Human Resources Director

  • City of Seattle, WA
  • Seattle, Washington
  • May 24, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management Human Resources and Personnel
  • Salary: $102,458.16 - $169,023.59 Annually

Job Description

Position Description

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) provides the residents of Seattlewelcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate and build community, and promotes responsible stewardship of the land. We promote healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities. We strive to deliver excellent customer service to each visitor and program participant. SPR is also deeply committed to advancing the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) by working to end institutional and structural racism.
SPR manages a 6,400-acre park system of over 485 parks and extensive natural areas. SPR provides athletic fields, tennis courts, play areas, specialty gardens, and more than 25 miles of boulevards and 120 miles of trails. The system comprises about 12% of the city's land area. SPRs also manages many facilities, including 27 community centers , eight indoor swimming pools , two outdoor (summer) swimming pools , three environmental education centers , two small craft centers , four golf courses , an outdoor stadium, and much more.

Over 900 SPR employees work hard to develop partnerships with park neighbors, non-governmental organizations, volunteer groups, non-profit agencies, local businesses, and Seattle Public Schools to effectively respond to a growing population and increasing utilization of Seattle's park and recreation facilities.

Job Responsibilities

The Human Resource Director provides strategic and tactical support to shape, develop and implement human resource initiatives and programs with the goal of achieving the City's commitment to excellence in government and equitable treatment of all city employees. Consistent with the City's values of workforce equity and SPR's strategic objectives, the accountabilities of the Director include:
  • Work to improve workforce equity and human resource service quality, ensuring that Race and Social Justice objectives are embedded into all human resource strategies, programs and activities;
  • Provide oversight and coordination of the delivery of human resource services connecting day-to-day human resource service delivery with citywide human resource strategies and SPR operations, objectives, and goals;
  • Innovate on our people initiatives, provide great internal customer support, and drive human resource functional excellence and process improvement. Partners and advises in developing and driving organizational design, effectiveness, and leadership development;
  • Proactively manage the unique business needs of SPR, assuring individual divisional leaders and their staff have the support to do their best work; facilitates open and transparent communications with department staff and our labor partners; and identifies and eliminates bottlenecks in human resource service delivery.
Human resource services are delivered within the City of Seattle through a combination of central Human Resource functions supported by the Seattle Department of Human Resources (SDHR) and direct services provided by department based human resource teams.

The position reports to the SPR Superintendent, and is a member of both the SPR Executive Team and citywide Human Resources Leadership Team (HRLT).


This is an opportunity for a strategic leader who builds inclusive and welcoming culture, has a passion for human resources and a reputation as an effective collaborator, trusted partner, practical problem-solver, and compassionate listener.

The successful candidate will be a strategic leader whose work is grounded by a commitment to equity and people, takes a systems approach to problem solving and consistently delivers human resource programs and services that produce positive, and measurable, outcomes. Their work includes actions that strive to create and sustain a workforce free of racism, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and that values and champions diversity. They are a human resources generalist whose career history demonstrates business acumen, excellence in human resource consultation and consistency in service delivery. They build strong teams, have held a human resources leadership role and have served an organization with multiple worksites. They take joy from their work, empower others, are data driven and navigate difficult conversations with compassion and tact.
Finally, their work reflects SPR's Core Competencies of:

Accountability and Action:Holding yourself accountable for achieving goals, completing tasks, and delivering quality work. Demonstrating thoughtful initiative in actions and decision-making, and promoting high quality standards.

Equity and Inclusion:Supporting the goals of the Race and Social Justice Initiative and the City's commitment to workforce equity.

Communication: Sharing and exchanging information and ideas with people in a variety of ways to help them understand and remember the information.

Service:An ongoing commitment to base decisions and actions on the needs and priorities of the City.

Teamwork:Leading as an engaged member of a team to build a cohesive team and facilitate the achievement of work group goals.
Due to the fiduciary nature of the work, job offers are contingent on review of criminal history as well as verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process. In compliance with Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17 , applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Additional Information

All interested parties should apply immediately to the City by submitting a cover letter and resume. This position is considered open until filled; applicants should apply by June 24, 2019 for optimal consideration. For confidential inquiries or questions about the recruitment process, please contact Pam Inch at

The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The City encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience
Closing Date/Time: Continuous