Assistant Human Resources Director

City of Seattle

Seattle, WA (On-site)

Full time

US$100-165k (annually)

Human Resources

Apr 20

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Position Description

This recruitment is open until filled. However, first consideration will be given to candidates who apply by May 17, 2022.

Seattle Public Utilities has an exciting new opportunity for an Assistant Director of Human Resources (Asst. HRD). Reporting to the Human Resources Director (HRD), you’ll be an integral addition to our team and will make a significant impact on employee engagement. With oversight responsibilities for Talent Acquisition and Employee & Labor Relations, you will join a team actively involved in projects geared to advance a positive employee-centered culture that allows SPU employees to do their best work.

We are looking for a leader that can implement change and is successful with motivating others to do the same. This role is ideal for a relationship-oriented executive committed to consistent, quality service delivery. The ideal candidate excels with leadership development, change-management, Employee & Labor Relations and cultivates a culture of care for employees.

About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.

SPU is committed to increasing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion through our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

Job Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to sustain, promote, and grow HR programs and services.
  • Prepare and oversee annual HR budget ensuring adequate resources and efficient operations
  • Drive programs and processes leading to a positive, respectful, and productive workplace environment that aligns with SPU's and the City’s Workplace Expectations.
  • Collaborate across HR functions to provide a seamless service to end customers.
  • Partner with functional managers to create and implement transparent and well-managed feedback process with clients.
  • Communicate with management on behalf of the Human Resources Director.
  • Drive organizational effectiveness and change management, to support new initiatives, significant policy changes, and process improvements.
  • Develop and deliver executive presentations.
  • Support strategic initiatives through the development of HR programs and annual goals and objectives.
  • Develop appropriate policies and procedures for effective management in all areas, including but not limited to employee relations, talent acquisition, career development, and benefits.
  • Evaluate Human Resources division structure and team design for continuous improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the department.
  • Manage special HR related projects on an as needed basis.
  • Act as a liaison between SPU HR and Seattle Human Resources.


Experience: Five (5) years of progressively responsible human resources experience in employee and/or labor relations, with at least three (3) years in a management capacity.

Education: Bachelor's degree in human resources, business administration, public administration, or a related field OR two (2) additional years of relevant experience.

The Ideal Candidate Is/has

  • An empathetic leader who can inspire confidence and build credibility within the team and the wider organization.
  • A true partner. Can work across every function to solve people operations issues
  • Comfortable with ambiguity. The incumbent must be able to gather and synthesize input from a range of others that might be contradictory, unclear, or reflect divergent priorities and make sense of the way forward, then guide a process which build consensus and get results.
  • Experience managing a team, including other HR and/or operations professionals
  • SHRM-CP/SCP, PHR/SPHR, or related/similar certifications preferred
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills
  • Excellent follow-through and attention to detail, with the ability to track and manage multiple critical initiatives.
  • Experience designing and implementing HR projects and services.
  • Ability to foster and maintain a strongly collaborative relationship with stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to act with integrity and maintain highest standards of ethical practice.

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