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Human Resources Director

City of Cartersville

Listing Summary

The City of Cartersville is seeking a Human Resources Director that will be responsible for directing a variety of complex Human Resources (HR) and risk management functions, including recruitment, benefits, compensation and classification, performance evaluation, employee records management, policy development and communication, training, wellness programs, employee safety, worker’s compensation, risk management programs, DOT mandated programs, and supervising assigned staff.

The Position:

Reporting to the City Manager, the Human Resources Director oversees all aspects of the Human Resources Department, including, but not limited to the following areas: compensation and benefits, policy and procedures development and legal compliance, employee experience and retention, benefit plan design, disputes and disciplinary matters, leave, recruitment, recognition, occupational health, wellness, safety programs, employee relations, employee training and development, and performance and talent management.

The most successful candidate will be an effective communicator at all levels – warm and approachable, yet able to convey an executive presence and have a firm focus on the City’s overall goals and objectives; have prior success in maintaining and building healthy and diverse organizational cultures; have experience working in local government; and be fluent in modern human resources software, systems, and technology.


  • Provides leadership and guidance for City employees & Retirees regarding human resource matters by managing a comprehensive human resource office.
  • Manages/Maintains the City’s employee insurance/benefit programs, including Workers’ Compensation, group medical/dental, City’s Pension Plan, etc.
  • Provides ongoing promotion and communication to employees and prospective employees about the benefits associated with City employment including insurance benefits, investment options for retirement savings, pension plans, and training and development opportunities.
  • Responsible for the advertisement of employment opportunities.
  • Reviews and screens candidate applications, conducts interviews, and aids with the onboarding experience.
  • Develops/implements/administers all City personnel policies.
  • Ensures compliance with all City Ordinances, State and Federal laws/regulations.
  • Assists Department Heads on all Human Resources related issues, including manpower planning, employee performance issues, employment/promotions, etc.
  • Administers the City’s drug/alcohol/drug testing process, including employee awareness and compliance in compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations, and serves as the D.E.R. (Designated Employee Representative) for the Cartersville Gas Department.
  • Schedules periodic leadership, sexual harassment, diversity, and other employee training.
  • Prepares accurate reports to ensure compliance with regulatory reporting including Equal Employment Opportunity and the Department of Labor, etc.
  • Assists/Advises the City Manager on Succession Planning/Employee Development, including maintenance of the City’s Organizational Chart.
  • Assists with the City’s Risk Management Process, including vendor selection, claims administration, incident investigation, and development of risk elimination initiatives.
  • Oversees other projects as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management, Business Administration, or a related field is required.  A Master's degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field is preferred.
  • Minimum six (6) years of broad-based HR experience, with a minimum of three (3) years HR supervisory management experience required, preferably in a local government and/or a utility organization.
  • Certification: A nationally recognized human resource-related certification such as PHR (Professional in Human Resources), SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), SHRM-CP (Society for Human Resource Management-Certified Professional), or SHRM-SCP (SHRM Senior Certified Professional) is preferred.
  • Knowledge of relevant federal/state laws, regulations, city codes of ordinances, etc., as applied in a local government environment.
  • Ability to multi-task and maintain high levels of output while preserving accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, with emphasis on Excel (intermediate to advanced user), Word, and specialized Human Resources-related software packages.

Starting pay will be based on overall experience and qualifications.

Position is Full-time, Exempt and eligible for our excellent benefit options:

  • Health, Dental, Vision coverage for employee and family at affordable pricing.
  • Basic Life Insurance for employee at 1.5 times salary at no cost to employee; with additional Voluntary Life options for employee and family.
  • Healthcare Flexible Spending Account linked to provider for ease of use.
  • Short-term and Long-Term Disability, Accident Insurance and Critical Illness Insurance options available.
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan with a 2% multiplier times years of service.
  • 401a Retirement Plan contribution by the city with an employee match.
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Retirement Plan options.
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program for continued education.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Vacation - Holiday - Sick - paid time accruals.

Interested candidates can go to to see a copy of the Human Resources Director job description. Qualified individuals interested in applying for this position should send their resume ASAP. The position is open until May 24, 2024. Email cover letter and resume to:

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