Oportunidades de Trabajo


Job Opportunities with Farm Worker Movement Organizations


The UFW is seeking a human resources director who will be directly responsible for the overall administration, coordination, and evaluation of the human resources function. The human resources director will use a compassionate leadership style that values human connection, authenticity, equality, independence, flexibility, and empathy. The human ss 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. The human resources director will report to the chief administrative officer.

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.
    1. Briefly describe your experience in conducting disciplinary investigations and managing the disciplinary process.
    2. Briefly describe your experience in administering overlapping leave laws.
    3. Describe your experiences handling EEO complaints. 
    4. Describe best practices you believe are necessary for a proactive professional human resources team.


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 the 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 resources information system that meets the organization's personnel information needs.
  11. Supervises the staff of the human resources 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.
  1. 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. 



  • 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



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 resources 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.



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


The UFW has offices in Livingston, Madera, Santa Rosa, Stockton and Salinas, California. This position will also have responsibilities for staff in Los Angeles, Oregon, Washington state, and the District of Columbia. The selected candidate can work in Bakersfield, Livingston, Los Angeles, or Salinas, CA. Working remotely is also possible.


Employer paid family medical, dental, and vision benefits with a small employee contribution. Prescription drug plan with minimal co-pays and no annual maximum. An 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, up to 48 hours per year of sick leave and the ability to participate in supplemental health insurance from United HealthCare.


UFW believes a strong commitment to an 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.