Division: Public Sector
Level: Executive
Region: Charleston
JobID: 44518
About Chester County, SC
Chester was one of seven counties created in 1785 from the old Camden Judicial District. Situated in the rolling hills of South Carolina’s eastern Piedmont, Chester is bounded on the east by the Catawba River and on the west by the Broad River. Unlike other counties established at the same time, Chester’s dimensions have never been altered, and its distinct rectangular shape is unique among South Carolina counties.

Whether your dream is starting your own business, living in a beautiful rural setting or purchasing an historic home in a town where neighbors still stop and visit as they stroll past, Chester County is the place you have been looking for. Located just off Interstate 77 between Charlotte, NC and the state capital in Columbia, Chester County is the perfect location for residents as well as businesses. Economic growth is booming here but there are still ample opportunities to own some acreage or your dream home at a reasonable price.  Commercial sites are also still available.

About the Position
Chester County is seeking an innovative and passionate public servant to join the County as Human Resources Director. The Human Resources Director will be responsible for planning, organizing, and managing County Human Resources programs and activities, including employee relations, employment, classification and compensation administration, benefits, risk management and wellness programs and will serve as advisor to County management staff in personnel and related matters.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with the public and staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.
  • Monitors developments and legislation related to personnel matters, evaluates their impact upon County operations and recommends and implements policy and procedural improvements.
  • Represents the County in meetings with representatives of governmental agencies, professional and business organizations, and the public; makes presentations to County Management, County Council, and others.
  • Directs the conduct of analytical studies; develops and reviews reports of findings, alternatives, and recommendations.
  • Provides professional expertise and assistance to management staff in the interpretation of policies and regulations and the handling of personnel related issues.
  • Selects staff and provides for their training and professional development; interprets County policies and procedures; ensures effective morale, productivity, and discipline of Human Resources staff.
  • Ensures adherence to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Administers employee relations programs, including the administration, interpretation, and implementation of agreements with County employee organizations and procedures for grievance and dispute resolution.
  • Oversees procedures for the evaluation of employee performance.
  • Monitors training and development programs and ensure those programs are administered in compliance with County policies as well as state and federal requirements for relevant positions throughout the County.
  • Maintains position control for all positions across the County; continually analyze vacancies, pending retirements, and resource needs in all departments.
  • Provides direction to supervisory and management staff in the major disciplines of recruitment, selection, and job analysis; classification and compensation activities; employee assistance and wellness programs; employee development and training activities.
  • Confers with County management regarding major personnel activities and/or problems.
  • Contributes to the overall quality of the department’s service provision by developing and coordinating work teams and by reviewing, recommending, and implementing improved policies and procedures.
  • Plans, organizes, administers, reviews, and evaluates the activities of assigned staff.
  • Prepares and administers the department’s budget.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of departmental and County policies and procedures.
  • Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the Human Resources Department assuring consistency with County goals, objectives, and policies.

Qualifications for Consideration
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, public administration, business administration, or related field from an accredited college or university is required.
  • Five (5) or more years of progressively responsible experience in human resources to include a minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience.
  • Previous experience as a Human Resources Director is preferred.
  • Prior governmental experience is preferred.
Required Expertise, and Skills
Knowledge of:
  • Correct business English, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Principles and techniques of making effective oral presentations.
  • Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Records management principles and practices.
  • Computer applications related to the work.
  • Applicable personnel laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of budget development and administration.
  • Principles and practices of developing, motivating, and managing employees.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of public human resources administration, including recruitment and selection, job analysis, classification and compensation administration, employee relations, and administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, and the management of employees through multiple levels of supervision.

Skill in:
  • Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives, and activities.
  • Making effective oral presentations to large and small groups.
  • Working successfully with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, occasionally where relations may be confrontational or strained.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
  • Interpreting, applying, and explaining complex federal, state, and local laws related to the administration of a public human resources system.
  • Developing effective work teams and motivating individuals to meet goals and objectives and provide customer services in the most cost effective and efficient manner.
  • Developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards.
  • Training others in policies and procedures related to the work.
  • Managing programs and staff.
  • Planning, organizing, and administering a comprehensive human resources program.

The expected compensation for this position will be in the $80,000 – $95,000 range. Compensation could be increased upon meeting the residency requirement and/or based upon level of experience. The compensation package will also include a cell phone, a comprehensive benefits package through the State of SC, and participation in the State of SC Retirement System. Budgeted allowances will be provided for professional development and participation in local organizations.

To Apply
Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and email of interest to Christin Mack, Manager of Public Sector Executive Search at Find Great People, at  cmack@fgp.com. Please indicate “Application for Chester County Human Resources” in the subject line. The application period will be open until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by the FGP team.

Candidates must meet the requirements above in order to be considered.
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