Human Resources Director

County of Burke, NC

If you are a mission-minded and strategic HR executive with the experience and expertise to leverage existing momentum to take an HR department to the next level, your next career move could be the Human Resources Director (HR Director) of Burke County – an adventurous NC mountain community known as “nature’s playground.” This HR Director will join an organization with a highly engaged and respected County Manager and a culture that emphasizes Public Purpose, Prioritizes its People, and Promotes High Performance.

The next HR Director will transition the Burke County Human Resources Department to a centralized structure, emphasizing organizational culture change, and updating and implementing initiatives such as performance evaluation, and policy development. The ideal candidate is approachable, receptive, and demonstrates passion and enthusiasm for enhancing the department's services and values.

About the Organization:
Burke County operates under the Commission-Manager form of government. The Burke County Commissioners are a five-member board elected at large to serve four-year staggered terms. The County is dedicated to maintaining a working environment where staff listen more than they speak. The organization is united around processing information through the ODI framework. This decision-making framework provides a non-debatable chronological order - Organization, Department, Individual – to ensure uniformity in how and why decisions are made in Burke County Government.

The Board's strategic goals, which speak to a County positioned for excellence, are outlined within five focus areas: Community Advancement, Economic Growth & Sustainment, Public Safety & Well-Being, Fiscal Stewardship, and Employer of Choice.

The County’s comprehensive services are provided by 700 dedicated employees across 28 departments and supported by a General Fund FY 23-24 budget of $108M. Burke County has the third largest concentration of state employment in North Carolina. For more information about Burke County, visit

About the Department and Position:
The Burke County Human Resources Department is responsible for recruiting and hiring new employees, overseeing employee relations, administering employee benefits, training, classification and pay, and managing safety and risk.

The HR Director oversees a budget of $1.6M and 6 direct reports. Embracing a relatively new but competent workforce, the next HR Director will work strategically and authentically to establish trust with employees and integrate a culture of trust throughout the organization. Employees desire an open-minded leader who will evaluate opportunities to expand employee benefits and offerings and demonstrate a sincere commitment to ensuring that the employees of Burke County are cared for, appreciated, and valued.

Key Position Priorities:
• Evaluate current HR staffing, departmental organization, policies, procedures, and practices to assess what alignment and changes are needed to meet organizational needs that ensure outstanding, legally compliant HR outcomes.
• Support staff to be passionate about the Burke County vision, meet high-performance standards, work together in a unified fashion, and collaborate with partners to achieve strategic goals.
• Develop a vision and strategic priorities for the department to support its growth and sustainability further.
• Assess the County’s training and development needs to create initiatives that ensure effective employee development, crisis and discipline management, engagement, retention, and succession planning.
• Build relationships with key stakeholders within and beyond the County government organization to enhance the recruitment of a highly skilled and dedicated workforce.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in human resources management, public administration, business administration, or a related field is required, along with ten (10) years of increasingly responsible executive-level experiences, preferably in a private or public sector human resources operation. A master's degree is highly preferred. HR certification (e.g., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, IPMA-CP) or eligibility and desire to sit for certification are preferred. Extensive knowledge of HR technology solutions, Substantial Equivalency, & OSHR regulations, personnel management: classification and compensation, employee climate versatility, personnel policy development, professional leadership development, metrics evaluation, and cross-department collaboration to solve complex human resources issues is required.

Salary and Benefits: The hiring range is $105,000.00 - $125,000.00, depending on experience and qualifications. View the County's comprehensive benefits package here.

To apply, please visit and click on the Human Resources Director – Burke County, NC title.
• All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal (link above) – NOT the County’s employment application portal or any other external website.
• Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application.
• Applicants should apply by May 16, 2024.
• Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation interviews on June 11 - 12, 2024. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate. Interviews with the leadership team will follow quickly at a subsequent time in person.
• Direct inquiries to

Burke County, NC, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Developmental Associates, LLC manages the recruitment and selection process for this position. To learn more about our selection process, visit, select "Client Openings," and scroll down to "Important Information for Applicants."

How to Apply

Job Details

Job Function
Human Resources Director

County of Burke


PO BOX 219
Morganton, NC 28680-0219
United States

Form of Government
County Council-Administrator/Manager


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