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Human Resources Director

Here at the City of Racine, we are passionate about building and improving our community. Our City employees work hard every single day to keep our residents safe; keep our City clean and maintain, build, and improve our City's infrastructure, regional assets like our Zoo and Public Library, and natural resources like our dozens of parks; enhance Racine's sustainability and smart city connectivity; ensure that our residents have meaningful access to the ballot box; protect our financial and economic well-being, and tackle our most pressing community challenges such as disparities and inequities. The Human Resources Director is integral to all of those efforts by ensuring we have and can retain a talented workforce that reflects our City's diversity.

The Human Resources Director is a high-level strategic and operations management position that is a member of the City's Senior Leadership team and reports directly to the Mayor and the City Administrator. Our Human Resources Department team is the hub that supports and serves our current and future employees and is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive City workplace, where all applicants and employees are treated with fairness, dignity, and respect. The Director of Human Resources is a vital position responsible for directing all operations of the development, implementation, and maintenance of our Human Resources functions. If you're passionate about creating and sustaining high-qualified, equitable, inclusive workplaces, and are seeking an opportunity where you can make a lasting difference and be an integral part of a midsize City's Leadership Team, we encourage you to apply!

We offer a great benefits package including medical, dental, pension program, HSA, and generous time off. City residents will earn a 3% differential on top of the hourly pay range. Learn more and apply today!   


Provide leadership and vision by offering and implementing a strategic vision to align the Human Resources Department with the vision and goals of the City, while building and maintaining relationships with the City's departments, managers, employees, and residents.

Directs the planning, development, implementation, administration, and budgeting of the City of Racine's Human Resources program, including employee recruitment, selection, training, development, retention, promotion, compensation, benefits and wellness, affirmative action and equal employment opportunity, contract negotiations, arbitration, grievance procedures,
disciplinary actions, and terminations.

Proactively leads and implements efforts to fulfill the City's commitment to recruiting and
retaining a workforce that represents the diversity of the City of Racine, including but not limited to helping to develop and promote a robust Affirmative Action Plan, playing a leadership role in the City's diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies, and creating and implementing strategies to encourage employees to be residents of the City.

Plans for the long-term talent needs of the City. including identifying, coaching. and mentoring employees for future positions and assisting Department heads and supervisors in doing the same.

Maintains classification and salary schedules, prepares annual reports and recommendations, and assists in budget reviews in accordance with directives from the Mayor or City Administrator.

Reviews position classifications, analyze job tasks and writes job descriptions.
Investigates and responds to grievance and arbitration matters and participates in all disciplinary investigations; reviews actions and terminations; appeals at grievance arbitration with counsel; advises department heads and supervisory personnel on implementation and adherence to contractual agreements.

Represents the City in matters involving Unemployment Compensation and Worker's
Compensation, or assists the City Attorney's office as needed in these areas, as well as in
litigation pertaining to discrimination allegations on a local, state, or federal level.

Enhances the City's recruiting and hiring standards, ensuring workforce equity is embedded in all recruiting practices and applicable Affirmative Action framework and EEOC regulations, and developing comprehensive recruitment and retention plans that support the City's strategic goals.

Advises and mentors supervisory staff on organizational and personnel issues, employee
conflicts, and performance management.

Inspires and engages City employees and provide leadership development and training
opportunities to invest in City employees' skills and talents.

Participates as an official liaison with the Finance and Personnel Committee: presents
information as requested and provides professional advice in matters pertaining to human
resources policy executes directives issued by the committee and keeps the committee informed of negotiating progress and arbitration cases.

Oversees Human Resources records on insurance coverage, pensions, salary, and personnel transactions.

Administers compensation plans for non-represented employees in accordance with the
provisions of the Common Council and established Human Resources policy.

Plans and coordinates policy and procedures on employee recruitment and selection.

Annually reviews employee handbook. solicits and engages employee feedback on handbook policies and procedures, and reviews and submits proposals for changes to the Mayor as needed.

Exercises leadership in the development of effective Human Resource policies within
departments of City government, and fosters and develops cooperation with department heads and managers for programs and training pertaining to the development of employee

Coordinates department responsibilities and legal counsel regarding situations involving
governmental rulings or laws pertaining to the human resource function.

Serves as the City's Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, making departments aware of ADA regulations and compliance.

Manage compliance with aspects of the Racine Works ordinance, which is intended to create work opportunities for Racine residents and requires a designated percent of hours worked under certain public works contracts to be performed by qualified Racine residents.

Demonstrates experience with all Human Resources functions, including employment laws as they relate to interviewing, hiring, discipline, and/ or other employers/employee interactions.

Coordinates the City's Tuition Reimbursement program; maintains records, responsible for

Partners with the Mayor's office and the Senior Leadership Team to develop clear and
informative key performance measures and accountability structures for all staff.

Coordinates the overall risk management process for the City of Racine and safeguards the City by identifying the risks affecting the City (workers compensation, employee and property liability, etc.), assisting in implementing risk control actions (purchase of insurance, health and safety measures, etc.), monitoring the management of the City's risks, and organizing the appropriate risk reporting.


Performs related Human Resource duties as assigned.


Applicants with diverse economic, social, or cultural experiences are encouraged to apply

A minimum of five years experience in HumanResources, with experience in budgeting, risk management, overseeing benefits and compensation, wage and salary administration, and human relations. Must have demonstrated management, supervisory, and leadership experience.

Bachelor's degree. Human Resources, Business, or related field preferred.
(Equivalent professional experience may be considered for substitution education)

Must have a vision, strategic thinking, and operational skills to set goals and take action in all
aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion, in coordination with the City's Senior Leadership
team and community stakeholders.

Ability to function effectively in a variety of situations requiring considerable tact and

Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, including documented evidence of communication skills and successful work with diverse teams of staff and other individuals.

Strong teamwork and collaborative planning skills.

Knowledge of industry best practices in Human Resources and personnel management, including recent legislation on public sector employment, and policies regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in the workplace.

Ability to analyze complex situations to determine the proper disposition of grievances and remedies to difficult employee relations problems.

Administrative experience including the ability to plan, assign, and coordinate activities of

Demonstrated ability to effectively present ideas, opinions, and solutions to human resource
problems to City officials, union leaders, department heads, and the general public.

Knowledge and ability to apply human relations concepts in creating and maintaining an
efficient and effective workforce.

Experience with labor relations, including the analysis of collective bargaining agreements,
contract negotiation and preparing costing of various labor/management proposals is preferred, but not required.


Sits for long periods of time, light physical activity that may include walking, standing, stooping,
hending, reaching, lifting (up to 25 pounds), and carrying.

Normal office environment.

Computer, keyboard, scanner, calculator, copy machine, fax machine, and telephone (desk and