United Farm Workers

United Farm Workers

Human Resource Director

Based in Keene, CA

The United Farm Workers is seeking a Human Resource Director to be part of the Farm Worker Movement.

ABOUT UFW: Begun in 1962 by Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Gilbert Padilla and other early organizers, the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) is the nation’s first enduring and largest farm workers union. The UFW continues organizing in major agricultural sectors, chiefly in California. Recent years have witnessed dozens of UFW union contract victories protecting thousands of farm workers, among them agreements with the some of the largest berry, winery, tomato, dairy and mushroom companies in California and the nation. More than 75 percent of California’s fresh mushroom industry is now under union contract. Many recent UFW-sponsored laws and regulations protect all farm workers in California, especially those at non-union ranches. They include the first state standards in the U.S. to prevent further deaths and illnesses from extreme heat and in 2016 the first law in the country providing farm workers in California with overtime pay after eight hours a day. The UFW continues to actively champion legislative and regulatory reforms for farm workers covering issues such as worker protections, pesticides and immigration reform.

Interested applicants must apply on ADP and submit the following for review:

  1. A professional cover letter of no more than 3 pages detailing specifically how your experiences and qualifications meet the requirements for the position.
  2. A current professional résumé.
  3. The name and phone number of at least 3 references: 1 supervisor, 1 direct report, and 1 colleague.
  4. Responses to Supplemental questions. No more than a one-page response for each Supplemental question.
    • Briefly describe your experience in conducting disciplinary investigations and managing the disciplinary process.
    • Briefly describe your experience in administering overlapping leave laws.
    • Describe your experiences handling EEO complaints.
    • Describe best practices you believe are necessary for a proactive professional human resources team.

The Human Resource Director is directly responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the human resource function. The human resources director will use a compassionate leadership style that values human connection, authenticity, equality, independence, flexibility and empathy. The human resources director will (1) be focused on the big picture as well as the details; (2) help supervisors and managers develop themselves and their teams to be better as people and professionals; (3) be responsible for developing HR strategies and providing sound advice to the Executive Board; and (4) work with the Executive Board to develop an organizational culture that is committed to transparency, integrity, trust, freedom and passion.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (This is not an exhaustive list.)
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Annually reviews and makes recommendations to executive management for improvement of the organization's policies, procedures and practices on personnel matters.
  2. Maintains knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation and ensures organization's compliance.
  3. Maintains responsibility for organization compliance with federal, state and local legislation pertaining to all personnel matters.
  4. Communicates changes in the organization's personnel policies and procedures and ensures that proper compliance is followed.
  5. Assists executive management in the annual review, preparation and administration of the organization's wage and salary program.
  6. Coordinates or conducts exit interviews to determine reasons behind separations.
  7. Consults with legal counsel as appropriate, or as directed by the President, on personnel matters.
  8. Works directly with department managers to assist them in carrying out their responsibilities on personnel matters.
  9. Recommends, evaluates and participates in staff development for the organization.
  10. Develops and maintains a human resource information system that meets the organization's personnel information needs.
  11. Supervises the staff of the human resource department.
  12. Work effectively with both non-union and union employees (with protected concerted activities and labor rights).
  13. Participates on committees and special projects and seeks additional responsibilities.
  14. Other duties as assigned. Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

This position may ultimately manage a department and will be responsible for the performance management and hiring of the employees within that department.

The ideal candidate for this position must have a high level of professionalism and organization. The candidate must demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Business Acumen. Keenness and quickness in understanding and dealing with a "business situation" (risks and opportunities) in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome.
  • Critical Evaluation. Ability to show the essence of something by breaking it down into its component parts, examining each part in detail and explaining issues…(1) making connections and (2) seeing relationships between information.
  • Dedication to Mission. A genuine interest in immigrant and farm worker rights.
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English and Spanish. Comfort addressing a variety of audiences with a knowledgeable and friendly demeanor.
  • Global and Cultural Awareness. Ability to understand (1) how environmental, social, cultural, economic and political factors impact the world and (2) how other people's cultural values, beliefs and perceptions might differ from yours.
  • Leadership and Navigation. Ability to direct and contribute to initiatives and processes within the organization.
  • Relationship Management. Ability to maintain a continuous level of engagement with the UFW Leadership Team, front-line supervisors, employees, and others and create strategic partnerships.
  • Si Se Puede (It Can Be Done) Attitude. The embodiment of a personal spirit that promotes confidence, courage and risk-taking.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above and below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Requires ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
    Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, and area. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
    Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. 

A bachelor's degree in human resources or related field and four to six years of HR management experience, or ten years of HR management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • One of the following:
    • A master's degree in human resource management or related field.
    • Juris doctor degree.
    • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
    • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
  • Previous experience working with unionized employees, farm workers, the Latino community, and/or immigrant community.


  • See above under “Preferred Requirements and/or Qualifications”.


  • Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.

The physical demands described here 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 functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The UFW headquarters is based in Keene, California with offices in Delano, Livingston, Madera, and Salinas, California. This position will also have responsibilities in Los Angeles, Oregon, Washington state, and the District of Columbia.

Salary depends upon experience: $65,000-$80,000 per year. Employer paid family medical, dental, and vision benefits with a small employee contribution. Prescription drug plan with minimal co-pays and no annual maximum. Employer sponsored pension plan with an employee self-contribution component with a guaranteed 6.5% interest rate. Non-match 401k that an employee can contribute to. Vacation, 10 paid holidays, 48 hours per year of sick leave (to qualify for sick leave, you must (1) work for us for at least 30 days within a year and (2) satisfy a 90-day employment period before taking any sick leave); and ability to participate in supplemental health insurance from United HealthCare.

UFW believes a strong commitment to equal employment opportunity is more than a legal and moral obligation - it is also sound business practice to realize the potential of every individual. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at UFW will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Except where required or permitted by law, employment practices will not be influenced or affected by an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, sex/gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, age, or any characteristic protected by law.

UFW believes in second chances. As an organization, we will rely on individualized assessments in the hiring of those with past criminal convictions. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for a position fighting for our immigrant communities!

This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, counseling, discipline, termination, access to benefits and training. UFW will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with qualified disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.

UFW is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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