Director of Human Resources

Colorado Department of Agriculture


Broomfield, CO 80021


$104,500 – $115,000
per year

Director of Human Resources - Non-Classified

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is looking for a strategic innovator with deep change management experience who is ready to take public service to the next level as our Human Resource Director. If bringing passion and purpose to your work is something you live for, take a look at this unique opportunity to make a true impact on our state.

This executive leadership position leads a team of approximately 2.5 human resources professionals and serves in a strategic leadership role for a diverse, geographically dispersed workforce of approximately 300 employees year-round, with the addition of another 500 during the annual Colorado State Fair. This position will have the opportunity to engage in some limited statewide travel.

This position ensures that all initiatives related to the employee base are strategically aligned with the organization's goals. The HR Director also acts in a consultative leadership role to the executive leadership team related to human capital plans and initiatives. In addition, the HR Director is the expert senior executive in the areas of culture definition/change and organizational development initiatives that support the future direction of the organization as a whole.
This key executive leadership position directs and provides leadership for HR-related initiatives and services in the following areas: hiring and recruitment, talent management, compensation, retention, leadership development, learning and professional development, employee relations, organizational development, health/safety, leading EDI initiatives, HR systems, HR metrics, HR budget, and specific policy development and refinement.
 Among other essential duties, the candidate we select will be expected to:

  • Lead the HR team, providing strategic vision, guidance, direction, and clear expectations around deliverables, goals, and objectives that align with the strategic direction of the business.
  • Lead change management and expand transformational efforts:  Key principles include transparency, inclusiveness and equity in HR’s policies and actions.
  • Conduct a Policies and Practices Review to modernize processes and improve transparency:  The candidate we select will conduct a review of HR policies, procedures, and protocols to identify gaps and identify needs for new policies, explore opportunities for updating and reforming existing policies, and determine methods for improving transparency.
  • Work with others to help lead the further integration of equity, diversity and inclusion efforts into our structure: This includes supporting efforts in HR/hiring/recruitment; rulemaking and stakeholder engagement; services and grant dollars; and storytelling and communications. 
  • Positive Employee Relations: The candidate we select will be responsible for cultivating positive and meaningful employee relations, liaising with teams within the department, and representing the agency to other agencies and partners. This person will oversee disciplinary actions as necessary. This person will also play a key role in successfully implementing the collective bargaining agreement with a newly unionized workforce.  An important priority for the HR Director will be to help the Department maintain and further establish a collegial, mutually beneficial relationship with the DPA bargaining unit.  


What we offer:
In addition to a great location, rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:
-Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit
-Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans
-Medical and dental health plans
-Paid life insurance
-Short- and long-term disability coverage
-10 paid holidays per year, starting number of 12 vacation days per year, and sick leave
-Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, professional development opportunities and more

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Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

This position requires: 

At least four years of progressively responsible HR experience, and at least two years experience leading, reviewing and implementing process improvement, policy development and implementation, and/or change management efforts. The candidate we select will have significant experience developing training for employees at all levels, coaching leaders and employees, leading or contributing to successful organizational change efforts in complex settings, significant experience working toward equity, diversity and inclusion and a deep commitment to self-education and change management in that context, and will have had significant exposure to all elements of the employee life-cycle, including recruiting and retention, training, employee relations, performance management, leave programs, and benefits administration; AND
At least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in business administration, public administration, human resource management, or a related field; OR
Additional, relevant work experience will substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Our preferred candidate has: 

  • Significant prior experience in state government, or other public sector entities.
  • Previous, successful, and significant experience serving as part of executive leadership for complex, geographically dispersed and/or remote workforces.
  • A proven track record of success providing consultative, strategic HR leadership at an executive level.
  • Certifications in state of Colorado job selection, personal services and job evaluation preferred.
  • Successful track record of driving inclusivity initiatives.
  • Formal change management and/or process improvement training.
  • Team management and supervisory experience.

How to Apply

To see the full job announcement and to apply visit the following website: 

You will need to submit the following
  • Online application (completed fully) describing how you meet the minimum qualifications and the attached supplemental questions.
  • OR If you are not able to submit an online application, a paper application is available at this link: PDF State Paper Application.  Paper applications must be received (either by US mail or email to by the closing date and time of the application period listed on this announcement.
*Applications are considered complete and accurate at the time of submission. Therefore, additional information may not be solicited or accepted after your application has been received.  Therefore, it is very important that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.