Director of Human Resources

The State Bar of California - Los Angeles, CA (30+ days ago)3.8

Job description


The State Bar of California seeks a Director of Human Resources (DHR). The DHR is responsible for overseeing, planning, organizing and directing all aspects of human resource policy and practice for the State Bar, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, performance management and labor relations. The DHR is an executive management position, reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer and supervising a team of ten HR Senior Analysts, Analysts and Coordinators.

The State Bar’s 540 employees are evenly divided between its offices in downtown San Francisco and downtown Los Angeles. The DHR position can be based in either office and will require frequent travel between offices.

The State Bar is a public agency with the judicial branch of state government, serving as an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court. Its rank-and-file workforce (approximately 85% of total staff) is represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 535. Experience in personnel management, program management or operations management in a government and/or union environment is highly desirable.


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The DHR oversees the State Bar’s Office of Human Resources and Labor Relations and the State Bar’s
  • institutional human resource and labor relations policy and practice.
  • The DHR serves as a member of the State Bar’s Executive Team and establishes and maintains effective
  • working relationships with colleagues within the State Bar and professional relationships with externalconstituencies of the State Bar.
  • The DHR oversees the planning, development and administration of all aspects of human resource administration including employee and labor relations, compensation & benefits, recruiting, health & safety, regulatory compliance, data management, performance management, employee relations, training and related areas, subject to the general oversight of the CAO.
  • The DHR oversees the supervision, review, hire and termination of assigned staff consistent with over all
  • State Bar policy, subject to the general oversight of the CAO.
  • The DHR oversees the development and implementation of human resource related operational policies and procedures, strategic plans, systems and related initiatives subject to the general oversight of the CAO.
  • The DHR maintains effective relationships with internal and external union representatives and is responsible for ensuring the State Bar’s compliance with governing Memorandums of Understanding and other labor agreements.
  • The DHR ensures that the Office of Human Resources and Labor Relations continuously improves, assesses its practices in light of current trends in human resources and labor relations, and modifies those practices as appropriate.
  • The DHR oversees the formulation and implementation of short-term and long-term goals and plans to improve the efficiency and efficacy of human resource and labor relations administration, including instructions, policies and guidelines to be utilized by every unit and department within the State Bar, subject to the general oversight of the CAO.
  • The DHR represents the State Bar on human resources and labor relations policy matters before the Board of Trustees and other constituencies.
  • The DHR provides human resource and labor relations guidance and staff assistance to the Board of Trustees, Executives and supervisors, subject to the general oversight of the CAO.
  • The DHR timely responds to inquiries from Board members, the Judiciary, the Legislature, the Governor’s Office, auditors and other constituencies regarding human resource and labor relations issues in coordination with the CAO and Executive Director.
  • The DHR maintains appropriate confidentiality in administering the State Bar’s human resource and labor relations policies and procedures.
  • The DHR assumes other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Federal, state, and local rules and regulations pertaining to activities and programs of human resources.
  • Advanced principles of administration in a government, legal, judicial or related environment.
  • Advanced principles of strategic planning, operations, policy development and implementation.
  • Advanced principles of problem identification, analysis and resolution.
  • Principles of computerized data and word processing systems including Internet and website usage.
  • Principles of centralized information and data-based record keeping systems.
  • Advanced principles of effective writing and verbal presentation including public speaking.
  • Advanced principles of public relations/customer service.
  • Advanced principles of board and committee administration.
  • Advanced principles of organizational behavior and conflict resolution.
  • Advanced principles of public policy research and analysis.
  • Advanced principles of effective institutional communication in dealing with diverse constituencies.
  • Advanced principles of effective personnel management in a union environment.
  • Advanced principles of human resource and labor relations administration and policy development.
  • Advanced principles of office management, budgeting, administration and supervision.
  • Principles of effective oral and written communication.

Ability to:

  • Provide leadership direction and develop staff and programs to meet evolving strategic initiatives.
  • Communicate clearly, effectively and professionally in person, by telephone, by computer and in writing.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality in program administration and interactions with contractors, consultants, experts and others.
  • Exercise sound judgment and decision making.
  • Make recommendations on complicated and difficult program matters and present them effectively to governing authorities.
  • Interpret and analyze complex written documents.
  • Effectively present and speak publicly to large groups of people.
  • Act with integrity in all related State Bar business.
  • Quickly adapt to changing environments and critical needs, and adopt and effectively implement courses of action.
  • Effectively interact with others in an interactive office.
  • Effectively address conflict.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in a field that develops skills related to essential duties, or equivalent academic achievement.


  • Minimum eight (8) years’ progressively responsible experience in related program administration.
  • Minimum four (4) years’ senior management/supervisory experience in administering personnel and budget
  • requirements.
  • Master’s degree is preferred and may substitute for up to two years of experience.
  • Applicants meet who the Minimum Qualifications will be required to successfully complete the State Bar’s selection process for this classification.

License, Certificate, Registration Requirements:

  • None required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Sit for extended periods of time.
  • Make fine visual distinctions upon proofreading written document and viewing information on a computer screen.
  • Travel by air and automobile.
  • Possess visual capability and digital dexterity to operate a computer and other standard office equipment.
  • Retrieve, lift and carry files and documents weighing up to ten pounds with reasonable accommodation.
  • Frequent and ongoing use of a telephone and computer terminal.

Unit: Executive

FLSA: Exempt


The State Bar of California’s mission is to protect the public and includes the primary functions of licensing, regulation and discipline of attorneys; the advancement of the ethical and competent practice of law; and support of efforts for greater access to, and inclusion in, the legal system.

The State Bar:

  • Licenses attorneys and regulates the profession and practice of law in California
  • Enforces Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys
  • Disciplines attorneys who violate rules and laws
  • Administers the California Bar Exam
  • Advances access to justice
  • Promotes diversity and inclusion in the legal system

The State Bar of California is the largest state bar in the country and licenses approximately 250,000 attorneys. Annually it investigates approximately 16,000 complaints of attorney misconduct and distributes over $30 million in grants to legal aid organizations. Created by the Legislature in 1927, the State Bar is a public corporation within the judicial branch of state government and serves as an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court. The State Bar’s offices are located in San Francisco and Los Angeles. More information about the State Bar can be found online:

The State Bar of California offers a unique compensation package including competitive salary and benefits, CalPERS Retirement participation, 457 saving plan (similar to 401(k) plan), commuter subsidy, ride share/parking subsidy, and more. We are located in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district near the Transbay Terminal and Embarcadero BART.

To apply , fill out the required State Bar official Job application along with a cover letter and resume. The State Bar application must be included or your resume will not be reviewed. You can find a copy of the required State Bar Job

Application at .

The State Bar of California

Office of Human Resources

180 Howard Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

email: hrsf

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $149,772.00 to $199,692.00 /year