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Novi, Michigan
Novi, Michigan


Job Description:

Supervised by:            City Administrator
Supervises:                 Department staff as assigned

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the City Administrator, manages and coordinates the Human Resources and Risk Management functions of the City, including recruitment and selection, labor relations, compensation and benefits, and risk management. 
Essential Job Functions:
An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.
  1. In close collaboration with the City Administrator, manages and coordinates the day-to-day activities of the City’s Human Resources Department, including recruitment and selection, labor relations, classification and compensation, benefits, and risk management.  Participates in the development and administration of labor negotiations, labor agreements, budget, personnel management, policies and procedures, internal controls, and goals and objectives in accordance with Departmental needs, City directives, and legal requirements.
  1. Participates in the recruitment, hire, discipline, and discharge of City employees.  Develops and places recruitment advertising.  Reviews applications, conducts interviews, and performs reference checks on applicants.  Participates in grievance procedures.  Oversees the proper maintenance and access to personnel files.
  1. Maintains seniority lists and employee rosters, prepares promotional rosters, and facilitates promotions.
  1. Serves as a member to the City’s collective bargaining team.  Identifies issues and assists in planning the management position for negotiations and labor contracts.  Drafts contract language and ensures consistency between union contracts.  Researches and reports on the potential cost and service impacts of proposed provisions.  Assists in administering all collective bargaining agreements and employee contracts.
  1. Administers the City’s employee benefit and retirement programs, meeting with employees and retirees as necessary.  Maintains related records, prepares related reports, and reconciles invoices for payment.  Serves as key contact with the benefit providers.  Participates in analysis of current benefit offerings, researches alternatives, participates in negotiating contracts, and makes related recommendations.
  1. Ensures compliance with all applicable Federal, State and Local laws and City policies and procedures related to human resources administration.  Serves as the City’s Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator, HIPAA Coordinator, Title VI Coordinator, and American with Disabilities Act Administrator.  Administers FMLA and COBRA programs, maintains necessary records and information, analyzes data, and compiles reports required by regulatory agencies and the City. 
  1. Assists in the development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures. Maintains associated personnel policy books.  Provides guidance and counseling to employees on employment matters, policies, procedures, training, benefits and general human resources issues.  Serves as a facilitator to resolve personnel issues.
  1. Serves as the City’s Risk Management Administrator for related activities and insurance programs, and works closely with related third-party administrators for liability and property insurance claims/lawsuits and annual renewals.  Advises Departments of OSHA and MIOSHA regulations and distributes required postings.  Oversees City Loss Control compliance requirements.  Investigates occurrences and accidents, monitors potential risk exposure, recommends action to prevent exposure or correct conditions, maintains incident reports, and prepares related reports.  Coordinates with Department Heads, Supervisors, and staff to inform them of safety programs and laws, rules, regulations and risk exposure prevention.
  1. Oversees Occupational Health program, Workers’ Compensation benefits and claims, Unemployment claims, Employee Assistance Program, and tracks and reports costs and trends to Department Heads.
  1. Participates in the development and administration of the annual Department budget. Monitors the budget throughout the fiscal year and prepares financial summaries as requested.
  1. Supervises the staff in the Human Resources / Risk Management Department.  Provides instruction, trains, and coordinates workflow in assigned area of work.
  1. Works closely with Departments to identify training and professional development needs.  Researches and coordinates training programs, develops and implements programs.
  1. Acts as Department spokesperson, establishing and maintaining effective relationships with citizens, community groups, boards and commissions, City officials, other employees, and other interest groups.  Responds to public inquiries, investigates complaints, and assists the public as needed.
  1. Keeps abreast of modern developments, new techniques, and evolving issues in the field through continued education and professional growth.  Attends conferences, workshops and seminars as appropriate.
  1. Performs related work as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field is preferred.
  • Five or more years of progressive experience in Human Resources, Labor Relations, Business Management, Public Administration or related field.
  • Certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) preferred.
  • Knowledge of employment law, labor relations, and record keeping in regards to human resources and risk management.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of public personnel administration, including compensation and benefits administration.
  • Knowledge of legislative and regulatory developments and human resources and risk management issues.
  • Knowledge of insurance industry, workplace safety and risk management practices.
  • Skill in maintaining public and confidential records according to statutory requirements.
  • Skill in formulating human resources policies and procedures.
  • Skill in assembling and analyzing data, and in preparing comprehensive and accurate reports.
  • Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including computers and a variety of related software, and the ability to master new technologies.
  • Skill in training, supervising, and coordinating the work of assigned employees.
  • Ability to facilitate resolution of problems between co-workers or between Department Heads and their subordinates.
  • Ability to conduct research, maintain records, and prepare comprehensive and accurate reports according to accepted standards.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and present ideas and concepts orally and in writing, and make presentations in the public forum.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with employees, City officials, professional contacts, and the public.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of tact and diplomacy in contentious or confrontational situations.
  • Ability to critically assess situations, problem-solve, and work effectively under stress, within deadlines and changes in work priorities.
  • Ability to attend meetings outside of normal business hours.
  • Ability to travel to various locations within the City.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
An employee in this position spends the majority of their time in an office setting with a
controlled climate where they sit and work on a computer for extended periods of time,
communicate by telephone, email or in person, and move around the office or travel to other
locations to attend meetings.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items of light
weight.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Job Compensation

$72,500 - $82,500 DOQ

How To Apply

To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, three professional references, proof of credentials, and City of Allen Park application to:

City Administrator’s Office
City of Allen Park
15915 Southfield Road
Allen Park, MI 48101

Or by email to:

The City of Allen Park application may be obtained at under the Quick Links – Forms and Applications tab.

Employment Application

Closing Date

December 13, 2019 at 4:30 PM

Additional Information: