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Human Resources Department
Human Resources Department

About the Human Resources Department

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Mission Statement

We partner with all City departments to hire and retain a diverse and highly qualified workforce that supports the mission of the City of Berkeley. We are committed to delivering excellent customer service, responding to and facilitating staff access to needed resources and tools. Working together in a spirit of continuous improvement and collaboration, the Human Resources team contributes to a progressive, productive, and safe work environment that meets the needs of our diverse community.



Department Overview 

 •  Office of the Director
The Office of the Director provides overall leadership and administrative direction for all of the Human Resources Department activities. The Director of Human Resources acts as the City Manager’s representative for all disciplinary and grievance appeals, and serves as Secretary and provides staff support to the Personnel Board as established by Section 119 of the City Charter.

 •  Training and Organizational Development
The Training and Organizational Development unit oversees the Citywide Training Program for employees which includes: Management Skills Program, New Employee Orientation Program, and the Tuition Reimbursement Program. Organizational development services are also provided upon request.

 •  Personnel and Administrative Services
In accordance with the Personnel Ordinance and the Personnel Rules and Regulations, this unit conducts all merit-based recruitment and examination activities, and administers the classification and compensation plan. It also processes all department requests to fill vacant positions; coordinates the appointment of all new employees; processes all changes in employment status; and maintains electronic and hard copies of all employment records.

 •  Employee Relations
The Employee Relations unit conducts all labor relations activities with six labor organizations; advises department staff on labor contract interpretation, Federal and State employment law, and human resources policies and procedures. It also provides and administers the health and welfare benefit program; administers the City’s Workers’ Compensation Program including providing administrative oversight to the third party administrator; and administers the occupational health and safety program to ensure a safe workplace.  

 •  Employment Opportunity and Diversity
The EEO Office administers and enforces the City's discrimination complaint process; diversity efforts as they pertain to recruitment and retention; and meeting the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Employment and Housing Act.




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Human Resources Department, 2180 Milvia Street, 1st floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
Questions or comments? Email: Phone: (510) 981-6800
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903