Washington State Parks is seeking a dynamic, experienced and strategic leader to serve as its next Human Resources Director. We seek a senior professional to join our team who has a passion for accelerating State Parks’ success and growth, believes in transformative leadership, has experience in designing simple yet sophisticated human resource solutions and modernizing HR.
Reporting to the agency Director, and serving on the Executive Leadership Team, the Human Resources Director shall have a comprehensive understanding of and expertise in how the HR function makes a line of business within the agency successful. Job responsibilities include coaching senior leaders about HR issues such as strategic planning, developing supportive HR and organizational strategies, navigating and analyzing talent requirements, recruiting and onboarding. The HR Director will have strong general business knowledge and leverage HR competencies in supporting staff in achieving their professional and business unit goals.
Washington State Parks is entering a period of significant and exciting change. Park visitation has increased an average of 23%- creating new challenges and opportunities for our highly dedicated and stretched staff. A healthy 2021-2023 budget has allowed us to plan for an additional 80+ positions. The agency is welcoming new leaders to its executive leadership team. A new agency director and Assistant Director- Administrative Services have joined the agency. We are currently filling the new position of Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to help deepen our commitment to serving and supporting all Washingtonians and eliminating inequities in policies, programs and facilities.
WHO WE ARE: The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages one of the largest, most diverse--and most beautiful—parks systems in the country. With more than 120,000 acres, the system includes 124 developed parks, including 19 marine parks, 11 historical parks, 35 heritage sites, 13 interpretive centers and approximately 700 miles of in-park and long-distance recreation trails. The agency is staffed with approximately 760 full-time equivalents (FTE's) and deploys a total workforce of nearly 1,000 employees (peak season), who are some of the most passionate employees you'll find anywhere – from law enforcement park rangers, park managers, and other field staff who take care of our parks (construction, maintenance, customer service) to planners, engineers, managers, administrative professionals and central support staff. We love what we manage and what we do. For more information on Washington State Parks, click here.
SOME DETAILS ABOUT THE POSITION- This is a civil service exempt position, serving at the pleasure of the Agency Director. The annual range of compensation is between $118,000 - $128,856 depending upon qualifications, although the expected hiring salary will typically be less than the top of the range, to allow for growth and development movement.
While this position is located at our Headquarters' building in Tumwater, Washington and typically fulfills a work schedule of 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, the Director encourages flexible work schedules and telework opportunities. Travel throughout the state will be necessary for this position, including overnight stays. Expected frequency of travel will vary. This posting will remain open until filled. It is in the candidate's best interest to apply before September 14th, 2021 when a first review of applicants will be completed. The hiring authority reserves the right to fill this position at any time after that date without notice. Candidates are encouraged to apply at the earliest opportunity.
Supervising a staff of 13, including contractors, key strategic accountabilities include:
Diversity, equity and inclusion- facilitate internal work to ensure agency culture, policies and practices fully support a diverse and engaged workforce;, develops and implements DEI strategies related to recruitment, talent management, leadership development, and engagement and retention of diverse talent within the agency
Organizational and workforce development- research best practices and develop and implement industry-leading programs and systems for assessing and forecasting workforce needs, talent recruitment and selection, retention, training, recognition, performance management, and succession planning
Cross-functional work teams- support the agency’s transition and operation as a matrix organization with lines of responsibility and accountability extending vertically through supervisors and horizontally across divisions and sections.
Volunteers and Internships - identify needs and opportunities to utilize volunteers, interns, and other workforce development and support strategies. Determine where such programs can be beneficial and develop effective recruitment, training and engagement programs.
Supervision and leadership- provide leadership and guidance to assigned staff exercising management practices that develop and retain competent and high performing employees. Direct, coordinate and review the work of assigned staff, oversee their activities and projects, monitor workflow, set expectations and provide appropriate resources to ensure their professional growth.
Administrationand Compliance - Provide HR updates to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Serve as the agency’s HR expert and representative with other State agencies and organizations and is the primary HR liaison to the Executive Leadership Team. Develop, recommend, review and implement agency policies and procedures. Ensure legal, regulatory and other requirements are met including compliance with state policy, executive orders, directives, and federal rules and policies. Implement and oversee implementation of program development or changes and responses to inquiries from agencies with HR impacts – such as State HR, Department of Enterprise Services, Labor Relations, Attorney General’s (AG) Labor and Personnel.
Claims, Investigations and dispute resolution- Oversee the evaluation, investigation and response to employee complaints, misconduct allegations and disciplinary processes. This includes internal complaints and issues brought forward from entities such as the Human Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the state’s Executive Ethics Board, and others.
Worker’s Compensation Claims Management – oversee a contractor who manages the agency’s workers compensation claims, coordinating with the agency’s Employee Health and Safety Program to provide information and data to help reduce employee injuries. Develop approaches to reduction of agency worker’s compensation costs.
Labor-management relations- serve as the agency’s Labor Relations Manager. Maintains relationship and communication with Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) staff. Participates in Union Management Communication Committee and Law Enforcement Sub-committee meetings. Participates in bargaining with OFM’s Labor Relations and the (WFSE).
Quality improvement- provide leadership in the area of quality improvement and systems efficiency as it relates to human resource processes and procedures. Maintains a quality improvement culture within the HR business unit that leverages opportunities to improve service delivery.
Bachelor’s degree or higher in human resource management, business administration or a closely related field. Four (4) years of related experience can be substituted for the degree requirement.
Seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in human resources with a minimum of five (5) years of supervisory and management experience.
Familiarity with the NEOGOV online workforce management platform.
Experience managing the technical, legal and risk management components within human resources, including knowledge and application of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disability Act, etc.
Experience working with executive leadership and/or senior managers providing human resources advice, consultation and information.
Experience developing, implementing and measuring strategic initiatives and programs that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Experience managing complex projects, establishing and achieving performance measures and metrics, preparing reports, evaluating proposals, and facilitating decision making.
Experience in a leadership role overseeing significant organizational change.
Experience developing and maintaining data warehouses and dashboards to routinely monitor progress and goal attainment
OTHER CRITICAL SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND PERSPECTIVES:
Cultivates a shared, strategic vision; leads and navigates change
Can establish and maintain credibility; have a voice and share that voice to inspire and influence change. Does so with moral courage and great diplomacy.
Can build effective partnerships and work collaboratively with others.
Gains the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity and authenticity. Always open to learning and gaining knowledge, working through conflicts and difficult situations with positive intent, resiliency, and patience.
Develops people, and fosters teamwork, collaboration and learning.
Effectively interacts with others who have diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, religious views, cultural backgrounds, socio-economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, veterans status and disability status to promote trust, collaboration and partnership. Embraces and embeds inclusion in decision making.
Drives results and makes things happen as a public servant.
Communicates effectively verbally and in writing; ability to communicate clearly to diverse audiences.
Uses data and research as the foundation for decision making and program development.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT Pursuant to Emergency Proclamation 21-14(Download PDF reader), all Washington State Parks employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process for all positions within our agency. If you have questions about this requirement, please contact the recruitment team at HR.Recruitment@parks.wa.gov. Please note, a medical or religious accommodation may be requested, once an offer of employment is made.
For more information about this position, please contact Becki Ellison at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 902-8502. HOW TO APPLY: To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Use reference number 09069when searching for the job announcement.
You must attach in your application package the following:
Letter of Interest specifically addressing the REQUIRED and DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS listed in this announcement (you do NOT need to address the items in the “OTHER CRITICAL” section in your letter, but these will factor in our further evaluation of candidates).
Current resume in chronological order.
Three professional references.
Important Note: Do not attach documents that contain a photo or private information (social security number, year of birth, transcripts, etc.) or documents that are password protected. These documents will not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.
**All requested materials must be submitted. Incomplete or late application materials will not be accepted. Failure to follow application process may disqualify you from further consideration.**
Diversity Policy Statement: The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive park environment – one that embraces the full spectrum of all community members' contributions. The Commission makes this commitment because:
Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability; Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences; Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society;
Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system, its mission, properties, and programs to the people of this state today and in the future;
Diversity is crucial to our ability to serve all citizens.
The Commission encourages and supports staff efforts to reach out to people of all races, national origins, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, veteran status, ages, and genders who use the parks and who live in communities nearby parks. This outreach is to focus on engaging in partnerships that expand programs and services in a way that is meaningful and of value to all people. The Commission is dedicated to offering quality experiences to all visitors through a workforce and volunteer corps that reflects the diversity of Washington State.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 902-8565. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
About Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
State Parks is governed by a board of seven volunteer citizens appointed by the Governor. Commission members serve staggered six-year terms, setting public policy and guiding the agency. The Washington state park system includes more than 100 developed parks, recreation programs, trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Our Mission The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission cares for Washington's most treasured lands, waters and historic places. State parks connect all Washingtonians to their diverse natural and cultural heritage and provide memorable recreational and educational experiences that enhance their lives. Our VisionWashington's state parks will be cherished destinations with natural, cultural, recreational, artistic and interpretive experiences that all Washingtonians enjoy, appreciate and proudly support. Washington State Parks employs more than 500 permanent staff and more than 350 seasonal and temporary staff throughout the state. The headquarters office is located in Tumwater, and region offices are located in Burlington, East Wenatchee and Tumwater.