Chief of Human Resources

October 13, 2020 8:34 AM | Anonymous

Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

Make a difference in your community as the new Chief of Human Resources at Great Parks of Hamilton County. With 21 parks and nature preserves, our mission is to preserve and protect natural resources and to provide outdoor recreation and education to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations.

As Chief of Human Resources, you will provide leadership to three departments: Human Resources, Risk Management, and Volunteer Services. In this position, you will help build and enhance a diverse and inclusive workforce; you will evaluate and shape policy framework, salary, benefits, performance evaluations, recruiting and retention. Your work will be instrumental in accomplishing the community’s Comprehensive Master Plan Priorities.

This position is based in Winton Woods Park

Job Skills / Requirements


To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty listed below.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

Manages and provides leadership to Human Resources Risk Management and Volunteer Services departments.  Develops long and short term goals, projects and improvements.  Provides leadership in policy development, interpretation and disciplinary action. Determines project goals, time frames and standards, and ensures projects are completed through efficient use of resources.

Manages various employee levels and makes personnel decisions in consultation with Chief Operating Officer; Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Great Parks’ policies and applicable laws; Plans, directs and evaluates performance of direct reports; Establishes priorities, performance requirements and professional development goals that align with Great Parks’ goals, objectives and initiatives; Regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvements and development; Responsible for establishing guidelines and policies that facilitate hiring, compensation and other methods for recognizing performance; Responsible for assisting supervisors and managers with administering disciplinary action up to and including termination in consultation with the Chief Operating Officer.

Manages park district Human Resources functions and operations including, payroll, taxes, personnel records, recruitment and selection, orientation and training, new hire processing, unemployment, FMLA and legal compliance.

Manages park district self-insured health plan including the development, administration and compliance of the plan and budget for claim and admin fee payment.  Acts as the liaison with, third-party administrators, broker and insurance companies. 

Directs the agency’s Diversity and Inclusion planning and framework. Recommends agency goals and objectives. Assists hiring managers with the tools and guidance to meet goals and objectives.

Manages the compensation program including updating and maintaining pay scales, participating in salary surveys, point factoring positions, and providing recommendations for annual and promotional increases for staff. Responsible for updating and maintaining all job descriptions.

Directs the management and operations of the Volunteer Services department and Volunteer program ensuring the utilization of this resource. 

Problem solves sensitive and difficult employee issues and complaints and oversees investigations regarding same. Provides guidance to supervisors in addressing personnel issues. Sets agency tone for accountability and builds training processes and systems that reinforce accountability.

Manages the evaluation and administration of all disciplinary actions including terminations to ensure consistent and fair application of policies and performance expectations. Serves as the primary in the termination process.

Responsible for the oversight of the grievance procedure, and may resolve grievances. Works with employees and supervisors regarding human resource management questions or concerns. 

Recommends and implements policies and develops work procedures. Writes policies and responsible for the updating of the Employee Handbook. Interprets policies, and provides guidance.

Prepares division and districtwide reports for the Board, staff and public; Makes formal presentations and speaks before groups and the general public relating to Great Parks’ strategies and division related topics; represents the agency at meetings and on professional organizations, committees and boards

Coordinates with appropriate management staff on the negotiations, implementation, and management of collective bargaining contracts.

Prepares and coordinates the administration of districtwide surveys related to employee relations.

Prepares and approves departmental budgets within scope of supervision.  Develops, presents and manages approved budgets, as well as individual approvals of purchase orders and invoices.  Maintains responsibility for adhering to approved departmental budgets.

Serves as Public Records officer for Great Parks and coordinates with Chief Operating Officer on compliance.

Maintains current working knowledge of human resource management requirements and practices covering employee benefits, EEOC, COBRA, FMLA, FLSA, and other local, state and federal employment laws and regulations.

Exhibits regular and punctual attendance.

Prepares division and districtwide reports for the Board, staff and public; Makes formal presentations and speaks before groups and the general public relating to Great Parks’ strategies and division related topics; represents the agency at meetings and on professional organizations, committees and boards.

Oversees the coordination of staff training and professional development in accordance with state certification requirements and division goals.

Serves on regional and statewide committees and boards, and participates in outside organizations to represent Great Parks and to keep informed of developments and trends in the human resources and parks and recreation field.

Performs job duties in accordance with Great Parks of Hamilton County’s policies, procedures, and performance expectations.  

Maintains confidentiality of confidential and sensitive information.

Works assigned schedule, exhibits regular and punctual attendance and works outside of normal schedule as required.


Completes special projects assigned by the Chief Operating Officer.

Utilizes and promotes environmentally sustainable practices and processes.

Performs other job duties as assigned.


Payroll Coordinator; Training Coordinator; HRIS and Payroll Specialist; Recruiting and Benefits Coordinator; Volunteer Services Manager; Risk Manager


Fleet vehicles; mobile devices; computer; presentation devices; standard office equipment; standard industry related equipment


Board of Park Commissioners, staff and volunteers; insurance carriers; brokers; third party administrators; employee’s family members; state and national park leaders; government agencies; local agencies, both public and private; consultants, attorneys; sales representatives; contractors; general public and other job contacts


Non-public confidential records and sensitive public information contained in personnel files such as employee social security numbers, FMLA certifications and other medical records, unemployment compensation, benefit claims, payroll records, investigations, potential policy changes and other confidential or sensitive information.


Normal office working conditions; occasional exposure to normal outdoor conditions when inspecting, evaluating and visiting various parks and facilities

Education Requirements (Any)

Bachelor Degree
Masters Degree

Certification Requirements (Any)

State Motor Vehicle Operator's License

Additional Information / Benefits


Knowledge of: advanced management principles and practices; human resource management principles and practices; federal labor laws including EEO, ADA, FMLA, FLSA and IRCA; state labor laws including ORC; public sector personnel laws and requirements; unemployment compensation requirements and process; payroll administration; employee training and development; staffing and recruitment; compensation practices; HR Information Systems; GPHC policies and procedures; project management; budget development and management.

Ability to: apply management and human resources principles to practical work situations; resolve difficult and sensitive personnel issues; maintain confidentiality of sensitive information; be analytical, and results and goal oriented; establish and maintain effective work relationships with associates and job contacts; organize and coordinate multiple work functions; effectively handle multiple management and administrative functions; seek out and develop innovative HR strategies to meet GPHC needs; collaborate effectively with Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and staff; understand and demonstrate respect for cultural and socio-economic differences; support a working atmosphere consistent with Great Parks’ equal employment opportunity; embrace and support constructive change; consistently follow safety and security procedures and practices; contribute toward building a positive team working environment; establish and maintain an effective working relationship with associates, officials, general public, and other job contacts.

Skill in: leadership; public relations; organization; team building; listening; interpreting and applying statistical and situational information; written and verbal communication; interviewing; preparing financial reports; customer relations; planning, scheduling and organizing work; collaborating and networking with other agencies, organizations and businesses; conflict resolution.


An appropriate combination of education, training, course work and experience may qualify an applicant to demonstrate required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  An example of an acceptable qualification is:  Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, Business Management, Public Administration or related field and more than ten years’ experience which evidences a comprehensive knowledge of human resource management. Public sector experience is preferred.

Ability to document identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of original appointment as a condition of employment in compliance with Immigration Reform and Control Act requirements.


State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License that meets GPHC current carrier guidelines; PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP certification required. 

The salary is negotiable based on experience.  The salary range is $73,279-$109,918/yr.

Applications must be submitted online prior to 11:59pm, October 31, 2020 .

Great Parks is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or any other classification protected under applicable law.

As a 2020 Queen City Certified Leader in Gender Equity, we are committed to fostering a more inclusive and equitable workplace through a rigorous and ongoing third-party assessment of policy and culture, collaborative learning experiences, and the implementation of data-driven action plans

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Pension/Retirement, Educational Assistance, Recreation Benefits

This job reports to the Chief Operating Officer

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1

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