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Human Resources Director

Buncombe County
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Buncombe County seeks a highly progressive and innovative human resources professional to serve as its next Director of Human Resources. This position reports directly to the County Manager and is a key member of the executive team and leading a comprehensive range of human resources services for a workforce of more than 1,600 employees. This person will lead the County’s recruitment and retention efforts, benefits/employee health strategies, compensation administration, and organizational development initiatives, and ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulation. The individual must be a strategic thinker and consensus builder who can bring strong leadership and communication skills, modern and innovative management practices, and business acumen to this critical position.

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a strategic leader for the Buncombe County Human Resources Department, leading effective personnel programs and strategies under the general supervision of the County Manager and in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.

Essential Functions:

  • Plan, organize and administer comprehensive programs and services for County-wide recruitment and retention, employee training and development, benefits administration, classification and compensation, and employee relations.
  • Ensure compliance with all employment laws, personnel ordinances, and policies through effective leadership and guidance.
  • Develop strategy and drive implementation of HR activities, through effective leadership and guidance that creates employee engagement and improves the organization’s success.
  • Develop and maintain a culture of employee recognition that aligns with the goals and objectives of the organization.
  • Oversee the development and administration of personnel policies, programs, rules, and regulations that govern all County employees.

Duties, Responsibilities, and Other Functions:

  • Maintain the County’s personnel ordinance and policies and make recommendations to the County Manager concerning appropriate revisions; appear before the Board of County Commissioners to explain proposed changes to county regulations, policies or programs.
  • Oversee the processing, maintenance and security of all applicant and personnel transactions, records, and files.
  • Monitor and enforce personnel actions in accordance with established rules, regulations, state and federal laws, and Fair Labor Standards Act compliance.
  • Direct and manage employee relations programs.Establish department objectives and priorities that align with Buncombe County’s strategic plans and goals.
  • Administer the County's benefits program; negotiate benefit offerings, provide ongoing communication to employees, implement and oversee benefit changes, and review and update related policies to remain competitive in the market.
  • Ensure the County’s Position Classification plan is maintained to reflect duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and other related factors used for proper classification and allocation of positions.
  • Develop and manage a performance based evaluation system and ensure effectiveness of the performance review tools, staff training and consistent delivery of the process.
  • Maintain a systematic, consistent recruitment program to promote equal employment opportunities, and to identify, attract and retain the most qualified applicants for employment with the County.
  • Work with appropriate staff to analyze the personnel needs of departments and make final recommendations for reorganizations, additional staff or personnel changes.
  • Exercise direct supervision of staff within the HR Department. Provide professional advice and assistance on matters related to human resources administration and management to proactively protect the interests of the County.
  • Assist management in consultation with the County Attorney, in administering appropriate disciplinary procedures; review written warnings and dismissal letters for department directors to ensure compliance with legal requirements.
  • Perform and/or direct the creation of analytical studies, review findings, evaluate alternatives and prepare reports and presentations as necessary.
  • Manage the annual preparation and ongoing administration of the Human Resources departmental budget.
  • Serve as a member of the County Leadership Team and actively participate in the strategic planning, design and management of service delivery.


Minimum Education, Training and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree in public, business, or personnel administration or related field, preferably supplemented by a Master’s degree in human resources, personnel management, or closely related field and five years of progressively responsible experience in public personnel administration and management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated proficiency in multiple areas of human resource management.


Posted: 2019-09-11 Expires: 2019-10-11

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