Human Resources Director- Bozeman

$105,835 - $116,302 yearly
  • City of Bozeman
  • Bozeman, MT, USA
  • Jan 04, 2021
Full time Human Resources

Job Description

The principal function of an employee in this class is to provide leadership, plan, direct, lead, and supervise all human resource functions for the City. The work is performed under the direction of the City Manager, but extensive leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. Supervision is exercised over the Human Resources department staff.  The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain effective working relationships with the City Manager, Assistant City Managers, other  Department Heads, elected officials, City employees, collective bargaining agents, and the general public. The principal duties of this class are performed in a general office environment.

Bargaining Unit:  Not Represented
Fair Labor Standards Act Status:  Exempt

Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)

  • Plans, develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for all human resource-related programs and services of the City to ensure that such activities are in compliance with State and Federal rules and regulations, existing collective bargaining agreements, and best practices for municipalities and related industries;
  • Establishes and maintains systems to ensure the City's compliance with Federal and State human resources-related laws, rules, regulations, and court decisions and with policies, contracts, and ordinances.  When necessary, consults with legal counsel to ensure knowledge of  employer and employee rights and obligations under these laws;  Reviews and analyzes reports, legislation, court cases, and related personnel matters to interpret changes in laws, rules, and regulations;
  • Prepares for and assists in union-management contract negotiations, grievances, and arbitration; administers the provisions of existing employment contracts and agreements; advises staff regarding contract provisions;
  • Administers formal grievance procedures; participates in hearings and assists management staff in preparing and processing grievances responses; Works with the City Attorney's Office to defend City actions on grievances and arbitrations; represents the City at hearings and in courts of law in cases concerning human resources management and City actions.
  • Interprets, explains, and administers the City's Personnel Policies to affected employees;
  • Oversees the payroll function, ensuring that employee pay and payroll reporting are timely and accurate and comply with City policy, collective bargaining provisions, IRS rules, and other federal and state laws, rules and regulations;
  • Oversees the City's recruitment, selection, performance evaluation, discipline, and discharge functions, including ensuring that employees are hired, promoted, and retained based on merit and qualifications and that these activities comply with applicable laws, rules, and regulations and with industry standards;
  • Oversees workforce diversity efforts, ensuring compliance with State and Federal Equal Employment Opportunity laws, regulations, and reporting requirements;
  • Assists with the City's risk management program, including efforts to control or mitigate loss-producing conditions and activities involving unsafe working conditions, the applicant and employee claims against the City, overseeing the workers' compensation and light-duty/return to work programs, and ensuring the presence of timely, relevant and legally compliant employee training programs;
  • Directs and participates in the administration of the City's pay philosophy and compensation plan; initiates and conducts wage and benefit surveys; analyzes, evaluates, and make recommendations on proposed salary range assignments; conducts mid-survey salary program updates;
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures;
  • Develops and administers the Human Resources Office budget; forecasts additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; recommends adjustments as necessary;
  • Serves as the City's ADA Coordinator for employment-related issues;
  • Prepares, maintains, and retains personnel records and reports, employee handbooks, orientation manuals, and other publications;
  • Provides periodic reports and presentations to the City Commission;
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas;
  • Becomes and remains current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas;
  • Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  • Performs other duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration or a closely related field; and
  • Extensive (7-10 years) experience in Human Resources management; and 
  • Considerable (5) years supervisory experience; and
  • Considerable (5-6) years experience working in government, non-profit, or collective bargaining environment or
  • Any combination of experience and training which provides the equivalent scope of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of the modern principals, practices, and techniques of human resources administration and management, including recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiations, and personnel information systems;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of wage and salary/benefits administration, record keeping, and reporting;
  • Knowledge of human resource-related Federal, State, and local laws and regulations;
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting and bookkeeping principles and practices as they apply to payroll and the analysis and reporting of financial data;
  • Some knowledge of budgeting preparation and control;
  • Some knowledge of State and Federal safety rules and regulations.
  • Some knowledge of the principles and practices of collective bargaining and labor relations;
  • Some knowledge of the principles for job evaluation and analysis.
  • Ability to organize and administer a variety of human resource functions.
  • Ability to identify, monitor, and effectively meet deadlines.
  • Ability to identify and resolve sensitive and complex employee relations problems.
  • Ability to effectively serve as a liaison between employees and supervisors;
  • Ability and willingness to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive data;
  • Ability to provide sound counsel and information to supervisors, employees, and others;
  • Ability to establish and implement Department goals and objectives;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work, and establish and maintain appropriate organizational structure;
  • Ability to exercise sound, independent judgment;
  • Ability to evaluate new circumstances and apply prior work experience and knowledge with good judgment;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with assigned supervisors, other employees, and the general public;   
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions;
  • Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations;
  • Ability to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks;
  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions that comply with laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures;
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of constant interruptions and time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;
  • Consistently performs assignments in accordance with the City's Core Values of Integrity, Leadership, Service, and Teamwork.


  • Offers for employment are conditional upon satisfactory response to appropriate post conditional offer process;
  • Pre-employment drug testing may be required.