HR Director – City of Shawnee

The Human Resources Director is a part of the City’s Management Team and serves as a key player in critical decisions that impact City employees. The Director is responsible for coordinating the operational aspects of the HR functions for the City. Duties also include staff management and development, budgeting and financial management, development and implementation of organizational goals, policy implementation, compensation administration, employee relations, keeping up-to-date on legal requirements, and employee communication programs. The HR Director is the driver for the HR strategic vision as it relates to the organization. This includes working across all City departments and serving as a resource for department needs, training, and guidance.

Position Responsibilities

  • Division Management. Oversees the selection, training, evaluation and development of Human Resources personnel. Direct and indirect supervisory responsibilities include hiring, assessing, and monitoring workload, allocating duties and responsibilities and internal reporting relationships, conducting performance evaluations, and working with employees to develop individual goals and objectives.
  • Division Goals.  Responsible for the development of divisional goals and objectives for the Human Resources Division.  Develops action plans for implementation, and monitors progress.
  • Organizational Goals. The position will work collaboratively with the City Manager and Department Heads towards implementing the long-term vision for the City; and, toward cooperative problem solving approaches to common issues.
  • Budgeting and Financial Management. Supervises the development and administration of the division’s annual budget. Forecasts costs for staffing, equipment, and other expenditures.  Implements procedures to monitor department expenditures, and ensures proper purchasing procedures are followed. 
  • Administration.  Oversees the City-wide Performance Assessment Management Program.  Oversees and approves requests through the tuition reimbursement program.  Conducts stay interviews for assigned departments.
  • Employee Relations.  Serves as the employee relations point person for the Administration Office, as well as any divisions that report through that office.  Provides assistance and advice to managers about progressive discipline and performance improvement plans.  Administers the appeal process for disciplinary action.  Investigates harassment claims.  Serves as the Civil Service Commission Coordinator.
  • Policies and Procedures. Updates the City’s Personnel Manual, incorporating revisions required due to changes in the law, City, or departmental policy, as well as those recommended by departments and approved by the City Manager. Ensures that revisions and updates are distributed to all appropriate personnel on a timely basis.
  • Compensation. Administers the City’s compensation program and pay plan.  Responsible for the annual review of and adjustments to the City’s pay plan.  Completes compensation studies as necessary.
  • Benefits. Administers the City’s benefit program and annual renewal.  Serves as City liaison with group benefit providers, and coordinates distribution of information regarding changes to those programs to employees.
  • Training. Develops an annual master training plan.  This includes coordinating trainers, researching online trainings, and/or providing training on City policies and procedures. Serves as a resource for training opportunities for City employees. Effectively presents materials and information in both formal and informal setting to various groups including employees, visitors, and the City Council.
  • Communication. Responsible for communication to employees within HR, as well as City wide.  Assists with the preparation of City-wide correspondence from the City Manager.  Provides content for City publications.
  • Separations. Conducts exit interviews with employees. Assists in facilitating an employee’s separation including ensuring all necessary paperwork is completed.
  • Retirement. Serves as a Trustee for the City’s Supplemental Pension Plan.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major study in human resources management or closely related field is required.
  • Masters degree and/or HR Certification (PHR/SPHR, SHRM-CP/SPC) is preferred.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in human resources is required, with five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in management.
  • Experience within a public organization is preferred.

Work Schedule

The base schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, regular office hours; however, this exempt position will frequently be involved in, and required to attend, activities and events that occur in the evening, and on weekends and holidays. This position will also be required to attend night meetings, and possibly overnight seminars and conferences. This exempt position is essentially on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to make administrative and management decisions regarding human resources functions and to handle department responses to emergencies and other issues.

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