The Town of Hamden is a primarily residential community with a diversified economic base and a population of approximately 61,000. The Town’s population is slightly older and more educated when compared to that of the State of Connecticut as a whole. These factors, along with a diversified economic base, contribute to an unemployment rate that for the past five years has been consistently below regional and state of Connecticut averages.
The Town operates under the Mayor–Council form of government. The current Town Charter was adopted on November 8, 2011 and was recently updated on November 8, 2022. General Town elections are held on the first Tuesday in November of each odd-numbered year to elect the Mayor, Town Clerk and the Legislative Council. The terms of office are for two years. The current Mayor is Lauren Garrett.
Under the current Town Charter, the legislative power of the Town is vested exclusively in the Council. The Council has the power to enact, amend or repeal ordinances not inconsistent with the Charter or the Connecticut General Statutes and to provide for the preservation of good order, peace, health and safety of the Town and its inhabitants. As the fiscal authority of the Town, the Council adopts the budget.
The Department of Human Resources & Civil Service is comprised of the HR Director, an HR Officer, a Medical Benefits Manager and an Administrative Assistant. The total number of employees serviced by the HR Department is approximately 425. The department also services 14 Town Departments and 8 collective bargaining units.
The Town of Hamden is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Human Resources Director. This is a Mayor appointed, Legislative Council confirmed position. The HR Director performs highly responsible administrative work involving the direction and management of a municipal Civil Service system, personnel administration and labor relations program. Duties include policy recommendation, departmental planning and direction, and administration of the Town's health and life insurance plans. The Human Resources Director is responsible for administering the Town of Hamden Employees Retirement Plan including the processing and calculation of Town employee retirements. The work requires that the employee have thorough knowledge, skill and ability in every phase of the personnel programs including insurances, workers’ compensation, pensions, collective bargaining and other activities provided by the Department.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: In Civil Service matters, works under the general direction of the Civil Service Commission; in Human Resources and labor relations matters, works under the general direction of the Mayor.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Provides technical and managerial supervision to all employees of the Department.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
• Drafts and recommends policy and personnel rules to the Mayor and Civil Service Commission and plans for the implementation and administration of the Human Resources Department.
• Develops, administers, and evaluates classification and pay programs, recruitment and testing functions including eligibility lists, and training and development programs.
• Labor negotiations, administers labor contracts, handles formal grievances, costs out contracts.
• Assists the Town Retirement Board in administering the retirement plan.
• Administers the Town’s medical and group life insurance benefits, and workers’ compensation program.
• Prepares the annual department budget and presents and defends budget requests before the Mayor and Legislative Council.
• Controls the expenditure of department fund allocations within the constraints of approved budgets.
• Coordinates and confers with Federal, State and other agencies and municipalities in matters affecting town personnel administration.
• Counsels employees. Confers with Town officials and the public to provide information and resolve problems.
• Testifies in court and at arbitration hearings concerning Town personnel policies and programs.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal personnel administration and labor relations.
• Thorough knowledge of the Municipal Employee Relations Act (MERA) or the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
• Thorough knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, regulations and policies relating to programs and operations of the Department.
• Thorough knowledge of labor contract administration, grievance handling and arbitration proceedings.
• Thorough knowledge of Workers’ Compensation, medical, group life insurance, and retirement benefit.
• Thorough knowledge of pre-employment and promotional examination processes, both written and oral.
• Thorough ability to analyze personnel problems and to develop and implement programs and activities to address those problems.
• Thorough ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, associates, subordinates, officials of other agencies and the public.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Human Resources/Industrial Relations or a closely related field of study, and a minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible municipal personnel administration and labor relations experience or a master’s degree in labor relations or public administration, and a minimum of five (5) years municipal experience.
THE TOWN OF HAMDEN IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. FEMALE AND MINORITY CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.