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Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development – Shoreline, WA


The Position

The City of Shoreline’s next Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development will have the opportunity to join a team of dedicated and highly skilled staff in one of Washington’s finest and most progressive communities. Located along the Puget Sound just nine miles north of Downtown Seattle, Shoreline, Washington is a desirable community with a reputation for political stability, exceptional service delivery, and endless recreational and natural amenities. The City has no labor unions.

The Director functionally reports to the Assistant City Manager but also works closely with the City Manager. As a member of the City’s Leadership Team, the Director is expected to be the keeper of the organization’s culture and provide support in partnership with other city departments. The position works closely with the Assistant City Manager and City Manager to ensure the workforce can meet the needs of the residents now and in the future. This position oversees the department and its services include recruitment and onboarding of staff, compensation and benefit administration, employee development and training, employee relations, performance management systems, and compliance and reporting.

The Department

The Human Resources department’s FY 2018 total program budget is approximately $500,000. There are three FTEs within the department, which includes the Director, Senior Human Resources Analyst, and Human Resources Technician.

The Organization

In the State of Washington, municipalities are categorized into one of four classification types according to their population at the time of incorporation or reorganization. The City of Shoreline is classified as a code city, which grants broad statutory home rule authority in all matters of local concern. Operating under the council-manager form of government, the City’s seven-member Council serves as the community’s legislative body and establishes policies to be implemented by an appointed City Manager. All seven members of City Council serve staggered four-year terms on a part-time basis and are elected at large. The City Council chooses a Mayor and Deputy Mayor from among its members during its first meeting of the new year following an election.

Comprehensive services provided by the City include community services; code enforcement and customer response; environmental services; geographic information system (GIS); human services; parks, recreation, and cultural services; development review and permitting; community planning; engineering and capital project management; street maintenance; traffic services; surface water; and wastewater. The City recently acquired operational control of Ronald Wastewater District through a service contract, and those employees joined the City in 2017. The Ronald Wastewater District Board of Commissioners continues to address policy matters, establish rates, and manage capital improvements for the utility. In Shoreline, fire services are provided by the Shoreline Fire District and police services are proffered through contractual agreement with the King County Sheriff’s Office. Currently, water is supplied to Shoreline residents by Seattle Public Utilities and the North City Water District. Garbage collection and recycling services are provided via contract by the City’s solid waste hauler, Recology CleanScapes, and the City enforces mandatory single-family residential garbage service. Additionally, animal control services in Shoreline are supplied via contract by Regional Animal Services of King County, and Municipal Court services are provided via contract by King County District Court. The City also contracts for other criminal justice services including prosecution, public defense, and jail services.

The City of Shoreline’s FY 2018 expenditures for all funds totals $79.9 million and the proposed operating budget is $48.9 million. The City employs 173.38 full-time equivalents (FTEs) throughout 11 departments.

The City’s Vision, Mission, Values, Goals

Shoreline is a thriving, friendly city where people of all ages, cultures, and economic backgrounds love to live, work, and play, and most of all, call home.

Fulfilling the community’s vision through highly valued public services.

Integrity: Act with honesty, openness, and accountability.
Teamwork: Accomplish goals, resolve issues through quality communication and collaboration.
Respect: Listen, value others, and treat everyone with fairness and dignity.
Innovation: Learn from experience, explore new ideas, and implement creative solutions.
Sustainability: Exemplify and encourage sustainable practices in our organization and community.

The City has a healthy organizational culture that is mission-driven. In a 2018 Employee Satisfaction Survey, some highlights include:

  • 97% have a clear understanding of organizational values and mission
  • 94% have a clear understanding of how their job fits with the mission of the City
  • 92% believe the City’s policies/practices support appropriate work/life balance
  • 91% believe the City is moving in the right direction


The minimum qualifications are any combination of experience and education equivalent to a bachelor’s degree with major coursework in human resources management, business administration, or public administration and six years of progressively responsible local government human resources administration experience with at least three years of management and administrative responsibility. An SPHR certification will be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.

Preferred qualifications include a strong background in recruitment, compensation, employee relations, organizational development, succession planning and leadership development, and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The Ideal Candidate

The next Human Resources and Organizational Development Director excels in interpersonal relationship building, values diversity and inclusion, and promotes excellence throughout the organization. The ideal candidate will be an exceptional communicator, collaborate naturally, and build strong partnerships across the organization. He or she will have demonstrated skill in organizational development and know when to create and when to secure existing training and leadership development programs.

The next director will have sound judgment, be data driven, and be able to balance the role of supportive consultant and ensure the City is in compliance with laws. The next director has a strong background as a human resources generalist, is knowledgeable about employment law, and is willing to jump in and do day-to-day work in a lean organization. He or she will be able to interpret and explain personnel policies and procedures, provide mentoring to employees and supervisors, and investigate employee grievances and other issues as needed.

This candidate is fully invested in implementing the goals set forth by City Council and the organization, and shares the values of the organization. The ideal candidate will provide leadership in the organization and assistance to operating departments in support of achieving the Council’s Vision 2029. The ideal candidate is experienced in position classification and salary administration, recruitment and retention of talented staff, and mediation, and displays the highest level of integrity and personal ethics. The next director will be a strategic thinker who is able to provide organizational leadership to ensure the workforce is prepared to take the City to the next level of excellence.

The City of Shoreline is seeking a Director with the following traits.

  • Positive
  • Analytical
  • Approachable
  • Strategic thinker
  • Technologically savvy
  • Values and supports diversity and inclusion

The Community

The City of Shoreline is located just north of the City of Seattle, in King County, Washington. Shoreline’s western border is directly on the Puget Sound, providing residents with breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. The City offers scenic landscapes unique to the Pacific Northwest, along with the convenience of suburban living and the attractions of nearby urban opportunities.

Shoreline, a first-tier suburb, existed as an unincorporated community for over 100 years until the City formally incorporated in 1995. Today, the City is divided into 14 separate neighborhoods, each with its own sense of community and unique offerings. Natural amenities throughout Shoreline contribute to the community’s impeccable standard of living, as there are approximately 24 parks, two recreation centers, several off-leash dog areas, a botanical garden, nature preserves, and miles of winding trails in the region.

As a part of the Seattle Metropolitan area, the 14th largest metropolitan area in the United States and home to an estimated 3.8 million individuals, the residents of Shoreline have access to the region’s highly acclaimed music scene, the world-famous Space Needle, four prominent art museums, countless art galleries, Pike Place Market, the Seattle Great Wheel, and dozens of museums and historical landmarks. Six professional sports teams are rooted in Seattle, including the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks, Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners, Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders, and the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Seattle Storm. The Seattle Metropolitan area’s economy is driven by a mix of older industrial and newer technology and service-oriented companies. Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Costco, Nintendo of America, and T-Mobile US are all headquartered in the Seattle Metropolitan area and Seattle is continuously recognized for its favorable business environment. In 2018, Seattle was included on a list of the “50 Smartest Cities” in the world and plans to become the first “climate neutral” city in the United States by year 2030.

Students are served by Shoreline School District, which operates nine elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, a K-8 school, and three early learning institutions. Educational opportunities in Shoreline are abundant, as many public and private higher education institutions can be found in the City and neighboring Seattle. Shoreline Community College, which enrolls approximately 6,000 students, is located within the City and offers more than 60 associate majors and vocational programs. The prestigious and internationally ranked University of Washington is conveniently located in Downtown Seattle, approximately 10 miles south of Shoreline. Other public higher education institutions located throughout the region include the Seattle Colleges District and Seattle Central College. Many private higher education institutions can also be found near Shoreline, including City University of Seattle, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, the Art Institute of Seattle, and Bastyr University.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the racial and ethnic makeup of the community is 70.4% White, 13.3% Asian, 9% Hispanic or Latino, 5.8% Black, 1.2% Native American or Alaskan Native, 0.4% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and 5.8% identify as two or more races.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 56,189
  • Median Household Income: $70,398
  • Median Home Value: $444,000
  • Median Age: 42 years
  • Total Area: 11.7 square miles


The salary range is $126,254-$153,608, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at The City of Shoreline is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Submit just one document (Word or PDF) that includes a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications taking place on October 15, 2018.


Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at 513-221-0500 or

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