Johnson County, Kansas is seeking a new Director of Human Resources. The Director of Human Resources will lead a team of 26 highly-skilled staff and oversee all human resources services in a high performing organization characterized by excellence in service delivery, collaboration across departments, and empowering leadership and continuous improvement at all levels of the organization.
The Director of Human Resources has three direct reports: the Deputy Director of Human Resources and two Human Resources Managers. The Director of Human Resources reports to the County Manager and serves as an internal consultant to County Management and the Executive Leadership Team. The Director and/or other key HR staff members participate in cross-departmental teams that have organization-wide impact.
The Director of Human Resources is responsible for the daily operations of the Department of Human Resources (HRD), which includes recruitment, onboarding, and retention of a diverse workforce; compensation and classification; employee relations; learning and development; recognition; and employee records and data.
Payroll and benefits are overseen by the Treasury & Financial Management Department, and HRD staff work closely with this department on key workforce strategies and initiatives.
The Ideal Candidate
The next Director of Human Resources is an approachable, highly-competent leader, who is collaborative and fosters learning and leadership at all levels. The ideal candidate will understand the complexities of local government service delivery and governance and be able to apply HR principles to departments with different needs and circumstances while upholding fairness and integrity. The ideal candidate has exceptional communication skills and can articulate and apply complex laws in practical and understandable ways across the organization. This change management practitioner is fully committed to progressive and strategic management techniques, can manage multiple projects at the same time, and will help staff prioritize to achieve both day-to-day and long-term objectives.
The successful candidate has strong leadership and coaching skills, with the ability to motivate employees and foster a collaborative work environment. The ideal Director of Human Resources will delegate work appropriately, continuously assess the performance of department staff, and work with staff to create goals and professional development plans that support the County government’s overall goals.
The Director will serve as an internal consultant to County leaders concerning human resources and workforce best practices, programs, and initiatives. The ideal candidate will be a model of integrity and will proactively address workplace challenges and opportunities, providing leadership in diversity and inclusion, and pushing the County to continuously improve its service through employees and systems, with a strong emphasis on staff development and employee engagement.
The Director of Human Resources will have a strong foundation in core human resources services, including compliance, classification and compensation, benefits, risk management, employee relations, training and development, performance management, safety and wellness, and records and data management, and can help instill innovation in each of these areas. The next Director will be technologically savvy, working to ensure the systems used by its internal and external customers function well and provide for the County’s future workforce needs.