21 days old

Chief Human Resources Officer - Assistant Commissioner

Employment Security
Olympia, Washington 98507
  • Job Code
    Exempt 2019-10482
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

Here's your opportunity to be a key part of how we live our vision and BUILD the nation's best and most future ready workforce – starting right at ESD!
Who We Are - Power to Help 
Here at the Employment Security Department (ESD), we believe in the Power to Help when people need it most. We provide economic security to the people of Washington every day and in every corner of the state. We help people find jobs, bridge gaps in employment and soon we'll be providing paid family and medical leave.

Why bring your talent to ESD - Power of a Job
We value Collaboration, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity, Investing in our people and Service with Kindness. We have a flexible work environment that respects your work/life balance, ensure your voice matters, and value a diverse workforce dedicated to the Power to Help when people need it most. 
Relating to people with ease is first nature to you. Associates from line level to senior manager seek your counsel because you're trustworthy, solution-minded, and knowledgeable. You maneuver conflict into problem solving and have a proven record of achieving department and agency business goals. As Chief Human Resources Officer/Assistant Commissioner, you'll have the opportunity to exercise your expert knowledge and showcase your talents as a leader of a major State agency and respected member of our Executive Leadership Team (ELT).
The Chief Human Resources Officer is an Assistant Commissioner and a member of the executive team for ESD. Reporting directly to the Commissioner, this position manages the Human Resources (HR) Division. The position manages and oversees a team of 43 full time employees who serve 1,700 agency staff across the state of Washington.

You'll work with ESD's Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and other members of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) to meet ESD's mission and strategic goals. Working as a strategic partner you'll ensure HR strategies are aligned to support the business needs in a dynamic, ever-changing environment.  Moreover, you'll ensure internal operational systems, policies and collective bargaining agreements are compliant, transparent and efficient.

In this key leadership position, you'll advise and guide the agency to establish best practices; recruit and retain talented employees; create and promote a diverse, inclusive and results-oriented performance culture; promote continuous process improvement and employee engagement; and establish systems that reduce risk exposure and set a high bar for ethical behavior. 
Some of what you will do:

  • Direct, coach, motivate, promote and delegate functions and activities of the HR Division.
  • Lead and influence a team of managers, supervisors and division staff, promoting a cooperative work environment that fosters individual ownership and promotes, and lives, ESD's values.
  • Delegate responsibilities for tasks. Set clear goals and performance expectations for the HR Division.
  • Lead the way in creating an inclusive workplace that values diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively, facilitating a team approach to problem solving.
  • Lead continuous improvement (Lean) initiatives and strategic change, encourage innovation, facilitate cooperation and teamwork, leverage diversity and foster constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • Focus on strategic planning and integrating multiple organization units.
  • Develop policy, provide work direction and sets priorities for the HR Division.
  • Manage, evaluate, develop, and/or implement agency-wide HR policy.
  • Identify internal and external stakeholders and ascertain their needs by building coalitions.
  • Deliver a high-quality agency-wide performance management system.
  • Prepare, justify, and administer the HR Division budget and, as a part of that, understand the state budgetary process.
  • Identify future agency workforce needs, set benchmarks and communicate potential talent gaps and business solutions to executive leadership.
  • Provide training and executive coaching programs across the organization to invest in employee development and equip our workforce to be the most future ready employees in the nation.


Here is what we are looking for:
We seek a dynamic leader with exceptional strategic, communication and interpersonal skills.  ESD values diversity in all its dimensions, including diversity of thoughts and ideas. We embrace a listen-first leadership model.  We require someone who demonstrates high ethical standards, trust, sensitivity, and mutual respect.  A leader that understands and can cultivate stakeholder relationships and leads by example. 

Competitive applicants will possess the following qualifications, experience and competencies:

  • A bachelor's in Human Resources Management, Business Administration or related experience
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible human resources management experience.
  • Experience establishing, challenging, attainable goals and objectives to meet short- and long-range organizational needs.
  • Extensive knowledge of state (public sector) employment and systems, personnel policies and practices, labor relations and collective bargaining agreements, federal law, RCWs and WACs.
  • Thorough knowledge of employment law and a demonstrated ability to make decisions based on its application.
  • Excellent communication, writing and negotiation skills including public speaking and the ability to lead inspire and mentor fellow employees.
  • Expertise in building partnerships and political relationships with key stakeholders across state government.
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups and adapt quickly to changing issues, priorities and communication needs.
  • Strong decision-making skills, ability to make recommendations to senior level managers on all aspects of human resource communications and department policies.
  • Ability to establish personal credibility and negotiate with others while maintaining and building positive working relationships.
  • Expertise establishing relationships based on trust and mutual respect, treating others fairly and equitably.


Posted: 2019-10-30 Expires: 2019-11-29

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