Director of Human Resources

City of Northglenn, CO | Full-time


The Position

The City of Northglenn, Colorado, is searching for a Director of Human Resources to lead its stand-alone Human Resources Department. As a critical member of the City’s Leadership Team, the Director of Human Resources is responsible for providing leadership and establishing strategic and operational direction in all aspects of human resources for the City. The position is designed to support the City’s strategic initiatives and align with the City’s organizational culture work that is currently underway. This includes the work that has been done with the 2018 Employee Engagement Survey, the 2019 Resident Survey, and the City Manager’s vision of where the organization is capable of going in the future.

The Director of Human Resources reports directly to the City Manager.

The Organization

Northglenn is a home-rule city that utilizes the council-manager form of government. The City Council consists of nine members, including the Mayor. Two Council members are elected from each of the City’s four wards, while the Mayor is elected at-large. All Council members are elected to four-year terms. The members of Council and Mayor may serve any number of terms, but no more than two consecutive terms in office.

In 1959, the Perl-Mack Company began construction of a large subdivision in unincorporated Adams County known as North Glen. In 1962, the community was named “The Most Perfectly Planned Community in America” by Life Magazine and the National Association of Home Builders. The City of Northglenn officially incorporated on April 19, 1969. Six years later, the City adopted its Charter and became a self-governing Colorado Home Rule Municipality.

The City’s adopted FY 2020 Total Budget is $113.3 million, including a $27.1 million General Fund Budget. There are approximately 278.29 FTEs in the City. Northglenn is a full-service city, providing the community with police protection, municipal court services, street and road maintenance, parks and recreation, sanitation services, water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, and stormwater services, as well as planning and general administration. The City has no collective bargaining units.

Vision: Northglenn is a diverse and welcoming community that celebrates its small-town character, urban energy, and thriving businesses.

Values: Sustainability, Inclusivity, Innovation, Engagement

Our Commitment: To provide a high quality of life to our residents and businesses through the provision of excellent municipal services. 

The Human Resources Department

The Director of Human Resources is a key member of the City’s Leadership Team. The position is responsible for providing leadership and establishing strategic and operational direction in all aspects of human resources for the organization, with primary management accountability for human resources staff and risk management. The Human Resources Department was previously a division within another department, but it was established as its own department in 2020. The department includes the Human Resources Director, Senior Human Resources Analyst, Human Resources Analyst, and Human Resources Technician. The operating budget for the department is $1.2 million.

The department’s functions include recruitment, benefits administration, employee recognition and engagement, training and development, performance management, risk management, and employee relations. The department enters payroll adjustments into the Springbrook financial system and works closely with the Finance Department, which administers payroll.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal Director of Human Resources is a knowledgeable human resources generalist who values collaboration and innovation. The next Director is personable, responsive, and committed to building positive working relationships throughout all levels of the organization. This individual is a skilled communicator who works as well with staff as with city management and elected officials. As the face of the Human Resources Department, the Director exemplifies professional integrity and transparency.

The ideal candidate must have a genuine desire to serve the City of Northglenn by helping to create conditions that encourage employees to bring their full, best selves to work toward achieving the City’s organizational outcomes. This person will be able to build internal business partnerships and drive projects that support the organization’s strategic outcomes and cultural transformation. This position requires that the individual be capable of building and maintaining relationships with City Council, department directors, and employees at all levels. Key success factors are the ability to work horizontally and vertically, drive change, leverage polarities, and offer creative solutions to address business needs.

The successful candidate is a champion of equity and inclusion and recognizes the importance of unbiased, progressive leadership. This change management practitioner is not afraid to challenge the status quo or make difficult decisions and brings a new perspective to the City. The next Director employs a consistent, hands-on approach to management and works to maximize the potential of employees throughout the organization. The ideal Director of Human Resources is a strategic, critical thinker who is fully committed to the City of Northglenn’s continued success and vision for the future.

The new Director has a comprehensive understanding of all HR functions, including compensation and benefits, professional development and training, compliance and risk management, employee relations, and talent acquisition and retention.

Experience and Education

The minimum qualifications are any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in human resources, public administration, or a related field; seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in human resources; and a minimum of five (5) years of leadership/management/coaching experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

The preferred qualifications include a master’s degree and local government human resources experience leading change, building and transforming culture, and providing strategic partnerships at all levels of the organization. Preferred experience includes compensation and benefits, employee development, performance management, streamlining HR processes, talent acquisition and retention of high-performing employees, compliance, and risk management.

The Community


  • Population: 38,694
  • Median Household Income: $64,237
  • Median Home Value: $227,700
  • Median Age: 33.5 years
  • Elevation: 5,460 ft

All demographic data was sourced from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ 2019 Population Data and the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Communities Survey 5-Year Data.

Northglenn is a diverse, suburban community that cultivates a safe, sustainable, and engaged environment for its businesses and residents. Located just nine miles north of downtown Denver, Northglenn offers safe, small neighborhoods and an impressive array of recreational and cultural amenities.

Outdoor recreation is never far away in Northglenn! The City is home to 27 parks and more than 250 acres of open space that support a diverse wildlife habitat. Northglenn’s climate is considered semi-arid with very low humidity, relatively little precipitation, and an average of more than 275 sunny days per year. The Greenway Trail System, which consists of 28 miles of walking and biking paths, connects the community to larger trail systems in the Denver metro area. A multitude of shopping and dining options can be found at the Webster Lake Promenade. Since its inception in 2014, the center has spurred unprecedented economic growth in the community.

Neighboring Denver is one of the nation’s fastest-growing major cities and is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States. With a premier healthcare system, flourishing economy, bustling entertainment and nightlife scene, and panoramic views of the picturesque Rocky Mountains, it is no surprise that the “Mile High City” is so desirable.

Key industries in Northglenn include service, retail, health/wellness, automotive, and advanced manufacturing. Residents are highly educated, with approximately 56 percent of adults over the age of 25 having a bachelor’s degree or higher. Public schools in Northglenn are operated by the Adams 12 Five Star School District, which boasts nationally renowned STEM programs. The City is also home to several charter and private schools. Various higher education institutions are located throughout the Denver metro area, including the University of Colorado Denver and the Metropolitan State University of Denver.


The salary range is $116,000 - $174,000, DOQ. Benefits offered include the following:

  • Medical, dental, vision, life, and short- and long-term disability insurance
  • 457 Retirement Plan Option and Pension Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • General and personal leave

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 with salary history. The position has been reopened until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.


Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 513-221-0500.

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