City of Fort Worth
Human Resources Director
Mackenzie Eason & Associates has been retained by the City of Fort Worth to recruit the next Human Resources Director. Reporting to the Deputy City Manager, the Human Resources Director will provide leadership over the Human Resources Department's operations and activities, including talent acquisition, information systems/records, classification and compensation, civil service, employee and labor relations, benefits administration, wellness, occupational health & safety, ADA, risk management, workers compensation, affirmative action, and more. The position was vacated due to the recent retirement of the previous Human Resources Director. The Human Resources Director is responsible for ensuring that all programs and initiatives are effective, efficient, and aligned with the overall objectives of the City and its over 6,500 employees.
The vision for the Human Resources Director is to assess the process-driven, compliance-focused culture of today and provide leadership that fosters a new proactive, progressive, customer-service driven culture of tomorrow. This role will effectively plan, design, develop and evaluate Human Resources initiatives that support the City’s strategic vision and goals.
This role requires a visionary leader to assist with developing and implementing short- and long-term plans to meet strategic goals and objectives for the City. Strategic thinking will be critical to identify opportunities and make data-driven decisions to develop innovative approaches and ideas that adapt to changing needs and conditions, both internally and externally. The Director will provide support, advice, and strategic level recommendations to the City Managers Office.
The previous Human Resource Director was with the City for almost seven years. The former Director completely changed the Human Resources department from an antiquated personnel department to a highly functioning department. He was able to transform benefits in the City to reduce costs while increasing the overall benefits to employees and their families. He was able to focus on hiring some great talent to rebuild talent acquisition and risk management. Additionally, the City has replaced several Directors in the twenty-four departments throughout the City over the last five years due to retirements and exits. The next HR Director will need to take the department and City to the next level by focusing on development of existing talent throughout the City. The new Director will need to focus on continued development of an HR Business Partner model or another model to pivot to for the future.
Some challenges that the Human Resources Director will face over the next 3-5 years include:
Human Resources Department Organizational Chart
City of Fort Worth Executive Team
2021 Initiatives & City Manager Focus
EXPECTATIONS AND PHILOSOPHY OF THE CITY
WHAT DO WE WANT CITIZENS, CUSTOMERS, VISITORS, TAXPAYERS TO SAY ABOUT THE CITY OF FORT WORTH?
Employees at the City of Fort Worth provide municipal services to over 900,000 residents. Each day, these employees are moving about the city, doing work that helps make Fort Worth a strong community and a great place to live. There are six values that guide our employees as they go about this work. They are:
As Fort Worth continues to grow and change, these principles help keep employees on point, providing the best service to citizens, businesses and fellow employees.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge of and experience with municipal human resources programs. The ideal candidate will be an innovative, visionary leader that has the ability to monitor and adjust operating techniques to provide more efficient operations while adhering to the rules, regulations, and governing principles pertinent to human resources. She/he will be an effective change agent that can quickly implement innovative strategies and processes that streamline efficiency and instill modern industry trends and best practices. Essential qualities and competencies necessary to succeed as the Human Resources Director include:
The next Director must be a collaborative, innovative professional who is adept at operating in a fast-paced environment. A successful candidate should exhibit strong personal leadership skills that can mentor their team and increase department performance and talent pipeline. Lastly, they must be able to build consensus among multiple and very diverse constituencies, both internally and externally.
The selected candidate must possess the ability to perform complex management, administrative, and fiscal functions. Additionally, the candidate will have extensive knowledge, experience and understanding of:
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in human resources management, business or public administration, psychology, sociology or a related field and eight years of responsible experience in all phases of human resources administration, including four years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.