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Human Resources Director

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City of Boulder
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Human Resources Director – City of Boulder

The Position

Boulder’s next Human Resources Director will have the opportunity to join a dynamic, creative, progressive, engaged City in one of the most beautiful locations in the U.S. The Human Resources Director will lead the department in the City’s vision of service excellence for an inspired future and support the organization in continuing to realize its values of customer service, respect, integrity, collaboration, and innovation.

The Human Resources (HR) Director provides leadership and strategic planning in the implementation of department programs, functions, and activities to ensure alignment with the City’s goals. Human Resources serves as a business partner to the City Manager and departments to help meet City and Council objectives as they relate to employees, culture, and productivity. Human Resources supports City departments in maximizing business operations through recruitment, retention, performance management, innovative solutions, total compensation, information systems, employee and bargaining-unit relations, and training and development.

There are four “Centers of Excellence” or divisions within the Human Resources Department: HR Customer Service Center, HR Solution Center, Strategic Client Services Center, and the Learning & Organizational Development Center. The Human Resources Department has a recommended 2018 budget of $3,764,845 and 23.38 full-time employees. The Human Resources Director, who reports to the Deputy City Manager, directly supervises a Human Resources Deputy Director and three managers.

Key initiatives for 2018 include:
•Updating human resources policies and recruitment practices and exploring options for a new performance management process
•Transforming Human Resources transactional processes to a strategic systems model
•Implementing new compensation strategy guidelines and variable pay options
•Developing an equity and inclusion organizational strategy
•Negotiating the collective bargaining agreements with the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) and Boulder Municipal Employees Association (BMEA)
•Reviewing City workforce needs and skills to support succession planning and workforce development

The Organization:

Boulder is a Home Rule Municipality that is self-governed under the Constitution of the State of Colorado. The City of Boulder has a Council-Manager form of government. Under this form of government, the elected nine-member City Council sets the policies for the operation of the Boulder government, while the council-appointed City Manager has administrative responsibilities for city operations.

The City has a total 2018 recommended budget of $389.2 million ($277.5 million operating, $111.7 million capital) and approximately 1,400 full-time employees.

Management Style and Personal Characteristics
•A team player who is collaborative and supportive in serving as a member of the City’s leadership team; instrumental in influencing and supporting the culture of the organization
•A skilled professional with a heightened sense of emotional intelligence and an awareness of community and constituent issues and political sensitivities
•Open, approachable, and action-oriented; exercises good judgment; treats others with respect; holds staff accountable
•An outstanding leader of employees who provides guidance and professional support to staff, offering regular feedback to employees, and serving as a mentor in providing training and growth opportunities
•A positive and technically-oriented leader, bringing innovation and creativity to the Human Resources department

The Ideal Candidate

Boulder’s ideal candidate is an established leader in the human resources field with the proven ability to engage staff and shape the culture of an organization while integrating policy, best practices, and employment law. The new Human Resources Director should bring a strong foundation in human resources core services including compensation, benefits, employment, equity and inclusion, information systems, employee and labor relations, and training and development. The Director should be approachable, instill trust, and work collaboratively in a team environment. The Director should model ethical behavior and a strong work ethic, and ensure fair and equitable treatment of employees within the department and across the organization. The Director must be politically astute, an effective communicator, and be equally comfortable talking with line level staff, department directors, and presenting before the City Council. The Director must be a persuasive, confident leader, with an ability to be firm and fair, with a clear understanding of complex employment issues. The ideal candidate will be able to focus on leveraging technology to improve transactional services, and be a partner with other department directors to help ensure the organization is prepared to serve the Boulder community today and in the future.

Job Requirements (Optional): 

Requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, Public Administration or related field, and at least seven years’ experience in local government human resources in a supervisory or management position overseeing staff delivering compensation and benefits, employee training and organizational development, information systems, employee and bargaining unit relations, or other HR generalist services. Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, director or assistant director experience, employment law expertise, demonstrated commitment to diversity, experience leveraging technology to improve processes, and professional certification from IPMA-HR or SHRM.

How To Apply (Optional): 

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at and will be kept confidential. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter, resume with salary history, and a list of 3-5 professional references. Open until filled with first review of applications December 20, 2017.
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