Job Details

Human Resources Director
Borough of Fairbanks North Star, AK
Job Description

The incumbent under the general direction of the mayor, is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and reviewing the Human Resources Department services and functions. Provide Human Resources leadership that enhances the borough and drives performance. This is a highly visible, professional position that is required to function with a substantial amount of autonomy.

1. Develop and recommend objectives, policies, programs and procedures that maintain a creative and results oriented Human Resources department, including Personnel/Payroll management and Risk management.
2. Supervise the Personnel/Payroll Manager whose responsibilities include the direct and indirect supervision of management, technical and support services positions, employee relations, labor relations, and the administering of the Fairbanks North Star Borough personnel system including coordinating and directing programs and functions. Accountability for the Borough's entire payroll, including time and attendance, which must comply with all applicable regulatory and contractual requirements accurately and in a timely manner.
3. Supervise the Risk Manager whose responsibilities include development and administration of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, and Service Areas Risk Management programs and is administrator of the group health, life, and other benefits program for employees. Supervises staff and functions of the Human Resources Department.
4. Serves as chief labor negotiator for the borough’s collective bargaining agreements. Perform labor relations activities for the borough; interpret labor contracts; maintain a positive working relationship between employees and management; counsel employees and supervisors as needed; administer the grievance procedure and works with counsel to represent the Borough in final grievance resolution through arbitration, Human Rights, and EEOC complaints.
5. Ensure ADA and FMLA requests are accurately evaluated. Coordinate with the EEO/Compliance Officer to include monitoring of the Borough's Affirmative Action Plan, EEO complaints, and complaints by employees and job applicants.
6. Oversee and coordinate drug testing and background checks for Borough employees.
7. Maintain and administer the position classification plan of the Borough; analyze position questionnaires and conduct position audits; prepare or modify class descriptions and establish classification procedures; participate in job or organizational restructuring.
8. Maintain and recommend procedures for positive personnel recruitment and selection; direct all preliminary recruitment and subsequent employment functions. Ensure that qualified personnel are selected and that orientation and on-the-job training programs are conducted and effective.
9. Maintain and administer the compensation and fringe benefits plan of the Borough.
10. Develop and administer an employee performance evaluation system; provide training to supervisory personnel in conducting performance evaluations; assist supervisors in improving employee performance.
11. Develop and recommend to the Mayor a training policy for the Borough; assist department directors in determining departmental training needs; plan or participate with departments in establishing training programs; manage Workforce Strategic Plan; conduct training courses and serve as liaison with other training resources.
12. Develop and administer policies and procedures relating to personnel functions (discipline, performance evaluations, recruitment, etc.). Leads Borough-wide Policy Committee.
13. Remain current on new developments in public personnel administration and Federal and State laws, regulations and rules relative to personnel administration; conduct personnel research as requested.
14. Compile, prepare, defend, and monitor department budget.
15. Proactively consult and advise managers and employees on HR issues and organizational development concerns.
16. Serve on various committees and working groups as assigned. Participates in high-level strategic discussions with the administration.

1. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in personnel administration, public administration, or a closely related field. Master’s degree preferred.
2. One of the following professional certification required: Professional Human Resource (PHR), Senior Professional Human Resource Certification (SPHR), or SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
3. Seven or more years of progressively responsible Human Resources management experience. Prefer current or previous experience in a management role serving a workforce of 200+ employees.
4. Knowledge of principles, methods, practices, and laws of Human Resources administration; principles of organization, management, and supervision.
5. Demonstrated managerial, supervisory, planning, problem solving, and decision making skills; and the ability to plan, coordinate, and direct work of subordinate staff.
6. Ability to work well with department heads in resolving organizational issues and with employees in dealing with job-related problems; analyze and recommend policies and procedures.
7. Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; collect, compile, and analyze information and data.
8. Ability to understand and interpret federal, state, and local laws, regulations, contracts, and other issues relevant to Borough accounting.
9. Knowledge of concepts, principles, and objectives of Equal Opportunity programs.
10. Knowledge in the technical aspects of two or more of the following: all-lines insurance, loss control, claims case management, third party liability, workers’ compensation, basic elements of tort litigation, and group health and life benefits program.
11. Demonstrated background in collective bargaining atmosphere, including participation on labor negotiations.
12. Ability to perform in a pressure environment, under stress, with frequent interruptions.
13. Must be able to maintain effective working relationship with staff, general public, professional colleagues, and other governmental, state, and local agencies.
14. Strong working knowledge of HR practices, applicable federal/state labor employment laws, policies, and basic programs.
15. Strong written and oral communication skills.
16. Consultative skills and working knowledge of organizational development.
17. Computer skills applicable to the HR field, including experience with Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS).
18. Highly self-motivated people-person with the demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment.
19. Ability to maintain the confidentiality required of this position.
20. Must have and be able to maintain a valid driver’s license. Must meet insurance standards and maintain insurability under the Borough's insurance program. If personal automobile is used for Borough business, proof of automobile insurance at statutory limits must be provided. (A CURRENT COPY OF DRIVING RECORD WILL BE REQUIRED AT TIME OF INTERVIEW)
21. This position requires a criminal and credit history background check.

All levels of Borough Management and staff. Contractors, consultants, and other local government agencies. State and Federal, civilian and military personnel. Public, news media, and community groups.

See basic functions and typical duties.

General office where conditions are pleasant, good and clean. Conditions where accidents/hazards are negligible; requires short periods of light lifting, pushing or pulling (1-26 lbs.).

Job Details
$103,000 - $110,000, DOE
Job Function:
Human Resources Director
Position Type:
Full Time
Borough of Fairbanks North Star
PO Box 71267
Fairbanks, AK 99707-1267
United States
Population: 99,000
Form of Government: County Council-Administrator/Manager