Metropolitan Council

Director, Human Resources

$91,644.00 - $131,513.00 Annually
Mar 29, 2012
May 16, 2012
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Great Opportunity for a Rewarding Career at the Metropolitan Council

The following position is open to internal and external applicants.  This posting will remain open for applications until the position is filled.  For best consideration apply by April 16. We will begin reviewing applications at that time.
Director, Human Resources

The Metropolitan Council seeks an experienced Human Resources leader with a proven history of success in providing leadership, direction, and oversight to a multi faceted Human Resource (HR) department.  The Director position is responsible for:
  • Establishing the strategic direction for the Metropolitan Council's HR policies, programs and practices.
  • Developing and implementing HR programs and practices that align with that strategy and assessing their effectiveness.
  • Through subordinate managers, providing oversight to HR programs and functions. 
The HR department consists of five (5) functional units: 
  • Talent Management and Recruitment,
  • Labor Relations,
  • Benefits,
  • Learning and Organizational Development, and
  • Occupational Health
The HR Division has a FTE count of 32 and a budget of approximately 4.5 million.  The position reports to the Deputy Regional Administrator and supports the executive management team.

About the Council

The Metropolitan Council is a unique regional governance body which:
  • operates a growing, vital regional transit system;
  • collects and treats the region's wastewater at one of the country's largest wastewater treatment facilities;
  • serves communities through affordable housing programs;
  • establishes policies for the region's growth; and
  • serves as the regional planning agency for transportation, aviation, water resources, and parks and open space.
The Council carries out its responsibilities through three primary organizational divisions and an administrative division - with a diverse workforce of approximately 3600 employees represented by twelve (12) different labor organizations. Organizational divisions include:  Community Development, Environmental Services, and Transit.  The administrative division provides support for all Council divisions.  It includes Human Resources, Legal, Communications, Evaluation and Audit, Government Affairs, Finance and Administration, and Diversity.

Working at the Council

The Council is a stable employer that values its employees.  Council employees strive to provide exceptional service and take pride in their work.  The Council provides a highly competitive benefits package including paid time away from work, medical and dental insurance, life insurance, disability benefits, voluntary benefits and free Metro Transit transportation.

Example Duties
  • Plans, directs, integrates and evaluates human resources department activities across the agency by partnering with all levels of management to ensure consistent, efficient, implementation of human resource policies, procedures and programs.
  • Advises executive management on strategic organizational and HR issues; provides technical guidance, interprets and ensures compliance with HR polices and guidelines.
  • Partners strategically with division directors to develop innovative and efficient programs for the recruitment, retention, development and performance management of the Council's employees.
  • Provides direction for collective bargaining strategies including negotiations, grievances and other labor relations activities.
  • Develops and implements a Council compensation philosophy to ensure competitive and equitable total compensation.
  • Establishes priorities and provides leadership, guidance and direction to human resources staff.
  • Develops and coordinates the annual human resources budget and work program, and achieves their implementation within the established outcomes and financial parameters.
  • Establishes benchmarks and other indicators to measure operational performance, effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Represents the Council's interests on key legislative issues, task forces, committees, etc.
  • Creates a culture that empowers and motivates staff, encourages innovation, rewards performance and instills partnerships between divisions and staff.

  • A Bachelors' Degree in Public Administration, Industrial Relations, Business Administration, HR Administration, Psychology or a closely related field, and
  • Eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in personnel administration/human resources management of which four (4) years must be in a managerial/leadership position. The experience must have been of significant scope and responsibility to show the candidate's ability to perform the responsibilities of this position. OR
  • A combination of education and experience that totals at least twelve (12) years, of which four (4) years were in a managerial/leadership position.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership skills, a strategic vision and how to achieve the vision, and the skill to develop, motivate and foster collaborative relations with employees and Council members. Experience in a large, complex organization with multiple stakeholders is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Human resources administration including concepts and principles of public personnel administration.
  • Federal and State employment laws and their application.
  • Principles and practices of job evaluation systems, position classification, compensation and benefit plans and administration; merit system principles, employee recruitment and selection; training program development.
  • Equal Employment Opportunities requirements and the principles of Affirmative Action.
  • Minnesota Public Employee Labor Relations Act (PELRA), and the rules and procedures of the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services (BMS).
  • Trends in human resource management.
Ability to:
  • Understand customers' human resource needs; and ensure those needs are met in a timely, professional and cost-effective manner.
  • Interact with a highly diverse workforce in terms of job duties and work environments.
  • Position new ideas and initiatives to gain buy-in and support.
  • Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive and complex human resource issues and employee situations.
  • Provide quality leadership, and motivate human resource staff to develop their skills and abilities.

Supplemental Information
This is an Unclassified Position covered under the Non Represented Plan 
Salary Grade:  Ex Grade
FLSA:  Exempt

Selection Process
Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration based upon the review of education and experience and how it relates to the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position.  This review is based upon answers to the supplemental questions, a review of the application and resume.  The applications of those who best meet the qualifications will be considered for possible interview.  Candidates may be required to complete further job related skill assessments.

Conditional Offers:
All offers are conditioned upon a review and verification of education and employment as well as passing a preemployment drug-screen.   Some positions also require a pre-employment or pre-transfer physical.

Offers are also conditioned upon passing a criminal background check.  Convictions are not an automatic disqualification from the selection process.  The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis.  Convictions are reviewed based upon the relatedness of the conviction to duties of the position as well as a candidate's ability to demonstrate adequate rehabilitation.

Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions which are, Safety Sensitive, supervisory/managerial; are located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources; or have access to financial records,  files/databases, cash, vouchers, transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify human resources at 612-349-7558.

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