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Human Resources Director

at City of Grand Junction

Pay: $115,000 to $130,000/year
Posted: 3/4/2019
Job Status: Full Time

Job Description

The Community
Grand Junction, the western gateway to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, is located at the junction of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers, between Salt Lake City and Denver on Interstate 70.  A city of 60,000, Grand Junction is the regional center for Colorado's Western Slope and Eastern Utah and serves as the county seat for Mesa County. The county is comprised of several small suburb towns, both rural and urban, that in combination with Grand Junction itself make a total population of over 150,000 in the valley. 
The local economy is diverse and key drivers include tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, health care, energy development and retail.  Grand Junction is home to many specialty manufacturers and high-tech start-ups as well.  There are four area hospitals and a regional airport located in Grand Junction.  Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College actively contribute to the quality of the community.
At an altitude of 4,586 feet, warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons allow for incredible year-round outdoor recreation opportunities. Surrounded by an abundance of public lands, Grand Junction is also a mecca for world-class mountain biking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, rafting, skiing, golfing, rock-climbing, dirt bike and ATV riding.  Among Grand Junction's spectacular red cliffs and winding canyons are the 11,000-foot Grand Mesa and the breathtaking 7,000-foot Colorado National Monument.  Other attractions include three national scenic byways, extensive public art displays, museums, and a vibrant downtown featuring creative culinary options, shopping, Two Rivers Convention Center and the Avalon Theatre. Grand Junction is known as Colorado's Wine Country featuring 23 wineries nearby and hosts community and cultural events throughout the year that include the Junior College Baseball World Series and Grand Junction Symphony.
Grand Junction's "small-town feel" and picturesque beauty make it a desirable location for business development as well as an ideal environment to live and work.  Additional information about the City is available at

The Ideal Candidate
The City of Grand Junction is seeking a productive, hands-on and innovative Human Resources Director.  The Human Resources Director must be knowledgeable of HR best practices, adept at evaluating/improving existing HR programs/policies, and revising and/or developing systems that enhance the City's ability to make sound, data-driven HR decisions.  The HR Director must be an excellent communicator, collaborator, and strategic thinker who expects and delivers outstanding customer service to the organization.

The HR Director is part of the executive team providing leadership and oversight to develop and carry out the goals of the organization.

Skill / Requirements

Under direction from the City Manager, directs, oversees and administers the programs and activities of the Human Resources Department including employee relations, recruitment, selection and retention, benefits administration, workers' compensation, organizational development and training, classification and compensation activities, personnel policies and procedures, and employment law and regulatory compliance.  The position will:

  • Serve as an internal consultant and advisor to employees and all levels of  management by offering appropriate human resources services, solutions and advice on any of a number of internal issues.
  • Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs.
  • Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; identify exposures and liabilities of the City and recommend appropriate steps to reduce exposure and enhance the City's human resources efforts. 
  • Plan, direct and oversee the development of the City-wide compensation and benefits programs to ensure they maintain the organization's competitive posture;  oversee the development of the city-wide labor budget, pay plans, and classification system; analyze compensation and benefit trends; recommend and administer a competitive health and benefit package for the organization.
  • Oversee and promote a robust employee wellness program; oversee the development and implementation of reward and recognition programs.
  • Prepare and present recommended changes to compensation, benefits, personnel programs and related matters to department directors, managers and employees.
  • Oversee and administer performance management systems.
  • Oversee the workers' compensation program; facilitate workers' compensation claims processing and settlement; work collaboratively with other departments in case management services related to employee injury, health, return to work, and mitigation of safety risks.
  • Oversee the growth and development of the department staff consisting of eight (8) HR professionals and administrative personnel.
  • Oversee the design and delivery of a comprehensive organizational training and development program; ensure programs meet the organization's training and development needs and philosophies; monitor program effectiveness in meeting training objective goals and adjust as required.
  • Analyze legislation and regulations to determine effect on human resources programs and services; recommend and implement changes in policy or procedures to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations; complete required reports and documentation.
  • Conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations and operational studies; recommend new and/or modifications to human resources programs, policies and procedures as appropriate.
  • Ensure all records are maintained, distributed and retained as required by applicable laws and established standards.
  • Serve as a board member on a number of City retirement boards and as an advisor on a number of employee committees. 


  • Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible human resources program management experience including three (3) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in human resource management, business administration, public administration, or a related field.  A Master's degree in human resources, business, public administration, or related field is preferred.
  • SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification or equivalent preferred.
  • Strong overall leadership skills including management, strategic planning, financial and resource planning/management.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, good judgment, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and a commitment to public service.
  • Strengths in written and oral communication on a variety of complex and or controversial topics.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and thrive in a high-performance organization.
  • Experience in the public sector preferred.

Important Notes

The pay range for this position is $115,000 - $130,000.

The City offers an excellent benefit package including:

  • Several health insurance plan options.
  • Employer-paid dental and life insurance.
  • Attractive 401(a) retirement plan and access to other deferred compensation plans.
  • Generous Paid Time Off Program
  • Leave program supplemented by short and long-term disability programs.

For additional information about the City of Grand Junction and employee benefits, visit //