Director of Human Resources

Organization: City of Wichita, Kansas
Salary: Highly competitive salary and benefits negotiable DOQ.
Close Date: The position will remain open until filled.

Job Description:


Director of Human Resources

The City of Wichita, the largest city in Kansas with a population of approximately 385,000, seeks a Human Resources (H/R) Director to manage the City’s Human Resources Department and to oversee the administration of the City’s centralized and comprehensive H/R System. The H/R Director partners and collaborates with department heads to develop best operational methods and, as necessary, to determine the most effective solutions to human resources problems.

As a key department head, the Human Resources Director reports to the City Manager, prepares and administers the Human Resources Departmental budget, prepares H/R related City Council agenda items and may speak before the Council concerning H/R and labor relations issues. Wichita provides a full array of municipal services including utilities, public transit and an international airport. The City employs approximately 3,500 FTE’s.

The Human Resources Department is assigned the following functions: recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, payroll, employee training, HRIS, equal employment and affirmative action, labor relations and employee relations. The Department also administers federal and state programs, municipal personnel policies and procedures and the City’s various labor contracts. Currently the Department is allocated 17 full-time positions although not all of them are filled. The City is currently facing recession-driven revenue reductions resulting in a citywide hiring freeze.

The ideal candidate will be a contemporary and forward thinker who is current in the field and has a full breadth of current technical knowledge. He or she must understand the strategic advantage that a strong and outcome driven human resources system provides to an organization. Must be a confident, proactive and collaborative professional who also possesses strong interpersonal skills, is adept in both verbal oral and written communications, understands complex organizational dynamics, is skillful at conflict management, understands interest-based bargaining, is results focused and skilled at interdepartmental partnership building. The job demands a positive team oriented attitude.

The position requires graduation from a four-year college, preferably with a master's degree, with specialization in personnel, public administration or labor relations combined with at least seven years of experience in a human resources or public administration position to include three years of responsible supervisory experience. An equivalent combination of experience and training may be accepted. The successful selected candidate will pass a pre-employment physical which includes drug screening.

More information about the City of Wichita can also be found on Additional information regarding the position can be found at the consultant's website:

Position is considered open until filled. Please submit cover letter, resume and present salary to:

Robert E. Slavin
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road #A-1
Norcross, GA 30071
Telephone: 770/449-4656
Fax: 770/416-0848

The City of Wichita is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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