Human Resources Director

City of Louisville, CO | Full-time


The Position

The City of Louisville, Colorado – one of the most livable, innovative, and economically vibrant communities in the United States – is seeking a Human Resources Director. The new Human Resources Director must be passionate about public service, organizational development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion and able to lead a hard-working staff to support the needs of a complex, progressive city government. The City of Louisville is seeking a Director experienced in working for local governments and large organizations and who displays the utmost level of ethical behavior and integrity; effective communication and relationship-building skills; and critical and analytical thinking. As a vital member of the City’s Management Team, the Director is responsible for providing leadership and establishing strategic and operational direction in all aspects of human resources for the City. This position is responsible for the overall management of many of the human resources functions within the City organization, including organizational development, talent acquisition and retention, employee relations, compensation and benefits, performance management and evaluation, budget, employee health and wellness programs, and human resources policies and procedures.

The Human Resources Director serves as a team leader for the Human Resources Department as well as serving as a working manager with direct involvement in all aspects of the City’s human resources activities. The Director develops and leads the Human Resources Team to serve as internal consultants for City Departments addressing complex human resources issues as a strategic business partner. The Director will be expected to exercise independent judgment in planning work details, making assignments to employees, and providing guidance to City departments on human resource-related matters. The Director provides leadership in consultation with the City Manager’s Office for organizational initiatives, including the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) program, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) strategies, and the Strategic Plan that develops organizational capacity as well as employee capacity.

The Human Resources Director reports directly to the Deputy City Manager and serves as an essential member of the City’s Management Team. The Director currently has four (4) direct reports, including the HR Analyst, Learning & Development Specialist, HR Technician, and HR Manager. The previous Director served more than ten years in the position.

The Organization

Louisville operates with a council-manager form of government and is a home rule charter city. The non-partisan City Council consists of the Mayor, elected at-large, and six Council members, elected from three wards. Terms of office are four years and limited to two terms. Ward representative elections are staggered. Elections happen in odd-numbered years. In addition to the City Manager, the City Council appoints the City Attorney, the Municipal Judge, the Prosecuting Attorney, and 15 separate boards and commissions and their members.

The City’s structure and operations have been designed to ensure an open and responsive government that integrates a highly dedicated staff, thoughtful elected officials, an involved citizenry, diverse businesses, and regional cooperation to provide high-quality and cost-effective services.

Louisville provides a wide range of services to residents and businesses, including water and sewer; police protection; planning, zoning, and building safety; street and road maintenance; parks, open space, and recreation; a library; a historical museum, and a golf course.

The 2021 adopted budget is $48,913,330 with nearly 200 Full-Time Equivalent employees (FTE).

The Human Resources Department

The Human Resources Department plays a critical role in the City of Louisville’s 2021-2022 Programs, Goals, and Sub-Programs execution. The human resources functions fall within the Administration and Support Services Program. The Program’s goal is to ensure inclusive, responsive, transparent, friendly, fiscally responsible, effective, and efficient governance, administration, and support. Human Resources and Organizational Development is the Sub-Program. The Sub-Program’s objective is to be an employer of choice, with low employee turnover and high morale; to attract and retain highly qualified and dedicated employees by providing competitive compensation and benefits, effective employee training, and ongoing career and professional development opportunities; to maintain a positive work environment through regular position classification and review, workforce planning, salary administration, and employee relations; and to maintain a safe workplace through employee safety training.

The 2021 adopted budget for the Human Resources Department is $663,730 with six (6) Full-Time Equivalent employees (FTE).

Experience and Education

Minimum requirements include graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in personnel administration, public administration, or related field; a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible job experience in a human resources Department with administrative, public service, technical or managerial job duties, with three to five (3-5) years of supervision or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Government experience is required.

Preferred qualifications include IPMA-HR Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP), SPHR, and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification, master’s degree, and demonstrated experience with implementing a high-performance organizational culture and effective organizational development. Experience implementing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) efforts within an organization.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal Human Resources Director is a generalist, well-versed in all HR functions, and familiar with large, complex organizations. 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 Director will be technologically savvy and have a demonstrated understanding of how technology and metrics can improve systems and services in human resources.

The Director has a thorough understanding of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion and has the demonstrated ability to create an environment and systems reflective of those values. This person is accustomed to public scrutiny and works to establish, maintain, and improve a positive, collaborative culture. A true change management champion, the new Director understands what it takes to build and sustain culture. The new Director will be a positive, passionate, and team-focused change agent. The Director’s efforts will modernize HR practices and bring clarity to employee expectations and processes. Simultaneously, this person will work to build credibility and respect and effectively manage conflict.

The ideal candidate has exceptional communication skills and can articulate and apply complex laws, such as employment law, in practical and understandable ways across the organization. The Director will enjoy hard work and creative problem-solving and will uphold similar expectations for members of the HR Department in order to support the organization’s mission. The ideal candidate 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 City of Louisville’s next Human Resources Director is a collaborative, energetic human resources professional with exceptional organizational development and communication skills and the ability to cultivate trust among staff, peers, and elected officials at all levels of the organization. The Director will serve as an internal consultant to city leaders concerning human resources and workforce best practices, programs, and initiatives. As the face of the Human Resources Department, the Director exemplifies professional integrity and transparency. This individual thrives on building strong working relationships and works to develop and empower staff throughout the organization. The successful candidate has strong leadership and coaching skills with the ability to motivate employees and foster a collaborative work environment.

The Human Resources Director will have a strong foundation in core human resources services, including organizational development, talent acquisition and retention, employee relations, compensation and benefits, performance management and evaluation, budget, and employee health and wellness programs. They will help instill innovation in each of these areas related to policies and procedures.

The Community

Established in 1878, Louisville retains connections to its modest mining and agricultural beginnings while continuing to transform into one of the most livable, innovative, and economically vibrant communities in the United States. The City is located in Boulder County, about six miles east of Boulder and a short commute northwest of Downtown Denver. Over 70% of Louisville residents possess a college degree, and the community is continuously ranked amongst the best places to live and raise a family in the entire country.

The City owns, either alone or in conjunction with other governmental entities, approximately 1900 acres of designated open space. Throughout the community, there are also 28 parks and over 32 miles of interconnecting trails for biking and hiking. These neighborhood trails connect Louisville to a larger network of trails along U.S. Highway 36 and other major regional roadways, enabling residents to savor the natural beauty of the entire northern metro area within minutes.

In addition to abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, Louisville residents have access to arts and culture, sports, great restaurants, and the state’s third-highest ranked school district. In the City’s 2020 Citizen Survey, 99% of survey respondents rated Louisville as a place to live as excellent or good, and 98% rated its quality of life as excellent or good.

Residents and visitors can experience a vibrant, authentic Main Street experience that includes extensive outdoor dining; a thriving craft beer industry; Bon Appetit magazine’s best new bakery; a historical museum; landmarked homes and public buildings; art galleries and boutiques; an in-season farmers market; live music venues; and a state-of-the-art library.

Community events are numerous and fun, including assorted 5K and 10K runs, bike races, outdoor music concerts, art walks, and seasonal festivals.

The proximity to the University of Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines, as well as several national laboratories, including NOAA, NIST, and NCAR, has spawned a robust high-tech business and manufacturing presence in Louisville’s Colorado Tech Center, a master-planned business park. Residents of CTC can work on the nation’s next space shuttle, exercise at the nearby climbing gym, and then enjoy a craft brew down the street.

As Money magazine noted, “Add in dry, clear weather, little crime, good health care, low taxes, and Louisville is pretty tough to beat.”

Quick Facts

  • Population: 20,816
  • Median Household Income: $103,017
  • Median Home Value: $587,000
  • Median Age: 41.6

All demographic information was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau.


The expected hiring range is $150,000 – $175,000, 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. Open until filled with the first review of applications on June 1, 2021.


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

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