MONTGOMERY COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Code No. 7946
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND (Non-Merit)
DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
DEFINITION OF CLASS:
This is executive level work directing the operation of the Office of Human Resources. Contacts are with high ranking legislative and executive officials within County Government, officials of equivalent rank in other governmental jurisdictions, personnel consultants and representatives of labor organizations or employee groups. The purposes of the contacts include presenting, justifying and defending controversial positions where conflicting and opposing viewpoints, goals and objectives are strongly advocated and must be reconciled to develop suitable alternatives or arrive at acceptable compromises.
The employee in this class plans, develops, implements, and evaluates overall County human resources and labor relations policies and programs by directing subordinate managers to: attract and recruit candidates for County departments and agencies that result in a well-qualified and diverse employment pool; develop equal employment opportunity and diversity action plans; counsel employees and management in equal employment opportunity (EEO) issues; ensure that positions are properly classified and that classes are assigned to the appropriate grade or pay band; update and maintain County Government salary schedules; support County managers in the areas of collective bargaining and related personnel policies and procedures by negotiating competitive compensation and benefits through collective bargaining and by providing early intervention strategies in workplace disputes; provide comprehensive training programs for County employees; implement an employee performance appraisal program; administer the County's employee benefits programs including health insurance and retirement; maintain employee personnel files; and provide multi-disciplinary occupational medical services, including health promotion, work-related medical and safety hazard assessments, and employee disability management in order to promote the health, wellness, and productivity of the County workforce. The work is performed under broadly defined missions and functions and general administrative direction with little technical guidance. The employee exercises full and final accountability for all matters associated with completing work assignments including determining the work to be performed and the methods used. Results of the work are considered technically authoritative and evaluated in terms of the personnel program's role in attracting and retaining qualified employees. Guidelines consist of broad policy directives and basic legislation and require the employee to use considerable judgment in interpreting the intent of the guidelines and generating specific policies and guidance for use by subordinate managers in developing various components of the overall personnel system. The complexity of the work is reflected in the need for planning, directing and integrating a broad range of human resources functions, programs and services. The work requires consideration of County Government productivity, employee morale, legal concerns, and public human resources program issues, and development of solutions which accommodate conflicting objectives from a variety of organizations, groups and individuals. The work of directing the human resources program is essential to the mission of the County Government and affects all employees and departments in the County. The work is primarily sedentary, performed in a typical office setting, and subject to common everyday risks.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: (Illustrative Only)
Plans, develops, implements, administers and coordinates human resources
programs covering such functions as, labor relations and collective bargaining,
training and organizational development, equal employment opportunity,
recruitment and staffing, classification and compensation, and occupational
Oversees the handling of human resources problems relating to working conditions, disciplinary actions and employee grievances, and recommends appropriate action.
Implements management policies and procedures and the provisions of the Personnel Regulations.
Directs studies and submits recommendations for improvement of human resources policies and programs.
Assists the Chief Administrative Officer and other County officials in budgetary matters involving human resources.
Renders decisions in the interpretation of the Personnel Regulations to County officials and employees.
Serves as an advisor to the Chief Administrative Officer in human resources matters involving the Merit System and in handling personnel matters of non merit system agencies and employees.
Administers development of equal employment opportunity and diversity action plans as well as coordination, investigation, and resolution of EEO complaints filed internally or with outside regulatory agencies.
Represents the Executive Branch in negotiating collective bargaining agreements with labor unions representing County employees and serves as a member of the County Executive's Labor Relations Policy Committee (LRPC).
Serves as an ex officio member of the Board of Investment Trustees of the Employees' Retirement System.
Performs other related duties as required.
Experience: Extensive (7 years) experience in human resources administration,
with at least four (4) years in a managerial or supervisory capacity which
included responsibility for fund and budget administration, program planning,
implementation and administration.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Personnel, Public Administration, or other related areas.
Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of human resources management.
Extensive knowledge of Federal, State and County laws and regulations affecting personnel, equal employment, and collective bargaining.
Extensive knowledge of local government functions and organizations.
Skill in planning, developing, implementing and administering a broad range of human resources functions and programs carried out by a large group of employees with a wide range of skills.
Skill in negotiating agreements which accommodate the conflicting interests and viewpoints of numerous groups and organizations.
Skill in oral and written communication sufficient to develop defenses of, and justifications for, decisions reached.
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other County departments and agencies, labor organizations, and employee groups.
Ability to attend meetings and perform work assignments at locations outside the office.
MEDICAL GROUP: Medical History Review
Class Established: August, 1955
Revised: September, 1972