Director of Human Resources – City of Williamsport

Deadline: February 16, 2024

Job Title: 
Director of Human Resources
Department:
Human Resources
Reports To:
Mayor of Williamsport
Supervisory Responsibility:   
None   
FLSA Status:
Salaried/Exempt
Position Type:
Full-time/At-Will
Salary:
As approved by City Council:  $69,000 for 2024
Residency:
Per City ordinance, it shall be preferred that the position incumbent reside within City limits.

Position Summary

The City of Williamsport is seeking a Director of Human Resources. Working under the direction of the Mayor, the Director of Human Resources performs work in planning, organizing, and directing a comprehensive human resource management program for the City of Williamsport. The Director is responsible for recruitment, employment, and classification of positions, all labor- and employment-related issues, continuing development of personnel policies, employee development, compensation and benefits administration, records management, safety policies, and related functions as assigned by the Mayor.

The City of Williamsport, PA (population approx. 27,500) is the seat of Lycoming County. It is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Central Pennsylvania. The City, which is closely located to I-80 and just along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, is surrounded by more than 300,000 acres of state game lands, making the area popular with all types of outdoors enthusiasts. Residents and their families enjoy above-average school systems and a relatively low cost of living. Williamsport was known as the “lumber capital of the world” in the late 1800s, but it is now best known as the “Home of Little League Baseball,” hosting the Little League World Series each summer and bringing in players and their families from all over the world!

As a member of the City of Williamsport’s administrative team – in addition to having the satisfaction of supporting the Mayor’s initiatives – you would enjoy an employee-focused work environment with a competitive benefits package to include health insurance with low premiums and low deductibles, vision insurance and life insurance that is fully paid by the City, dental insurance, a defined benefit pension plan with an option for additional retirement savings through a 457 account, Aflac options, and generous vacation and sick leave.

For more information, please visit the City’s website at www.cityofwilliamsport.org.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Plans, organizes, and directs the City human resource management program under the provisions of the Third Class City Code; memoranda of agreement/understanding; federal, state, and local regulations, and the City’s personnel policies.
  • Oversees the full employment life cycle: recruitment, onboarding, retention initiatives, and offboarding. Assists department heads with evaluating candidates and conducting interviews; perform hiring processes, promotions, and other actions, ensuring adherence to applicable laws and regulations.
  • Participates in negotiating and directs administration of labor contracts after agreements are reached.
  • Works with managers and labor organizations to proactively resolve problems. Advises City-elected officials, departments heads, managers, and others on labor relations and employee relations and performance matters, including grievances and arbitration procedures and actions, investigations, employee discipline as appropriate, and termination of employment as necessary and in accordance with legal requirements in consultation with legal counsel.
  • Administers benefit programs, including workers’ compensation, heart & lung benefits, and retirement plans. Reviews and recommends plan document changes or program changes.
  • Serves as the contact for employees who plan to retire, enter the DROP, or purchase military service. Works with actuary to ensure accurate calculations and communicate said information to employees.
  • Responds to claims for unemployment compensation as appropriate.
  • Administers leave of absence processes under the FMLA, ADA, and City policies and labor contracts.
  • Oversees drug and alcohol testing as appropriate and as required by the federal law.
  • Directs the preparation and administration of the annual budget of the Human Resources Department. Provides guidance and initiates strategies for the departmental operations within the parameters of the budget.
  • Serves as an administrator of the City’s Human Resources Information System (HRIS).
  • Plans, organizes, directs, and provides overall policy guidance and review to the continuing work and special projects of the Human Resource Department. Confers with department heads, employee representatives, City Council, the general public, and other groups to discuss human resource opportunities, plans, programs, or problems.
  • Serves as a resource for the City departments to protect the City from liability issues relating to personnel and personnel-related processes.
  • Hears complaints from City employees regarding personnel issues, researches precedents and legal requirements in individual areas, interacts with all appropriate management personnel and solicitors, and takes action as necessary.
  • Directs and organizes City-wide human resources training including supervisor and manager training, anti-harassment and -discrimination training, ADA training, and other training as requested by City departments.
  • Provides informational presentations to, and submits requests for approval to, the City Council of Williamsport for the Human Resources Department budget and for various issues relating to employee benefits.
  • Manages the safety and wellness programs, including risk management assessment and mitigation.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to the City’s administrative team.
  • Consults with the City Solicitor’s office on legal matters specific to the Human Resources Department.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Mayor.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to adapt to the needs of the organization and employees.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.
  • Proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proficiency with, or the ability to quickly learn, the City’s HRIS.
  • Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, City officials, other government agencies, and the public.
  • Must have a current valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and personal vehicle for work-related use. Incumbent will be subject to Motor Vehicle Record checks.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management or related field.
  • Preferred five (5) years of experience in human resource field or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification preferred.
  • Preferred experience in a union environment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Must be able to sit at a desk for prolong periods of time using a PC work station.
  • Must be able to lift up to fifteen (15) pounds.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, squat, kneel; reach above shoulder level, and twist body periodically throughout the day.
  • Must possess sight/hearing sense so that the requirements of the position can be fully met.
  • Ability to utilize hands for repetitive actions.
  • Able to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.
  • Reasonable accommodations will be made to achieve essential functions of this position.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Will work alone, with others, and around others.
  • Will work mostly in an office setting.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and at least two references (one personal, one professional) to mayor@cityofwilliamsport.org.

The City of Williamsport is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race (e.g. ancestry, national origin, or ethnic characteristics; interracial marriage or association; and traits historically associated with race), religious creed, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, age, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.