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Director of Human Resources

Published on September 3, 2021

Department(s): Human Resources

Location: Pittsburg, KS

Under the direction of the City Manager, the Director of Human Resources implements human resources strategies for talent management and evaluation, compensation and benefits, training and development, records management, safety and wellness, succession planning, employee relations, risk management and EEO plus employment law compliance.



  • Provides oversight for recruitment, selection, and post-selection processes to ensure a highly-qualified, diverse and productive workforce.
  • Responsible for employee on-boarding and off-boarding, and orientation and separation; maintains a City Position Control Register.
  • Responsible for maintaining the employee handbook and ensuring employees are kept up-to-date on policies and procedures.
  • Manages annual employee review process.
  • Manages employee relations, discipline, and performance management issues, including conducting investigations and managing complex issues. Serves as advisor to City Manager and supervisor and reviews grievances and appeals.
  • Administers and monitors the City’s benefits programs; assists Finance Department in managing claims for health services, workers’ compensation, disability, life insurance, unemployment and fostering positive relationships with TPAs, insurance carriers and the City Attorney.
  • Identifies opportunities for organizational development, including redesigning job descriptions and job functions; training and education; succession planning; workforce planning and career development.
  • Consults with the City Manager to develop and monitor an annual HR budget that includes recruiting, employee recognition, events, training and HR software systems.
  • Partners with the City Employee Advisory Committee to implement company safety and wellness programs. Monitors workers compensation and risk management processes.
  • Analyzes and recommends to the City Manager company wage and salary structure, pay policies and oversees job classifications and raises in compliance with FLSA laws and City salary ordinance.
  • Annually reviews and makes policy recommendations to City Manager and leadership team; communicates changes to all staff and ensures proper compliance is followed.
  • Provides staff support to the Human Relations Commission.
  • Collaborates with community leaders and organizations on developing internships, job shadowing, apprenticeships and workforce development programs.
  • Provides annual compliance training for managers, supervisors and employees. Advises managers and supervisors regarding City policies, state and federal laws; progressive discipline and coaching; Monitors performance improvement plans for employees; conducts internal investigations and prepares responses to appeals, complaints and grievances.




  • Ability to lead, mentor and evaluate HR staff; delegate authority and responsibility; and analyze complex and difficult personnel problems and make appropriate recommendations to managers and City leaders.
  • Experience in benefit plan design, talent management, compensation programs, safety and risk management, and employee evaluation processes.
  • Ability to advise department leaders on effective employee relations, discipline, and employee development.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of work ethic, integrity, confidentiality.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in written form.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and functions of effective human resource management.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws regulations, employment law, compensation, organizational planning, organization development, employee relations, safety, and training and development.


  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Public Administration, Organization Development or a related field.
  • Five plus years of progressive leadership experience in Human Resources positions. Professional of Human Resources (PHR) or Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) Certification, preferred.
  • Specialized training in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, organization development, employee relations, safety, training, and preventive labor relations, preferred.
  • Active affiliation with appropriate Human Resources networks and organizations and ongoing community involvement, preferred.