CCOF People Services Specialist

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Position will remain open until filled

Organizational Overview: CCOF advances organic agriculture for a healthy world. We advocate
on behalf of our members for organic policies, support the growth of organic through education
and grants, and provide organic certification that is personal and accessible.

CCOF is a nonprofit organization governed by the people who grow and make our food. Founded
in California more than 40 years ago, today our roots span the breadth of North America, and our
presence is internationally recognized. We are supported by an organic family of farmers,
ranchers, processors, retailers, consumers, and policymakers. Together, we work to realize a
future where organic is the norm.

Position Summary: This is a full-time, 40-hour per week, exempt status position reporting to
the Director of People Services. The People Services Specialist will run the daily functions of the
People Services Department. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provides support to the Director and Manager of People services as it relates to

presentations and special projects as required

  • Reviews, tracks, and documents staff compliance with mandatory and non-mandatory

training, continuing education,and work assessments

  • Partners with the People Services Assistant with recruitment, interviews, and

coordinates the hiring of qualified job applicants for open positions; collaborates
with departmental managers to understand skills and competencies

  • Supports the Operations Manager in implementation of new hire orientation and

supervisor training

  • Ensures HR policies and handbooks are updated as needed
  • Support the People Services Manager with leaves of absence, workers’ compensation,

and benefits administration

  • Performs routine tasks required to administer and execute human resource programs

including but not limited to compensation, disciplinary matters; disputes and
investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and
morale; training, and organizational development

  • Handles employment-related inquiries from applicants, employees, and supervisors

and managers, referring complex and/or sensitive matters to the appropriate staff

  • Attends and participates in employee disciplinary meetings, terminations, and


HR Compliance:

  • Owns completion of required federal and state reports – BLR, ACA, EEOC and other

government compliance reporting

  • Manages process to ensure all employment law posters are posted and/or sent

to employees

  • Maintains knowledge of legal requirements and government reporting regulations

affecting human resources functions and ensures policies, procedures and reporting
are in compliance with federal, state, and local employment law. Revise/update
policies, as needed

  • Other duties as required 


Desired Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or
ability required.


  • Communicate effectively both in written and oral communications
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and adjust to changing schedules and priorities
  • Exhibit initiative, responsibility, flexibility, and leadership
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate when appropriate
  • Maintain flexible attitude & approach towards assignments
  • Effectively execute duties with minimum direction
  • Must be capable of training and providing instruction in both written and verbal


  • Has an in-depth knowledge of the federal and multi-state laws related to the HR


  • Experience handling a variety of employee-related issues including benefits,

workers comp, leaves of absence, with strong HR sensibility and critical thinking

  • Background in HR operations and project management with a passion for service

and creating processes that best serve the business and the employees

  • Creative, innovative & passionate team player who thrives in a fast-paced and

frequently changing environment

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • Has in-depth knowledge and experience with HRIS systems; knowledge of Paycom a


Measurements of Success/Must-Haves

  • Highly organized, motivated and detail orientated
  • People-centered and emotional intelligence
  • Flexibility, willingness to learn and identify creative solutions
  • Proactively advances equitable outcomes
  • Ability to write clearly, tailor messages to various audiences and make the implicit


Education and Experience

  • 5+ years of Human Resources experience with strong knowledge in employee

relations, compliance and leave of absence

  • Understanding of HR operations and HRIS Systems (i.e., Paycom)
  • Knowledge of federal, multi-state, and local employment laws and ability to

research and maintain employment law updates.

  • Proficient in Excel, Outlook, and the Microsoft suite of platforms


Inclusivity is a core value at CCOF and in the People Services Department. We are passionate
about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environments for
all employees. We believe every member of our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a
broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to
discover, design and deliver solutions.

Compensation: CCOF takes pride in offering competitive pay and excellent benefits. The People
Services Specialist’s starting compensation $62,790-$65,000 depending on qualifications and

Hiring Process: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested applicants,
please submit the following documents to, with “People Services
Specialist” in the subject line.

• Cover letter summarizing your interest in CCOF, the position, and qualifications
• Current resume
• List of three professional references

Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please. Only short-listed
candidates will be contacted.

CCOF is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage people with diverse backgrounds and
experience to apply. Thank you for your interest.


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