Director of Human Resources

Lake County, IL


Waukegan, IL, IL 60085


$150,000 – $160,000
per year

Lake County, IL  (population 703,462)  seeks a highly progressive and  innovative human resources  professional to serve as its next Director of Human Resources. This position is a key member of the executive team and leads a comprehensive range of human resources services for a workforce of more than 2600 employees.  This person will lead the County’s recruitment and retention efforts, collective bargaining strategies, compensation administration, risk management and organizational development initiatives.  The individual must be a strategic thinker and consensus builder who can bring strong leadership and communication skills, modern and innovative management practices, and business acumen to this critical position. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to best practices and customer service, as well as experience in conducting labor negotiations, addressing current workforce initiatives including but not limited to succession planning, retention, professional development and ensuring that Lake County is a workplace of choice.

Lake County is a large, complex organization consisting of more than 30 departments and divisions that provide services including law enforcement, water and sewerage treatment, public health, criminal justice, transportation, public works, land use planning, building inspections, and emergency management. The County has 2,679 employees, a $503 million budget and is governed by a 21-member elected Board.

The position directs the County’s full complement of personnel services, manages 17 human resources professionals, and a budget of more than $8 million. The position reports to the County Administrator. The current Director is leaving the County for another position after serving as the Director for 14 years.



Job Requirements

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in human resources management, business or public administration or closely related field along with ten years of leadership experience in human resources or a closely related field. Possession of a master’s degree and SPHR or SHRM-SCP credentials are highly valued.

Starting salary range is $150,000 - $160,000 /- depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package.  Residency in Lake County is not required. 


How to Apply

Submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references at once but no later than October 14, 2019 to to the attention of Heidi Voorhees and/or Charlene Stevens, GovHRUSA,LLC, 630 Dundee Road #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3243.

Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.