Human Resources Director | City of Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids is a vibrant, friendly community that allows a unique blend of big city opportunities and small town qualities. Quite simply, Cedar Rapids offers the best of both worlds.

The City of Cedar Rapids is operated under the Council-Manager Form of Government and is governed by a part-time, nine-member City Council who is elected by the public. Over 1,300 people work for the City of Cedar Rapids providing services for all residents and businesses.

Position Summary

The Human Resource Manager plans, organizes and directs the Human Resources activities and operations of the City. In this position, the Manager will have extensive leeway for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. The Human Resources Manager will supervise the work of all employees within the Human Resources Department.

  • Provides effective, professional leadership, positioning the Human Resources Department to meet the community’s current and future needs through appropriate technologies and services
  • lans, organizes and directs the organization, structure, activities and operations of the Human Resources Department
  • Manages department work, project and personnel activities of the Human Resources Department
  • Directs the strategic planning, policy development and data collection and reporting activities of the Human Resources Department
  • Oversees the preparation and monitors the activities of the operational and capital improvement budgets
  • Monitors all human resources activities to ensure compliance with all City, State and Federal regulations, including recruitment, selection processes, benefits administration, employee health and safety, compensation, Equal Employment Opportunities and collective bargaining activities
  • Develops goals, plans and measurements for the identification and evaluation of human resources needs in the City
  • Oversees and directs diversity, equity and inclusion programs
  • Provides staff support to the Civil Service Commission
  • Administers and supervises City recruitment, selection and placement processes, including the preparation of job announcements, job advertisements and related materials
  • Advises department and division heads regarding employment, position classification, compensation, benefits, discipline of employees and related labor-management relations issues
  • Administers the overall employment process, including recruitment, interviews, testing and selection activities and the development of recommended employment standards and selection measures
  • Oversees the preparation and maintenance of the City position classification and pay plans, including recommendation and establishment of procedures for implementation of economic and merit compensation increases
  • Administers and provides guidance for the implementation of the employee performance evaluation program
  • Conducts timely performance reviews and monitors performance and staffing needs
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures and safety practices; attends work regularly at the designated place and time
  • Supports continuous process improvement initiatives
  • Performs related work as required

 Past Experience and Training

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management or closely related field; Master’s degree in Business, Public Administration or related field would be a plus
  • Human Resource Certification: SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, SPHR, or GPHR
  • Extensive experience in human resources management or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work
  • Five to eight years in a senior leadership role in HR
  • Built an HR team and committed to continuous improvement
  • Bargaining experience – labor relations
  • Proven track record of establishing internal relationships
  • From a complex organization with multiple locations and minimum of 500 employees
  • Formal change management experience
  • Experience with culture change
  • Creative recruitment strategies
  • Team leader who has experience with a variety of employee groups
  • Communication – written – oral – presentations
  • Connection to the Midwest
  • Difficult decision-making