Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington, with a population of more than 130,000. The City is seeking a Human Resources Director to assume management responsibility for all Human Resources Department’s services and activities. The ideal candidate must be a visionary, strategic and innovative leader in the field of human resources. The incoming Human Resources Director will serve as a member of the City’s senior leadership team. The selected candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Public Administration, Business, Communications or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred as is ten or more years of progressively responsible related experience in a position of comparable scope and size of the City of Bellevue, including hands-on experience in at least two human resources disciplines (OD, Comp, Benefits, Staffing, Labor/Employee Relations, HRIS, etc.) as well as supervisory experience. The salary range for the Human Resources Director is 108,584.64 to 173,453.16 annually and is dependent upon qualifications. The City also offers an attractive benefits package.
Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington, with a population of more than 130,000. It is the high-tech and retail center of the Eastside, with more than 140,000 jobs and a skyline of gleaming high-rises. In 2011, Money Magazine rated Bellevue the 4th Best Place to Live in America. You can learn a lot about the city from news releases, the It’s Your City newsletter and It’s Your City television program.
While business booms downtown, much of Bellevue retains a small-town feel, with thriving, woodsy neighborhoods and a vast network of green spaces and recreational facilities that keep people calling the place “a city in a park.” The city’s schools are consistently rated among the best in the country.
Sales at local shopping complexes are always an attraction, but a strawberry festival and an arts and crafts fair each draw thousands each year. During the holiday season, the Garden d’Lights display at the Bellevue Botanical Garden attracts visitors from far and wide. Artists from around the country enter striking new works in the biennial Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition.
Every July 4, thousands from around the region converge on the Downtown Park for the Family 4th event, where the Bellevue Philharmonic performs live in support of the fireworks display. Bellevue’s agrarian traditions are celebrated in the spring and fall at popular fairs at the Kelsey Creek Farm Park.
The city spans more than 31 square miles between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, and is a short drive from the Cascade Mountains. People can kayak within sight of downtown in the Mercer Slough Nature Park, a 320-acre wetland preserve.
The population is growing and becoming more diverse. According to the census people of color constituted 41 percent of Bellevue’s population in 2010, and more than 50 different languages are now spoken by children in Bellevue public schools.
Bellevue operates under a Council/ Manager form of government. An elected council sets the general policies of the city, which the city manager and staff implement. Staff assigned to different departments (see “departments” under City Hall for a complete list) provide essential services to residents.
Seven residents serve part-time as members of the City Council. Elected at-large, they serve staggered four-year terms. The council members, in turn, select a mayor and deputy mayor from among themselves.
As the city’s chief executive officer, the city manager reports to the council and oversees all city operations.
Several boards and commissions, with volunteer members appointed by the City Council, provide detailed study and recommendations on important policy matters.
The Bellevue Human Resources department has 14 employees with an operating budget of approximately $2.5 million and supports a workforce of approximately 1,200 employees. In addition the department oversees the administration of over $500 million dollars invested in a 401k and a 457 program. The department also administers a $23 million dollar self-insured medical program.
The department provides personnel support to employees and managers in the hiring and retaining of well-qualified, highly-skilled employees and in ensuring all actions are in compliance with internal policies and procedures, union contracts, and applicable Federal, state, and local laws. Human Resources provides services in Staffing (recruitment and selection, leave administration, employee relations, policy development, and HR Administration), Compensation, Labor Relations, Benefits (health and retirement), HR Technology, and Training and Organizational Development.
The City is seeking a Human Resources Director to assume management responsibility for all Human Resources Department’s services and activities. The ideal candidate must have proven experience with progressive and innovative HR systems and programs that are reflective of the dynamic and forward-thinking philosophy of our leadership, and that can enhance the City’s ability to attract and retain the best and the brightest. The ideal candidate will have a strong foundation and knowledge-base in managing all aspects of HR policy including knowledge of Federal, State and local human resource management regulations, employee relations , staffing/talent management,, labor relations, benefits, leave administration, compensation and training & development. Experience overseeing the administration of a self insured medical plan is desirable.
The ideal candidate will be approachable, highly collaborative, and committed to creating an open atmosphere where ideas and feedback are encouraged, supported, and valued. The ideal candidate must have a proven track record of strong strategic leadership and decision making who will inspire confidence and enthusiasm in others. A confident individual with a strong customer service ethic and the ability to motivate and inspire staff is being sought.
The incoming Human Resources Director will be a skilled negotiator and mediator, with strong communication skills and experience working in a Union environment. The ideal candidate will focus on key strategic issues such as succession planning, recruitment/retention, and performance management. The successful candidate will also have the ability to focus on cost containment, while keeping services high for the staff and community.
The selected candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Public Administration, Business, Communications or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred as is ten or more years of progressively responsible related experience in a position of comparable scope and size of the City of Bellevue, including hands-on experience in labor relations and at least two other human resources disciplines (OD, Comp, Benefits, Staffing, Employee Relations, HRIS, etc.) as well as supervisory experience.
The salary range for the Human Resources Director is $108,584.64 to $173,453.16 annually and is dependent upon qualifications. The City offers an attractive benefits package including:
Health Benefits Medical, dental and vision.
- Mandatory participation in the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems PERS plan.
- Optional participation in the City’s Municipal Employee’s Benefit trust (MEBT). This is a 401k retirement savings plan with employer contributions that vest on a 10-year schedule.
- Optional participation in the City’s Section 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, allowing for tax-deferred savings and direction of investments into mutual fund investment options.
Vacation 15 days per year
Sick Leave 12 days per year
Holiday Leave 10 days plus 2 personal days per year
Monthly car allowance of $350
Employee Fitness Center
Flexible Spending Account
Employee Assistance Program
Tuition reimbursement Program
The State of Washington does not have a state income tax, but does have an 8.9% sales tax.
* Note: The City of Bellevue does not participate in Social Security, which means employees do not contribute to or earn Social Security credit while employed with the City. The mandatory Washington State retirement plan (LEOFF) provides the required Social Security replacement for employees. Any Social Security benefits earned at other places of employment may be reduced because they are subject to the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset. For additional information, please go to: www.ssa.gov/pubs/10045.html for Windfall Elimination or www.ssa.gov/pubs/10007.html for Pension Offset.
Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above. The most qualified candidates will be invited to personal interviews with Bob Murray & Associates. A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references once it is anticipated that they may be recommended as finalists. References will be contacted only following candidate approval. Finalist interviews will be held with the City of Bellevue.
Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following selection of the Human Resources Director.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Regan Williams or Amanda Urrutia-Sanders at: (916) 784-9080