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Make sense of HR with this virtual course

June 14, 2021
The HR administrator role is more complicated than one might think. Make sense of the myriad tasks and responsibilities involved in this position with ACSA’s virtual workshop series, The Human Resources Office.
“Most administrators are surprised by the complexity of the human resources administrator position,” said Sherri Beetz, Ed.D., co-presenter of the workshop. “The HR administrator must know and stay current on the law, education code, board policies, collective bargaining agreements and other statutory requirements while also being skilled in building relationships, demonstrating empathy, compassion, creativity and flexibility. The skillset is quite diverse and many might think in conflict with each other.”
This workshop series is designed for administrators, classified managers and other support staff who are new to Human Resources or interested in learning about the role and function of the Human Resources Department.
The presentation will provide a detailed calendar of events and procedures related to Human Resources. Participants will also receive a number of materials including the Human Resources Self‐Assessment Instrument, which will help participants analyze their HR Department to determine areas that may need attention and to develop goals for their division.
“We want participants to walk away with tools that they can use whether they are currently in a Human Resources position or aspiring to move into Human Resources,” Beetz said.
This eight-hour comprehensive overview of the HR office will be held over three sessions. After attending these sessions, participants will be able to:
  • Identify and understand the complexities of HR administration.
  • Describe the functions performed by the HR Office.
  • Identify the various public stakeholders with whom the HR Office must interact and what results may be expected from those interactions.
  • Become familiar with recent legislative and case law changes.
  • Identify and understand HR procedures and the monitoring of critical timelines.
  • Become familiar with an HR Office Self‐Assessment Instrument.
Beetz said the virtual sessions will broaden access to participants who may have been prohibited by the time commitment and cost of travel for an in-person workshop. In addition, all sessions will be recorded for registered attendees, should they have a scheduling conflict or just want to refer back to the content.
Beetz said the live, online sessions will provide plenty of opportunities for participants to share with their peers about the successes and challenges in the HR office.
“Like all educators, we have learned to pivot this past year and provide asynchronous activities as well as live activities,” Beetz said. “We attempt to engage participants through different virtual techniques and break out groups. We welcome questions throughout the presentation as we feel that we can all learn from each other’s real-life experiences.”
Co-presenters Sherri Beetz, Ed.D., and Colleen Slattery, Ed.D., have more than five decades of combined experience in administration and HR.
Beetz has served in administration for more than 30 years. She is the assistant superintendent of Human Resources at Castro Valley USD, a position she has held since 2005. She was previously director of Human Resources for Pleasanton Unified. Beetz has a doctorate in education from St. Mary’s College of California and a bachelor’s degree in education from California State University, Chico.
Slattery is the assistant superintendent of Human Resources at Placer County Office of Education, where she has worked since July 2018. She previously served as the assistant superintendent of Human Resources for Rocklin USD. Slattery holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies and a master’s degree in educational administration from CSU Sacramento and earned her doctoral degree in organizational leadership at Brandman University. She was named the Personnel and Human Resources Administrator of the Year in 2010-11 for both ACSA’s Placer County Charter and ACSA Region 2.
FYI
The Human Resources Office (Virtual Workshop Series)
What: 8-hour overview of HR during three online sessions When: June 30, July 14, July 28 Cost: $249 ACSA members, $349 non-members Register: https://onlinelearning.acsa.org/courses/the-human-resources-office
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