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Westmont College- 
Associate Director of Human Resources

Westmont College Associate Director of Human Resources - Position Description


The Associate Director of Human Resources assists in leading a comprehensive Human Resource Office and programs that support the mission of the college, including: talent acquisition and engagement, employee relations, compensation, policy development and interpretation, training and organization development while modeling the college’s culture of care, respect and commitment to service.


Reports to: Assistant Vice President of Human Resources


  • Personal affirmation of the Christian mission of Westmont College and the Community Life Statement and adherence to its behavioral expectations Bachelor’s degree, Master’s and SHRM/HRCI certification preferred. Minimum of 5 years professional HR experience.

  • Experience in higher education required.

  • Required experience includes in-depth knowledge in talent acquisition and retention, employee relations, compensation, labor law and change management.

  • Other requirements include:

    • solution orientation

    • ability to communicate effectively verbally, in writing and in front of groups ability to effectively collaborate with a variety of constituencies

    • developed interpersonal skills including demonstrated listening and conflict resolution skills

    • ability to exercise significant independent judgment and discretion;

    • ability to analyze complex data and represent ideas concisely, both orally and in writing

    • ability to establish and maintain collegial working relationships with all levels of faculty, staff, internal and external customers

    • ability to effectively plan and organize some of the day-to-day operations of the department

  • Must be resilient, able to understand issues from multiple perspectives, be comfortable making decisions in difficult and complex situations, compassionate, and able to face challenges with grace and a sense of humor.

  • Adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with frequent change, interruptions, delays or unexpected events.

This position is full time and located in Santa Barbara, CA. 

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Westmont’s Assistant Vice President of Human Resources is charged with vetting candidates for this position with assistance from Jeff Davis of J. Davis & Associates. JDA will explore a broad network to suggest potential candidates. This thorough search will include consideration of many names and subsequent review of resumes. When appropriate, candidates will be asked to provide a thorough vocational history, respond to a questionnaire, and to have a video interview with Jeff Davis. Those holding the most promise will then be interviewed in person by the Interview Committee. Next, references and backgrounds will be checked, degrees verified, and an extensive candidate profile will be prepared for the committee. When a preferred candidate is identified, the candidate (and spouse, if applicable) will participate in a final interview as well as meet the Westmont staff and leadership team.
J. Davis & Associates is an executive search consulting firm devoted to serving clients in the church, Christian non-profit and educational sectors. As a faith-based religious institution, our client complies with all applicable laws pertaining to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and any other applicable legally protected category. As a religious institution, our client has the right to, and does, require that its employees hold beliefs consistent with its Statement of Faith and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with its religious beliefs.


Jeff Davis

Chief Dot Connector, Executive Search Consultant 

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