Assistant Director, Human Resources

  • City of Austin, TX
  • Austin, Texas
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Clerical and Administrative Support Human Resources and Personnel

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field, plus five (5) years of upper-level management experience which included supervision of major Human Resource programs.

Licenses or Certifications:
  • None.

Notes to Applicants

View a detailed recruitment profile for this position by clicking here.

To ensure consideration, candidates should apply by May 11, 2022. To apply, candidates must complete this online application. Interested candidates should apply early in the process for optimum consideration. This posting will remain open until filled.

Austin City Council adopted six Strategic Outcomes and Indicators in 2018 as part of its Strategic Direction 2023 to improve quality of life and civic participation in the Austin community over the next three to five years. The Assistant Director, Human Resources reports to the Director of Human Resources. The Assistant Director, Human Resources will be responsible for supporting department programs and initiatives as it relates to the Strategic Outcomes. For more information, visit Austin Strategic Direction 2023.

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When completing a City of Austin employment application:
  • Please be sure to detail on the application all previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.
  • A detailed, complete employment application is required. It helps us to better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. Be sure to provide job titles and employment dates for all jobs you wish to be considered.
  • A resume is required, but will not substitute for a complete employment application. Please include contact information from previous employers.
  • A cover letter is also required. In the cover letter candidates should describe, in concise detail, their interest in this position and highlight any prior experience that is relevant to this position.

If you are selected as a top candidate:
  • Verification of your education (which may include high school graduation or GED , undergraduate, and/or graduate degrees) will be required. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution and proof of your professional licenses or certifications.
  • This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation ( CBI ).

Working with the City of Austin provides a number of health and welfare benefits such as low-cost medical, dental, vision, paid leave time, a highly competitive retirement plan, training opportunities, and more. Please click HERE for more information.

Pay Range

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Friday
*Hours may vary depending upon business needs.

Job Close Date

Type of Posting External
Department Human Resources
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 505 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas
Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate will be a collaborative leader that is detail-oriented, has the ability to analyze a situation and make recommendations, and implement changes in a fast-paced department. With the ability to look beyond one's workgroup and see the big picture, the ideal candidate will also be a visionary for the department, with the ability to identify areas of opportunity and improvement. The candidate should possess excellent interpersonal skills with a strong ability to apply a social, racial, and equity lens in order to establish relationships with City staff and the community. Advanced written and verbal communication skills are imperative for this position.

The following core competencies are important for this role:

  • Communicates Effectively with an Equity Mindset - Ability to manage diversity, understand inclusion, and work with diverse communities and populations to build constructive and effective relationships, and convey and receive information.

  • Exceptional Leadership Skills - Uses appropriate judgment to handle critical, problematic, or challenging conditions with focus, ownership, and accountability.

  • Strategic Thinker - An aligned forward thinker with the ability to formulate, implement, and communicate sound business strategy clearly and concisely.

  • Community Collaborator - Has experience in presenting complex financial strategies to internal and external stakeholders on projects and programs that may include public outreach, council updates, and program implementation.

  • Results Driven - Ability to achieve organizational goals and objectives.

  • Agility - Ability to effectively manage changes and guide those changes through significant challenges.

  • Equity Lens - Ability to use an equity lens and framework to create inclusive, diverse, and safe workspaces and programs.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
Prepares Personnel Policies and recommends adoption to the City Manager. Recommends additions to, modifications of, or deletions from such policies. Administers personnel rules and regulations governing the classified service as may be necessary or desirable for carrying out the provisions of the City Charter. Directs recruitment, examining, classification, compensation administration, performance review training, benefits, training in safety, risk management programs, worker's compensation programs, personnel record keeping functions and other training programs for the City. Attends conferences to resolve problems related to personnel polices and administration; interprets personnel policies, procedures and regulations for personnel of other departments. Prepares annual reports and budget estimates for the personnel department. Advises City management on personnel trends and problems. Makes verbal and written presentations to City management on personnel issues. Conducts special studies or projects to improve conduct of personnel management within the City. Provides technical assistance and supervision to subordinates. Attends City Council meetings and any other meetings involving City personnel issues as required.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
  • Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Knowledge of personnel administration
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to personnel matters.
  • Knowledge of labor relations methods and practices.
  • Knowledge of the municipal budgetary process as it applies to this department.
  • Skill in employing personnel management methods to achieve effective utilization of personnel.
  • Skill in analyzing personnel problems and implementing effective solutions.
  • Skill in communicating effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the City Manager and staff, Mayor and City Council, other Departments Heads, media, city employees and the general public.

Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* The minimum qualifications for the Assistant Director, Human Resources position are: Graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field, plus five (5) years of upper-level management experience which included supervision of major Human Resource programs. Do you meet these minimum qualifications?
  • Yes
  • No
* If selected as top candidate, do you agree to a Criminal Background Investigation?
  • Yes
  • No
* Please list which major Human Resources programs you have overseen.
(Open Ended Question)
* Please describe your experience developing and implementing procedures and best practices to improve service delivery and successfully administer human resources activities in a Municipal Civil Service environment.
(Open Ended Question)
* Please tell us about your experience with Employee Relations to include working with internal and external stakeholders to ensure fair and consistent interpretation and application of policy and procedure, advising management on such federal laws as FMLA, ADA, Title VII, ADEA, USERRA and FLSA and overseeing workplace investigations regarding discrimination, harassment and/or sexual harassment. In your answer please include which position on your application where you gained this experience and what specific role you played. If you do not have this experience, please put N/A.
(Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents Optional Documents

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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