Until filled or until 100 applicants
Pre-qualification and Supplemental
The City of Ceres is located in the Central San Joaquin Valley,
80 miles south of Sacramento and 95 miles east of San Francisco, in
the heart of Stanislaus County. Ceres is in one of the Central
Valley's richest and most diverse agricultural areas and is the
home of the new $14 million County Agriculture Center. Even the
name "Ceres" originates from the Roman goddess of agriculture. The
City enjoys a comfortable climate, with 12 inches of rainfall
annually. The average low winter temperature is 38 degrees
Fahrenheit, the average high temperature in spring and fall is 85
degrees Fahrenheit, and the average high in the Summer is 90
degrees. The Tuolumne River forms part of the northern boundary.
Ceres is a growing community with a heartfelt commitment to
retaining its small neighborhood personality. Businesses,
organizations, and nonprofit community service groups band together
for a number of activities throughout the year. Events such as the
annual Downtown Street Fair in May, summertime concerts in the
park, Halloween Fun Festival, and the Christmas Tree Lane opening
are well attended by the community. City government: City Manager's
Office/Administration (City Clerk, City Attorney, Economic
Development), Finance, Human Resources/Risk Management, Public
Safety (Police, Fire), Engineering, Community Development
(Planning, Building/Permits), Recreation, Public Works, Water, and
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2220 Magnolia Street CERES, 95307
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application is required.
Closed: When A Sufficient Qualified Applicant Pool Is
First Review of Applications: June 3, 2021
Panel Interviews: TBD
Under general direction, performs a variety of professional
level administrative, technical and analytical duties in support of
the City's human resource functions including recruitment,
selection, classification, wage and salary administration, workers'
compensation and other risk management, employer-employee
relations, labor negotiations, training, and related functions;
provides information and assistance to City employees and the
general public regarding human resources activities, policies, and
procedures; may supervise or provide lead direction to
clerical/administrative staff; and performs a variety of
professional tasks in support of assigned area of
The following duties are typical for this classification.
Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be
required to perform additional or different duties from those set
forth below to address business needs and changing business
- Assist in the coordination and implementation of recruitment
and selection activities including announcement development,
application screening, and evaluation, examination selection and
development, testing, and candidate certification.
- Conduct and implement classification, reclassification, and
organizational studies; evaluate and determine appropriate
classifications and structures; prepare written reports and
recommendations; develop new and revise existing classification
- Participate in conducting wage, salary and benefit studies and
surveys for the purpose of compensation administration and
bargaining unit negotiations; compile data and prepare written
reports including recommendations for action.
- Assist in the overall management of the workers' compensation
program; review initial workers' compensation claims and determine
type of claim to be established; serve as liaison with injured
workers, City departments, attorneys, medical providers, and
investigators in the management of injured worker claims; work
closely with insured employees and department managers regarding
return to work issues.
- Assist in the development and implementation of other risk
management programs, such as occupational health and safety, and
liability; serve as liaison on citywide Safety Committee,
co-administering program with other departments and coordinating
training; support Director, City Attorney and contract attorneys in
- Provide assistance with employee relations issues; consult with
managers and employees regarding the interpretation of personnel
practices, policies, and procedures including related laws and
regulations; provide information and assistance to departmental
personnel regarding employee evaluations, disciplinary actions and
other employee relations issues.
- Assist in employer-employee labor negotiations with various
bargaining units; conduct a variety of surveys to gather and
compile information for negotiation purposes; compile data and
prepare various charts and graphs; work with finance to calculate
- Assist in conducting intra/intradepartmental training programs
and activities; coordinate implementation of training programs with
- Conduct research, analyze data, and prepare written and
statistical reports and recommendations for a variety of human
resource issues and topics; make oral presentations as required;
update and revise written directives, rules, and regulations and
various handbooks as appropriate.
- Conduct new employee orientation and exit interviews; ensure
proper applicant notification.
- Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide
information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an
efficient and timely manner.
- Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay
abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of human
- Perform related duties as required.
- May supervise other HR Staff.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability
required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period
of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
Operations, services, and activities of a human resources
Principles, practices, and procedures of human resources
administration in the areas of employment, compensation and
classification, workers' compensation, employee development,
training, and benefits administration.
Resources to sustain current understanding of modern trends and
legal issues in the field of human resource management.
Employment and employee relations issues.
Methods and techniques of research and analysis of personnel
administrative and statistical data.
Principles of city government organization, functions, and
Basic labor relations, negotiation processes and employment
Workers' compensation and related contract principles and
Workers' compensation claims adjusting, investigation, and
administrative techniques necessary to participate in the
management of claims from reporting of injury to settlement.
Basic principles and procedures of record keeping.
Business letter writing and report preparation.
Principles and practices of customer service.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers
and applicable software applications.
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and
Perform professional personnel work with minimum
Make independent decisions.
Collect, compile, and analyze information and data.
Understand and analyze statistical information.
Make complete and accurate analyses, reports, and
recommendations in a variety of personnel areas.
Work tactfully with and win confidence and cooperation of other
departmental personnel, the public, and outside agencies and
Understand and assess needs and strengths of others.
Understand, interpret, and apply general and specific
administrative and departmental policies and procedures as well as
applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and
Prepare clear, concise, oral and written reports both narrative
Formulate and conduct presentations to employees, supervisors,
and department managers.
Plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word
processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
Respond tactfully, clearly, concisely, and appropriately to
inquiries from the public, City staff, or other agencies on
sensitive issues in area of responsibility.
Communicate and interact in situations requiring tact,
instruction, persuasion, and counseling including conferences,
group discussion, individual interviews, and negotiations.
Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural
diversity of the community.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with
those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of
education and experience that would likely provide the required
knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the
knowledge and abilities would be:
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
with major course work in human resources, public administration,
business administration, or a related field. Professional Human
Resources certification is desirable.
Five years of increasingly responsible professional human
resources administration experience. A Master's Degree in a related
field may be substituted for one year of required experience that
provides a generalist background.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS and WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be
met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions
of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job
Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office
environment with some travel from site to site.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability
and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for
prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel,
crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light
to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment
requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including
use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using
various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to
verbally communicate to exchange information.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without
Those top applicants who most closely match the needs and skills
of the position will be contacted via email regarding next steps in
the recruitment process, an interview and written assessment. Those
candidates who achieve a passing score on the interview and written
assessment will be placed on an eligibility hiring list for hiring
Offers of employment will be subject to successful completion of
a pre-employment background check, fingerprint clearance, and
physical examination including a drug test. An additional condition
of employment includes employment verification and authorization to
work in the United States, by completing the I-9 verification form
designated by the USCIS.
NOTE: The City reserves the right to alter, adjust or change any
portion of the examination process without notification. The
provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract or
employment expressed or implied. Any provision contained within may
be modified or revoked without notice.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
If you are a qualified individual with a disability as defined
by the ADA and you need reasonable accommodation to participate in
any of the examinations administered by the City of Ceres, you must
notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final
filing date for the specific job. Official documentation of your
functional limitations to support your request may be required.
THE CITY OF CERES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY
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Adaptable/Flexible style & approach
Health: The City contributes toward the combined monthly
premiums for medical, dental and vision a maximum of $710, $1,470
or $2,090, dependent on level of medical coverage enrollment. Some
of the monthly plan premium options are currently at no cost to the
employee and family! Any employee contributions to health premiums
are taken as pre-tax deductions. Employees eligible to waive
medical coverage receive $200 per month in additional taxable
compensation. Carriers include: Two Blue Shield HMOs, Blue Shield
PPO, Kaiser HMO; Stanislaus Foundation Dental and Blue Shield MES
Retirement/Pension: The City offers a generous defined benefit
plan pension (membership required) in the Stanislaus County
Employees' Retirement Association (StanCERA), as governed by County
Employees' Retirement Law of 1937 and Public Employees' Pension
Reform Act (PEPRA). "Classic members" (within the last six (6)
months a member of StanCERA or a reciprocal retirement plan, e.g.
CalPERS) are enrolled in the City's 2% @ 55 plan; final
compensation at retirement is based on the single highest year.
Non-classic or "new members" are enrolled in the 2% @ 62 plan, and
employees are required to pay 50% of the normal contribution rate
as prescribed by PEPRA, currently 9.41%, on a pre-tax basis; final
compensation at retirement is based on the average of the three
Other Benefits: The City contributes an additional $100 per
month through a qualified Section 125 plan to the employee's
Flexible Spending Account (FSA - for non-reimbursable medical
expenses or daycare), Health Savings Account (HSA), as applicable
or other select voluntary benefits.
Voluntary Benefits & Leave: Employee Assistance Program,
voluntary options for Deferred Compensation (457), Short-Term and
Long-Term Disability, Voluntary Life and AD&D coverage, 96
hours of sick leave accrued each year with unlimited accrual;
vacation accrual based on years of service with maximum accrual of
480 hours and 13 paid holidays (including one personal day) each
The City also participates in Social Security, which has a
mandatory 7.65% contribution for Social Security and Medicare.
You must complete supplemental questionnaire, or you will be
disqualified from application processing.