Director of Human Resources

Albemarle County, VA | Full-time



Albemarle County is one of the most desirable locations in Virginia and the nation, with an excellent school system, low taxes, low crime and unemployment rates, a skilled and educated workforce, and a wealth of cultural, historical, and recreational amenities in a beautiful setting. Our community is energized by entrepreneurship and invention fueled by the University of Virginia, one of the country’s most renowned research institutions. Our focus on innovation, ideas, and opportunity makes Albemarle an ideal place to live, work, and play. The County enjoys a strong economy, a healthy business presence, a school system among the top 10% in the state, thriving local arts, music and culture scene, and parks and greenways that celebrate the County’s pastoral setting. The County’s wide variety of educational opportunities includes a public school system that has earned the VIP Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, two of Virginia’s four charter schools, and higher education facilities such as the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College. Albemarle embraces its vibrant local arts and agritourism scene, hosting the Crozet Music Festival each year, as well as showcasing its artisan breweries, wineries, and craft studios through the Monticello Artisan Trail. Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway touch the western frontier of the County, and Albemarle itself possesses over 4000 acres within its parks system. This guide will highlight some of the important information you will need in considering your move to Albemarle County. Welcome home.

The Director of Human Resources

Albemarle County is seeking a Director of Human Resources who is passionate about public service, diversity, equity, and inclusion and can lead a hard-working staff to support the needs of a complex, progressive county government. The Director of Human Resources serves as a member of the County’s Organizational Leadership Team. The Director of Human Resources will provide leadership for the building of a new department, aiming to establish the role of HR as a strategic, executive function grounded in operational excellence.

With a focus on well-defined strategic services and county-wide alignment on expectations with HR, the Director of Human Resources will be responsible for maximizing employee value, building a culture and brand that embody Albemarle County’s core values, and best aligning people to the organization’s desired business outcomes. This will all be accomplished through emphasis on dynamic workforce planning, management and supervisory training, competitive total rewards talent management and career progression consulting, data-driven HR program administration, and the modernization of technology and policies to reflect today’s local government workforce.

The Department

Previously, the Department of Human Resources served both Albemarle County Public Schools employees and County government employees. However, the County and Schools are transforming the current structure to create two independent departments: one presiding over schools and the other presiding over County local government staff. This need transpired as organizational demands outpaced the current service model. The new Director of Human Resources will provide leadership for County government staff during this transition and will report to the County Executive.

There are 822 employees across county departments, and the average tenure is nine (9) years of service. The Director of Human Resources will be one of the first positions filled in the newly created local government HR department. The selected incumbent will have significant input on the department design while collaborating with the County Executive’s Office. The current FY21 shared-services model department’s operating budget is $884,460.


  • Working together as a team to provide excellent human resources services.


  • Working as strategic partners supporting organizational goals and helping employees with all phases of their Albemarle careers.

Core Values:

  • Treat everyone with dignity, empathy, and respect
  • Take a purposeful, thoughtful approach to our work
  • Provide clear, consistent communication

Essential Functions

  • Plans and directs the overall programs, budget, and activities of the Department of Human Resources, including formulating comprehensive long-range plans, preparing and managing a comprehensive budget, and providing consultation to the County Executive and serving as a member of the County Executive’s Leadership Team
  • Manages HR staff, including recruitment, performance management and evaluations, and professional development
  • Provides advice and direction dealing with complex personnel issues such as, but not limited to, disciplinary matters, EEO issues, pay, changes in organizational structure, and training/organizational development
  • Provides leadership and direction related to the implementation of county-wide organizational change efforts designed to increase organizational performance through employee involvement and leadership
  • Provides framework and general direction to intra-departmental activities, including pay and benefits; recruitment and selection including testing; training and implementation of organizational development; personnel records management; human resource information systems; time and attendance, and occupational health and wellness with emphasis on improving employee health and maintaining or lowering health care costs

Strategic Focus Areas

Within the first three to six months, the new HR Director will identify, recruit, and fill the vacancies within the department and collaborate with the County Executive office on the placement of the recently vacant Organizational Development Manager. This position has resided in the County Executive office for ten years. Additionally, over the next 12-24 months, the incumbent and department staff will participate in many initiatives, including implementation of new systems and process re-engineering, selection of HRIS, and possibly a comprehensive compensation study. The HR Director will work with the County’s executive leadership and attorney’s office to assist with labor relations and organizational liability. The incumbent will receive support from the County’s leadership team to accomplish these endeavors. Change management skills will be critical for success.

Key Attributes of Our Ideal Candidate

Albemarle County’s next Director of Human Resources is a strategic forward thinker, energetic human resources professional with exceptional communication skills. They will have the ability to cultivate trust and are committed to building positive working relationships throughout all levels of the organization. The ideal Director of Human Resources is a knowledgeable human resources generalist who values innovation. The next Director is personable, responsive, and a skilled communicator who works as well with staff as with County 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 Albemarle County by helping to create conditions that encourage employees to bring their full, best selves to work toward achieving the County’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 the County Executive leadership, the Board of Supervisors, 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 County. 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 Albemarle County’s culture of a high-performing organization and vision for the future.

According to an internal survey of Albemarle County local human resources stakeholders in 2021, the top critical attributes for the Human Resources Director include strategic/forward-thinking, communicator, honesty/integrity, and emotional intelligence. Stakeholders also expressed the following skills are essential for the Human Resources Director position: leadership skills, change management, and cultural competence.

Experience and Education

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and eight years of experience in human resources or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred qualifications include IPMA-HR Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP), SPHR, and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification, master’s degree in a related field, and demonstrated experience with implementing a high-performance organizational culture. Local government human resources leadership experience is highly preferred, as well as completion of LEAD or SEI programs at UVA Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of general laws and administrative policies governing municipal human resources practices and procedures; a comprehensive understanding of all HR functions, including benefits and leave administration, compensation and rewards, employee relations and engagement, recruitment and employment services, learning and development, employee health and wellness, and administration.


The County government, with an annual budget of approximately $467 million planned in FY 2021, prides itself in sustaining responsive and accessible services to its residents, while emphasizing professionalism and efficiency. Albemarle County is recognized for quality services and innovative programs while still maintaining a comparatively low tax rate. The County government takes pride in being One Organization Committed to Excellence, valuing partnership and teamwork opportunities.

One Organization Committed to Excellence

The idea of One Organization Committed to Excellence is meant to foster a sense of community through the organization. It underscores that we are all working together toward the betterment of our community through the sharing of knowledge and resources, collaboration with our colleagues, and working with our community partners and neighboring localities. Albemarle County is committed to a High-Performing Organization model. We value integrity, learning, stewardship, innovation, and a diverse and inclusive community.

Public Service

Albemarle County employees are passionate about and feel rewarded by their role in helping to build and support their community. Our employees are customer service oriented to all customers, both internal and external, and the appreciation from the community for the delivery of service is gratifying.

Leadership at all Levels

Leadership at all levels encourages staff involvement, collaboration, and accountability. Everyone is encouraged to show leadership by looking beyond their individual role to see how their work impacts the broader organization, taking ownership of areas for improvement, thinking about the future, linking with others to address cross-departmental issues, and staying on the cutting edge professionally.

Compensation and Benefits

The full salary range for the position is $91,919 to $150,041. The selected candidate’s salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Albemarle County recognizes the Human Resource director position as critical in aligning organizational strategies with human capital strategies.

Albemarle County offers excellent benefits, including vacation and sick leave, health insurance options (health, vision, and dental), and Virginia Retirement System (VRS) benefits. This is a full-time FLSA Exempt position. County-paid life insurance and deferred compensation are available. Residency within the County is not required, and relocation assistance may be offered.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group, now part of Raftelis. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on June 14.


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

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