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Assistant Director of Human Resources –
Loudoun County, Virginia

 

The Community

Loudoun County, Virginia, “DC’s Technology Corridor,” is an innovative, globally competitive community known for its favorable business environment, exceptional quality of life, and strong sense of community. Located in northern Virginia, approximately 45 minutes northwest of Washington, D.C., Loudoun County is a growing and thriving community of more than 393,000 residents (2018 est.). Loudoun County is the third largest county in Virginia and one of the fastest growing counties in the US with 19.7% population growth since 2010. At $125,003, the County had the highest median household income in the US for jurisdictions greater than 65,000 persons (2015). The County has the lowest unemployment rate in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Commonwealth of Virginia at 3.6% (2015).

Loudoun County’s economy is diverse and includes representative businesses from telecommunications, aerospace, biomedical research, defense, higher education, and viniculture, in addition to a thriving small business community. The County’s eastern area is mainly suburban in character while its western area is more rural, including small towns, horse farms, and more than 160,000 acres of well-preserved open space. Dulles International Airport, a major facility serving nearly 30 million passengers every year, is in the southern part of the County. Additionally, the Washington D.C. Metro transit system is currently expanding into Loudoun County with the extension of the Silver Line – scheduled for completion in FY2020 – which will allow residents to travel conveniently into and around the Washington, D.C. area.

The Loudoun Difference

Loudoun County Government is an organization of individuals who choose to dedicate their talents, education, and experiences to making a difference in the community. What sets Loudoun apart from other local governments is a strong organizational culture that values teamwork, community, and innovation. Loudoun County employees share a true appreciation for the dynamic nature of the community they serve and a passion for ensuring that Loudoun remains a great place to work, live, and play. Employees of the County enjoy the camaraderie of working together in a collaborative and inclusive environment and appreciate the County’s emphasis on maintaining a diverse and respectful workplace. As the community continues to experience growth, the County offers new and seasoned professionals the opportunity to work on challenging projects, emerging issues, and innovative solutions.

The Human Resources Department

The Human Resources (HR) Department provides centralized human resources support to 32 departments, which includes approximately 6,200 regular and temporary employees in Loudoun County. The Department strategically recruits, develops, and retains a highly qualified and diverse workforce and maintains a professional and safe work environment. The HR Department has five (5) divisions: Administration, Employee Relations/Learning and Organizational Development, Workforce Planning/HRIS, Employee Benefits and Wellness, and Risk Management. Staff also provides training services to the County workforce to enhance the productivity of the organization and to ensure quality customer service. In FY2018, the department had a staff of 32 full-time employees and a budget of $5.8 million.

The Position

Loudoun County is seeking an innovative leader to fill the new role of Assistant Director of Human Resources for Benefits and Risk. This position is responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight over the HR department’s Benefits and Risk Division.

The County is self-insured, and the Assistant Director will oversee the design, administration, and management of the benefits program which includes health, dental, vision, and pharmacy benefits. In addition, the Assistant Director will be responsible for the administration and management of the County’s retirement program, which includes Virginia Retirement System (VRS) and deferred compensation programs. This position will also be responsible for the design, administration, and management of the County’s Risk program, which includes Workers Compensation and leave management (STD, LTD, FML).

The Assistant Director will be responsible for budget development, contract management, and overseeing the management of all functional contracts, including RFP development and making recommendations for plan or vendor changes. This position will be responsible for the development and ongoing review of program budget and projections, annually evaluating funding levels, providing cost sharing recommendations, and making financially sound program changes to maintain cost efficiencies.

This position will be responsible for the preparation and coordination of Board items, developing supporting data and documents, and making presentations to the Board of Supervisors and associated committees. The Assistant Director will regularly evaluate program compliance, conduct compliance audits, work closely with the County Attorney’s Office, and make necessary program recommendations and changes.

The Benefits and Risk division includes eight (8) staff members and the Assistant Director has two direct reports: a Human Resources Manager (Risk, Disability, and Leave) and a Human Resources Manager (Employee Benefits, Wellness, and Retirement).

Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be an established leader in the human resources profession with experience in the areas of benefits, health plan administration, and risk management, as well as a strong HR generalist foundation. This person will be innovative, strategic, and forward thinking, with strong project management skills. He or she will also be dependable and flexible and will provide outstanding customer service to both internal and external customers.

The ideal candidate will have a strong budgeting and/or finance background. The Assistant Director will be responsible for effectively managing the Benefits/Risk division’s budget, developing goals, allocating resources, conducting research, and analyzing data, as well as recommending changes related to the County’s benefits program.

This person will be politically astute, a problem solver, and an effective communicator. The ideal candidate will establish effective working relationships with elected officials, leadership staff, employees, retirees, vendors, and the general public. The successful candidate will be equally comfortable talking with line level staff and department directors, as well as presenting before the Board of Supervisors. The successful candidate will be approachable, instill trust, and work collaboratively in a team environment. The Assistant Director will create a strong team environment, develop and mentor HR staff, and develop a succession plan for the Benefits/Risk division.

The Assistant Director will be a persuasive, confident leader, with a clear understanding of complex HR issues and the ability to be firm and fair. The successful candidate will have strong analytical skills and the ability to review, revise, and develop policies and procedures. This person should model ethical behavior and a strong work ethic, and ensure fair, consistent, and equitable treatment of employees within the Department and throughout the organization. The ideal candidate will be able to leverage and utilize technology, like the County’s Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, to improve transactional services.

The successful candidate will be a proactive problem solver and a partner with other department directors to help ensure the organization is prepared to serve the Loudoun County community today and in the future.

Requirements

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a master’s degree in Benefits Administration, Human Resources Management or a related field plus ten (10) years of related professional level experience, including significant supervisory or operational/administrative oversight experience.

Preferred qualifications include a human resources professional with prior senior level benefits experience, local government benefits experience, and HR certifications such as IPMA-HR, SHRM, Certified Employee Benefits Specialist, or Certified Benefits Professional.

Compensation

The expected salary range is $115,000-$135,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at thenovakconsultinggroup.com/jobs. Submit just one document (Word or PDF) that includes a cover letter and resume with salary history. Open until filled with first review of applications on August 13, 2018.

Questions

Please direct questions to Jenn Reichelt at apply@thenovakconsultinggroup.com or 513-221-0500.

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