Human Resources Director

City of Tacoma, WA
June 6, 2021
Tacoma, WA
Job Type


Position Description

Due to the planned retirement of the current Human Resources Director, the City of Tacoma is recruiting candidates for this critical executive leadership position. The Human Resources Director is the administrative head of the Human Resources Department with the responsibility for directing the human resources program of the City in accordance with the provisions of the City's Charter and ordinances. The Human Resources Director reports to the City Manager and is a key member of the City's Executive Leadership Team with a critical leadership role in advancing the City's organizational culture. The HR Director is expected to perform highly complex, innovative work resulting in significant, positive impacts to the City organization.


Educational Requirements: An accredited four-year college or university degree with major course work in human resources, business or public administration, industrial relations, or closely related field. Advanced degree (MBA or MPA) with professional certification as a senior professional in Human Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCP, IPMA-SCP, CSHRP) is preferred.
Required Qualifications & Experience: The ideal candidate will have led human resources in medium to large organizations with history of success, and at least 8 years increasingly responsible experience, with at least 5 years in a management or senior leadership position in human resources.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

To Apply: To be considered for this challenging and rewarding career opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter to . Questions should be directed to Jeff Dvonch, Shey-Harding Executive Search: ; (562) 252-8515;

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Working in Tacoma?
The City of Tacoma is nestled along the shore of Commencement Bay in Washington State and offers many community parks, miles of beautiful waterfront, hiking and biking trails, golf courses, museums, and a world-class zoo and aquarium. Tacoma also serves as a getaway to some of the most magnificent natural wonders in the world, such as Puget Sound, Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic Peninsula.

Working for the government is a rewarding opportunity to work with people who are passionate about making a real, tangible difference. You'll be surrounded by innovative leaders working on a variety of issues during this formative time in Tacoma's development. By working with us, you can play a part in shaping the future of the city.

The City of Tacoma also offers very generous benefit package with one of the best pension packages in the market. These generous employee benefits include:

  • Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses and dependents, including children up to age 26.
  • Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
  • Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
  • Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
  • Generous amount of paid holidays and personal time off.
  • A phenomenal pension plan that prepares you for retirement.

For more information on the City of Tacoma's benefit package feel free to explore City of Tacoma Benefits.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.
Closing Date/Time: 6/30/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

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