Deputy HR Director with City of Seattle

Location: Hybrid - 2 days in office miniumum
Time: Full-Time
Position Description
The City of Seattle, Finance and Administrative Services Department (FAS) is seeking a dynamic and accomplished HR professional for the position of Deputy HR Division Director for Employee and Labor Relations.

In this role you will report to the HR Division Director, providing direct operational and strategic support. You will also oversee a team of four working on employee and labor relations, accommodations, leaves and safety. You will partner with and serve as a backup to the HR Division Director and the Deputy Director of Recruiting, engaging with the full array of human resource support. You will advocate for equity and will promote an FAS workplace culture that emphasizes customer service, respect, equity, safety, and empathy.

FAS is the backbone of the City of Seattle and a dynamic organization (Download PDF reader) comprised of ten divisions and 450+ employees that provides $375 million a year in services to the City through an exciting portfolio of lines of businesses. FAS is a collaborative workplace with collective accountability to promote equity, respect, civility, integrity, inclusiveness and fairness (Download PDF reader) for all employees.

This position is open until filled with a first review of applicants scheduled for the week of Dec. 26.

Job Responsibilities

  • Supervise a dynamic team (4.0 FTE) performing a broad range of HR work.
  • Collaborate closely as a member of the HR Leadership Team with the HR Division Director and other Deputy Director.
  • Partner with the Recruiting Deputy Division Director on any hiring process related concerns.
  • Develop strong relationships with FAS leadership and understand business needs for 10 distinct lines of business.
  • Provide advice and counsel to management on complex HR matters.
  • Represent the Division Director as needed.

Employee and Labor Relations

  • Develop close partnerships with labor partners to resolve complex labor matters and assist with hosting the Joint Labor Management Committee (JLMC). Promote and develop new tools to ensure equity and race and social justice work is incorporated into all aspects of the team’s work.
  • Develop relationships with managers and positively lead change.
  • Draft and develop responses to union and civil service grievances.
  • Draft written responses and organize documentation for responses to EEOC matters, claims against the Department, and lawsuits.

Accommodations and Leave Management

  • Lead and provide hands-on support in day-to-day activities.
  • Promote and develop new tools to ensure equity and race and social justice work is incorporated into all aspects of the team’s work.
  • Develop relationships with managers and positively lead change.


  • Partner with the Race and Social Justice Change Team to identify and create training.
  • Help employees develop tools to succeed and thrive through training plans and identification of knowledge/skills gaps.
  • Deliver training and new employee orientations to promote FAS’ respectful and equitable work culture.

HR Systems

  • Maximize use of HR reporting and tracking systems to address inequities and produce efficiencies.
  • Implement process improvements across the HR work unit.
  • Ensure compliance with all regulations.

Customer Service

  • Develop strong relationships with FAS leadership to understand business needs.
  • Work with competing demands, difficult timelines, and a large volume of work.
  • Help lead change in a supportive way and work towards buy-in from stakeholders.


Required Qualifications:
A successful candidate will have at least six (6) years of human resource experience in employee and/or labor relations, leaves management, accommodations, or a related field and experience supervising and partnering directly with senior leaders to drive change.(A combination of education and/or training and/or experience that provides an equivalent background required to successfully perform the work will be considered.)

Desired Qualifications:

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a strong advocate of equity.
  • Have the creative ability to define and drive the direction of a small team with an emphasis on race and social justice.
  • Have the ability to develop employee, labor, and HR strategies to support FAS’ very diverse lines of business.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with department leadership, RSJ change team, and employee groups.
  • Have the drive to develop and implement innovative HR solutions.
  • Be an experienced HR manager with the ability to step in and support the Division Director and Recruiting Deputy Division Director as needed.

The most competitive candidates will:

  • Possess excellent oral and written and communication, problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrate sound judgment and initiative.
  • Exercise tact, diplomacy, and patience in dealing with sensitive and complex issues and employees.
  • Be a strong team player and partner well with human resource staff and managers.
  • Have a broad HR experience.
  • Maintain confidentiality of human resource issues and employee situations.
  • Be highly organized, detail oriented and able to effectively multi-task.


Additional Information
Application Process:
Submit a cover letter and resume, in addition to your online application, in order to be considered for this position
. Applicants without both required attachments may not be considered for review.This position is classified as Strategic Advisor 2, Exempt and is exempt from Civil Service and FLSA guidelines. The full range for this position is $47.85 – $71.80 hourly.

Work Schedule: Most work will fall within a regular business week. This position may require conducting some duties as necessary off-hours, including evenings and weekends. This position offers the flexibility of a hybrid work schedule. Employees are currently  expected to work in-office a minimum of two days a week. Individual schedules will be based on agreement between the employee and their supervisor.

Background Check: Applicants must successfully pass a background check, which will be conducted in accordance with Seattle’s Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17. Applicants will be given a chance to explain or correct background information and provide verifiable information of good conduct and rehabilitation.

Why work at the City of Seattle?
The City of Seattle recognizes every City employee must play a role in ending institutional and structural racism. Our culture is the result of our behavior, our personal commitments, and the ways that we courageously share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. To cultivate an antiracist culture, we seek employees who will engage in the Race and Social Justice Initiative by working to dismantle racist policies and procedures.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City’s website at:


$99,910.80 – $149,918.40 Annually


Seattle, WA

Job Type

Civil Service Exempt, Regular, Full-time

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Finance and Administrative Services

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