This position has primary responsibility for planning, developing, and directing implementation of Human Resources policies, plans, and programs for staffing, compensation, benefits, employee relations, labor relations, equal employment/affirmative action, diversity, training and health and safety. This position is under the supervision of the Town Manager, and with the consultation of the Personnel Committee of the Town Council for the Town of Smyrna, and will have overall responsibilities for all Human Resources functions for the Town’s employees. This position will originate and lead practices and objectives that will provide an employee-oriented, high performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity and standards, goal attainment and the recruitment and ongoing development of the workforce.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Implements, interprets, maintains and monitors compliance of Human Resources policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable Federal and State regulations, and applicable Town ordinances and its Charter
Develops and provides, for recommendation to the Town Manager and/or the Personnel Committee, all new or required Human Resources policies for the Town, and also any necessary modifications, updates or amendments to those policies
Participates in the development, administration and monitoring of the Human Resources annual operating budget
Provides guidance, advice and counseling to management over all aspects of employee performance, including performance reviews, discipline, job position changes or reorganizations, and leaves of absence
Provides guidance and advice, and acts as a liaison, between employees and the Town and/or the State of Delaware on all payroll and pension issues
Manages the job classifications, reclassifications, compensation and performance planning for all Town employees, including maintaining and revising, as necessary all job descriptions
Participates in all aspects of labor relations, including labor negotiations, discipline, grievance processing and review, and communications with labor representatives for labor unions and the State of Delaware, in consultation and guidance with the Town Manager and Town Council
Ensures planning, monitoring, and appraisal of employee work performance and results, along with training of managers and employees on all aspects of employee performance and performance review
Coordinates and implements all required employee training, new hire training and training over all aspects of the working environment, including anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training, other areas of legally-mandated training, skills training, new program training, and new employee orientation training
Maintains and manages employee recruitment, evaluation and interviewing, and provides counseling and advice to the Town Manager, the Town’s Personnel Committee and management on candidate selection, promotion/demotion and exit interviews
Works to plan and implement short-term and long-term programs for Human Resources plans and programs for the Town, including periodic review of the Town’s Personnel Manual, in consultation with the Town Manager and/or the Town’s Personnel Committee
Maintains and oversees the retention of all employee records, personnel files, pension plans and data, and personnel transactions (hiring, promotions, demotions, leaves of absence, transfers, suspensions, layoffs and terminations)
Keeps abreast of all legal and regulatory changes in the area of Human Resources, including labor relations, that impact or affect the Town and its management of its workforce, and recommends modifications or changes to the Town Manager, the Town’s Personnel Committee and/or Town Council
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of federal, state and Town laws, ordinances and regulations in the field of employment and human resources
Strong understanding of Human Resources management principles, theories and trends
Knowledge of all aspects of labor relations including collective bargaining negotiations and grievance processing
Knowledge of all aspects of payroll and pension processes and procedures
Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, verbally and in writing, with all Town employees and with members of the general public, in a courteous, prompt and patient manner
Demonstrated ability to maintain absolute objectivity and confidentiality over all employment matters
Knowledge and understanding of public disclosure and freedom of information laws and regulations, and records retention laws and regulations
Ability to present facts and recommendations in a timely and effective manner
Knowledge of office operations, business practices, and computer and electronic spreadsheet applications
Strong computer skills in using payroll, pension and Human Resources software programs
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree or higher in the Human Resources or related field from an accredited four-year university OR a minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in the Human Resources field
A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in Human Resources including experience with payroll, pension and labor relations issues
Paychex payroll Time & Attendance System experience, or equivalent experience with a similar payroll software system
Licenses, Registrations and/or Certifications
Preferred (or Ability to Obtain within 12 months of employment): SHRM-SCP or IPMA-SCP or IPMA-CP
Must pass a background check
About Town of Smyrna, DE
According to early history, Smyrna was first settled prior to the American Revolution on the southern bank of Duck Creek, near the fork of Green's Branch. In 1716, this tiny village was first named Salisbury. It was, however, also known to its inhabitants as Duck Creek. Duck Creek soon became a thriving community of merchant vessels.
Along with shipping grain, lumber, peaches, and eventually fertilizer, shipbuilding became a prominent business. Two major thoroughfares formed what were known as Duck Creek Crossroads and later came to be called the Four Corners of the town. In 1806, the Delaware Assembly changed the name of the town to Smyrna. The original boundaries were one-fourth of a mile in each direction from the Four Corners. In 1857, the town limits were extended another one-fourth mile in each direction, making the town equivalent to one square mile.
Present day Smyrna is at least three times its pre-1900s size and growing rapidly. The town's strategic location in the northeast, in addition to its location 12 miles north of the state capital of Dover and 30 miles south of the major business center of Newark and Wilmington, makes i...t a competitive location for business. Smyrna's historic small town atmosphere and its great pride in its quality of life and educational system make it highly desirable for families and homeowners.
Committed to prudent progress, the town is upgrading its physical and technological infrastructure in order to prepare for growth demands in advance of the need. Home to approximately 12,000 residents, Smyrna was recently ranked 31 in the nation and number one in the state among towns ranging between 5,000 and 15,000 people. Enjoy Smyrna - a place where the past co-exists pleasantly with the present while diligently preparing to leap into the future.