Human Resources Director « The City of Lakewood, Ohio -

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Human Resources Director

The City of Lakewood is seeking an experienced Human Resources Director who will lead the City’s long-term strategic human resource efforts as well as engage and lead the Human Resources Department’s team of experienced professionals. The individual will represent the City to citizens, outside agencies and partners. The Director is a member of the City’s Leadership Team, reporting directly to the Mayor and will perform work of difficulty directing the human resource operations of the organization. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership success in a comparable or larger complex organization, a deep understanding of human resource challenges and opportunities, an experienced negotiator with bargaining unit negotiation experience, and a commitment to public service.

The Human Resources Director will provide staff leadership and perpetuate a helpful and supportive culture to all dealings with our customers. The Director will be required to establish and maintain strong, positive working relationships with internal and external partners. The Director will also coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies and provides highly responsive, agile, and complex support to the Mayor and Department Directors.

The Human Resources Department is responsible for providing comprehensive human resources services, including: employee recruitment, employee records maintenance, employee benefits, classification and compensation programs and workers compensation programs. The Department Director is responsible for directing all staff and department functions, including long and short range planning, budget development, and project/program management.



Manages department staff and directs functions including, but not limited to: managing all employee records in compliance with applicable laws and assuring confidentiality of same; overseeing and reviewing recruiting functions; supervising the administration of employee benefits; coordinating the functions of third party administrators; assuring adherence to civil service rules and regulations; appearing before the Civil Service Commission; directing maintenance of the classification and compensation plans; maintaining the employee performance appraisal system; consulting with department directors, managers and other officials on human resource matters; consulting with law department officials regarding risk management, litigation and public records issues; overseeing the workers compensation program; overseeing training functions and assuring accurate application of human resource laws, requirements, etc.; overseeing safety programs; and managing related human resource functions.

Oversees and coordinates functions associated with organized labor, including: receiving and resolving grievances; conducting labor negotiations; administering collective bargaining agreements; preparing documentation for arbitrations, labor management conferences, grievance meetings, etc.; conducting labor/management meetings; interpreting collective bargaining agreements; and coaching supervisory personnel in grievance resolution and labor relations activities.

Carries out supervisory/managerial responsibility in accordance with policies, procedures, and applicable laws including: interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; establishing deadlines; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems; conducting staff meetings; and ensuring the proper allocation of staff and resources.

Plans, coordinates and assigns work; monitors performance; and coaches, counsels, mentors, trains and advises employees in department for the dual goals of meeting department goals and employee career development.

Manages the preparation of the department budget, including analyzing needs and resources and monitoring budget activity; approves all purchase requests.

Plans long-range goals, objectives, organizational structure, and overall direction for the department.

Plans and implements short-term or annual goals, objectives, and strategies for the department, projects, or programs to ensure efficient organization and completion of work.

Prepares complex, routine and non-routine reports as requested; receives, sorts, and summarizes material for the preparation of reports; prepares work reports; and relays and interprets administrative decisions, policies and instructions.

Serves as liaison and/or member of various committees/teams and collaborates, persuades, present reports to and negotiates with others outside own work area to coordinate efforts and maintain cooperative and efficient relations.

Follows up on inquiries from various agencies, elected officials, groups, media, etc., regarding department programs and services.

Interprets, develops, communicates, updates and monitors ordinances, policies, procedures, and standards for the department and city; recommends improvement when necessary; and writes/revises same.

Develops and implements methods of collaboration with outside agencies and other city departments.

Maintains and upgrades professional knowledge, skills and development by attending seminars ands training programs and reading trade and professional journals and publications.

Interacts with a variety of high level individuals, both internally and within the community to provide information, disseminate department information, promote community awareness of department functions, make presentations and assist in resolving administrative issues.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in human resources, public administration, business administration or related field; and

Five or more years of progressively responsible human resources management or related experience; or

Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Qualified, interested applicants should submit a current resume and complete an application form on

Applications will be accepted until Monday February 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted 2-10-2020