Job Purpose and Objectives:
Under general direction of the County Commission, the Director of Human Resources administers, plans, develops and coordinates the County’s Human Resources policies, programs, activities and procedures ensuring compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and/or regulations. Considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgement and initiative in the administration of recruitment and selection, onboarding, compensation and benefits, employee/labor relations, performance management, training and development, and other duties as apparent or assigned. Develops and implements approved policies and programs related to all phases of human resources. Supervises and coordinates the work of the Human Resources Department staff.
Job Competencies: Essential Functions include the following. Duties and responsibilities, as required by business necessity may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of management, formally or informally, either verbally or in writing. Schedule and shift assignments and work location may be changed at any time, as required by business necessity.
- Must be capable of regular and predictable attendance at a specified location in order to perform assigned tasks.
- Advises and counsels managers, supervisors, and employees on employee/labor relations issues and recommends solutions.
- Provides guidance and direction to elected officials, department heads and other management staff on a wide variety of human resources matters.
- Administers or oversees the administration of human resources programs including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes, grievances and investigations; affirmative action; performance management; training and development.
- Oversees and administers the County’s compensation and benefits program, including creating job descriptions, administering the job evaluation process, conducting salary surveys, providing cost analysis and recommendations for plan design and policy changes.
- Plans, develops, coordinates, and implements policies, processes, training, initiatives, and surveys to support compliance and strategy needs of the County.
- Collaborates with elected officials and department heads to understand organizational and/or departmental goals and strategies related to staffing, recruiting, and retention.
- Monitors and ensures compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance.
- Identifies staffing and recruiting needs; develops and implements best practices for recruiting, hiring and talent management procedures.
- Conducts research and analysis to maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, legislative/regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources.
- Identifies workforce training needs, conducts or coordinates internal or external training opportunities.
- Supervises the maintenance of the record keeping system for personnel, protected and other confidential records.
- Serves on County committees as appointed by the County Commission, and performs human resource-related duties as required; serves as the County’s EEO Officer and Title VI Coordinator.
- Prepares and administers department budget.
- Supervises and provides direction to HR staff; responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and orienting employees; facilitating professional development, training, and certification activities; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; disciplining employees; scheduling; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Position Requirements and Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Master’s Degree in human resources management, public or business administration or related field and at least three (3) years of related work experience; OR a Bachelor’s Degree in human resources management, public or business administration or related field and at least five (5) years of related work experience; OR any equivalent combination of training, education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
- Must have valid driver’s license and be insurable under the County’s guidelines.
- PHR/SPHR or SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification preferred.
- Experience in a city or county government experience preferred.
- Must live within Montgomery County within the first 6 months of employment.
- Thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices of human resources.
- Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws and/or regulations governing human resources practices and public sector employment.
- Knowledge of County government functions and organizations.
- Policies and procedures related to the department to which assigned.
- Business arithmetic, including percentages and decimals.
- Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- Record keeping principles and procedures.
Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail