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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 1629 - Director of Human Resources

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Exempt
GRADE:    318

Under administrative direction; performs work of unusual difficulty in the development and administration of the County's human resources programs; performs related work as required.

The employee in this class plans for and manages the Human Resources Department. Work requires the ability to exercise independent judgment regarding the application of Human Resources policies and procedures. Administrative direction is received from the County Board Chairperson, the County Board and the County Administrator.  

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

•    Plans for and directs the human resources functions e.g. (employee benefits, payroll, compensation, recruitment, training, labor relations and workers compensation)
•    Functions as a member of the County’s management team to resolve issues and implement plans of action
•    Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
•    Ensures compliance with related State and Federal laws
•    Oversees the preparation and maintenance of the budgeted headcount for County departments
•    Provides interpretation of and ensures compliance with County Board Human Resources Policies and labor agreements
•    Directs internal training programs
•    Participates in contract negotiations
•    Investigates and acts as hearing officer in third step of the grievance procedure
•    Consults with other departments regarding human resources issues
•    Investigates, reviews and prepares proposals for revisions or additions to Policies and makes recommendations to the County Board
•    Serves on various committees for input into County-wide programs
•    Maintains current knowledge of legislation related to assigned areas
•    Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

•    Completes required training programs and stays current with County Emergency Management operational policies and procedures
•    Supports the County Incident Command and Emergency Management Systems in preparedness, response and recovery efforts
•    Maintains 24/7 availability to respond to emergencies, exercises and other related activities.
•    Adjusts work assignment or schedule in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities as assigned.
•    Depending on assignment, may require emergency management training, licensure or certifications.
•    Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
•    The principles, practices and functional areas of human resources
•    Organizational theory, and human resource planning
•    Laws and court rulings impacting public sector human resources management
•    Labor and union relations
•    Management and leadership principles
•    Current office practices, procedures, and equipment
•    County policies and procedures
•    Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
•    Analyzing departmental needs and making appropriate human resources recommendations
•    Analyzing and making recommendations related to employee relations and disciplinary issues
•    Providing leadership to staff
•    Analyzing facts and in exercising sound judgment in arriving at conclusions
•    expressing oneself clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
•    Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others
•    Supervising and motivating subordinates
•    Planning, scheduling, and supervising the work of others
•    Using computer hardware and software including work processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
•    Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations, and services of office to which assigned

Ability to:
•    Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
•    Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
•    Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
•    Convey excellent oral and written communication
•    Work effectively under stress
•    Maintain confidentiality
•    Monitor and evaluate employees
•    Prioritize and assign work
•    Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
•    Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
•    Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
•    Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a Master’s degree in Human Resources, Public or Business Administration, or a related field; and eight years of professional human resources work, including five years experience in a management level position; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here 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.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.