Director of Human Resources & Risk Manager

Location: Davenport, CA

Do you want to be a key contributor with a fast-paced local business? Big Creek Lumber Company, a pioneer in sustainable forestry and leading supplier of lumber and building materials in central California, seeks a Director of Human Resources & Risk Manager to be headquartered at our Davenport administration office. This position will service our diverse, vertically integrated business including our forestry operations, manufacturing facility and six central California retail lumber yards. We have a total staff of approximately 225 employees, many who have decades of service with the company and take great pride in the products and services we provide.  This is a hands-on position responsible for oversight of all human resources and insurance activities. An established, knowledgeable, competent staff is in place.

What you’ll do:

  • Develop and implement Human Resources programs
    • Make effective policy decisions that are consistent with company values
    • Oversee all aspects of Human Resources including employee relations, recruiting, compensation, benefits and training to create a positive work environment and ensure legal compliance
    • Coach managers on human resource issues
    • Analyze employment data, report trends and make recommendations
    • Support effective succession planning for a high-quality, long-term workforce
    • Administer our 401k retirement plan and serve on the plan administrative committee
  • Manage insurance programs
    • Research available lines of coverage and make recommendations
    • Ensure that renewal applications are completed and submitted timely
    • Act as part of a team that chooses appropriate coverage and risk levels
    • Ensure that claims are handled promptly and effectively
    • Ensure that audit materials are submitted timely
  • Ensure that government reports are submitted timely and accurately
  • Oversee a variety of legal and insurance claims
    • Manage of legal claims with outside counsel and insurance providers
    • Oversee insurance claims
    • Settle minor property damage claims
  • Effectively review, analyze and summarize legal documents and take appropriate action
    • Contracts and agreements
    • Lawsuits
  • Promote practical, effective legal compliance and risk management throughout the company
  • Provide accurate, timely, relevant recommendations to senior management and board of directors on a wide variety of legal, legislative and regulatory issues impacting HR and risk management
  • Effectively represent the company to
    • Employees
    • Community
  • Work closely with Safety Manager to ensure compliance, effective safety programs and successful claims management
  • Collaborate with all other departments
  • Advise on human resources, consumer-protection, advertising law, regulatory compliance, etc., working closely and collaboratively with internal teams to provide business-friendly solutions

What you bring:

  • BS/BA in a business-related field
  • Strong practical business legal experience adequate to
    • Review, analyze and evaluate legal documents
    • Review and modify agreements and contracts
    • Respond appropriately to lawsuits, working with outside counsel
    • Draft effective policies
  • PHR or equivalent education/experience in human resources management
  • Business management experience including
    • Excellent business judgement that supports company values, culture and goals
    • Practical understanding of financial statements and accounting practices
  • Experience in managing business insurance and risk management programs including
    • Evaluating risk
    • Negotiating insurance purchases that meet company risk tolerance and financial needs
    • Ensuring effective claims management
    • Administering fully-insured and self-insured programs
    • Developing and implementing loss prevention plans
    • Familiar with insurance industry policies and procedures regarding claims and reserves, claims analysis, and adjustment techniques
    • Familiar with injury and damage claims investigation, procedures and practices of accident prevention and safety standards
  • Attributes
    • Ethical, fair, pragmatic and balanced approach
    • Positive, collaborative attitude with strong service orientation to internal and external customers
    • Consistently deliver clear, concise, and practical advice
    • Work collaboratively with a variety of business teams
    • Strong fact-finding, drafting, negotiating, writing and research skills
  • Ability to write and speak in a clear, concise, articulate manner at an audience-appropriate level
  • Ability to speak and write in Spanish is a plus
  • Experience in closely-held/family-owned businesses is a plus

What success looks like:

  • Big Creek’s staffing needs are consistently met
  • Big Creek employees are
    • Valued
    • Receive accurate, fair, ethical, prompt and friendly service
    • Comfortable asking for assistance
  • Big Creek’s legal interests are protected
  • Big Creek is consistently in compliance with relevant human resources requirements

What your schedule will be:

  • Full-time; once established and knowledgeable about our business, a hybrid schedule may be negotiated, generally with an in-person contribution of at least 3 days/week
  • Occasional travel, mainly day trips to our retail locations with some overnight trips for relevant conferences
  • Monday-Friday

About Big Creek:

  • Informal and casual yet professional
  • Financially strong and conservative
  • Fair, ethical
  • Focused on long-term, sustainable business practices
  • Strong focus on providing our employees with a high level of personal service
  • High standards for accounting, safety and compliance
  • Long-term, loyal team members who take pride in the company, our business practices, and our products and services
  • Pioneer in sustainable forest management practices

What Big Creek offers:

  • Starting annual salary range: $150,000-175,000 depending on experience
  • Opportunity for annual cash bonus based on company performance
  • 401k retirement plan with generous match and profit sharing contribution
  • Medical and dental insurance coverage for employees and their dependents
  • Group term life for employees
  • Voluntary vision care plan for employees and their dependents
  • Voluntary supplement term life insurance for employees and their dependents
  • Paid Vacation/Sick Leave/Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program for employees and their household members
  • Competent, knowledgeable staff experienced in payroll, benefits administration, and employee relations
  • Leadership development and continuing education assistance
  • Fabulous ocean view from our office
  • World-class wind surfing, kite boarding, surfing, mountain biking, hiking and trail running within ½-mile of our office

Who Big Creek is:

Big Creek Lumber Company is a local, family-owned and operated lumber and building materials provider, serving professional builders and homeowners in central California since 1946. We strive to be an employer of choice among job seekers. We seek engaged, motivated individuals interested in producing quality products and developing strong partnerships with our customers and vendors to create business success. We provide an informal yet professional work environment, stressing safety, collaboration and excellent customer service. We place a strong emphasis on developing our employees and seek individuals who have the desire and potential for growth opportunities within the company. We’ve been in business for over 75 years, yet we encourage new ideas and the opportunity to make positive changes. We are driven to generate long-term, sustainable profitability and generously share our success with our team.

If you have the skills and experience we seek, please apply for this position today by responding with your cover letter and resume to or using the link provided.

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If you are interested in this position, please apply online. Or apply by submitting a completed  job application or resume and cover letter to us via email to


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