Education and Experience: Bachelors’ degree in human resource management, business or public administration, or a closely related field. A Master's Degree is highly desirable. Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification preferred. Candidates must possess at least eight (8) years of recent, continuous and progressively responsible public human resources experience including four (4) years in a management or supervisory capacity and three (3) years’ experience serving as the Chief Negotiator with public bargaining groups required, including experience with sworn police and fire groups.
Licenses and Certifications: Must possess a valid state driver’s license and satisfactory motor vehicle record.
Knowledge: Advanced knowledge of public human resources management and labor relations; a high degree of knowledge of public policy, municipal functions and activities; advanced principles and practices of human resources administration including recruitment strategies and methods, job analysis, classification and compensation methods, benefits administration, staffing and workforce planning, employee training and development, labor relations principles, employee performance standards, organizational development; advanced knowledge of federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations pertaining to human resources and collective bargaining; principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
Skills and Abilities: Strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective professional working relationships with a diverse range of internal contacts including the City Manager, City Council, Department Directors, Division Managers, supervisors, employees and union representatives. Ability to plan, organize, assign, direct, review and evaluate work of staff; to communicate clearly and effectively with customers, vendors, and the public; to communicate information including policies, procedures, union contracts, benefit costs and data, in a manner that is appropriate for the intended audience; to present information and recommendations clearly and logically; to prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, report, studies and other written material; to collect, evaluate and interpret varied data and information, either in statistical or narrative form; to understand, interpret, explain, and apply City, state, and federal laws, and regulations; to understand, interpret, and explain policies and union contracts; to analyze and solve problems; to learn and apply new information and perform highly detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks; to meet changing deadlines; to exhibit management traits that reflect the City’s culture, including a customer service orientation, trustworthiness, integrity, and an openness to change. Ability to maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance.
Duties and Responsibilities: The Human Resources Director advises City departments on all human resources-related policies and assumes full management responsibility for all Human Resources Department services and activities including recruitment, retention, citywide employee training and development, benefits administration including a self-insured plans, employee recognition, classification and compensation management, labor relations, employee safety programs, and the City’s personnel files and other human resources documentation. The Human Resources Director reviews, prepares, interprets, and recommends changes or updates to the City’s personnel policy manual; collaborates with the City Manager’s staff in developing strategies for the recruitment of individuals of underrepresented backgrounds and other types of diversity and equity issues; handles and responds to grievances, concerns and similar issues involving employee progressive discipline; manages the development and implementation of the Department’s goals, objectives and priorities for each assigned area; serves as the City’s Chief negotiator including administration of the collective bargaining process, developing bargaining strategies, gathering cost calculations of employee compensation and benefits proposals for applicable bargaining unit negotiations, researching and preparing comparative employee compensation and benefit surveys for comparable positions, preparing memorandum of understanding documents, amendments and agreements.
Working Conditions: Works in a normal office environment where there are little or no physical discomforts associated with changes in weather or discomforts associated with noise, dust, dirt, and the like. Physical effort required associated with driving, walking, standing, sitting, lifting, and carrying light objects (less than 25 lb.) 25 to 50% of work time.
Additional Information: Selected applicant must pass background investigation and drug screen.