Human Resources Director

City of Ann Arbor, MI


$115,000 – $132,000
per year

The Position

The City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is seeking a Human Resources Director who is passionate about public service, organizational development, diversity, equity, and inclusion and can lead a hard-working staff to support the needs of a complex, progressive city government. The Director oversees all human resources functions within the organization, including employee/labor relations, employee benefits, compensation, performance management, recruiting, training/development, and human resources policies and procedures. The next Director will need to be able to focus on trust-building with the organization and support and empower a hard-working human resources team. A recent organizational climate assessment will help provide guidance on workforce needs, and a diversity, equity, and inclusion study will provide recommendations for the next Director on important areas of focus for the organization.

The Human Resources Director reports directly to the City Administrator and serves as an essential member of the City’s senior leadership team. The Director currently has eight (8) direct reports, including the Employee Benefits Supervisor, Recruiting Supervisor, Compensation and HRIS Supervisor, HR Coordinator, and three HR Services Partners. The previous Director served more than a decade in the position.

Job Requirements

Experience and Education

Minimum requirements are a bachelor’s degree in human resources, public administration, business administration, or a related field and at least five years of progressively responsible positions in leadership with a human resources department. Competency in organizational development, employee engagement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion is required.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, demonstrated experience in organizational development, process improvement, diversity/equity/inclusion, effective employee engagement, rebuilding trust, organized labor relations, and creating high performing teams. While local government experience is preferred, relevant private or nonprofit sector experience with a similar complexity of workforce and service provision is also desirable.

The Ideal Candidate

The City of Ann Arbor’s next Human Resources Director is a collaborative, energetic human resources professional with exceptional organizational development and communication skills and the ability to cultivate trust at all levels of the organization. The successful candidate has the flexibility to meet the ever-changing demands that come with overseeing all human resources functions in an organization as complex as the City of Ann Arbor. This individual thrives on building strong working relationships and works to develop and empower staff throughout the organization. This person is willing to challenge the status quo and is a champion for continuous improvement.

The next Human Resources Director is approachable and transparent, with excellent listening skills. This individual holds themselves and staff accountable and has the utmost personal and professional integrity. The Director has a thorough understanding of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion and has the demonstrated ability to create an environment reflective of these values. This person is accustomed to public scrutiny and works to establish a positive, collaborative culture.

Ann Arbor’s ideal Human Resources Director mirrors the organization’s commitment to

excellence in customer service and is passionate about helping to serve the community through support and partnership with each city department. The Director is empathetic yet firm in their decisions and instills trust within staff, elected officials, and the community at large. The successful candidate is apolitical, process-oriented, and highly analytical. This person is accustomed to building relationships across departments and unifying staff behind a common vision. The next Human Resources Director is thoughtful and patient, always challenging staff to be the best versions of themselves.

The ideal candidate has experience in all facets of human resources, including organizational development, talent acquisition, employee relations, compensation and benefits, and performance management and evaluation. Acting as a partner to other departments in the City, the Director is fully committed to ensuring Ann Arbor remains an inclusive workplace of choice.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on September 29, 2020.