Deputy Director Human Resources

Fairfax, Virginia
$94,050.94 - $156,750.67 Annually
Dec 04, 2021
Dec 11, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

This is a re-announcement. Applicants who wish to revise their original application are encouraged to reapply with a revised application. Otherwise, all applicants who previously applied to job# 21-00189 do not need to reapply to be considered.

Fairfax County Government's Department of Human Resources seeks an innovative and forward-thinking Human Resources Deputy Director to lead a diverse team of professionals and administrative staff. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience and knowledge of federal, state and local legislative and regulatory mandates applicable to human resources management. Additionally is knowledgeable and experienced in the areas related to Total Rewards - benefits, compensation and workforce planning analysis, payroll - and has experience working with Labor Relations (employee union) groups and collective bargaining agreements.

In this role, you will be responsible in the planning, direction, and recommendation of corrective actions and their implementation, to include policy changes to meet objectives. You will exercise considerable judgment and recommend changes in areas of expertise. You will have high visibility and serve as a consultant to all stakeholders. You will also foster an employee-oriented, high performance culture and act as a change agent and help to lead the transformation of the county.

This role will be a great fit for you if you have a passion for public service, a high level of initiative and a strong work ethic and passion for fostering an engaged and equitable culture. You are a positive and thoughtful self-starter that can take initiative and adapt to evolving circumstances. You have a strategic mindset with readiness for tactical application, including making decisions now that will lead toward future objectives. You do not feel that any job is too small for you and you have a great attention to detail. You thrive under pressure and are a master manager of priorities and projects.

Duties include:
  • Assists with short- and long-term planning for the varied functions of human resources;
  • Assists the director with key departmental projects and activities to include agency budget, staff and succession planning objectives, performance management and strategic planning;
  • Plans, develops and implements a variety of key human resources projects/objectives or studies;
  • Supervises key reports, recommendations and implementation plans with the advisement of the director;
  • Represents the director and department to the county executive and deputies, department of management and budget, senior management team, board of supervisors, employee and community groups in order to gain consensus of issues on complex or sensitive human resources issues;
  • Fosters positive employee relations and employee morale on a countywide basis.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of general HR principles and practices including: Workforce planning and classification, compensation, benefits, and payroll.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of organization and management;
  • Knowledge of the organization, functions and problems of local government;
  • Knowledge of the principles of Human Resources administration;
  • Knowledge of labor relations (employee union groups);
  • Knowledge of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) process;
  • Ability to plan, organize and direct the work of technical and support staff;
  • Ability to win the confidence and cooperation of other officials, employees and the public;
  • Ability to speak and write effectively.

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Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
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Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, human resources management, business, or a related academic field. A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in human resources is required, four of the required years must have been in a supervisory or management capacity, with a human resource focus.

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • The appointee to the position will be required to complete a criminal background check and credit check to the satisfaction of the employer.
  • Candidate must attach a writing sample of no more than two pages to the application.

  • Master's degree in human resources management, public administration, or business administration;
  • Demonstrated experience of labor relations (employee union groups) and collective bargaining agreement (CBA) process, including but not limited to, arbitration, and administering and interpreting CBAs;
  • Possess knowledge of labor law and collective bargaining trends;
  • Possess or have possessed in the past professional certification(s) including but not limited to, IPMA-CP, SPHR, PHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, or Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Designation certification or equivalent;
  • Ability to be proactive in matters relating to all aspects of human resources, with demonstrated human resources management experience in benefits, compensation and workforce planning analysis, and payroll;
  • Experience in developing strategic direction and providing management oversight to the employee/retiree benefit programs (i.e., multiple health insurance plans, dental insurance, life insurance, long term care, long term disability, flexible spending accounts, and deferred compensation);
  • Experience in overseeing workforce planning initiatives, compensation salary planning and administration; and experience in managing the planning, development and implementation of new and revised compensation programs, policies and procedures to be responsive to the organization goals and competitive practices;
  • Experience in leading the payroll business area, overseeing payroll processing, records and information management and payroll accounting activities; ensuring that payroll activities comply with federal, state and local laws and regulations as well as appropriate policies, procedures, accounting standards and internal controls;
  • Demonstrated experience of labor relations (employee union groups) and collective bargaining agreement (CBA) process;
  • Ability to handle complex problems encountered using knowledge acquired through training and experience, and the ability to carry out complex assignments independently and make decisions based on established law, policies, and procedures;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, department officials, outside agencies, employees, and the general public;
  • Thorough knowledge of the funding process in a municipal environment as related to budgeting, cost accounting, financial planning and management.

This position is primarily sedentary in nature; however, visual acuity to work on electronic equipment such as a computer monitor, typing on a keyboard and carrying/lifting up to 15 pounds are essential to this position. All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include a written exercise.

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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