Human Resources Director

City of Issaquah
March 8, 2019
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Be a leader and a change agent in an exciting era in Issaquah!  We're searching for an innovative, experienced, and effective leader to be Issaquah's next Human Resources Director.

The Human Resources Director is a strategic partner for the organization, building a workplace culture of engagement and acting as a strong resource in achieving the City's vision and goals. This position builds strategic partnerships with internal stakeholders, including the Senior Leadership Team, the City's four bargaining units, and a diverse employee base. The HR Director provides professional consultation, technical guidance, and responsive and innovative solutions consistent with our organizational values: sustaining trust, acting with integrity, leading with respect, mastering communications, owning our actions and being engaged. Additionally, the HR Director serves as the chief negotiator for contract negotiations with four labor groups and administers a comprehensive self-insured and fully insured benefits program. The HR Director works under the general direction of and in partnership with the City Administrator.

Issaquah is a rapidly growing community of 37,000 residents, well known for its breathtaking environment, excellent quality of life, and countless cultural and educational opportunities.

Join our team - and enhance lives through public service.

Opportunities and Challenges

As a member of our Senior Leadership team, you can look forward to:

  • Transforming the department into a stronger resource and strategic partner for internal stakeholders, with the goal of firmly situating the City as an employer of choice.
  • Leading a small and dynamic HR team in carrying out the Department's goals and objectives.
  • Coaching the organization in culture and change management.
  • Identifying opportunities, developing and implementing innovative solutions to complex issues.
  • Operating as a working manager and participating in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Human Resources Department amongst a small team of 4 FTEs.

The Department's 2019 projects include: completing a City-wide classification and compensation study; enhancing the recruitment, onboarding and retention processes to better meet organizational needs; building and enhancing our training and organizational development plan; working with our four labor groups to negotiate successor agreements; and beginning an analysis and overhaul of our personnel policies.

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