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The Human Resources Department at Concordia University Irvine advances the mission of the University by fostering a diverse, encouraging, empowering, and engaging community that continually attracts and retains employees. We strive to promote an environment that challenges and inspires these employees to maximize their God-given talents to achieve their highest level of contribution and personal satisfaction.

Employment Opportunities

Meet Our Staff

Jim Barcenas

Interim HR Director

[email protected]
949-214-3132

  • Data and/or Banner HRIS requests
  • Promotion, raise, and title changes
  • Temporary employee hiring
  • Leaves of absence (medical, disability, pregnancy, family)
  • Worker's compensation
  • Faculty contracts, changes, and overload payment
  • Employee or supervisor complaints
  • Any other general HR office management or policy questions

Amarech Abate

HR Coordinator

[email protected]
949-214-3130

  • Staff Recruitment
    • Requests to hire
    • Job descriptions
    • Job postings
    • Setting up interviews
    • Background checks
    • Employee 1st day scheduling
  • Full-time employee tuition discounts
  • Employee org chart (Visio)
  • Business card and name tag requests
  • Employee new hire notices

Mariana Saldana

HR Coordinator

[email protected]
949-214-3131

  • Staff and Faculty benefits (403b, health, vision, dental, FSA’s, etc)
  • Staff onboarding, Banner setup, and timesheet approvers
  • Student employment processing and timesheets
  • Full-time employee years of service and recognition
  • Required employee training with Safe Colleges (FERPA, Sexual Harassment)
  • Employee garnishments

Ranella Faraj

Payroll Specialist

[email protected]
949-214-3120

  • Timesheet errors, pay stubs and W-2 questions
  • Vacation and sick accruals and rules
  • Tax forms and direct deposit updates (W-4’s, DE-4’s, etc)
  • Employee verifications of employment
  • Employee Covid-19 questions
  • Employee exits and exit notices
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