Human Resources Director - Principal Executive/Manager G

  • State of Oregon
  • Salem, OR, United States
Full Time Government Human Resources Transportation

Job Description

Announcement: ODOT17­-0038oc
Human Resources Director – Principal Executive/Manager G
Central Services – Human Resources

 The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has an exciting opportunity for an experienced human resource (HR) leader to direct the work of the 55 HR professionals who support ODOT's staff of 4,700 and make up one of the state's largest and most well respected HR departments.

The proven leader selected to serve as HR director will plan and direct the human resource functions for the agency and provide strategic direction for management and development of the agency's work force. This includes directing the development of long-­range vision, goals, policies, and state of the art systems to meet the agency's future human resource needs and ensuring the agency's HR programs are carried out according to laws, rules, and labor contracts.

Our ideal candidate is a seasoned, customer-focused HR executive who is prepared to help steer ODOT through future challenges and opportunities in managing its most valuable asset, its people.

ODOT's mission is to provide a safe, efficient transportation system that supports economic opportunity and livable communities for Oregonians. To do this, we:

  • Provide outstanding customer service.
  • Use innovative program design and technologies to solve transportation problems.
  • Improve the return on investment of our transportation funds.
  • Attract, retain, and develop an outstanding ODOT workforce.
  • Engage the public, other state agencies, local governments, and business and community leaders in solving transportation problems and planning for the future.
  • Increase intermodal linkages to improve access for people and goods.
  • Communicate, educate and inform the public about transportation issues.   

We value diversity and invite members of all communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity. 
Additional Details:

  • Time is of the essence! This recruitment will remain open until filled. Our first application screening date is scheduled for Monday, June 5, 2017 at 7:30am, but we may close the announcement at any time when we have received an adequate number of applications. We cannot guarantee that we will review applications received after our first screening date.
  • The successful candidate will become part of the state's management team.
  • This position is exempt from the current state of Oregon hiring freeze.

Duties & Responsibilities

· Lead, direct, and manage Human Resources Branch services, programs, and activities directly and through five subordinate managers. 

  • Set and interpret HR policy for the department.
  • Develop and maintain a performance mindset and service ethic for HR staff.
  • Advise and consult with agency leadership on HR related issues using a performance mind­set and strong customer service orientation.
  • Engage and represent ODOT in setting direction at a statewide level.
  • Maintain a positive relationship with ODOT's labor force including collective bargaining units.

· ODOT's HR service­delivery groups include:

  • Employee and labor relations.
  • Employment development and training.
  • Corporate services, including a full range of administrative and technical support functions.
  • Human resources business operations, including employee recruitment and selection and job classification.
  • Internal EEO/ADA/Affirmative Action, leading programs and strategies for diversifying ODOT's workforce while ensuring compliance with Title VII requirements.

· Develop and monitor the human resources budget of approximately $12.7 million biennially.
· Collaborate with state and federal agencies to initiate improvements in government human resource programs and systems.For detailed information about this position's responsibilities, click here (Download PDF reader) to see the position description.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications:
Six (6) years of management experience in a public or private organization that included responsibility for each of the following:

  1. Development of program rules and policies,
  2. Development of long­ and short­range goals and plans,
  3. Program evaluation, and
  4. Budget preparation.

In the work experience section of your application, you must clearly describe your experience in each of the (a), (b), (c), (d) areas listed. Failure to provide this information may result in eliminating your application from further consideration.
Special Qualifications:
Driving is an essential function of this position. A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position. We will conduct pre­employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s).
Preferred Attributes: We may show preference to candidates whose application materials demonstrate the following.

  • Comparable experience developing and implementing human resource related projects and/or initiatives.
  • Experience effectively setting and meeting personal, programmatic, or corporate performance standards.
  • Significant leadership experience that relates to the position.

Additional Information

Application Instructions:
We appreciate your interest in this position. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter as described below and answer our supplemental questions. Note that we have disabled several sections of the electronic application. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we do not review attachments we do not ask for.

  • Resume: In your resume, you must clearly describe how you meet the qualifications for this position as listed above and include a list of verifiable employers and dates of employment, including month and year. Please title your resume using this format, "[last name]_HRD_Resume."  
  • Cover Letter: Please attach a cover letter that describes your experience related to and interest in the position. Please title your cover letter using this format, "[last name]_HRD_Cover."

Caution: If you fail to follow these instructions, including failing to attach a cover letter as described above, we will have to disqualify your application. We may not consider applications received after the initial screening date.
Pre­employment Checks:
We will conduct criminal background checks on final candidates including current ODOT employees. All applicants are subject to additional pre­employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS, and/or education verification as required for the position.
Veteran's Preference:
Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans' preference. To receive preference, veterans must attach appropriate documentation as outlined by the Department of Administrative Services at the following website: Veterans Resources. Please title your DD214 like this, "[Your Last Name] DD214" and your disability letter "[Your Last Name] VA Disability Letter." Veterans may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at 1-­800­-692-­9666.
Note: DD214 member 1 copies do not contain character of service and cannot be used to verify veterans' preference eligibility. Please attach DD214 member 2 or 4.
Questions and Application Support:

  • For questions about the job announcement, call 503-­373-­1639.
  • For technical help with your login or online application issues, call 1-­855-­524­-5627 from 6:30a to 5:30p PT M-­F by leaving a voicemail. It may take up to 24 hrs to receive a response. If you do not receive a response after 24 hours, you can email technical support at

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Human Resources/Recruitment
355 Capitol St NE, MS-12 
Salem OR, 97301­-3871
Fax 503­-986-­3895
ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at 503­-986­-3700 or through Oregon Relay Service at 7­1­1.ODOT does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Questions: 1-­877­-336-­6368 (EEO­-ODOT) or through Oregon Relay Service at 7­1­1.
ODOT is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is our policy not to discriminate against any qualified employment applicant because of a disability. Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process by contacting the Employee Civil Rights & Diversity Manager at 1-­877­-336-­6368 (EEO­-ODOT).
ODOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by State or Federal laws.  For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, contact the Employee Civil Rights & Diversity Manager at 1-­877­-336-­6368 (­EEO­-ODOT). #LI-­POST
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