This position requires a working, hands-on director who is highly involved in the day-to-day activities and decisions of his/her two staff members, consisting of an HR Specialist and a Safety Risk Manager. The director is a pro-active presence who continually helps his/her team members to promote problem-free, productive operations. Also, coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies and provide support to the City Manager
Essential Functions and Duties:
Oversees the Human Resource Department and Safety Program which includes recruitment, job classifications, self-insured health benefits, large array of voluntary benefits, training, policy & procedure development, disciplinary action, worker’s compensation, safety, tort and liability, labor relations and all other Human Resources and Safety activities.
Responsible for planning short and long goals.
Work closely with the City Manager and department heads to administer City policies and procedures.
Work closely with the Finance Director as needed to address payroll issues
Ensure that the department operates within the budget; performs cost control activities; monitors department expenditures; prepares annual budget requests.
Ensure compliance with federal, state, and City laws, ordinances, resolutions, etc.
Explains and defends City programs, policies and activities; works to resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
Maintains proper records, responds to records requests and ensures staff compliance with privacy rules and regulations.
Performs as a team member and serves on the City’s negotiation team, in labor relations and contract negotiation with bargaining units; participates in hearings, grievance procedures and arbitrations on behalf of the city.
Updates Personnel Handbook, policies and procedures
Participates in organizational management programs to encourage continuous improvement.
Monitors, reviews and communicates the implementation of the department’s strategic plans.
Certifies the appointment, promotion, demotion, discipline and all other actions toward classified employees of the City under the direction of the City Manager.
Directs training and development of the department staff; assesses and monitors workloads, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting and identifies opportunities for improvement.
Assess training needs of City’s employees and provide excellent customer service and comprehensive benefits for employees.
Serve as member or a liaison to various boards and committees as assigned.
Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Labor Relations or Business Administration.
At least eight (8) years in Human Resources, with experience showing upward movement through positions within Human Resources. Preference given to Public sector experience.
At least three (3) years of supervisory experience within Human Resources field
Certificates and Licenses:
Valid driver’s license
Preference for SHRM certification, but not required
Knowledge and Skills:
Knowledge of business operations, services and activities of a Human Resources Department.
Experience and ability to select, supervise, guide, train and evaluate staff.
Knowledge of practices for successful program development and administration.
Experience preparing budgets, evaluating costs and needs of the department, administering the budget and ensuring proper spending under state and local laws.
Experience administering benefits in a self-insured public environment.
Knowledge of relevant federal, state and local laws related to Human Resources and requirements for public entities.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Able to speak publicly
Read, analyze and understand complex documents such as new methods, procedures, policies and techniques.
Identify and respond to community and City Commission issues, concerns and needs.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Make consistently sound decisions of major importance which may have considerable impact on the City of Ardmore.
Ardmore is the county seat of Carter County, Oklahoma, United States. The City had an estimated population of 24,283 in 2019. Ardmore is 90 miles from both Oklahoma City and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, at the junction of Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 70, and is generally considered the hub of the 13-county region of South Central Oklahoma, also known by state tourism pamphlets as "Chickasaw Country" and previously "Lake and Trail Country". It is also a part of the Texoma region. Ardmore is situated about 9 miles (14 km) south of the Arbuckle Mountains and is located at the eastern margin of the Healdton Basin, one of the most oil-rich regions of the United States.
Ardmore was named after the affluent Philadelphia suburb and historic PRR Main Line stop of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, which was named after Ardmore in County Waterford, Ireland, by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1873. The name "Ardmore" is Irish for high grounds or hills.