Los Angeles Community College District

Personnel Director (#5003)

$85.73-$100.67 hourly / $14,859.90-$17,449.11 monthly / $178,318.80-$209,389.32 annual


Is responsible to the Personnel Commission for directing all activities related to the administration of the classified personnel program in conformance with the Merit System Article of the Education Code and other pertinent law, rules, and regulations and goals of the Personnel Commission.

Typical Duties

Recommends policies, processes, and procedures required for administration of the classified personnel program in conformance with the Merit System Article of the Education Code and other pertinent laws, rules, and regulations.

Directs the preparation and maintenance of the comprehensive classification plan for all positions in the classified service including the conduct of position classification studies and preparation of findings.

Directs the conduct of salary surveys, wage studies, and employee benefit surveys, reviews the interpretation of data, and recommends changes in compensation for positions and classes.

Directs the recruitment and selection program including examinations for the classified service, recommending minimum qualifications and fields of competition, and investigation of appeals from rejection, protests of examination procedures or results, and/or withholding of certification by applicants, candidates, and eligibles.

Directs the conduct of disciplinary appeal hearings including selection of hearing officer, subpoenaing of witnesses and production of records, and special research and investigation as directed by the Personnel Commission.

Directs the audit of classified personnel assignments for compliance with rules and regulations and certifies that assignments are made in accordance with the merit system provisions of the Education Code and the rules of the Personnel Commission.

Directs the conduct of research and analysis in support of the collective bargaining process and participates in negotiations and consultations with bargaining representatives.

Directs and participates in the investigation of complaints regarding alleged abuse or violation of merit system provisions and other problems related to matters within the purview of the Personnel Commission.

Directs the conduct of special studies and makes recommendations related to organization, staffing, and workforce utilization in the Los Angeles Community College District.

Serves as ex-officio Executive Secretary of the Personnel Commission, directs the preparation of the Order of Business, presents staff reports and recommendations, and directs the preparation and maintenance of official records and minutes.

Confers with administrators, union representatives, employee representatives, employees, and representatives of public and private agencies concerning personnel matters.

Advises the Chancellor through oral and written communications of objectives, critical problems, achievements, improvements, recommendations, and on requirements and restrictions of law, rules, and policies pertaining to classified personnel matters.

Attends meetings of the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor's staff, and councils and committees as the official representative of the Personnel Commission.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Personnel Director is responsible for administering the classified personnel program in conformance with the Merit System Article of the Education Code and other pertinent laws, rules, and regulations under the direction of the Personnel Commission.

The Personnel Commission is an independent body composed of three members who are appointed to maintain and foster the merit system and enhance the advancement of career service for classified employees of the Los Angeles Community College District.

An Assistant Personnel Director assists the Personnel Director in the overall administration of the Personnel Commission office and assumes responsibility for the director in the event of his/her absence or in the exercise of delegated responsibility and authority.


General direction is received from the Personnel Commission. General supervision is exercised over management and clerical personnel of the Personnel Commission office.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Principles and techniques of recruitment, selection, classification, compensation, organizational analysis, and staffing

Laws, rules, regulations, court decisions, and legal interpretations related to the employment of personnel with special emphasis on the Merit System Article of the State Education Code

Legal foundations and practices for the conduct of administrative hearings

Laws, regulations, and guidelines related to equal employment opportunity and civil rights in employment

Employee and labor relations in the public service

Current trends and developments in personnel management and related fields

Methods and techniques of strategic and business planning

Functions, policies, organization and personnel of organizational units of the Los Angeles Community College District

Purposes, functions, policies, and practices of private and public personnel departments

Principles and techniques of research and analysis

Principles and techniques of supervision, training, and human relations

State legislative processes and procedures

Principles and techniques of budgeting and financial management

Capabilities of computer systems, software, and hardware used in personnel management

Ability to:

Plan, implement and direct a comprehensive, state-of-the-art classified personnel program in conformance with the Merit System Article of the State Education Code

Prepare and present effective written and oral communications and reports on a variety of personnel policies, procedures, and decisions which are comprehensive and meet legal requirements

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of administration, employee representatives, employees and representatives of other agencies and organizations

Interpret, apply, and explain principles of personnel management and law related to activities under the jurisdiction of the Personnel Commission

Recognize critical elements of problems, develop and evaluate data, determine solutions, and make sound recommendations

Develop and implement strategic plans

Develop and execute policies, rules and regulations, and procedures

React independently and promptly to situations and events

Anticipate conditions, plan ahead, establish priorities, and meet schedules

Stimulate teamwork and promote cohesiveness toward the achievement of goals

Train, supervise, and motivate employees

Maintain poise and exercise good judgment in challenging situations

Allocate and effectively utilize the human, fiscal and physical resources of the Personnel Commission

Travel to offsite meetings

Entrance Qualifications


A bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university, preferably with a major in human resource management, industrial or organizational psychology, public administration, or a related field. An advanced degree in one of the aforementioned majors is desirable.


Five years of recent full-time, paid professional-level experience in a senior personnel management position with responsibility for administering the merit system within a school district, community college district, or governmental agency. Experience must have included the supervision of staff, which included professional-level employees.


A valid Class “C” California driver's license must be obtained within 10 days of establishing residency in the State of California.

Travel to locations throughout the District is required.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 5003; EST: ; REV: 3/28/2018;