Executive Director
Job Posted: 29 January 2019
Company: Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission
Closing Date: 29 April 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA

The Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission is a County Charter-mandated independent commission. It serves as the hearing body for employees who have received major discipline such as discharges, reductions, and/or suspensions, as well as discrimination complaints filed by County employees. The Commission also hears appeals related to examinations for civil service employment. The Commission serves as the adjudicator on critical issues that impact public policy priorities and employment issues affecting various County stakeholders, including the County's most vulnerable populations and affected employees.

To learn more about the Commission, please visit our website at http://civilservice.lacounty.gov.

The Opportunity:

The County seeks a highly effective and strategic thought leader to serve as Executive Director for the Civil Service Commission. This unique opportunity includes ensuring that represented employees in Los Angeles County have access to objective and impartial appeal hearings. The Executive Director will collaborate with commissioners and oversee the staff who provide administrative support services to the Commission. They will be responsible for the development and implementation of Commission policies, procedures, and strategies.

This position's core responsibilities include participating in and managing administrative, research, and operational support for the Commission. This responsibility requires a comprehensive knowledge of Civil Service Rules and federal and state employment law. Assignments require the incumbent to research appeals of disciplinary actions, alleged discrimination, and other matters specific to the County's Civil Service Rules. The Executive Director must have the knowledge and demonstrated ability to work effectively with other County departments, commissioners, employee groups, employee unions, employee relations advocates, and the Board of Supervisors.

The County:

The County was listed in Forbes Magazine as one of America's Best Employers for 2015, 2016, and 2018, and is the largest employer in Southern California with more than 111,000 employees across 36 departments and an operating budget of $32 billion. The County provides vital, wide-ranging services to a diverse population of 10 million people. The County is comprised of 88 cities within its boundaries and is the largest county in the nation.

Since 2015, the Board has aggressively pursued a policy-oriented agenda focused on solving some of the County's most challenging and multifaceted issues, which have included enhancing the County's child safety network; streamlining and integrating access to high-quality and comprehensive health services; responding to the homelessness epidemic among the County's most vulnerable populations; diverting individuals from County jails to supportive services, reducing jail violence and increasing transparency and accountability of the Sheriff's Department; strengthening environmental monitoring and oversight, empowering communities, improving regulatory enforcement, and reducing toxic emissions; and protecting and advancing the well-being of County immigrant residents.

Position Summary:

The Executive Director provides strategic leadership and management of the overall programmatic, operational, and administrative functions of the Commission.
The Executive Director will oversee the Commission's $2 million annual operating budget and manage a staff of 10 people, in addition to managing the Commission's large portfolio of cases. The Executive Director must provide innovative and highly effective leadership in support of the Commission to address the critical priorities of County stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the Commission Chair, sets the agendas for the meetings of the Commission, and assists in the preparation and conduct of the weekly meetings
  • Serves as a liaison between the Commission, departments, advocates, arbitrators, mediators, and the Board of Supervisors
  • Directs the administrative, research, and support services of the Civil Service Commission, and provides reports to the Commission
  • Advises key County stakeholders (e.g., commissioners, County departments, Board Offices, labor unions) on strategic priorities, process improvements, data trends and analytics
  • Maintains due process for fair and unbiased treatment in employment with the County while maintaining the County's highest employment standards and expectations
  • Plans, organizes, assigns, evaluates, and monitors the work of staff responsible for providing administrative support to the Civil Service Commission
  • Prepares annual reports related to Commission objectives
  • Manages the progress of cases through the hearing process, including development and maintenance of record keeping systems
  • Directs the development and implementation of new policies and procedures, including administrative procedure manuals for the Commission
  • Works with stakeholders to develop and implement training for Civil Service Commission hearing officers and commissioners to provide the resources needed to adjudicate cases fairly and appropriately

Core Competencies:

The Executive Director will be a passionate, accomplished leader who will possess extensive knowledge of civil service rules, policies, procedures, and guidelines governing Civil Service Commission proceedings. This individual will have familiarity with human resources practices and employment law, and will bring strong case management abilities to the role.

The Executive Director will possess the highest standards of integrity, credibility, and impartiality. This individual will have a genuine passion for maintaining an objective, independent, fact-finding Commission and will have an understanding of, and deep appreciation for, the Commission's vital role in Los Angeles County.

A bachelor's degree is required for the position, and a Master's in Public Administration or Business Administration, or a Juris Doctorate with experience in employment law is preferred. The successful candidate will have at least five years of senior-level experience in fields related to employment and labor laws. The ideal candidate will have successfully held an executive-level position and will bring that point of view to the role.

The successful candidate will also have the following competencies and personal characteristics:

Visionary Leadership: The Executive Director must be a proven leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, and experience in strategic planning, technology solutions, personnel management. They must be innovative and forward-thinking, with experience in a high-profile public sector position. This thought leader will have a track record of applying creative and innovative solutions to complex problems and will be able to assess big-picture issues to inform policy. Acting as chief strategist for the civil service discipline, the Executive Director will serve as a leader, representative, and resource for the Commission. The Executive Director will have proven success in building, nurturing, and retaining a strong team of professionals that is focused on excellence, accountability, and efficiency. A thorough and transparent communicator, this individual will demonstrate the ability to provide clear expectations and accountability measures for staff deliverables.

Relationship Builder and Effective Communicator: As a natural and deliberate consensus-builder, the Executive Director will be politically astute and skilled at building and sustaining excellent relationships across all levels, including with the Board of Supervisors, commissioners, department heads, staff, labor unions, and employees. The Executive Director will be a leader known in the community for honesty, strong diplomacy, and for being an engaged and active listener. This individual will be the representative of the Commission to all audiences, and will build and enhance the work of the Commission through strong partnerships across the County and the community. The Executive Director will need to prepare reports and clearly explain employment laws, procedures, and practices to a broad group of stakeholders. The Executive Director will need strong written and oral communication skills to communicate with integrity to the Board, department personnel, labor unions, the media, and others.

Facilitator: Charged with managing all case hearings, the Executive Director will have the sophistication to understand the roles and expectations of the Commission's different stakeholders. The Executive Director will be able to manage the flow of information, diverse perspectives, and sensitivity involved in each case. This diplomatic individual will understand the detail-oriented nature of the Commission's work, but will also be able to ensure that the larger mission of the Commission is executed.

Analytical Mindset: The Executive Director will need a thorough understanding of all cases brought before the Commission and will need to prioritize and provide recommendations for each. Analytics-driven, this individual will have the ability to assess data and statistics related to the findings of the Commission, note systemic issues, and report back to the Commission to ensure a feedback loop is in place and that the stakeholders continue to learn from prior cases.

Change Agent: The Executive Director will possess the ability to transform systems and collaborate in the execution of strategic goals. This visionary leader will possess the management acumen needed to drive innovation and leverage new opportunities. With a clear perspective on the complexity of the Commission and County operations, and experience leading significant organizational change, the Executive Director will be nimble and efficient in managing challenges and will proactively create opportunities to increase the organization's impact and effectiveness.

How To Apply:

Los Angeles County has engaged Koya Leadership Partners, a national retained executive search and human capital-consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle R.S. Bonoan – [email protected].

Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here (https://ats.k2-app.com/jobPosting/apply/3353).

Compensation and Benefits:

The Appointee will receive an annual salary, commensurate with qualifications, as well as an excellent program of benefits that allows employees to choose the benefits that meet their specific needs. The package includes:

  • Retirement Plan– new appointees will participate in a contributory defined benefit plan.
  • Cafeteria BenefitPlan – The County funds its cafeteria plan using a tax-free contribution of an additional 14.5% to 17% of the employee's monthly salary.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts– In addition to tax-free medical and dependent care spending accounts, the County contributes $75 per month to an employee's dependent care spending account.
  • Savings Plan (401K)– Optional tax-deferred income plan that may include a County matching contribution up to 4% of employee's salary.
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457)– Optional tax-deferred income plan that may include a County matching contribution up to 4% of employee's salary.
  • Holidays– 12 paid days per year.



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