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El Paso County Executive Director - Human Resources and Risk Management in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Executive Director - Human Resources and Risk Management

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Executive Director - Human Resources and Risk Management


$118,700.00 - $195,960.00 Annually


Colorado Springs, CO

Job Type



Human Resources & Risk Management

Job Number



4/28/2021 5:00 PM Mountain

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Essential Job Functions

Typical Hiring Range: $145,000.00 - $158,000.00 Annually

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications

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Oversees, develops, and executes the Human Resources, Compensation, Risk Management, and Workers' Compensation programs in support of El Paso County's organizational goals. Provides leadership, administration, and planning of various functional areas of the Human Resources and Risk Management Department, including classification, compensation, employee relations, policy and procedure matters, recruitment and selection, staff development, risk management, workers' compensation, safety, and training; ensures excellent service is provided to all El Paso County offices and departments.

  • Participates as an integral member of the County’s Executive Team, collaborating closely with the County’s Executive Directors and County Administration to imagine, develop, and guide vision and strategy across functions and departments.

  • Oversees, develops, and executes the Employment, Compensation, Staff Development, Risk Management and Workers' Compensation programs in support of El Paso County's organizational goals. Directs departmental administrative activities and provides fiscal and strategic oversight and planning. Provides leadership by advising and guiding employees toward organizational goals and motivating employees to achieve peak performance.

  • Develops, evaluates, and directs the management of El Paso County's personnel policies and procedures to enhance employee relations, increase internal communications, and ensure all policies and procedures meet the needs of the County. Provides consultation, interpretation, and advice to County staff regarding questions, concerns, or problems related to County policies and procedures.

  • Establishes department strategies and objectives. Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures. Recommends and implements service and staffing changes to ensure the delivery of excellent and efficient service.

  • Empowers senior departmental staff by providing leadership, inspiration, motivation, professionalism, and guidance to staff. Guides to resolve issues and conflicts that surface. Directs managers in the preparation of reports, recommendations, and presentations.

  • Provides expertise, coordinates, and consults with the County Attorney's Office and other appropriate personnel regarding Equal Employment Opportunities and Personnel Policies investigations. Recommends appropriate actions and resolves grievances. Provides leadership in positive employee relations efforts and directs the administration of employee grievance and appeal processes.

  • Develops and directs recruitment efforts, including establishing and maintaining proactive recruiting techniques to attract and hire a qualified, talented, and diverse workforce.

  • Develops and ensures the implementation of staff training and development programs to cultivate a County culture of excellence and exceptional performance.

  • Oversees the ongoing administration of the County's pay-for-performance, compensation, and classification programs. Ensures County compensation plans are updated, and the County is compliance with Federal, State, and Local laws.

  • Administers risk management programs, to include the safety and training program and liability claims processing; ensures compliance with Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations. Oversees the processing of personal and property liabilities claims; ensures adherence to policies and procedures.

  • Oversees the workers' compensation program, including the processing of workers' compensation claims by the Third-Party Administrator (TPA), resolving escalated claims and ensuring compliance with State Worker's Compensation statutes.

  • Oversees the unemployment program.

  • Directs the maintenance, retention, and security of employee personnel records.

  • Develops and directs long-range planning for the department in coordination with other county departments.

  • Serves as the County's representative for various community-based organizations, boards, councils, and committees.

  • Performs other duties as required.

Essential Competencies and Traits

  • Delivers customized human resources and risk management solutions for organizational challenges; consistently seeks and implements process improvement.

  • Engages, inspires, and motivates others to reach their potential and peak performance.

  • Fosters County culture by building an inclusive and diverse workforce while creating a positive climate to best help the County achieve its objectives.

  • Anticipates and addresses difficult issues with courage, candor, professionalism, and the highest ethical standards.

  • Manages daily complexity of leadership of a large organization with skill, poise, and calm.

  • Operates effectively in rapidly changing or unknown circumstances.

  • Persuades others by using compelling arguments to gain their support and commitment.


  • Bachelor's degree in human resources, business administration, public administration, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.

  • Minimum five (5) years of demonstrated managerial and administrative leadership experience; ten (10) years of experience preferred.

  • Minimum five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in human resources, of which at least three (3) years must be with a Federal, State, or Local government agency.

  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in risk management.

  • Must be knowledgeable of organizational goals, relevant Federal and State laws, and ability to recognize and evaluate industry trends. Ability to interpret and apply Federal, State, and Local laws, regulations, and policies.

  • Skilled in cultural change management principles.

  • Skill in recognizing, investigating, and analyzing a variety of financial, operational, and administrative problems, developing alternatives and appropriate solutions.

  • Ability to analyze problems, identify solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Elected Officials, Executive Directors, County staff, vendors, and the general public.

  • Ability to manage difficult situations in a professional and diplomatic manner.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Ability to direct, organize, and coordinate the activities of others.

  • Must be honest, truthful, trustworthy and display a high standard of ethical conduct; understands the impact of actions on the organization, self, and others.

  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance.

  • An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted for the education and experience requirements above.

  • Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, motor vehicle record check, and drug screen.


  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Drivers' License or ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment.

  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification preferred.

  • Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional (CWCP) certification preferred.

Work Conditions

Work is primarily performed in an office environment; some travel required.

This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the position, however, representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE AT: For inquiries please call: 719-520-7401.

Each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy indicated on your application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any new employee and rehires must provide documentation of authorization to work as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (PL99-603).