclusive Playground; and many beautiful facilities and parks that have received national and state recognition for their design, innovation and beauty, as well as hundreds of educational and recreational classes and programs.
Under the general direction of the Administrative Services Director, the Human Resources Manager shall direct, plan, organize, and administer the activities and operations of the Human Resources Division, including labor relations; employee relations; benefits design and administration; workers' compensation; recruitment, testing, and retention; risk management classification and compensation; employee and organizational training, development, and recognition; performance management; and policy development. This position also provides support for negotiations with labor organizations; administers and interprets labor agreements.
The ideal candidate shall be a seasoned human resources professional with vast experience working in the public sector. Candidates must be an exceptionally strong verbal and written communicator who values the art of listening, encourages diversity of thought, viewpoints and experiences, and possesses the utmost integrity and discretion to view issues objectively and find workable solutions. The successful candidate shall develop safe work policies and practices, attract and retain the best talent available, foster employee engagement and internal customer service, as well as focus on cultivating diversity, inclusion, equity and access.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Human Resources Management, Public or Business Administration, Industrial Relations, or a closely related field. A master's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Human Resources, Organizational Development, or closely related field, Human Resources Certification (SHRM-CP, SPHR, PHR, and/or SCP or CP) is highly desired. Candidates shall also have at least six (6) years of professional and responsible experience in human resource management or municipal administration, including at least three (3) years in a supervisory capacity. Public sector, special district and/or local government experience is imperative in this role.