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Human Resources Director

City of Ardmore, OK

This is a Contract position in Ardmore, OK posted November 21, 2021.

Position Purpose:

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.
  • Work with great accuracy and initiative

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $80,000.00 – $95,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Ardmore, OK 73401: Reliably commute or willing to relocate with an employer-provided relocation package (Required)

Work Location: One location