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Assistant Director, Human Resources

City of Savannah

Listing Summary

The ideal candidate

  • A high degree of professionalism and proven leadership skills, including the ability to effectively motivate and manage people and projects, even with competing demands.
  • Has a proven track record of being resourceful, overseeing, coordinating, directing, and implementing new people management systems for a mid-to-large-size organization and planning and executing a vision for employee success and organizational success.
  • Thorough knowledge of human resources functions, best practices, and legal obligations; leadership and organizational principles; and strategy and planning.
  • Passion and enthusiasm for challenging work and a desire to serve our employees and the City.
  • Excellent collaborative skills to bring together people of varying perspectives, including executive leadership, department heads and managers, human resources staff, and employees.
  • Significant attention to detail and organization skills; strong background in building and establishing HR management systems.
  • Effective communication skills with an ability to productively engage staff, colleagues, and stakeholders with tact, diplomacy, and professionalism.
  • The Assistant Human Resources Director position assists in planning, organizing, and directing activities of the Office of Human Resources including policy development, workforce planning and employment, compensation, benefits, performance management, organizational and professional development, employee relations, and risk management.

We offer great pay, and excellent benefits including medical, dental, and vision plans, life insurance, employee/spouse/child supplemental life insurance, short-term disability, tuition reimbursement, wellness programs, deferred compensation plan (457 B), pension plan, flexible spending account, home purchase assistance and 12 paid holidays!

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Essential Job Functions


  • Supervises, directs and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals.
  • Coordinates, assigns, and reviews work and establishes work schedules; maintains standards; monitors the status of work in progress; inspects completed work assignments; answers questions; gives advice and direction as needed.
  • Assures the City remains in compliance with applicable federal and state laws, and requirements of federal and state governing agencies.
  • Serves as a strategic business advisor and provides consulting support to city senior management and other city employees on a wide range of organizational and management issues.
  • Assists in preparing and maintaining departmental budget and other financial measures of the department.
  • Processes new employees; and oversees the establishment of appropriate HR files.
  • Conducts review of the classification plan through job analysis studies of positions; develops classification structure and related job descriptions.
  • Conducts wage and benefits studies to ensure compensation for positions is equitable and competitive with surrounding communities to effectively recruit and retain qualified personnel.
  • Identifies needs and develops training and development programs for preparing employees for more significant responsibilities and general staff development programs to enhance employee knowledge and understanding of the operations of the organization.
  • Identifies operational problems and formulates appropriate solutions; analyzes costs and value and recommends new programs; monitors the effectiveness of existing programs and recommends changes as needed.
  • Creates HR departmental procedures to streamline and/or automate processes, improve customer service, reduce paper flow, and improve human resources data management; plans and implements changes as required.
  • Performs and administers special studies or projects as assigned by the HR Director; prepares a variety of studies, reports, and related information for recommendation and decision-making purposes.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 


Minimum Qualifications

Requires a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Business or Political Administration, or related major supplemented by four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in human resource administration, with three (3) or more years of supervising experience; or possession of any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities.
 Prefers certification in one of the following programs:


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