City of Des Moines Washington
  • 01-Feb-2018 to 28-Feb-2018 (PST)
  • Administration
  • Des Moines, WA, USA
  • 2018 Salary Range: $96,336 to $117,096 annually
  • Salary
  • Regular Full-Time

The City provides an attractive benefits package which includes Washington State PERS retirement, a Social Security replacement plan, medical, dental, vision, life, long term disability, and survivor income benefit insurance.

To Apply

  • Complete the City's online application at and upload a resume and cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements. Once you submit your application you will be prompted to complete a brief online multiple-choice assessment.

Closing Date

  • Open until filled, with priority consideration for applications received by February 18, 2018.

Nature of Work

  • Under the general direction of the City Manager, the Human Resources Director is responsible for planning, developing, and administering human resource policies, programs, services and systems including the training, safety and wellness programs.  As the City's only HR staff member, responsibilities include professional and technical duties. The incumbent is expected to apply knowledge of current human resource and employment policies, procedures, laws and regulations.

Essential Functions

  • Plans, organizes, controls and directs the Citywide comprehensive human resources, safety and wellness functions and programs including recruitment and selection, benefits, employee relations, and development, training, wage and salary administration, human resource legal compliance, organizational development and strategic planning.
  • Responsible for the City's compliance with federal, state and local laws regarding personal practices, including but not limited to Fair Labor Standards Act, OSHA/WISHA, Family and Medical Leave Act, Workers Compensation Program, Unemployment Insurance, EEOC, Drug and Alcohol Testing, and Hearing Conservation Program.
  • Coordinates employee recruitment and selection processes, including advertising vacancies and assisting managers in evaluating applications, interviewing applicants, administering employment tests, conducting background checks and making hiring recommendations.
  • Administers and coordinates all phases of employee relations; serves as a member of the City's management labor negotiating team; conducts surveys and analyzes data to prepare for negotiations; develops contract language and assists with the implementation of contract changes; interprets and administers employee contracts throughout the duration of the agreements.
  • Administers a variety of City employee benefit plans offered through a various carriers and providers; plans, organizes and conducts annual benefits open enrollments and new hire enrollment processes; explains, interprets and counsels employees regarding employee benefit plan coverage, eligibility for benefits and claims procedures.
  • Administers employee leaves of absence benefits, including family and medical leave, pregnancy disability leave and workers' compensation leave.
  • Undertakes research on best practices and initiatives in other jurisdictions to identify trends and anticipate impacts to City programs; maintains analysis of long-range trends that generate impacts to City budgets and employee base; develops information on comparative practice at both a State and Regional level to inform policy options for City leadership.
  • Performs internal consulting assistance to the City's management and supervisory staff in a variety of areas including staffing and organization, employee development, disciplinary problems, and other special employment needs.  Provides assistance for training, career development, and employee relations. Consults with department managers to prepare action plans to resolve employee problems, acts as mediator in conflict situations, and participates in counseling and disciplinary hearings as needed.
  • Develops and administers personnel policies and procedures; provides advice and assistance to managers and supervisors regarding the interpretation, implementation and administration of regulatory compliance and policy issues.
  • Coordinates or conducts personnel investigations and employee services and works with the City and other resources such as attorneys, physicians and investigators toward resolutions.
  • Assists in meeting WCIA's COMPACT requirements through coordination with the City's WCIA Delegate regarding annual "All-staff" Training in WCIA sponsored programs.
  • Responds to compensation and benefit survey requests from the Association of Washington Cities and other agencies/jurisdictions.
  • Conducts compensation and classification analysis for existing and proposed positions and develops recommendations on salaries, reclassifications, pay and benefit practices.
  • Assumes responsibility for maintenance of personnel files and related confidential files such as workers' compensation and medical files; develops and implements control systems for personnel practices.  
  • Serves as the City's Safety Officer; monitors the City's safety program; maintains OSHA 200 log and manages a citywide safety program.
  • Develops and administers the budget for Personnel Services; monitors and controls personnel expenditures in accordance with City budget policies.
  • Participates in the employment process, reviews job descriptions, prepares job announcements, places ads, ensures completion of background checks, and conducts employee orientation.
  • Serves as staff advisor to the LEOFF 1 Disability Board.
  • Performs tasks related to special projects as assigned by the City Manager's office.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative, effective working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the general public using principles of good customer service.
  • Reports for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to being assigned to work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, equalize peak work periods, or balance the workload.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Federal, state and local laws regarding personnel policies and practices, including affirmative action/equal employment opportunity, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
  • Research methods, data collection, sampling techniques, and statistical analysis.
  • Job analysis techniques, implementation of wage and salary administration and classification and compensation methodologies.
  • Labor negotiations and administration.
  • Budget preparation and controls.

Ability to:

  • Read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality regarding personnel and management issues.
  • Deal effectively with employees, management and the public on a one-to-one or group basis.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Plan, organize, and manage the human resource functions and programs.
  • Provide technical information and assistance to others concerning employment policies and personnel transactions.
  • Perform a variety of professional human resources duties.
  • Maintain current knowledge of program rules, regulations, requirements and restrictions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential issues and situations.
  • Make timely decisions considering relevant factors and evaluating alternatives, exercising discretion and sound independent judgment.
  • Create and meet schedules, time lines and work independently with little direction.
  • Work effectively in a dynamic environment that is constantly changing, resulting in continually re-evaluating and shifting priorities.
  • Work both independently and within a collaborative team-oriented environment; contribute openly, respectfully disagree, understand the ideas of others, listen well and work for consensus.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in public or business administration, human resources management, or a related field; and
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible human resources management experience in a local government or other public sector agency required.
  • Public sector labor relations experience highly preferred.
  • PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certifications preferred.
  • A combination of experience and training enabling the individual to perform the essential functions of the position may be considered.

Special Requirements

  • Possession of and the ability to maintain throughout employment a valid Washington State Driver's License with a good driving record.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment background and criminal history check.
  • Because of the known effects of tobacco use, the City of Des Moines does not hire applicants who use tobacco products.

Working Conditions and Demands:

  • Duties require the willingness and ability to work the hours necessary to accomplish the assigned duties, including occasional evenings and weekends; occasionally travels out of town to attend workshops, conferences, and seminars.
  • Work Environment:  Typical office conditions, and the noise level is usually quiet.
  • Physical Demands:  Regularly required to sit, talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; and reach with hands and arms.  Frequently required to stand and walk and lift up to ten pounds. Specific vision abilities include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Mental Demands:  Regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve complex problems; use mathematical skills; perform highly detailed work under changing, intensive deadlines on multiple concurrent tasks; work with constant interruptions; and interact with all levels of City management, employees, labor representatives, applicants, the public and others encountered in the course of work.

Equal Opportunity Employer

  • The City of Des Moines is committed to hiring a diverse workforce and all qualified applicants, including all ethnic backgrounds and persons with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.
  • In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, an employer is obligated to make a reasonable accommodation only to the known limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability. In general, it is the responsibility of the applicant or employee with a disability to inform the employer that an accommodation is needed to participate in the application process, to perform essential job functions or to receive equal benefits and privileges of employment.

General Information

  • The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job classification, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. 
  • The physical abilities described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The provisions of this job description do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice. 


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