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Director of Human Resources

South Suburban Parks and Recreation
Denver, Colorado 80121
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

The Human Resources Director is a Department head position responsible for providing leadership and resources to support the development and integration of Human Resource initiatives that support the District's mission, vision, values and goals. Serving as the organization's strategic advisor on change management and matters related to employees and organizational culture. Leads and directs the Human Resources team. Directs and guides all phases of  the employee life-cycle including:  recruiting, training and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, safety and workers compensation, employee relations, and employment law compliance.

Essential Duties:
Plans and leads the daily operations and staff of the Human Resources Department with a strong focus on delivering  effective Human Resources programs and services which support all District employees.
Develops and implements the Human Resources Department's vision, mission and goals. Promotes and fosters a Human Resources and organizational culture based on superior customer service, the guiding principles and values of the District and its mission to the community.
Leads HR projects, policies, and systems that impact the District as a whole. Responsible for performing high-level decisions on complex Human Resources matters.
Establishes and fosters  an open culture of communication and effective working relationships with Department Directors and other District personnel. Serves as a strategic business partner as a member of the District's executive leadership ream.
Works closely with all Departments to recommend solutions and advise decision-makers on a broad array of Human Resources activities, such as recruitment, compensation, employee relations, safety, and adherence to federal, state and local laws and regulations.
Develops and manages the Human Resources budget as well as internal operating procedures and audits for Human Resources.
Employment:  Works with Managers and Supervisors to develop hiring strategies. Oversees employment activities including  applicant tracking, recruiting, interview and selection, pre-employment requirements, offers, hiring paperwork and new employee orientation. 
Performance Management:  Plans and implements performance management and recognition and reward systems. Directs the development, communication, and training materials related to performance management.
Training and Development:  Develops employee and management training strategies directly aligned with District goals. Oversees employee training and development  and the Leadership Academy. Works closely with Directors, supervisors, and employees to determine learning needs, training content, and learning objectives.
Compensation: Designs and implements the District's compensation plans. Oversees position classification and development of job descriptions.  Maintains integrity of the compensation and performance management and merit increase systems according to District policies.  Monitors performance management tools for appropriateness related to pay and personnel action recommendations. 
Works closely with the Executive Director and Finance Department to plan and communicates annual salary budgeting activities. Monitors the approved FTE budget and tracks off-cycle position additions and approvals.
Oversees the District's participation in salary surveys and market data collection for pay plan comparisons in order to keep the District a competitive employer.  Researches and analyzes data and make recommendations. 
Wellness Benefits:  Oversees the District's employee benefit plans. Researches and implements program solutions related to medical/dental and other employer sponsored plans.  Works closely with the Benefits Specialist to monitor legal and market trends impacting employee benefits and makes recommendations. Ensures Human Resources department representation on the District's wellness committee
Leads negotiation of benefits contracts including vendor bids, presentations, selection and implementation of contracts and services. 
Oversees the workers' compensation program, including serving on the Risk Management and Safety Committee.  Monitors the Emergency Response and Crises Management plans for the District, working to ensure periodic updates are made as necessary.
Employee Relations:  Works closely with the Generalist and Business Partner to resolve complex employee relations matters, including conducting investigations and facilitating meetings between employee(s) and supervisor(s).  Prepares and/or reviews written documentation and exhibits in response to allegations or charges affecting the employment relationship.  Performs final review of all full-time disciplinary actions and serves as a decision-maker on all involuntary terminations. 
HRIS:  Oversees the management of the HRIS function, including ensuring accurate and timely entry of all employee data related to human resources tracking and benefits data, and works closely with Payroll in regards to PA processing and Benefit contribution/deduction form processing to ensure accurate pay and benefits. 
Legal and Policy Compliance:  Responsible  for organizational compliance with federal, state, and local labor and wage and hour laws as well as any reporting requirements. Assists in maintaining legal compliance in all other areas of District operations.
Leads the development of Human Resources policies, procedures, and best practices. Ensures updates to the employee Handbook and serves as subject matter expert on policy interpretation. Accordingly, develops methods of implementation and compliance.
Analyzes data on employee turnover and employee satisfaction with pay, benefits and working conditions. Informs management on relevant issues and strategies in order to enhance employee relations and organizational culture.
Attends and participates in District Board of Directors meetings.
Maintains a culture of providing superior customer service and ensures consistency across all Departments. Responds tactfully and timely  to inquiries and problems in person, by email, phone and mail providing helpful information and explanations in line with District policies and procedures. Professionally handles confrontational or stressful interactions.
Drives personal and/or District vehicle to other District facilities for business purposes.
Complies with District and departmental rules and regulations, policies and procedures.
Works on complex organizational wide special projects and initiatives as assigned by the Executive Director. 
Performs all other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
May serve as an emergency services worker.


A Bachelor Degree in Human Resources, Public Administration or a related field is required. A Master's Degree is strongly preferred. A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional level experience in Human Resources and considerable knowledge of all areas of the field. A minimum of four (4) years of supervisory experience of multiple full-time staff. SPHR or SHRM-SCP or closely related certification. Previous experience in a public sector and/or Special District is highly desirable. A combination of education and experience may be considered.

Strong working knowledge of:  Federal, State, and local employment law, high level benefits and compensation, recruitment and retention, employee relations, employee policy, procedure and evaluation creation and implementation and additional Human Resources operations and best practices.

Highly skilled in:  versatile communication, choosing appropriate leadership style depending on situation; supervision, employee relations, change management.

The ability to: think strategically; make high level decisions regarding complex issues; interpret and effectively apply laws and policies; establish and maintain professional working relationships with all District personnel and Board of Directors; maintain absolute and unquestioned integrity and confidentiality.

Must possess a valid Colorado Driver License and an acceptable driving record, or have the ability to obtain upon hire.

The ability to successfully complete a background check including but not limited to criminal history search and motor vehicle record check is required. 

Additional Information

For more detailed information on job functions and requirements please view the full job description, available under the 'Job Descriptions' section of our employment site at SSPRD.org 

Please contact Mike Braaten at MBraaten@ssprd.org with questions regarding this opportunity. 

Please note: The posted range is the hiring range and not the full range. 

Position is open until filled.

About South Suburban

Our mission is to foster healthy living through stewardship of the environment, parks, trails, and open space by providing recreational services and programs. 

We serve nearly 155,000 residents in Bow Mar, Columbine Valley, Centennial west of I-25, Littleton, Lone Tree and Sheridan and unincorporated portions of Douglas, Jefferson and Arapahoe counties. We operate four full-service recreation centers, golf courses, outdoor pools and restaurants, two ice centers and miniature golf courses, and a BMX track, a sports dome, batting cages, an entertainment center, a hotel and a nature center. In addition, we maintain nearly 3,800 acres of developed and open space land, including 119 multi-purpose athletic fields, more than 100 parks, nearly 80 miles of trails, 60 playgrounds, 56 tennis courts, and the 880-acre South Platte Park.


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