Recognizing Imperial Irrigation Districtâ€™s exceptional veteran hiring practices, the Employment Development Department and its local Veterans Employment Committee jointly named IID the veteran employer of the year recently.
The district will also receive state recognition during an awards presentation in Anaheim on May 15 from the California Employer Advisory Council and the EDD in respect for IIDâ€™s veteran hiring practices.
â€œThe technical skills that veterans acquire in the service make them ideally suited for positions with the district,â€ said human resources manager Dan DeVoy. â€œWe are pleased that the council has chosen to recognize the district for its efforts.â€
In 2013, IID adopted a veteran preference policy wherein the district seeks to identify and award preference points to veterans and disabled veterans in the recruitment process. Applicants with proof of status receive an additional five points during the selection process; disabled veterans receive an additional eight points.
In addition, IID regularly participates in veteran career fairs and other community events geared toward honoring veterans. Staff also works with the Employment Development Departmentâ€™s Cal Jobs program, which provides veterans with a 24-hour advance notification of job postings.
â€œIID is an important employer in the Imperial Valley,â€ said State Assemblymember V. Manuel PÃ©rez. â€œIID recognizes that a veteranâ€™s military technical training is an asset, and through IIDâ€™s preference program the district provides the opportunity for veterans to apply their skills to building a civilian career. I applaud IIDâ€™s hiring practices and congratulate them on this award.â€
The district was also recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and the California State Senate and Assembly.
In total, IID employs 123 veterans, three of whom are disabled.
For those who are or become actively involved with the United States armed forces, IID provides military leave and special privileges, employment protection and other considerations as provided by the California Military and Veterans Code.
For more information on IID hiring processes, or to view current job openings, visit www.iid.com/careers