Starting Salary: $38.23-$53.79
NATURE OF WORK
This position is responsible for administrative and professional work serving as the Director of Human Resources for the City of Fremont. The incumbent is responsible for planning and directing Human Resource activities including recruitment, training, testing, personnel, performance appraisals, wellness programs, wage and benefit administration, insurance programs, retirement administration, labor relations and negotiations, discipline and counseling, developing and interpreting policy, and analyzing work methods and processes.
Work is performed with wide latitude in the exercise of independent judgment as well as administrative responsibility. Work involves the tactful explanation of procedures and policies to applicants, all employees, management staff, and policy makers. The incumbent reports to the City Administrator and works with the Assistant City Administrators to develop work methods, processes, and City projects. Work is reviewed on the basis of results achieved and administrative efficiency. All duties shall be performed while maintaining the privacy, security, and confidentiality of City and employee records.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
Develops procedures and manages the recruitment and selection programs; prepares recruitment information; employment advertising; evaluates applications; conducts interviews, checks references and background information submitted by applicants; makes selection decisions and employment offers; conducts the orientation program for new hires.
Develops appropriate written, oral, and performance examinations; evaluates cut-off scores and test items analysis; serves as the Civil Service Commission Examiner/Secretary and advises the commission on selection and establishment of eligibility lists.
Provides information and interpretation regarding personnel rules, regulations, practices, and procedures; makes recommendations on and develops Human Resources related policies; works with departments on personnel matters; advises and assists department heads on a variety of employment, operational and tactical problems.
Works with administrators in labor relations reviewing grievances and discussing plans of actions; may interview parties, analyze the grievance and propose a response to the grievance; assist department heads with resolution; conducts investigation of alleged violations of city policy and procedures; directs the implementation of the City’s anti-harassment policy; manages employment litigation against the City, including hiring outside attorneys, negotiating settlements, and responding to EEOC charges.
Works closely with the City Attorney’s office on legal issues regarding personnel matters, labor contracts, and judicial pronouncements relative to risk management of personnel rules, regulations, practices, and procedures.
Administers employee benefits programs; reviews and oversees various insurance programs and policies for the City of Fremont; reviews and administers the various City retirement programs, health insurance and life insurance plans, flex spending, dependent care programs, employee assistance program (EAP), COBRA, worker’s compensation, HIPAA, and FMLA; adheres to various policies and procedures in overseeing the plans/programs. Provides assistance to employees on benefit programs. Evaluate, suggest and recommend new benefit, compensation, and insurance plans. Negotiate with health & welfare insurance companies, brokers, or agencies on behalf of the City.
Administers the drug and alcohol testing program in compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Act reviewing regulation changes and consults with legal counsel regarding policy revisions; maintains records, reports, and logs to conform to EEO regulations and compliance with federal and state employment regulations; assists in the development of employee and supervisory training programs.
Conducts or oversees the consultant that conducts salary surveys of comparable employers for compensation review and negotiations and other policy surveys relating to prevalent personnel practices; communicates benefit information to employees and serves as primary contact in providing wage and benefit information to other employers.
Participates in administrative staff meetings and attends other meetings and seminars; maintains organizational charts; as member of management team conducts labor negotiations with city groups, administers labor contracts; conducts research on various topics as needed.
Attends City Council meetings as required and presents a variety of items to Council for consideration, including proposed policy and ordinance changes and labor contracts.
Prepares and administers the Human Resources Department budget; meets with various administrators and managers and reviews additional staffing, and employee reclassification requests. Audits and recommends changes to employee job descriptions. Prepares specifications for personnel services. Supervision is exercised over Human Resources Technicians and Custodial staff.
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and developments in various fields relative to Human Resources management.
Performs related work as required and other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS OF WORK
Bachelor’s degree with major course work in Human Resources, management, or a closely related field with coursework in personnel management.. Five to seven years of related experience as a Human Resources Manager or higher. Current HRCI, SHRM or IPMA-HR certification preferred. Experience in municipal government or public administration is desirable.
Or any equivalent combination of abilities, experience, and training that provides the following knowledge, abilities, and skills.
Ability to interpret and administer accurately and concisely the practices, procedures, policies, and ordinances of city government as well as state and federal employment regulations.
Thorough knowledge of modern Human Resources (HR) management and HR best practices; self-funded worker’s compensation and medical insurance plans; bargaining unit contracts; employment practices; and state and federal employment regulations. Thorough knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures utilized in recruitment, selection, test development, affirmative action, training, labor relations, classification, and salary administration.
Thorough knowledge of drug testing and EAP programs.
Ability to carry out, without supervision, continuing assignments requiring the organization of materials, the preparation of reports, develop solutions, and making of decisions. Ability to effectively supervise other staff.
Ability to analyze a variety of personnel problems and programs and to communicate effectively, both orally and written, in order to explain actions and maintain effective working relationships with administrative team, department heads, employees, elected officials, industry representatives, and the general public.
Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times and perform all of the above with a high degree of personal integrity and ethics.
Ability to apply all of the above knowledge, skills, and abilities efficiently and effectively in a municipal government/utility environment.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Must possess a Valid Nebraska motor vehicle operator’s license.
Must reside within twenty-five (25) miles of the city limits of Fremont, NE.
Work is primarily performed in a standard office setting. Field work involves going to work sites and City facilities with some out-of-office exposure to varying temperatures, dust, chemicals, fumes, odors, hazardous materials and noises.
Standard Office Equipment Personal Computer Computer Printer
Scanner Telephone system Copier/fax machine
Microsoft Software Windows
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