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Hiring: Human Resources Director
The City of Chesapeake is seeking an innovative and collaborative leader to serve as
Human Resources Director
Candidates should apply by February 14, 2020, with resume
and cover letter to email@example.com.
The City of Chesapeake is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The primary role of the Human Resources Director is to promote the City as an employer of choice and to support the departments in recruiting, training, evaluating, and empowering the City’s workforce. The Director is a key member of the City’s senior leadership team and will serve as a strategic business partner to the City’s departments, the chief advisor to the City Manager on issues related to Human Resources, and as a trusted resource for employees.
- Aligns policy, procedures, and practices to achieve desired outcomes and ensures compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
- Leads a team of 21 full-time and 2 part-time staff and manages a $2.6 million departmental budget.
- Ensures all employees, and future employees, are provided quality services related to, but not limited to, education on pay and compensation and other benefits, training, and City standards/expectations.
- Provides leadership for human resources services that includes applying reasonable flexibility within the constraints of rules, procedures, and appropriate regulatory framework.
- Monitors and researches trends, new methodology and technology, laws, rules, and City policies to develop and enhance City human resources processes and activities for the future.
- Represents the City on regional and local boards or committees and at meetings concerning human resources related issues; makes presentations to elected or appointed officials, department heads and staff, and other public or private agencies or groups on human resources.
- Oversees areas related to training and organizational development.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate must have the qualities of a “Chief Talent Officer” with a strong commitment to continuous quality improvement, customer service, and performance management. The candidate will have senior-level administration experience in planning, organizing, staffing, coordinating, managing, budgeting, and evaluating human resources.
We are seeking a proactive individual with a strong work ethic who will anticipate challenges, recommend innovative solutions, provide outstanding customer service, and deliver positive outcomes.
Competitive candidates will be able to:
- Develop and maintain productive relationships with current and prospective employees, fellow department heads, and business and community leaders.
- Facilitate and collaborate with City leadership, staff, and the community to determine the most effective and efficient approach to delivering services and resolving issues;
- Serve as a role model for customer service, ethical behavior, transparency, dispute resolution, and problem solving;
- Develop City employees to achieve high levels of productivity and accomplishment through training and appropriate policy development;
- Communicate effectively, clearly and factually, through oral and written communication.
- Serves as a “change agent” to assist the organization through periods of transition.
The salary for this position is negotiable and dependent upon qualifications and experience. The City may reimburse reasonable relocation expenses incurred.
The City of Chesapeake offers a highly competitive benefit package.
Chesapeake, Virginia, was established in 1963 by the merger of Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk. The area also played a significant role in the founding of America, with the historic Battle of Great Bridge and construction of the Great Dismal Swamp Canal. Today, Chesapeake honors its position in history with a vibrant present and promising future.
Location and Growth
Chesapeake is conveniently located 20 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, 15 minutes from downtown Norfolk, and an hour from Colonial Williamsburg and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Located adjacent to the world's largest naval base, Chesapeake is the second largest city in land area in Virginia (353 square miles) and 13th largest in the United States. With an estimated population of 245,000, Chesapeake is one of the fastest growing cities in Virginia and is the second-most populous city in the Commonwealth . As one of Virginia’s premier cities, it has significant potential for future residential, commercial, and industrial growth
In the past year, the business community invested more than $204 million in Chesapeake and created over 1,200 new jobs. As one of the country’s 100 largest cities, Chesapeake has all the features businesses are looking for: talent, infrastructure, and location. Recognized as a strong economic area for business investment, the City provides corporations with first-class opportunities for employee recruitment and the capabilities to create and maintain a presence in their respective industries. New companies and businesses continue to locate to the area and benefit from the abundant wealth of resources that Chesapeake offers.
The City operates under the Council-Manager form of government with the City Manager having oversight for daily operations. The City government employs approximately 3,500 people in more than 30 departments with an annual operating budget of more than $500 million. Chesapeake has received numerous high rankings and accolades from WalletHub, including:
- 23rd Best Run City in America
- 28th Quality of City Services Rank
- 21st for Financial Stability
- 22nd in Education
- 19th Safety Rank
- 24th in Caring for the Vulnerable
- 14th in Caring in the Workforce
- 8th in Caring for Community
Chesapeake has an outstanding public school system which consistently ranks as one of the best in the state. In addition, opportunities for higher education abound in the region, ranging from the diverse college-bound and career-bound programs of Tidewater Community College, to four-year and graduate degree programs at Old Dominion, Norfolk State, Regent, Virginia Wesleyan Universities, and the college of William and Mary. The City of Chesapeake works closely our higher educations partners, both as a provider of internship, mentorship, and teaching opportunities, and as a recipient of the talent graduating each year from the academic programs.