Job Info
Job Title: AG Labor Strategies Manager
Location: Oxnard, CA
Job Number: 11984
Posted Date: 8/9/2021
Job description

The Agricultural Labor Strategies Manager oversees the recruitment, retention, and labor transportation program that provides an innovative, reliable and efficient temporary labor source. The role ensures the program meets the requirements of the Operation’s and RAC’s Strategic Plan and is legally compliance with government regulations and company policies. The role coordinates the fulfillment of RAC wholly-owned, Driscoll’s and other area grower’s temporary labor requirements in the United States and Canada.

JOB CONTRIBUTIONS AND KEY RESPONSABILITIES:

Program Management 

  • Establish, implement and manage foreign agricultural worker program for efficient movement of workers between Mexico, United States, and Canada, to fulfill labor demands.
  • Manage program in an ethical manner that minimizes risk for the company and represents the company mission and values.
  • Ensure legal compliance with labor and other applicable regulations. Foster positive working relationships with government agencies to include but not limited to: Immigration, Consulates, Department of Transportation, Employment Development Department, Department of Labor, California Highway Patrol, Housing and Community Development (HCD) and OSHA.
  • Develop, implement and manage required program administrative and record keeping activities, including audits and records requests.
  • Ensure workplace safety for workers participating in the program.
  • Manage vendor relationships.
  • May also support Human Resources in other recruitment requirements.

Labor Recruitment 

  • Coordinate labor recruitment with Mexico operations, ensuring a highly efficient labor pool.
  • Develop standard internal recruitment process, consistent with our Mission and based on applicable regulations, industry best practices.
  • Manage the logistic of safely moving workers from and back to their home countries.
  • Coordinate fulfilment of recruitment requests from Driscolls growers and other area growers.

Immigration – Work Authorizations 

  • Develop and manage approved employer agreements / contracts / certifications with applicable government agencies.
  • Manage all aspects of the country work authorization process to include but not limited to application filings, request for evidence responses, records management, renewals, postings, scheduling visa appointments, onboarding, etc.
  • Issue and track payment of all associated fees and expenses.
  • Develop record information system to ensure required detailed documentation is readily available and compliant.
  • Lead comprehensive audits and inspections.
  • Serve as liaison between the company and governmental agencies, representing the company in legal hearings, court proceedings, audits and inspections.
  • Ensure compliance with laws and regulations of each country related to employment, safety and immigration / work visa requirements.
  • Stay current with regulatory changes and incorporate into program management.

Subject Matter Expert 

  • Support the Human Resources Director in: o Advocating for RAC’s business priorities and employee wellbeing in internal and external meetings, forums and advocacy groups on immigration and guest worker topics.
  • Recommending actionable areas impacted by foreign visa and immigration program legislation.
  • Maintain knowledge of current and changing legislation.

Farm Labor Transportation Program 

  • Ensure ongoing compliance related to the company’s Farm Labor Transportation Program.
  • Recruit and train bus drivers and ensure certification is current and compliant.
  • Ensure bus fleet is compliant and well maintained. Ensure any maintenance issues are quickly addressed to minimize interruptions to operations.
  • Develop and maintain record information system and manage audits and requests for records efficiently.
  • Other Duties as assigned

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge (Include level of expertise)

  • General recruitment processes – employer brand, social media, recruitment marketing related to campaign execution and management
  • Canada, Mexico, and United States temporary agricultural worker program(s) and related labor laws and regulations

Skills

  • Strong communication skills.
  • Demonstrate professional interpersonal skills and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrate strong project management skills related to recruitment and program marketing.
  • Demonstrate high level of organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrate excellent consulting, problem solving, and analytical skills.

Abilities

  • Communicate fluently and professionally (written, verbal, listening, reading and presentation) in English and Spanish are required.
  • Establish a strong rapport with senior management and a strong relationship builder / influencer.
  • Demonstrate successful management of a guest worker program.
  • Manage / prioritize large workload and multiple projects / demands across customer base; and to competently juggle competing priorities and changing expectations.
  • Competently use Microsoft Office suite.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with production management, partners, and outside agencies / vendors.
  • Demonstrate professional and culturally sensitive relationships with diverse groups of workers.
  • Brainstorm and analyze complex problems, identify alternatives, recommend and take corrective action.
  • Understand global company initiatives and translate them into implementable actions at the local level.
  • Create new and unique ideas in a proactive way.
  • Self-start and work with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate outstanding judgment and mature decision making.
  • Maintain detailed and highly confidential worker/case information.

ROLE DIMENSION:

Education Level: Bachelor’s degree in related fields or a combination of experience (not less than 3 years).

Field's of Education: Related fields.

Years of experience: 

  • Minimum 2 years’ in successful management of guest worker and recruitment programs, preferred
  • Minimum 3 years’ of experience in human resources recruitment management role, 5 year’s preferred

Experience in:

  • Farm Labor Contractor environment, desired
  • Agricultural industry
  • Outside vendors

Licenses: Valid California Driver’s license and ability to be insured under the company insurance.

LANGUAGES:

English: Spoken: <95% Read: <95% Written: <95%

Spanish: Spoken: 85 - 95% Read: 85 - 95% Written: 85 - 95%

NECESSARY SOFTWARE/ LEVEL: Microsoft Office - Proficient

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:

Ability to travel 60 percent of the time – domestic and international

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