Placer Employment Opportunities

Deputy Director - Human Resources

Strategic Support Division

Recruitment #2018-11762-01


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, westward through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer County is a great place to live, visit, and work. For more information about living and working in Placer County, please go to

This recruitment will be open until filled. Applications are being screened on a routine basis and forwarded to the hiring authority for review. To be considered for the first round of interviews, application materials must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 20, 2018. It is requested that applicants submit a resume with their application materials.


The Strategic Support division oversees payroll and benefit administration, leave management, budget and contracts administration, worker's compensation and labor costing. The Deputy Director will possess excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrate a flexible and collaborative management style, be a strategic thinker, and work with great integrity and high ethical principles as a member of the Placer County management team. The ideal candidate will be a confident, knowledgeable, and experienced professional with a reputation for high standards of ethical conduct, collaboration, and quality.

This position is unclassified management and, as such, serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.



To plan, organize, direct, and manage the activities of an assigned operational unit within the Human Resources Department, to coordinate assigned activities with other divisions and departments; and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Director and Assistant Director.


The Deputy Director level recognizes positions that assume full functional responsibility for a major division that provides diverse, but related, programs.  This position is distinguished from the Personnel Services Manager classification in that the latter functions at the manager level and as such recognizes a position that exercises full line and functional management responsibility for employees within a division or program area.


Receives general direction from the Assistant Human Resources Director. Exercises direct supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical personnel.


Essential functions:

  • Develop divisional goals and objectives; develop and implement division policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate communications and working relationships with County customer departments, outside service providers and other agencies.
  • Develop and implement assigned division work plans; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Prepare the assigned division budgets; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; administer the approved budget.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the assigned divisions.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Represent the Human Resources Division to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance, as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.
  • Consult with and advise other County departments on matters relating to Human Resources divisions.
  • Act as liaison with other public and private agencies and provide information to County departments, the public, and agency representative on departmental activities.
  • Perform special studies or projects as assigned by the Director or his/her designee;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

In addition to the above, when assigned to the Strategic Support Division:

  • Initiate and implement internal operating procedures, policies, and controls;
  • Prepare technical reports, correspondence, and contracts for services;
  • Coordinate and review the preparation of ordinances, legislation, project proposals, and other documents, and makes presentations to the Board of Supervisors or executive managers;
  • Oversee the technology function to assure  that operational requirements are translated into system requirements for the purpose of enhancing the department’s use of technology;
  • Oversee the development of the department's annual budgets and monitor revenue and expenditure transactions;
  • Evaluate all benefit plans and providers and make recommendations for changes;
  • Conduct fiscal analysis and prepare cost projections including labor proposals;
  • Identify operational problems and formulate appropriate solutions.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Experience:  Five years of increasingly responsible experience in public sector human resources administration, including four years of administrative and management responsibility in designated area(s).

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, or a related field.  A Master’s degree is desirable.

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:
  • Laws, regulations, codes, and ordinances related to human resource management;
  • State and Federal regulations, principles, practices and legislative processes as related to local government;
  • Policy and procedure development and implementation related to human resource management;
  • Funding practices of State and Federal agencies providing revenue sources;
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and performance evaluation;
  • Principles and theories of public administration including general administration, human resources management, and fiscal management;
  • Current technology and trends in the profession

When assigned to the Strategic Support Division:

  • Federal and State statues, rules and regulations applicable to employee benefits plans, cafeteria plans and deferred compensation and related plan administration, including continuation of benefits, Internal Revenue Code and Treasury regulations, Federal and State family leave laws, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Public Employees Retirement System requirements
  • Principles and practices of health and welfare benefits administration; employee benefits options; methods and techniques of contract administration;
  • Principles of public administration, including budgeting and personnel management; principles and techniques of financial reporting and record keeping;
  • Principles and practices of business and systems analysis.

Skill and Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, and direct the activities of divisional staff;
  • Coordinate departmental services with County departments and public/private agencies;
  • Ensure that departmental activities conform to Federal, State, and local laws and regulations;
  • Identify and creatively resolve problems within regulated and legislated parameters; Prepare executive-level correspondence and reports;
  • Supervise, train, mentor and evaluate the work of subordinate staff;
  • Prepare and persuasively deliver public presentations on the department's initiatives, activities, functions, and issues to a wide variety of audiences;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate effectively with a wide variety of  management, employees, employee representatives, representatives from government, industry, media, and other agencies, and the public, all representing diverse cultures and backgrounds;
  • Handle situations which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy.

When assigned to the Strategic Support Division:

  • Implement and maintain a comprehensive benefits program;
  • Monitor program compliance with legal requirements;
  • Analyze information and material related to benefits services;
  • Monitor fiscal practices to ensure accuracy, integrity and internal controls;
  • Analyze business data in order to identify trends, resolve problems, and recommend potential areas of process improvement or technology enhancements based on departmental goals and objectives.


The application materials of qualified applicants will be forwarded to the hiring department for review. Applicants selected for hiring interviews will be contacted for interview scheduling.  


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination, which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation, sign a constitutional oath and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation and/or be bonded.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

Click here to view benefits for the Management bargaining unit.

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