Currently home to approximately 73,000 year-round residents (a population which triples in the summer due to seasonal residents and visitors), Sullivan County is a 968-square-mile rural county in New York State located approximately 90 miles northwest of New York City in the Catskill Mountains. Its western border is shared with Pennsylvania and is marked by the Delaware River. Neighboring NY counties include Delaware County to the north, Ulster County to the east and Orange County to the southeast. In addition to numerous lakes and streams like the famous Beaverkill and Willowemoc in Roscoe (“Trout Town USA”), notable natural features include the Catskill Park in the northeast, the Shawangunk Ridge and Bashakill Wetlands in the southeast, and open farmland in the northwest.
Founded in 1809, Sullivan County was named for Revolutionary War Major General John Sullivan. The County thrived at the height of the Industrial Revolution as factories and manufacturing began to enter the area, driven by water power along the streams, bringing a population increase as workers migrated into the County. Civil War-era Sullivan County saw a boom as local tanneries produced leather boots, bridles, holsters and belts for the Union Army. The Delaware & Hudson Canal and various railroads and turnpikes crisscrossed the County, contributing to what became a thriving tourism industry. Famously nicknamed the Borscht Belt, more than 500 hotels and resorts featured many famous acts throughout the 20th century, becoming a getaway for New York City dwellers who were seeking fresh air, open space and recreation. Perhaps the most famous event within Sullivan County occurred as a stroke of luck when the town of Wallkill, NY (located in neighboring Orange County) decided it would not host the Woodstock Festival of 1969. Instead, the festival was moved to Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Sullivan County’s Bethel in August of that year, with over 400,000 attendees listening to the likes of Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, to name a few. Today, the site is home to the world-class Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, featuring a museum, 400-seat event gallery and 15,000-capacity outdoor stage.
With the arrival of the Resorts World Catskills Casino and the Kartrite Indoor Waterpark, Sullivan County has maintained the highest job growth rate in the State of New York. Combined with steady growth in the healthcare industry as well as agriculture/agritourism, the County is aggressively seeking to diversify its economic, residential and tax base.
Sullivan County is seeking a COMMISSIONER OF HUMAN RESOURCES. This is a high level administrative position involving responsibility for planning, creating, implementing and directing Sullivan County Human Resources policies, procedures, and employee training in accordance with County, State and Federal requirements. The work is performed under the direction of the County Manager and wide leeway is allowed for the exercise of independent judgment in implementing the human resources policies and objectives of the County. General direction is provided by the County Manager and general supervision is exercised over all department staff. Does related work as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Either:
A) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Master's Degree in public administration, business administration, human resource management or a related field and four years of full-time paid experience in personnel administration in either the public or private sector; OR
B) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor's Degree in public administration, business administration, human resource management or a related field and six years of full-time paid experience in personnel administration in either the public or private sector.