Director of Human Resources
Job Opportunity at County of Summit, Ohio

Posted on Aug 8    

Location: Akron, OH
Job Type: Full Time
Job ID: W4134456


  • Responsible for the smooth, efficient and effective operation of the Human Resource Department. Expected to take a leadership role in developing a culture that enables employees to perform in accordance to the County’s objectives and culture.
  • Manages, leads, directs, coordinates and monitors all functions, services and programs provided by the Human Resource Department, all Human Resource staff and their projects and activities.
  • Develops and implements Human Resource policy, procedures, rules, regulations and trainings. Enforces and administers Article 6 of the County Charter and Section 169 of the Codified Ordinance.
  • Manages human resources operations by recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, coaching, counseling and disciplining staff; planning, monitoring, appraising and reviewing staff job contributions; maintaining compensation; determining production, productivity, quality and customer-service strategies; designing systems; accumulating resources; resolving problems; implementing change. Supervises and provides consultation to the Executive and management on strategic staffing plans, compensation, training and development and labor relations.
  • Effectively plans, designs, develops and evaluates human-resource related initiatives that support organizational strategic goals. Develops organizational strategies by identifying and researching human resources issues, contributing information, analysis, and make recommendations and contributions to organizational strategic thinking and direction.
  • Implements human resources strategies by establishing department accountabilities, including, but not limited to, talent acquisition, staffing, employment processing, compensation, training and development, safety and health, succession planning, employee relations and retention and labor relations.
  • Works in collaboration with other county human resource personnel to ensure compliance with federal, state and local employment laws. Complies with federal, state and local laws by studying existing and new legislation, anticipating legislation, enforcing adherence to requirements and advising management on needed actions.
  • Guides management and employee actions by researching, developing, writing and updating policies, procedures, methods and guidelines; communicating and enforcing organization values.
  • Enhances Human Resource Department and County reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments and the County.
  • Supports management by providing human resources advice, counsel and decisions; analyzing information and applications.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in conferences and educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks and participating in professional organizations.
  • Serves as a community liaison with both public and private agencies/organizations.
  • Meets with Executive and reports on the progress of Human Resource Department matters, regularly.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Completion of a four (4) year degree in Human Resources Management, Business or Public Administration or related discipline and five (5) to ten (10) years experience in Human Resource administration position. Master’s degree and supervisory experience are preferred.


Administrative Functions: Directs and coordinates the personnel, training, payroll, safety and administrative activities of the Executive’s Human Resource Department; communicates and provides support to the Human Resource Commission and County Council as needed regarding the implementation of their responsibilities as commissioned by the Charter; manages Human Resource Department Budget. Develops and implements new policies and procedures; reviews and analyzes county policy, procedure and practice to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations (e.g., employment, EEO/OCRC, HRC, FLSA, FMLA, ADA, County Ordinances, etc.). Directs the classification, compensation and performance evaluation systems for the County; develops performance evaluation tools; reviews annual performance evaluations for compliance and thoroughness. Develops and implements strategic direction for the County in terms of personnel and human resources and develops policies, practices and procedures consistent with the strategic direction of the County and the County Executive’s Office. Advises appointing authorities on matters related to subjects or areas under his/her direction. Serves as a community liaison with both public and private agencies/organizations. Analyzes present County staff levels and organizational status (e.g. number of employees, reporting levels, staff needs, etc.), recommends organizational changes to maximize efficiency and productivity; implements and monitors organizational changes to ensure they meet the established goals and objectives and revises as necessary. Oversees preparation for department audits (e.g., Internal Audit, EEOC, DOL, etc.). Approves/disapproves all county mandated employee requests for Tuition Reimbursement. Completes and submits regular departmental reports (e.g., monthly PAR sheets). Represents Executive at meetings (e.g. County Council, other officials, general public, etc.).

Personnel Functions: Approves all changes affecting hours, wages and working conditions for non-bargaining employees for the Executive’s staff. Determines, recommends and implements disciplinary action and/or promotions; monitors disciplinary actions to ensure uniformity and due process, takes corrective action when necessary; assists supervisors with disciplinary action preparation; receives and resolves employee complaints; approves extension of probationary periods for classification upon need and request of an appointing authority. Consults with and provide guidance to appointing authorities when layoffs are necessary, to ensure compliance with Layoff and Abolishment procedures. Recruits individuals both internally and externally for application and hire/promotion. Receives inquiries (in-person or by telephone) and provides requested information on personnel and administrative matters to employees, management staff and other interested parties. Authorizes Personnel Requisitions and Actions on behalf of the Human Resource Department as outlined in the County Charter and Codified Ordinance 169. Recruits, trains and assigns Hearing Officers.

Other Functions : Provides quality customer service by assisting the public, employees, and other governmental agencies; presents self in a professional, ethical and culturally sensitive manner to co-workers, staff, and the public; adheres to all policies and procedures (e.g. department, Executive, county, federal and state); attends meetings, conferences, workshops, seminars and training to remain current and knowledgeable on policies, regulations, procedures; demonstrates regular and predictable attendance


Director shall possess the skill and ability to perform the Job Responsibilities identified in this position description, including, but not limited to:

Comprehensive knowledge of human relations management, management principles and practices; personnel administration, employment laws and regulations; Human Resource Commission rules*; government structure and process*; county government goals and objectives*; department goals and objectives*, department policies and procedures*; interviewing, selection procedures and process; public relations; human relations; government legal principles and practices*; statistical analysis; labor/management relations and practices, EEO principles and practices; classification techniques.

Ability to use data processing techniques; operate a pc, deal with many variables and determine specific action; define problems, collect and analyze data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; use statistical and mathematical analysis; utilize investigative techniques; prepare concise and accurate documentation; develop complex reports and position papers; use proper research methods; generate training documentation; communicate effectively in both written and oral form; handle sensitive inquiries; resolve complaints generated by staff action; form contacts with officials and the general public; develop good rapport with citizens and government officials and resolve complaints from employees and interested parties.

Physical Demands : The physical demands described here are representative of those that an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee may be required to travel to and access the various assigned work sites.
  • Job is physically comfortable. Typically requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, keying, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions; use hands to finger, handle, or feel.
  • May occasionally be required to reach with hands and arms and climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close visions, distance vision, color vision and peripheral vision.

Work Environment : The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed in an office environment and employee will regularly be exposed to normal hazards associated with an office environment. Occasionally the employee may be required to attend meetings and conferences at times other than normal work hours and on weekends .

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