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Vice President, Human Resources

Santa Monica, CA

Groundbreaker. Game changer. Pioneer.


TRC has long set the bar for clients who require more than just engineering, combining science with the latest technology to devise innovative solutions that stand the test of time. From pipelines to power plants, roadways to reservoirs, schoolyards to security solutions, clients look to TRC for breakthrough thinking backed by the innovative follow-through of an industry leader.


TRC's professionals work with a broad range of commercial, industrial and government clients and the communities they serve. We deliver breakthrough solutions that address local needs -- so our clients can better succeed in an ever-changing world.


Working at TRC means tackling interesting, meaningful projects. We pride ourselves on our collaborative spirit, entrepreneurial zeal and agile corporate structure. We recognize that the expertise of our staff is our strongest asset, so we generously reward employees for successful performance and invest in their careers through training and the development of new skills and certifications.

TRC Companies is seeking an experienced Vice President of Human Resources based in our Santa Monica, California office. Reporting directly to the Chief People Officer (CPO), the Vice President will oversee all aspects of HR operations for the National Clean Transportation Solutions Practice (CTS), including talent acquisition, employee relations, performance management, compensation and benefits, training and development, employee engagement and development and HR compliance. 

The Vice President will be the HR Business Partner to CTS leadership and the employee champion. This position requires a strategic thinker with exceptional leadership skills, a deep understanding of HR best practices, and a proven track record of driving organizational and business success through effective HR initiatives.

This position will be based in Santa Monica, CA and will support a hybrid work model. 


  • Collaborate, as the HR Business Partner, with CTS business leaders to understand organizational goals and implement HR strategies to support the business while engaging and developing employees.
  • Lead the talent acquisition process, including workforce planning, recruitment, and onboarding, to attract and retain top talent.
  • Oversee employee relations activities, providing guidance and support to managers and employees on HR policies, procedures, ad compliance matters.
  • Drive performance management processes, including goal setting and KPIs, performance reviews and career development planning.
  • Design and administer competitive compensation and benefits programs to ensure alignment with industry standards and employee needs.
  • Lead training and development initiatives to enhance employee skills, capabilities, and engagement and be the liaison for participation into other TRC sponsored employee development programs (RISE, LEAD, BRIDGE, SPIRIT, STEP, etc.).
  • Chair the CTS Diversity & Inclusion Committee in alignment with TRC Corporate standards.
  • Collaborate with CTS leadership specific to employee engagement and development programs.
  • Foster a culture of diversity and inclusion through the organization, promoting equal opportunities and a respectful work environment.
  • Ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local employment laws and regulations. Collaborate with VP HR Compliance to update HR policies and practices as needed.
  • Collaborate with senior management to address organizational challenges and drive positive change initiatives.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or a related field. 
  • 10+ years of proven experience in HR management in California.
  • In-depth knowledge of HR principles, best practices, and employment laws.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • HR certification (e.g., SHRM-CP, PHR)
  • Experience in services industry.

Key Competencies:

  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving.
  • Strong leadership and team management skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Adaptability and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Our Mission

We understand our clients’ goals, and embrace them as our own, applying creativity, experience, integrity and dedication to deliver superior solutions to the world’s energy, environment and infrastructure challenges.

Our Vision

  • We will solve the challenges of making the Earth a better place to live — community by community.
  • TRC is ranked #16 on ENR's list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States.

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In accordance with local law, the following compensation range is applicable for the job and location associated with this requisition: $175,000 - $240,000k. Compensation will vary based upon experience, education, skill level, and other compensable factors.


Benefits: TRC offers the following benefits for this position, subject to applicable eligibility requirements:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance
  • Paid holidays plus Paid Time Off
  • 401(k) plan and contributions
  • Long-term/Short-term Disability

EEO Statement

TRC is an equal opportunity employer: disability/veteran. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Salary Range: USD $175,000.00 - USD $240,000.00 /Yr.

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