Employment Opportunities


Current Employment Opportunities with the City of Meridian:

Job Title: Human Resources Director
Department: Human Resources
Reports To: Mayor & City Council
Open Date: January 9, 2023
Close Date: Open Until Filled
Salary: $11,169.63 per month

Job Summary:

The Human Resource Director’s principal function is to direct the department in the delivery of human resources functions, services, practices and programs to further the City’s vision. This position serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This position is also responsible for long-term planning in support of the City Strategic Plan. Primarily responsible for planning, structuring, and implementing Human Resource Systems and functions to achieve expectations and requirements for HR operational efficiency and effectiveness throughout the organization, with a focus on continuous process improvement. This is an appointed position, reporting to the Mayor, and works under general direction from the Mayor and City Council with broad latitude in the exercise of independent judgment.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Human Resource Management

Direct Human Resources operations for the City; provide leadership, direction, and guidance in Human Resources strategies;

Work with the Sr. Leadership Team, Mayor, and Council in developing and implementing the City’s mission, vision, goals, and objectives for the department;

Participate with the Sr. Leadership Team regarding the development of HR management strategies in support of organizational objectives;

Serve as principal advisor to the Mayor and City Council and Sr. Leadership on HR issues;

Advise management staff on employment issues, policies, benefits, compensation, safety, labor, relevant legal issues and programs;

Manage, develop, establish and prioritize goals, objectives, and work standards to ensure the efficient operation of the human resource department;

Supervise department personnel by coaching, mentoring, hiring, firing, disciplining, and providing performance evaluations;

Ensure department and employees goals and objectives are accomplished;

Monitor HR Department operations and ensure the quality of services and work products;

Oversee applicant hiring eligibility practices in compliance with EEOC regulations;

Prepare requested statistical reports for the Mayor and City Council and make presentations;

Monitor and administer changes in State and Federal Human Resource regulations, standards and legislation; communicate changes to City personnel;

Maintain familiarity with and interpretation of relevant laws, statutes, rules, language and trends in the human resources management field;

Ensure compliance with State, Federal, ADA, FLSA, ERISA, IRS and DOL, and other Government agencies, including FBI Criminal Justice Information Security Policy and the Privacy Compact Council guidelines related to CHRI records, in regard to employment laws, regulations, and audits;

Determine applicant hiring eligibility in compliance with EEOC regulations;

Oversee the departments research and develop of new or more effective methods and procedures to maintain human resource functions;

Oversee the City’s Affirmative Action program and ensure compliance;

Develop, direct, update, maintain and ensure compliance to the City Standard Operating Policy and Procedure manual;

Develop and deliver internal training programs needed to accomplish workforce development objectives;

Responsible for managing, maintaining, and forecasting the human resource budget;

Manage, review and update the City’s compensation program;

Manage, review and update the City’s performance appraisal program.

Advise and train management on the performance evaluation program to ensure compliance and quality implementation;

Participate in and support the collective-bargaining process including labor negotiations and dispute resolution;

Interpret and apply collective-bargaining rules, regulations, policies, and procedures as it relates to Human Resources;

Oversee the employee relation services and conduct or coordinate interventions and investigations;

Oversee the maintenance of safety records for the State Insurance fund;

Oversee and review department agreements;

Ensure compliance with Immigration regulations and all COBRA administration;

Monitor and interpret changes in employment law and regulations.

Communicate to leadership/management any relevant changes to laws, regulations and internal policies and procedures;

Oversee the maintenance of the City’s benefit and leave programs;

Serve as a resource for employees needing guidance, regarding benefit issues;

Oversee the development of the City benefit programs;

Oversee and ensure compliance with the City’s drug and alcohol testing program;

Preparation of employee performance evaluations for human resources staff;

Work with City Attorney and staff on related legal issues;

Work with City CFO to prepare budgets, employee wage, and cost of living increase recommendations for City employees;

Direct salary studies for compensation evaluation and prepare reports on findings and recommendations;

Educate City management and employees regarding the City’s compensation philosophy, objectives, and plan;

Act as contact person between human resource consultants and the City;

Attend management and City Council meetings;

Maintain absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, client records, and City information; ensure compliance with the confidentiality standards of the Privacy Act of 1974, {U.S.C. § 552A};

Ensure employee file maintenance and that updates are properly completed by staff

Keep Mayor fully and accurately informed concerning department priorities and employee related issues as applicable.

Talent Retention

Oversee the internal and external recruitment postings and advertisement processes;

Implements human resources strategies by establishing accountabilities, including talent retention, staffing, employment processing, compensation, and benefits;

Oversees the following:

Recruitment, interviews, and selection recommendations to fill vacant positions

Various offers for new hires

Job openings advertised in appropriate locations

Reviewing and screening of resumes

Conducting telephone screening of qualified candidates

Responses to all candidates to keep them informed of the process

Contacting references for qualified candidates

Scheduling onsite interviews as needed

Preparing offer letter for hiring managers

Interview and new hire packets

Advise hiring managers regarding qualified candidates

Ensure adherence to all applicable laws and regulation related to recruitment and staffing

Customer Service

Responsible to be dependable, punctual and a self-starter

Maintains a proper professional image and generate positive public relations

Maintains a professional and courteous demeanor at all times.

Provides timely, respectful and thorough customer service.

Receives and respond to issues from city employees and the public.

Respond to all internal and external customers, (City employees, other governmental representatives, business organizations, community groups and/or the public), with respect and in a courteous and friendly manner to promote a service orientation;

Communicate with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of inter-departmental operations

Use standard office equipment including a computer in the course of work;

Perform other duties as assigned or needed.

Job Specifications:

Advanced knowledge of HR administration principles and practices including job classification, compensation, recruitment, training, employee relations, collective bargaining, employment law, principals involved in strategic planning, leadership techniques; legal requirements of HR programs; current and progressive trends in HR administration;

Minimum: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited College or University, plus 7 years of human resource management experience related to human resources, recruitment & selection, compensation, benefits, EEO/affirmative action, training, safety, workers compensation and labor relations, or any equivalent combination of experience, education and / or training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job. Some public speaking skills are required; A PHR or SPHR certification, is preferred, but not required;

Minimum 5 years of management and supervisory experience, government, municipality, and public administration is required; or any equivalent combination of experience, education, college coursework and training in human resources, public or office administration which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Must have extensive knowledge in benefits administration and workers compensation, technical writing, investigations, EEO/AA, compensation practices, job analysis and classification;

Must have extensive knowledge of employment law, conflict resolution, strategic management/planning, benefit administration, workers’ compensation, hiring practices/skills in interviewing, drug testing programs, rules and DOT regulations, FMLA, ADA, FLSA, COBRA, HIPPA, ERISA, IRS, INS, USERRA and DOL regulations;

Must have some knowledge of union negotiations/labor relations;

Must have proven leadership, strategic management, performance coaching/mentoring, communication, delegation, customer service, and public speaking skills;

Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills;

Must be self-motivated and able to demonstrate good judgment and initiative, to understand, interpret and apply rules and regulations;

Must be capable of analyzing complex data and develop sound conclusions and recommendations;

Must have knowledge and skill in MS office software- Word, Excel, Access, Publisher; PowerPoint, Windows, Outlook, and Internet explorer;

Ability to implement continuous improvement philosophy, and practices;

Ability to develop long-range objectives and specify the strategies and actions to achieve them;

Ability to develop effective strategic plans by implementing change to enhance office productivity, by making work goals clear, by empowering staff to meet those goals and recognizing and developing talent within staff;

Ability to establish priorities, organize workload, and adapt to changes;

Ability to analyze administrative and procedural problems and develop solutions;

Ability to communicate and deal effectively with management, City Council, co-workers, and the public in a professional and positive manner;

Ability to handle complaints skillfully and respectfully;

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, supervisors, co-workers, and the general public;

Ability to interpret State & Federal laws related to human resources issues;

Ability to work and deal effectively with a broad range of individuals from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds;

Ability to work as a team player and collaborate with others;

Ability to articulate and promote the City’s goals and core values to a diverse audience;

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

Work is performed primarily in an office environment with moderate noise level. The employee in this class is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions, which provide protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is occasionally subject to outside environmental conditions. This position requires sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to function in a general office environment to accomplish tasks:

Requires sitting at a desk for long periods of time, up to 8 hours and ability to lift up to 20 lbs.;

Requires clarity of speech and hearing, which permits the employee to communicate effectively;

Requires clear vision to read printed materials and computer screen to accomplish work;

Requires repetitive movement of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers;

Requires sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to function in a general office environment to accomplish tasks.

Travel Requirements:

Local travel is occasionally required;

Requires using own vehicle for transportation to and from City sites and meetings.

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