Human Resources Manager

Fairfax, Virginia
$83,460.00 - $141,882.00 Annually
May 13, 2023
May 27, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

Provides strategic leadership and direction in all aspects of human resources management for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FRD). The FRD is the largest fire department in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a complex combination career and volunteer all-hazards department providing a full complement of emergency medical services, fire suppression, technical rescue, swift-water rescue, hazardous materials response, arson investigation, and fire and life safety education. The department operates from 39 fire and rescue stations strategically positioned to meet the emergency service needs of residents, businesses, and visitors in Fairfax County. The functional areas under the direction of this position include staffing, workforce planning, personnel policies & procedures, leave programs, performance management & coaching, position management, records management, HR systems (FOCUS, JDMS, Personnel Database, ID/Proxy Card System), awards & recognition, ADA accommodations, ensuring completion of countywide mandatory training, and delivering training on human resources functions to the department’s officers. The incumbent in this position requires limited direction, exercises considerable independent judgment, operates with a high degree of autonomy, resolves complex issues, and applies systematic solutions to human resources business problems, while overseeing high-volume recruitment operations (approximately 5,000 applicants annually with a seven-step applicant process that includes an application, personal history statement, polygraph, psychological evaluation, physical abilities test, written exam, and medical evaluation) and complex public safety promotional exams for four technician specialties (apparatus, hazmat, TROT, EMS) lieutenant, captain, and battalion chief ranks. The position serves as a member of the FRD’s senior leadership team.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • Manages senior level professional level staff in the execution of complex diversified human resources programs and initiatives;
  • Leads strategic human resources departmental initiatives related to Human Resources, such as, Workforce Planning, Succession Planning, Compensation Initiatives etc.;
  • Provides leadership guidance and assistance to senior departmental management on all aspects of human resources issues;
  • Serves as an expert in the interpretation of Human Resources regulations, resolution of complex issues and consultation for sensitive management and employee issues;
  • Oversees organizational development and training programs to identify needs, initiate, and respond to requests for organizational assessments and/or interventions designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the agency;
  • Provides leadership in developing, designing, brokering, and delivering employee development and training programs that support and promote mission, vision, and values, develop leadership and supervisory skills, and support leadership principles and concepts;
  • Provides advice and counsel to managers and teams on the appropriate use of organizational assessments and how to integrate the results of interventions and/or assessments with County Human Resources policies and practices to improve the organization;
  • Manages the analysis of Human Resources business processes and makes strategic recommendations for improvement regarding issues affecting the business needs of the agency;
  • Provides high level Human Resources data analysis, conducts research, and interprets data;
  • Serves on departmental steering committees that establish best human resources management practices, benchmarking, and consistent human resources guidelines and procedures on a departmental basis.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Expert knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques relating to human resources;
  • Expert knowledge of the legislative and executive decision making processes;
  • Ability to identify and determine appropriate methods for gathering data;
  • Ability to make oral presentations to department management, other departments, or the public;
  • Ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software;
  • Ability to supervise professional and paraprofessional employees including coaching, counseling, training, and evaluation.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in human resource management, public administration, or a related field; Plus fiveyears of professional-level human resources experience including two years in a supervisory capacity.

  • Five years or more of experience with steadily increasing responsibilities in the field of human resources.
  • Five years or more of supervisory experience.
  • Prior management-level experience of at least three years with an organization of more than 1,000 employees.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Human Resources.
  • SHRM Certification - Certified Professional or Senior Certified Professional.
  • Knowledge of and management experience in a public safety agency.


The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, credit check, and sanctions screening to the satisfaction of the employer.

Work is generally sedentary, performed in a normal office environment. Ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home ( Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others ) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. . EEO/AA/TTY.


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