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HR Director

Developmental Associates for City of Statesboro
Statesboro, Georgia 30458

The Opportunity

The City of Statesboro, Georgia, operating under a Council-Manager form of government, seeks an innovative, visionary and transformational Human Resources (HR) Director. This will be someone who is interested in working in and leading a small department as one of three to carry out the HR functions for the City. The HR Director must be knowledgeable of HR best practices, adept at evaluating/updating existing HR programs/policies, and revising and/or developing systems that empower City departments to make sound and data-driven HR decisions. To achieve this, the HR Director must be an excellent communicator, collaborator, and strategic thinker who expects and delivers outstanding customer service to City employees. The HR Director will be part of the executive team providing leadership and oversight to develop and carry out the goals of the organization.

About the Department and Position:

The HR Director reports to a recently appointed City Manager. The HR Director oversees a department budget of $300K and manages the $4M self-insured health plan with the help of two HR staff to carry out the functions of recruitment, employee relations, compensation and benefits, and retirement. The HR Director must work to ensure consistent application of HR policies and procedures across the City.

The focus of the HR Director is to transform the Department into a strategic operation. Goals will include streamlining and enhancing processes, such as recruitment and selection, enabling department directors to make more efficient and sound HR decisions. Ensuring accountability and consistency of policy decisions coming from HR is an important skill and expectation to be met. The City is not just seeking a sound customer-service approach to HR, but one that is designed around the customer’s needs, while reducing legal liability. Thus, technological skills and the ability to lead change efforts are essential.

Key priorities, among others, for the next HR Director will be:

  • evaluate the department head needs and desires and match to current HR staffing and practices to assess what changes, if any, may be needed to HR staffing levels, systems, and programs;
  • strategically evaluating the City’s recruitment and selection policies, procedures and metrics to assess needs and create initiatives that ensure effective and timely recruitment, selection and onboarding of employees with an ongoing goal of ensuring that the City workforce reflects the community it serves at all levels;
  • strategically evaluating the City’s training and development needs to create initiatives that ensure effective employee development, engagement, retention, and succession planning;
  • implementing a new pay plan and ensuring that the compensation policy both attracts and retains outstanding staff;
  • evaluate benefit plans including retirement system to ensure they are competitive and retain staff in order to stem turnover; and,
  • initiating a review of the performance evaluation system, identifying best practices and ensuring the revision/ development of a system that is consistently applied.

About the Community

The City of Statesboro (population 31,379), founded in 1803 and county seat for Bulloch County, is a progressive community that provides an exceptional quality of life to its residents and offers southern charm and hospitality to its visitors. The City offers a high standard of living with a commitment to ensure the most responsive and progressive public services to residents, businesses, and visitors alike.

Statesboro is diverse in many respects and prides itself in striving to promote diversity and inclusion. The median age in Statesboro is 23 which is 38% lower than Georgia overall. Over 84% of residents have a high school diploma and over 25% have a four-year college degree. Demographically 49.7% of the population is White, 43% is Black or African American, 5% is Hispanic or Latino, and 1.61% of the population is Asian. The poverty rate is 48.4%. Source: https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/statesborocitygeorgia

Statesboro has a highly diversified economy. There are three institutions of higher learning located in the greater Statesboro area: Georgia Southern University (GSU) within the City limits and Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) and East Georgia State College located just outside the City on US Highway 301 South yielding many opportunities for the community. In addition to higher education, Statesboro is home to several major industries and offers a regional shopping center and health care provider for 8 surrounding Georgia counties. Approximately 24.76% of the Bulloch County labor force is employed by the government sector including the City’s largest employer, Georgia Southern University. Major private-sector employers in the City include East Georgia Regional Medical Center, Wal-Mart Super Center, and Lowe’s Home Center.

In addition to the designation as a Georgia Municipal Association City of Excellence, accolades include being recently named a Finalist for the America's Best Community Competition sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH, CoBank and The Weather Channel. And the downtown was named one of eight "Renaissance Cities" by Georgia Trend magazine. Offering wonderful festivals, parks and recreational opportunities, Statesboro prides itself on offering exceptional quality of life as a regional economic, educational, business, medical and cultural hub located 10 miles off Interstate 16 and approximately 45 miles from Savannah.

The City Government

The City of Statesboro, GA is a full-service municipality that operates under a Council/Manager form of government. The City Council sets the policies, enacts ordinances, votes the appropriations and develops the overall vision, which is then carried out under the HR Director’s direction. The City Council consists of six members including the Mayor. The HR Director is responsible for implementing the City’s vision, the Council’s policies and managing the City’s day-to-day operations.

The City has received GFOA distinguished budget awards since 2004 and has a FY19 adopted budget of over $53.8 M. Information about the budget and goals tied to budget can be found at https://www.statesboroga.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/FY2019-Annual-Budget-and-CIP.pdf.


Qualifications:  A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Public Administration, or related field, master's degree strongly preferred, and 5 years’ progressive experience in human resources, which must include time as a director, assistant director of HR, or division manager of HR functions.   HR certification (PHR, SPHR, IPMA-CP) or eligibility and desire to sit for certification are preferred

The Successful Candidate is: 

  • one who sees HR as a strategic function that impacts the employee experience from recruitment to retirement, moving beyond the day to day transactions of managing a large workforce;
  • knowledgeable of employment laws, best practices and trends, with significant breadth in the HR competency areas of recruitment and selection, benefits, classification and compensation, health and safety, employee training and development, diversity initiatives and performance management;
  • interest and willingness to both work side by side with staff, mentor them and lead the department;
  • confident and skilled in leading investigations related to employee relations matters and workplace incidents, then providing appropriate guidance to staff to resolve conflicts or disciplinary matters;
  • well-experienced in applying technology to HR processes to enhance efficiency, transparency and effective decentralization;
  • an excellent communicator who fosters teamwork through facilitative and collaborative approaches in leading cohesive and systematic change;
  • a results-oriented leader who can effectively incorporate the input of multiple stakeholders to deliver collaborative solutions;
  • a goal-oriented professional who thrives in a culture of high-performance expectations by ensuring metric-based evaluations of programs and timely, evidence-based changes as data warrant;
  • a champion for employees regardless of department, tenure or position; and,
  • an empowering leader who advocates for resources needed for delivering a cohesive HR vision throughout the City while working with groups and individuals to carry out the vision.

Salary and Benefits: The hiring range is $75,000 - $93,000. Base salary and compensation are negotiable based on experience and qualifications.  The City offers a comprehensive benefits package.

To confidentially apply for this position, please go to http://www.developmentalassociates.com and click on the Human Resources Director - Statesboro link on the left side of the home page. All applications must be submitted online through the Developmental Associates application portal, not the City’s application site nor any third-party application portal. Please note that it is not sufficient to submit only a resume but you are encouraged to upload a resume and cover letter with your application.  All inquiries should be emailed to hiring@developmentalassociates.com.  The application review begins September 9, 2019 and onsite skill evaluations and interviews will be held in Statesboro, GA for selected finalists October 10-11, 2019. All candidates are encouraged to hold these dates should you be invited to participate. The City of Statesboro is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC


Posted: 2019-08-09 Expires: 2019-09-08

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