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Director of Human Resources

The Position

The Director of Human Resources leads a department of 18 employees that provide recruitment, classification and compensation administration, benefits administration, employee relations and labor relations, PeopleSoft Human Resource Information System (HRIS) support, safety, training and organizational development services to the City’s over 1,100 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. The department administers Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the City’s four unions: The Peoria Police Officers Association (PPOA) and City of Peoria Police Sergeants (COPPS) cover sworn officers and sergeants in the Police Department; firefighters are covered by a Peoria unit of the Professional Phoenix Firefighters Association (PPFA); and maintenance and administrative employees are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). In Fiscal Year 2012, the Human Resources Department included a $2.3 million budget for staffing and operations, plus over $13 million in health and workers compensation self-insurance funds.

The most recent employee survey indicated that over 80% of employees rate Peoria’s Human Resources as good or excellent in providing responsive, professional services that allow the City to attract and retain the highest quality of employee. The department has been integral in recent downsizing and reorganizations that have resulted in fewer positions City-wide without layoffs or furloughs.

Minimum requirements are 7-10 years experience in human resources, including at least five years of management experience, a BA/BS degree (Master’s degree preferred), labor relations, and municipal government experience. Preferred qualifications include experience leading a division or department in a complex municipal organization with significant labor relations, HRIS, and “hands on” experience in all aspects of human resources management.

The hiring salary range for the position is expected to be $125,000 – $140,000 and is dependent upon qualifications. The City offers an excellent benefits package, including a mandatory employer and employee 401(a) contribution program and a voluntary ICMA 457 deferred compensation program plus participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) defined benefit pension and long-term disability plan. The City pays a substantial portion of premiums for a choice of medical plans, vision, dental, short-term disability protection and life insurance. City administrative employees, including the Human Resources Department, work four ten-hour days, Monday through Thursday from 7 am to 6 pm.

The Ideal Candidate

Peoria’s ideal candidate is approachable, instills trust, and works collaboratively in a team environment. The Director must be politically astute, creative, and an effective communicator. The Director must be a persuasive, confident leader, with an ability to say no when needed and to articulate complex issues in a way that can be understood. This person must be able to manage multiple projects, prioritize and remain focused to achieve results. The Director will value fairness, consistent application of policies, and be able to discern and advocate what is best for the organization. The person must be technically competent in all areas of human resources management, be knowledgeable with HRIS and able to leverage technology to help streamline processes. The ideal candidate has proven his/her ability to manage as a director or assistant director in a complex local government organization. The person will have working knowledge of all areas of human resources and have a strong background working effectively in a union environment.


Peoria, Arizona is a dynamic desert community northwest of Phoenix serving more than 154,000 residents. Peoria is currently the sixth largest city in Arizona for land area, and the ninth largest for population. Officially incorporated in 1954, the City has grown from the original one square mile in Old Town Peoria to more than 178 square miles of beautiful Sonoran desert in both Maricopa and Yavapai counties.

While Peoria has maintained the friendly family character that it developed as a small rural community, it now stands as one of the Valley’s most dynamic cities. The combination of safe, well-planned neighborhoods and unlimited recreational and cultural opportunities makes Peoria a prosperous community in which to live, work and play. The Peoria Unified School District and the Deer Valley Unified School District, two of the finest school districts in the state, have contributed to the City’s strong educational reputation. The median price of a new home is $210,000. Peoria has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the Phoenix metropolitan area and is a diverse, affluent, young working community that enjoys the high quality of life they find here. There are ample outdoor activities in the City including golf and trails. The average year-round temperature is in the low 70’s.

Peoria Government

The City of Peoria operates under Council-Manager government, with an at-large Mayor and six district council members elected for four year staggered terms. The Mayor and Council appoint the City Manager who is responsible for policy implementation, service delivery and the overall operations of the City. The Human Resources Director reports to the Deputy City Manager for Operations and Administrative Service and has significant interaction with the City Manager. The City Council confirms all department head positions.


The hiring salary range is $125,000-$140,000 DOQ with an excellent benefit package.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. To apply, email cover letter, resume, 10-year salary history, and 3-5 professional references to Application deadline: March 9, 2012.


Questions should be directed to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or by telephone to (240) 832-1778.

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