Director of Human Resources

Johnson County, KS | Full-time


The Position

Johnson County, Kansas – a thriving, well-educated community located in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area – is seeking a new Director of Human Resources. The Director of Human Resources will lead a team of 26 highly-skilled staff and oversee all human resources services in a high performing organization characterized by excellence in service delivery, collaboration across departments, and empowering leadership and continuous improvement at all levels of the organization.

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for the daily operations of the Department of Human Resources (HRD), which includes recruitment, onboarding, and retention of a diverse workforce; compensation and classification; employee relations; learning and development; recognition; and employee records and data.

Payroll, benefits, and risk management are overseen by the Treasury & Financial Management Department, and HRD staff work closely with this department on key workforce strategies and initiatives.

Work Culture

Johnson County encourages employees to grow, innovate, and give back, making a lasting difference. It is a values-based organization that empowers all employees, regardless of title or position, to exercise leadership. Employees trust each other – to do the right thing, for the right reason, for the public good. At Johnson County Government, everyone has something to contribute, ensuring Johnson County continues to be a great place to work and live.

The Organization

Johnson County Government is a progressive and innovative organization that provides high-quality and cost-effective services to the residents of the County through its dedicated and knowledgeable workforce. The County has over 4,000 full-time employees and an FY2020 budget of $1.3 billion.

Johnson County operates under a Home Rule Charter and is governed by a seven-member non-partisan Board of County Commissioners. The Chairman of the Board is elected on a county-wide basis and serves as a full-time County official. District commissioners are elected by district and serve as part-time County officials. The Chairman and the district commissioners serve four-year terms with no term limits.

Johnson County has adopted a Council-Manager form of government, with the Board appointing a professional County Manager to administer a variety of County functions. The County Manager is responsible for policy implementation, budget development and implementation, and the appointment and direction of certain department directors, including the Director of Human Resources. All County employees are governed by the County’s human resource policies and work closely with the HR department.

In the 2019 community survey, County residents expressed satisfaction with County services. A few standout ratings include the following:

  • 93% of respondents indicated they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with quality of life
  • 93% of respondents indicated they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the County’s overall image
  • 97% of respondents indicated they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the County as a place to live

The Human Resources Department

The Human Resources Department (HRD) strives to support the County's mission by partnering with Johnson County departments and agencies in a consultative model to deliver superior customer service and to maximize the potential of the County’s greatest asset – the employees. HRD fosters a high-quality, progressive, innovative work environment by providing strategic leadership to anticipate, identify, analyze, and balance organizational and employee needs. The department is responsible for workforce planning, employee relations, organizational learning and development, performance management, rewards and employee recognition services. Johnson County is a high performing organization, and HR has worked closely with the County Manager and Executive Leadership Team to foster a healthy work culture through its systems and training and development functions.

The Director oversees a team of 26 employees, including a Deputy Director (1), HR Managers (2), HR Partners (Generalists) (12), Senior Learning and Development Specialists (3), HRIS Analysts (2), Administrative Supervisor (1), HR Assistants (4), and a Receptionist (1). The Director, Deputy Director, and the two HR Managers comprise the department’s Leadership Team. There are three interdisciplinary teams that provide a Partner to each County department.

Experience and Education

Minimum requirements include any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Industrial or Organizational Psychology, Business or Public Administration, Sociology, or a closely related field and 10 years of progressively responsible HR experience as a generalist (which may include some or all of employment/AA/EEO, classification and compensation, employee benefits, risk management, employee/labor relations, organizational development/training and development, employee assessment, and HRIS/records management/employee records). Five years of administrative and supervision experience is also required.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, at least five years of public sector HR experience, and knowledge of high performing organization (HPO) principles. SPHR, SHRM-SCP, and IPMA-SCP certifications are also preferred. If the successful applicant does not have any of these certifications, they will be expected to receive one certification within the first 18 months of employment.

A valid driver’s license and the ability to travel outside of Johnson County and the Greater Kansas City region are required.

The Ideal Candidate

The next Director of Human Resources is an approachable, highly-competent leader, who is collaborative and fosters learning and leadership at all levels. The ideal candidate will understand the complexities of local government service delivery and governance and be able to apply HR principles to departments with different needs and circumstances while upholding fairness and integrity. The ideal candidate has exceptional communication skills and can articulate and apply complex laws in practical and understandable ways across the organization. This change management practitioner is fully committed to progressive and strategic management practices, can manage multiple projects at the same time, and will help staff prioritize to achieve both day-to-day and long-term objectives.

The successful candidate has strong leadership and coaching skills, with the ability to motivate employees and foster a collaborative work environment. The ideal Director of Human Resources will delegate work appropriately, continuously assess the performance of department staff, and work with staff to create goals and professional development plans that support the County government’s overall goals.

The Director will serve as an internal consultant to County leaders concerning human resources and workforce best practices, programs, and initiatives. The ideal candidate will be a model of integrity and will proactively address workplace challenges and opportunities, providing leadership in diversity and inclusion, and pushing the County to continuously improve its service through employees and systems, with a strong emphasis on staff development and employee engagement.

The Director of Human Resources will have a strong foundation in core human resources services, including compliance, classification and compensation, benefits, risk management, employee relations, training and development, performance management, safety and wellness, and records and data management, and can help instill innovation in each of these areas. The next Director will be technologically savvy, working to ensure the systems used by its internal and external customers function well and provide for the County’s future workforce needs.

The Community

Johnson County is Kansas City’s metropolitan area’s growth engine. It lies at the heart of the nation while possessing all the ingredients necessary for economic growth and success. The County boasts nationally ranked schools, low crime rate, high-quality neighborhoods, low cost of living, and a variety of cultural and entertainment amenities and is also known for its beautiful parks, and access to jobs.

The County and its 20 incorporated cities and seven townships continue to work together to ensure that the necessary infrastructure improvements are in place to accommodate further growth. Currently, around 60% of the 477 square miles of land in the County has been developed, leaving about 40% as rural/unincorporated area.

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District offers over 6,400 acres of public park land, with more than 3,500 acres available for future expansion as the population continues to grow. During 2018, over 7.6 million people visited Johnson County’s parks, and over 2.7 million people participated in Park activities.

There are 32 educational institutions of higher learning in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area offering 276 degrees and credentials. The County has 157 public schools and six school districts (K-12) serving over 95,000 students.

Johnson County, its municipalities, and the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area consistently rank among the best places to live and work in the country. In early 2018, Niche, an Internet site ranking the best places to live in the United States, ranked Johnson County as the third best county in which to live based upon crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Niche also ranked the County as the ninth best location in the country to raise a family and 19th best for public schools. In February 2019, USA Today ranked Johnson County 18th on their list of best counties to live based upon education, poverty, and life expectancy.

Johnson County has experienced continued growth in population, diversity, and development from 2000 through 2019. The County population has increased by over 33.8% and is projected to continue to grow over the next decade.


  • Population: 604,000
  • Median Household Income: $81,121
  • Median Home Value: $232,500
  • Median Age: 37.7 years
  • Total Area: 477 square miles


The salary range is $117,325–$175,987, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

Residency is not required.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Please apply as soon as possible. 


Direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish or Jennifer Reichelt at or 513-221-0500.

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