The Borough of Carlisle is dedicated to providing a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religious creed, ancestry, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
DESCRIPTION: This is a high-level professional position responsible for developing the strategic direction of the HR function for the Borough’s 120 member workforce to include evaluating, coordinating, and implementing a broad range of HR disciplines and functions of the Borough’s centralized municipal personnel program – recruitment and onboarding, classification and compensation, benefits, performance management, development and training, employee and labor relations, policy administration, and risk management activities. The position shall participate and oversee the Borough’s HR equity efforts to advance and deepen diversity and inclusion objectives. This position plays a critical role in supporting the Borough in achieving its mission, interpretation of policies and procedures, and ensuring compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws. Considerable independent judgement and initiative is exercised in accomplishing the goals and objectives set forth by the Borough Council and Manager. As a direct report to the Borough Manager, the incumbent serves as a champion for the delivery of services; stays abreast of various employment and human capital trends; and continuously grows and develops in a broad range of HR functions deepening their areas of expertise. Emphasis is placed on high performance and interpersonal effectiveness.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The essential functions may include the customary duties and responsibilities noted herein, however, the information below is not an exhaustive list of duties and instead serves as a representative sample of the expectations of the position.
- Manage the day-to-day functions of the department (i.e. compensation, benefits, recruitment, onboarding, retention, staff development, labor and employee relations, dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, personnel policies, recordkeeping, risk management, etc.).
- Oversee the Borough’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts with respect to hiring and training.
- Demonstrate initiative and independent thinking, analyze complex HR-related issues, provide recommendations and solutions, create best practices, make recommendations, and monitor implementation of directives.
- Perform a variety of professional and administrative duties involving directing, coordinating, and facilitating projects, programs, and policies such as CDL license compliance, drug testing, etc.
- Facilitate dispute resolution, performance issues, and communicate effectively on employment issues.
- Represent organization on various boards and committees as part of the Borough’s insurance relationships.
- Compile, evaluate and analyze information; recommend and implement solutions to ensure HR activities and procedures are compliant with all laws, policies, regulations, and standards.
- Develop and monitor the annual HR budget.
- Promote Borough goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
- Respond to salary surveys and other wage/benefit data requests from other agencies and update Borough’s compensation system every 3-5 years.
- Coordinate health insurance renewal/bid processes. Ensure timely enrollment/re-enrollment processes.
- Maintain and manage Borough insurance policies, worker’s compensation and incident reporting, and evaluates and recommends selections of policies (property, casualty, general liability, cyber-risk, etc.)
- Develop and implement standards, processes, programs, and best practices related to risk management including building risk awareness amongst staff.
- Maintain human resource information system records, personnel files, and compile reports from various databases. Ensure compliance with the confidentiality standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable Federal, State or Local laws.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist department heads and others with policy and procedures relative to their area of expertise. Recommend employee relations practices necessary to establish a positive employer-employee relationship and promote a high level of employee morale and motivation. Give presentations to employees and in public sessions. Assist with special projects and/or other tasks, as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS: The ideal candidate will be a progressive human resource professional with strong leadership skills. They will be a collaborative and responsive problem solver with a history of innovating and designing creative and fiscally prudent human capital initiatives. The candidate should possess broad personnel management experience and a record of successfully leading large-scale change. In-depth knowledge of Human Resources principles and practices, current laws and regulations and a sophisticated understanding of effective hiring practices, labor relations, and experience in diversity, equity and inclusion best practices. Strong analytical, interpersonal, and reading comprehension skills. Experience in negotiating labor contracts. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
Ability to exercise sound judgment. Strong computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office software. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and provide excellent customer service internally and externally. Ability to work collaboratively with elected officials, management, staff, and residents to advance Carlisle’s vision and reputation as a progressive, inclusive and responsive government.
ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE & TRAINING: Considerable experience of an increasingly responsible nature in administration or human resources and graduation from a college or university of recognized standing with a Bachelor’s degree in human resources management, business administration, public administration, psychology or closely-related field. Experience must include at least 5 years of human resources and/or senior administrative experience. Professional HR Designation (PHR, SPHR or SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) is desirable; or, any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is generally performed in a standard climate-controlled office environment with minimal exposure to outdoor weather conditions. Employee is subject to sitting, computer and data entry, using the telephone, standing, bending and reaching for extended periods of time. Hours are generally 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday however, this position requires attendance at evening council and designated committee meetings.