Placer County

Director of Human Resources (#11758)

$77.37-$96.63 Hourly / $13,410.80-$16,749.20 Monthly / $160,929.60-$200,990.40 Yearly



The incumbent in this classification plans, organizes, and directs a comprehensive human resource department for Placer County and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the County Executive Officer, the Board of Supervisors and the County Civil Service Commission. Under policy direction of the County Executive Officer to plan, organize, direct and review the activities and operations of the County's human resources services including program development and implementation of performance management; health and employment benefits, deferred compensation, classification, compensation; labor relations, talent acquisition, succession planning, safety and organizational development.


This is a single position class that serves as the department head for administration of human resource functions that is appointed by and serves at the will of the County Executive Officer. The position receives direction from the Civil Service Commission in those areas of human resource administration set forth in the Civil Service Enabling Ordinance or the Placer County Code.


Receives policy direction from the County Executive Officer, the Board of Supervisors and the Civil Service Commission in carrying out the statutory authorities of the Commission including classification, grievance and disciplinary hearings and acts as manager of the Civil Service in support of the Commission. Exercises direct supervision over assigned supervisory, professional, technical and clerical staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Direct and evaluate the County's human resources administration activities including the oversight of talent acquisition and retention; maintenance of the County's job classification plan including the unclassified service; succession planning; administration of the County's Equal Employment Opportunity program; management of the county's employee relations program; performance management; development and coordination of the county's training and organizational development program; administration of the County's benefit program; salary and wage administration; management of the human resources information system; and human resources policy development.
  • As Executive Secretary of the Civil Service Commission, directs preparation of the agenda for each Commission meeting; makes recommendations on matters coming before the Commission; attends Commission meetings; provides minutes of each Commission meeting and executes the policies adopted by the Commission.
  • Confer with and provide professional assistance to County management on personnel matters.
  • Coordinate department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; monitor legal, legislative and other developments related to personnel matters.
  • Develop and direct implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and performance standards for personnel administration within the County; participate in the development and implementation of organizational development programs.
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the department's work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; assure adequate resources as necessary to meet the workload demands of the Civil Service Commission; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Supervise and participate in the development and administration of the Department budget; direct the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement mid-year adjustments.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Department.
  • Advise the County Executive Officer, Civil Service Commission and the Board of Supervisors on a broad range of human resources issues; represent the department to outside groups and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports and studies; prepare written correspondence as necessary.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:  Ten years of increasingly responsible experience in public sector human resources administration, including four years of administrative and management responsibility at the senior or executive leadership role.

Training:  Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business, public, or personnel administration or a related field. A bachelor's degree in a related field and equivalent years of experience may be substituted. A Masters in Human Resources, Business or Public Administration, Organizational Development or other related field preferred. Professional certification in Human Resources is desirable.

Required License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • All aspects of human resource administration including appropriate methods, procedures and technical expertise.
  • Public sector collective bargaining/negotiations process.
  • Principles and practices of public human resources administration;
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building, and conflict resolution.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations regarding human resource management, EEO/Affirmative Action and the collective bargaining process.
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration, talent acquisition and personnel management including principles and management of a civil service system.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing organization-wide change.
  • Extensive experience with talent and leadership management.
  • Strong consultative orientation.
  • Effective team building skills.

Ability to:

  • Supervise, train, and evaluate the work of professional, technical and clerical staff.
  • Analyze and evaluate statistical data and reports related to human resource.
  • Interpret, apply, and explain County policies and state and federal legislation related to departmental services.
  • Negotiate agreement between differing individuals and groups of individuals.
  • Establish and evaluate policies, procedures and controls related to the County's employee and public services programs.
  • Represent the County under diverse circumstances and prepare and deliver oral presentations to small and large groups.
  • Effectively and persuasively communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Make concise recommendations in objective consideration of legal and regulatory, as well as personal and organizational, factors.
  • Ability to negotiate and manage dispute resolutions. 
  • Demonstrate high level of personal integrity and ethics. 
  • Exercise strong interpersonal skills and motivate others. 
  • Plan, direct and control the administration and operations of the Department.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports;
    know, interpret and apply laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff;
    problem solve department related issues; remember various rules; and explain and interpret policy. 
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know, interpret and apply laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve department related issues; remember various rules; and explain and interpret policy.
  • Develop and implement department policies and procedures.
  • Successfully develop, control and administer departmental budget and expenditures. 
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 

CLASS: 11758; EST: 10/17/2015; REV: ; REPLACES JOB TITLE: 17106;