Human Resources Director

City of Issaquah


Issaquah, WA 98027


$130,626 – $166,690
per year

Be a leader and a change agent in an exciting era in Issaquah!  We're searching for an innovative, experienced, and effective leader to be Issaquah's next Human Resources Director.

The Human Resources Director is a strategic partner for the organization, building a workplace culture of engagement and acting as a strong resource in achieving the City's vision and goals. This position builds strategic partnerships with internal stakeholders, including the Senior Leadership Team, the City's four bargaining units, and a diverse employee base. The HR Director provides professional consultation, technical guidance, and responsive and innovative solutions consistent with our organizational values: sustaining trust, acting with integrity, leading with respect, mastering communications, owning our actions and being engaged. Additionally, the HR Director serves as the chief negotiator for contract negotiations with four labor groups and administers a comprehensive self-insured and fully insured benefits program. The HR Director works under the general direction of and in partnership with the City Administrator.

Issaquah is a rapidly growing community of 37,000 residents, well known for its breathtaking environment, excellent quality of life, and countless cultural and educational opportunities. 

Join our team - and enhance lives through public service.

Opportunities and Challenges

As a member of our Senior Leadership team, you can look forward to:
  • Transforming the department into a stronger resource and strategic partner for internal stakeholders, with the goal of firmly situating the City as an employer of choice.
  • Leading a small and dynamic HR team in carrying out the Department's goals and objectives.
  • Coaching the organization in culture and change management. 
  • Identifying opportunities, developing and implementing innovative solutions to complex issues.
  • Operating as a working manager and participating in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Human Resources Department amongst a small team of 4 FTEs.
The Department's 2019 projects include: completing a City-wide classification and compensation study; enhancing the recruitment, onboarding and retention processes to better meet organizational needs; building and enhancing our training and organizational development plan; working with our four labor groups to negotiate successor agreements; and beginning an analysis and overhaul of our personnel policies.

The City is looking for a talented, innovative, and experienced professional to lead the organization and the HR team through an evolution of the Department's role. We're looking for someone who is confident, is an exceptional leader with proven skill in building relationships to achieve common goals, and is recognized by their peers as an expert in a wide variety of human resources disciplines. The ideal candidate will be thoughtful, patient, empathetic, able to see all points of view, and will have excellent mediation skills and the ability to facilitate the development of a strong, solution-oriented department. Experience in a unionized environment and with a self-insured medical plan are both highly desirable.

Successful candidates will typically have a bachelor's degree in human resources, public administration, business administration or a related field and 5 years or more of experience overseeing a full service human resources department. Experience should include supervising professional human resources staff in areas such as recruitment and selection, labor relations, benefits administration, and/or other human resources functional areas. 

Our preferred candidate will typically have a master's degree in human resources, public administration, business administration, or a related field and 7 years or more of experience overseeing a full service human resources department. Consideration will be given to candidates who may lack public sector experience but who have the proven ability to lead significant organizational and departmental change and have experience with collective bargaining. Demonstrated ability to build a culture of engagement, collaboration, and transparency; ability to navigate difficult conversations; ability to empower and build teams; and ability to build partnerships with unions, directors, managers, and staff are all critical to success in this position. 



How to Apply

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