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Director of Human Resources/Chief People Officer

City of Santa Monica
Santa Monica, California 90401
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time




If you are a transformational human resources leader who is passionate about leaving a lasting legacy, raising the bar for talent management, organizational development and inspiring the next generation of public service, look no further!   The City of Santa Monica has a unique once in a lifetime opportunity to lead a high performing team in shaping the culture of the City as the Chief People Officer (CPO)/Director of Human Resources.


The City of Santa Monica is one of the most recognized communities and desirable destinations to live and work. The city is not interested in the status quo, as Santa Monica is known around the country to be on the forefront of local government best practices around performance management, data driven decision making and sustainability. Santa Monica is a complex, full-service City with a population of 93,000, nearly 2300 employees with 11 bargaining units and a $737.9 million FY2017-18 operating budget. The Human Resources Department has a budget of $5 million and 27 staff members.


Reporting to the City Manager, the CPO is a member of the City’s Executive Team and serves as the Secretary to the City’s Personnel Board. The CPO is the City’s chief strategist, visionary, advisor and champion around all things people and is responsible for leading the Human Resources team in delivering exceptional labor relations; recruitment and selection; classification and compensation; and training services.


The City is a creating a model of 21st Century government and the ideal candidate will be an experienced HR leader with a forward thinking, collaborative approach to managing talent in the public sector and a successful track record of effectuating organizational change. Candidates who are out-of-the-box thinkers, empathetic listeners, politically astute, people centric with strong interpersonal, collaboration and consensus building skills and driven by customer service will be successful.


Candidates must possess a BA/BS degree with a master’s degree being preferred, and a minimum of ten years’ experience including three years of supervisory experience in a complex public sector or comparable environment.


Interested individuals should submit a compelling letter of interest and resume by June 22, 2018 electronically to smcity.hrdir@thehawkinscompany.com. The position is open until filled. Materials should reflect size and scope of management experience including staffs managed, budgets administered, programs directed, and significant human resources accomplishments. A complete brochure is available at www.thehawkinscompany.com.


Confidential inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Ms. Brett Byers, 323-403-8279. brett@thehawkinscompany.comor Bill Hawkins, 213-308-0945, bill@thehawkinscompany.com.


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