Human Resources Director

Town of Garner, NC

The Town of Garner, NC, a growing and thriving community of the desirable Research Triangle region,
seeks a Human Resources Executive who is…
 a visionary and forward-thinker with success in strategically positioning fast growing organizations for the future;
 approachable by all and an empathetic listener with proven interpersonal skills;
 adept in technology and experienced in transitioning processes to electronic platforms; and,
 a proven leader and collaborator recognized by others as trustworthy and a team player.

The Town of Garner, NC, seeks an innovative, visionary, and transformational Human Resources (HR) Director. As part of the executive team, the HR Director will provide leadership and oversight to develop and carry out the goals of the Town of Garner. Additionally, this HR Director will have experience supporting major transitions within departments and will play a key role in helping the town transition a separately chartered fire department to a municipal fire department. The next HR Director is a highly trusted leader who holds others and themselves accountable to high standards of excellence.

About the Department:
Operating under a non-partisan Council-Manager form of government, the Human Resources Director reports to the Town Manager. The HR Director oversees a department budget of $718,000 and 5 staff, including four direct reports to administer the HR functions of position classification and compensation, leadership development, employee relations, training and development, recruitment and selection, benefits management, policy administration, performance evaluation programs, safety and risk management, personnel database and technology management, and wellness initiative management. The HR Director must consistently apply HR policies and procedures across the town.

Though the staff is strong in carrying out the compliance function of HR, the HR Director performs many day-to-day duties while balancing the department's transformation into a strategic operation. Goals for the next HR Director include streamlining and enhancing processes, such as recruitment and selection while enabling department directors to make more efficient and sound HR decisions. The Town is seeking a sound customer-service approach to HR and one designed around customer needs while reducing legal liability. Thus, technological skills and the ability to lead change efforts are essential.

About the Position:
The HR Director must find purpose and meaning in executing the Town of Garner’s vision to “nurture a hometown charm and natural environment for residents and businesses while encouraging new economic, recreational and cultural opportunities through wise planning and investment.” More information about the department can be found at

The focus of the HR Director will be to continue transforming the department into a strategic operation that positions the town as a leader in recruitment, retention, job fulfillment, and belonging. Goals will include streamlining and enhancing processes, leveraging new technology for HRIS initiatives, employee relations and engagement, organizational professional development, and guiding department directors to make efficient and sound HR decisions.

Qualifications: Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in human resource management, public administration, psychology, business, or related human service field and considerable experience of a progressively responsible nature in human resource management, including supervisory experience is required. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. Prefer a Master of Public Administration degree. Local government/municipal experience and SHRM or PSHRA (formerly IPMA) certification is preferred.

Salary and Benefits:
The anticipated hiring range is $130,000 to $150,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Town of Garner offers comprehensive benefits, including a generous 401K contribution with a 5% match and a supplemental 457 retirement plan. More information on the Town’s benefits can be found here: Employee Benefits | Town of Garner, NC (

Application Process:
To apply, please visit and click on the Human Resources Director – Town of Garner, NC title.
• All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal (link above) – NOT the town’s employment application portal or any other external website.
• Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application.
• Applicants should apply by July 1, 2024.
• Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation interviews on August 6 – 7, 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

The Town of Garner, 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."

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Job Details

Job Function
Human Resources Director

Town of Garner


900 7th Avenue
Garner, NC 27529-3796
United States

Form of Government


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