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Blacksburg, VA - Human Resources Manager

Blacksburg, Virginia (pop. 44,000) seeks an innovative, creative and dynamic professional to serve as Human Resources Manager. This position works as part of the Town’s administration/management team overseeing the activities and day-to-day functions of the Human Resources Division. This is an exciting position that combines the overall management of Human Resources with the ability to work closely in a collaborative and empathetic manner with the Town’s excellent staff members. The ideal candidate for this position will be innovative and creative in formulating and recommending solutions and will possess thorough knowledge of the best practices in local government human resources management.

The Human Resources Manager administers the Town’s Human Resources program which includes employee recruitment, selection, training, development and retention; compensation and benefits; affirmative action and equal employment opportunity, disciplinary actions and terminations.  The Manager also coordinates the Town’s overall workers’ compensation and risk management program.

The Human Resources Manager reports directly to the Deputy Town Manager and manages a staff of two, a Human Resources Specialist and a Human Resources Generalist, and manages a budget of $300,000. The position is considered a working Manager, so some task-oriented duties are performed in addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations. There is also a Human Resources Generalist assigned to the Transit Department who works closely with the Human Resources Manager and staff. The Town staff consists of 294 FTEs and another 107-part time and/or seasonal positions.

Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree with coursework in business administration, management or human resources, or related field and extensive progressively responsible human resources experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Possession of a Master’s Degree preferred;
  • Knowledge of local government and human resources best practices, including current technology;
  • IPMA-HR or SHRM certification is preferred.

Characteristics and Traits

  • Excellent at communicating effectively both orally and in writing, with the ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to build collaborative, effective relationships within and among all levels of the organization including senior leadership, front line employees and elected officials.
  • Inclusive and participative, respectful of diverse cultures and ideas.
  • Self-aware of strengths and weaknesses and willing to engage others to assist in performing work.
  • Ability to manage expectations of supervisors, other Department Managers, staff members and employees and a willingness to adjust leadership style depending upon the situation.
  • An active listener with an empathetic and reassuring approach to working with employees.
  • Strong willed when needed and hands on and willing to assist others in the organization as necessary.

Compensation and Benefits

The expected starting salary is $75,000 to $95,000 +/- DOQ. The Town offers excellent benefits that include health insurance, life insurance, paid time off and retirement benefits through the Virginia Retirement System. 

How to Apply

The recruitment for this position is being handled by GovHR USA. Candidates should apply by September 16, 2019 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to to the attention of:

          Joellen J. Cademartori, Chief Executive Officer, GovHR USA
          630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062.
          Tel:  847-380-3240


The Town of Blacksburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Posted:Aug 22, 2019

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