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Director of Human Resources

Job Organization: 
Lower Merion Township
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PA (Pennsylvania)
Job Description: 

Township of Lower Merion – Director of Human Resources

The Township of Lower Merion located in Ardmore, PA, the heart of the “Main Line,” which borders the City of Philadelphia is seeking a highly motivated Director of Human Resources who reports directly to the Township Manager. This is highly responsible position that partners with twelve Township departments in a proactive, strategic manner to maximize the importance, potential and value of Township employees. This position is the catalyst to promote a safe work environment, fairness, open communications, compassion and accountability as well as mutual trust and respect. The HR Director provides leadership and guidance for creativity and innovation through programs, policies and practices to facilitate the Township’s commitment to excellence, quality performance and legal compliance.

Work involves responsibility for directing employee and labor relations with two unions, payroll, healthcare and pension administration, compensation/classification systems, job descriptions, labor contract negotiations/labor agreements, policy and procedure development, revision and interpretation, recruitment, selection, retention, organizational training, medical leaves, FMLA, ADA compliance, HIPAA, wellness programs, performance excellence, etc. This position is the representative for litigations, grievance, arbitrations and properly handles material of a highly confidential nature. This position also has the responsibility for making difficult human resources and labor relations decisions. The work requires that the employee have thorough knowledge, skill and ability in all phases of human resources and labor relations.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Acts as a strategic partner with the Township Manager to advise on the current state of employee-employer relations to build and create best practices in the organization.

Develops, recommends and directs all activities of the municipal human resources program pertaining to talent acquisition management, employee selection and placement, compensation and benefits, employee evaluation, performance excellence, technology, workforce analytics, employee relations and discipline, record keeping, and research for approximately 500 employees and two unions.

Administers a 12-million-dollar employee benefits budget for approx. 1,100 lives which includes HSA, FSA, DCA and HRA programs for active employees, retirees and their dependents as well as post-employment benefits (OPEB), Governmental Accounting Standards Board, Rule 45 (GASB- 45) reporting.

Administers and manages FMLA, ADA, HIPAA, sick leave programs and usage. Serves as the Township’s ADA/EEOC/Privacy Officer.

Administers a 25-million-dollar compensation classification system and the employee development program for performance excellence. Coordinates the preparation of payroll with the Finance department and administers payroll for approximately 500 (and at times up to 700) employees bi-weekly.

Administers the programs of wellness, organizational training & development, mentoring, succession planning, employee recognition and leadership development.

Coordinates talent acquisition for the recruitment, selection (all pre-employment checks, drug testing, child abuse clearance, fingerprinting, motor vehicle, physicals, credit reporting), promotions, demotions, transfers, onboarding and new employee orientation. Ensures collective bargaining agreements, civil service, veterans preference, pre-employment screening, etc. are followed.

Administers five pension plans, 2 Act 205 defined benefit plans: one for non-police and one for police governed by Act 600, and an Act 44 Deferred Retirement Option program), 2 deferred compensation plans (457 & 401a); writes & updates plan documents. Prepares all pension estimates and final calculations for retirements.

Assists the Township Manager in collective bargaining (at the table) and all labor relations and negotiations in accordance with Act 111 & Act 195; writes & maintains codified labor agreements.

Ensures the Township is legally compliant with FLSA, ACA, COBRA, FMLA, ADA, HIPAA, HLA USERRA, Civil Service Regulations, PHRC, EEOC, ADEA, DOT, Local Agency Law Unemployment Compensation, Workers Compensation/Light Duty.

Coordinates with the Information Services and Finance Departments for best-in-breed financial and human resources systems to leverage technology and data for performance excellence and workforce analytics. Maintains the integrated Finance/HRIS, employee-on-line and employee intra-net.

Represents the Township, with legal counsel, for litigious issues of grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practices, law suits, union negotiations, etc.

Managers Substance Abuse, Workplace Violence and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) as well as DOT random drug testing.

Maintains employee personnel and medical records, electronically and manually as well as highly confidential information, records and materials.

Writes updated job descriptions that are ADA compliant and policies, procedures and union contracts.

Staff Liaison for the Human Relations Commission.

Qualifications include, but are not limited to:

A bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university in human resources, business or public administration or a closely related field plus a minimum of seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience in public human resources administration, including supervisory and collective bargaining experience or an equivalent combination of education and qualifying experience substituting on a year-for-year basis. A master's degree in human resources administration or a related field is preferred. A law degree is desirable. Professional or Senior Professional in Human Resources (PHR or SPHR) certification and/or SHRM Certified Professional (CP) a plus.

Expected Salary range $100,000 - $110,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume/application with salary history to:

Department of Human Resources
Township of Lower Merion, Second Floor
75 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003