Recruitment #2308-1075-001


The City of Tucson is seeking a dynamic, progressive leader as the Deputy Director of Human Resources who will work closely with the Human Resources Director/CHRO to provide strategic HR services across the City. 
This is a unique opportunity to join the rapidly growing and evolving team by leading a new culture of agility, continuous improvement, data-driven decisions, and transformational operations as a strategic partner throughout the City. The Deputy Director plays a vital role in the HR leadership team and will be directly accountable for oversight and continuous improvement of the Shared Services and HR model.  
In direct partnership with the Director/CHRO, the Deputy Director will spearhead and coordinate major improvements to functions, processes, and culture within Shared Services and HR through the execution and realization of a human resources strategic plan and vision.

Ignite your future by joining the City of Tucson Human Resources, where we value our employees, deliver exceptional service, and create an inspiring place to work!!

General Description

In partnership with the Director/CHRO, the Deputy Director of Human Resources supports the mission, vision, and values of Human Resources to fulfill the operational service support, capability evolution, and new solutions designed to support rapidly transforming City operations. Assists the Director/CHRO in providing innovative leadership, oversight, strategic problem-solving, and guidance for Human Resources, City leadership, and community stakeholders.   Provides leadership department-wide to ensure that HR services are aligned with the City's strategic objectives in a consistent, innovative, and transparent manner.  

Essential Functions

  • Shared Services Leadership (30%) - Provide leadership and oversight of HR’s Shared Services and functions. 
  • Strategic Leadership (30%) - Assists the Director/CHRO in providing innovative leadership, strategic problem-solving, and guidance for Human Resources, City leadership, and community stakeholders.   
  • Staff Supervision (15%) - Provide leadership, direction, mentorship, and training of designated staff members. 
  • Process Improvement (10%) - Recommend, implement, and evaluate improvements in HR processes and practices.
  • Special Projects (10%) – Develop, lead, and coordinate special programs and projects. 
  • Non-Essential Functions (5%) - Completes special assignments, training, and other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in human resources or relevant field and seven (7) years of directly related experience, of which five (5) years have been in a supervisory role in a related HR functional area. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

Valid and unrestricted driver’s license


Position Specific Qualifications

  • Demonstrated leadership success in more than one of the following HR functional areas: recruitment, classification, compensation, corrective and disciplinary action, training and development, interpretation and application of laws, rules, policies; and procedures, appeals, grievances, or hearings; performance management, program or policy development, performance reviews, career counseling, organizational analysis or development, employee recognition or other functions relating to human resource management.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide thoughtful, progressive, and strategic guidance and problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated success in fostering internal and external community relationships. 
  • Demonstrated experience interpreting and applying HR laws, rules, policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of computers and software applications.
  • Flexibility of schedule and willingness to travel to satellite offices.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional certification from a recognized human resource/personnel association.
  • Human Resource experience in a public entity setting.

Selection Plan

PLEASE NOTE: Resumes AND Cover Letters must be uploaded as a PDF or Word document to be considered. Failure to upload your Resume AND Cover Letter will be considered an incomplete application.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest-scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an interview within two weeks after the closing date.

Upon completion of all review processes, the top applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated based on submitted application material and interview(s) equally. This recruitment will establish a civil service list that may be utilized to fill future vacancies.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must provide a copy to the HR facilitator prior to your interview.  The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates the characterization of the service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the recruitment process, please Email at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.  

If selected, this position is a leadership assignment with Civil Service rights to the HR Administrator classification.