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Employer: City of Liberal
Job Title: Human Resources Director
Salary: $0 

Job Description:



The fundamental reason this classification exists is to manage the comprehensive Citywide Personnel Program and direct the activities of the City's Human Resource Department. The Human Resource Director translates broad general guidance and policy into programs and advises City management on all human resource issues. Work is performed within policies included in City ordinances and administrative regulations with wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and subject to periodic review on the basis of results achieved. The Human Resource Director is under the general direction of the Finance Director and/or City Manager and supervises a staff of professional, technical, and clerical employees.


  • Recommends and develops Citywide policies, regulations and practices related to human resource management;
  • Plans, implements and reviews departmental short- and long-term goals;
  • Directs employees engaged in collective bargaining and contract administration, recruitment and examinations, position classification and compensation administration, employee benefits, employee performance ratings, employee development, occupational health programs, safety programs, employee counseling, personnel research, service awards and personnel records maintenance, and related activities;
  • Confers with City management staff and meets with other City employees and the general public on a wide range of personnel issues;
  • Supervises the preparation of annual reports and budget estimates;
  • Advises the City Manager on personnel trends and problems either verbally or in writing;
  • Makes special studies and prepares reports at the request of the City Manager.
  • Interprets and explains personnel policies and procedures to supervisors and employees and assists in solving problems involved in the administration of the personnel system;
  • Reviews and screens applications for employment on the basis of experience and training;
  • Conducts job analyses and develops appropriate test instruments;
  • Plans and organizes assignments to achieve established objectives and time schedules;
  • Counsels City employees and applicants;
  • Performs research studies on various personnel topics and reports findings in writing;
  • Conducts position audits and prepares written reports on findings;
  • Prepares new or revised class specifications;
  • Interviews job applicants, participates in and advises interview panels;
  • Monitors examinations;
  • Determines and advises operating department management on discipline issues;
  • Supervises payroll staff;
  • Conducts investigations;
  • Handles and coordinates grievances;
  • Reviews transfer and reinstatement requests;
  • Conducts and coordinates training activities;
  • Prepares seniority calculations for reduction in force and layoff actions;
  • Researches job factors for alternate and special placements;
  • Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality customer service.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of business and public administration.
  • Principles of labor relations, collective bargaining and contract administration.
  • Personnel methods and techniques of modern public personnel administration.
  • Examination methods and techniques.
  • Position classifications, compensation and benefits administration and transaction processes.
  • Merit system administration and departmental operating requirements.
  • Governmental organization and content of a wide variety of positions common to public agencies.
  • Statistical concepts and methods used in personnel processes.
  • Policies and procedures relating to the City payroll system.
  • Principles of governmental organization.
  • Statistics and statistical theory, tests, and measurement theory and practice.
  • Administrative Regulations and Personnel Rules.

Ability to:

  • Develop, improve and install personnel processes.
  • Work cooperatively with City officials, boards and commissions, employees and the general public.
  • Perform a broad range of supervisory responsibility over others.
  • Communicate orally in the English language with individuals and groups in a face-to-face setting or by telephone.
  • Establish operational standards for the department.
  • Produce written documents in the English language with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.

Work Environment:

  • Travel across rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces.
  • Bend or stoop repeatedly or continually over time.
  • Work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements.

Additional Requirements:

  • This position may require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business.
  • Performs other essential and marginal functions as assigned.



Five years of administrative experience in directing a personnel program in a municipal or state agency or as director of a comprehensive personnel department in a city, and a Bachelor's degree in public or business administration. Other combinations of education and experience that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.


Vacancy Number: 56559

Open Date: 9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: