Placer Employment Opportunities

Assistant Director of Human Resources


Recruitment #2021-11759-02


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Placer County is currently accepting applications for Assistant Director of Human Resources. To be considered, individuals must submit an application, a resume, and a letter of interest. To view the recruitment brochure for this position, please click here.


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department. Click here to view Management benefits.

For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.



To assist the Human Resources Director in the administration and coordination of the work of the Human Resources Department, act for the Director in their absence or as designated, and perform related work as required.


This single position class is the assistant department head, appointed by and serving at will to the Human Resources Director.


This position reports to the Human Resources Director and exercises direct supervision over assigned managerial, supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: 
  • Assist in the overall direction and management of the Human Resources Department.
  • Assist in the establishment of overall objectives policy, procedures, projects, and coordinate various Human Resource programs that lead to the achievement of the Department’s Mission.
  • Oversee ongoing development and implementation of Human Resources program areas including recruitment, performance management, classification administration, compensation, learning and organizational development, employee engagement, safety, wellness, workers' compensation, leave management, retirement, benefits and payroll administration, administrative and fiscal operations, information technology, and data analytics.
  • Assist and oversee Human Resources Department staff or participate directly in the labor relations.
  • Confer with and provide professional assistance to County management on personnel matters.
  • Participate in the development and administration of the Department budget.
  • 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.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports and studies; prepare written correspondence.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees, labor unions, and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Act for the Human Resources Director in their absence.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment with controlled temperature conditions. Position may require travel to and from other locations in a variety of outdoor weather conditions.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.
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:  Five 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 master's in human resources, business or public administration, organizational development, or other related field preferred. Professional certification in human resources is desirable.

NOTE: Relevant, equivalent experience (performing the same or similar job requiring similar knowledge, skills, and abilities) may be substituted for the required education as determined by the Human Resources Department. Applicants receiving their degree outside the United States must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency.

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 labor relations. 
  • 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 resources.
  • 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.
  • High level of personal integrity and ethics.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to 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, sit at a desk and in meetings for long periods of time. Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and communicate through written means.
  • 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.


Length of Probation
This classification serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority and has no specific term and no right to continuous employment.

Bargaining Unit
Unclassified management


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 (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


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 (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), political orientation, 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.


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Lindsay Killian, Human Resources Analyst, at or (530) 886-4678.

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