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Director of Human Resources at Colorado Department of Human Services

Colorado Department of Human Services
Denver, Colorado 80203
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time


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Are you a champion for true strategic HR leadership? Are you looking for real meaning and connection in your work? Do the words "challenge" and "service" get you out of the bed in the morning?

 If you want a rewarding, long-term career where you can make a difference, the Colorado Department of Human Services is for you!


Our commitment is to be an organization of "people who help people."

We are the Colorado Department of Human Services and every day we strive to design and deliver quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence and well-being of the people of Colorado. Our mission provides our organization and employees the opportunity to make Colorado better every day.  
Location: Colorado Department of Human Services: 1575 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203
Description of Job

At the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) we need a proven, top-notch Human Resources Director to lead the HR function for the State's second largest agency.  Because CDHS delivers desperately needed, critical services to Colorado's most vulnerable residents, the right person for this job understands the importance of public service and community engagement.  Your vision for aligning strategic HR practice with organizational need, history of creating and maintaining a culture of compliance excellence while delivering best-in-class customer service, and track-record of building and developing strong, professional HR teams who are committed to customer success will be your greatest asset. In this HR leadership role your ability to champion organizational development and change management with an understanding of the importance of strategic partnering, legal compliance and going the extra mile will drive organizational success. Your experience working in state, local or federal government, and/or professional HR experience in a highly-regulated and monitored environment will be a great advantage for insight into the culture of a state agency.

What it's like to work with us:

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining us at the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we enjoy:

  • Employee wellness programs
  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans
  • Medical and dental health plans
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short and long-term disability coverage
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training opportunities, and more
In the position of Director of Employment Affairs (Director of Human Resources) you will serve as the leader of HR and will be responsible for the design, implementation, and management of effective human resource strategies, services and functions to produce greater organizational effectiveness and to support the needs and requirements of the Colorado Department of Human Services.

As the leader of human resources for our organization you are responsible for bringing best in class solutions, innovation, and creativity to solve complex business and organizational problems.  This position reports to the Director of the Office of Administrative Solutions and is frequently called upon to advise the Executive Director of the Department of Human Services, so strong experience and expertise in executive level management, communication, and business process improvement is required.  You will have full responsibility for the human resources functions crucial to the effectiveness of CDHS.

Your initial focus will be to lead the change management and organizational design, promoting, implementing and monitoring the human resources program at CDHS.  The human resources strategy will influence all aspects of continued organizational development from employee on-boarding to guiding policy and practice related to human resources for services at CDHS
Together with your 40+ person team you will ensure timely and appropriate measures for organizational success regarding legal/regulatory compliance, HR strategic management, and training and professional development. 



  • You must be a knowledgeable, articulate and persuasive leader who can serve as an effective member of the senior management team and be able to communicate human resources related concepts to a broad range of professional staff.
  • Experience with strategic human resource programs, policy development, workforce planning and management, change management and compliance and regulatory activities.
  • Strong working knowledge of pertinent legal (state, federal, etc.) aspects of human resources in order to meet regulatory needs of your organization.
  • At least ten (10) years' experience of progressive responsibility in human resource management which must have included at least three (3) years at the manager or director level developing strategic work plans, budget development and control, and relationship management.
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's or master's degree in Human Resource Management, Business Management/Administration, Organizational Management, or closely related field.


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Director of Human Resources at Colorado Department of Human Services

Colorado Department of Human Services
Denver, Colorado 80203

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