County Board

Human Resources Director

Deadline for online applications has been extended through July 4th
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Ogle County Oregon, IL   $75,000+ a year DOE –  Full Time, 3-year contract; possibly permanent

Job Details
 $75,000+ DOE
Job Type
Full Time, 3-year contract; possibly permanent if successfully created HR Department

Full Job Description
Ogle County is seeking a creative, enthusiastic, and competent Human Resources Director. This is a newly created position with a 3-year contract and the possibility of permanency. The Position qualifies for full county employee benefit package including insurance, 15 paid holidays, IMRF and vacation/sick leave. The immediate primary focus of this position is establishing the Ogle County HR Department that will assist managers and elected officials with all aspects of HR; recruitment and staffing, retention, employee benefit packages, union negotiations, and labor law adherence. The position will also assist with onboarding and off-boarding functions.

This position exercises considerable independent judgement and decision making and reports to the Chairperson of the County Board. The successful candidate will also attend, and prepare reports for, the Salary and Personnel Committee Meetings. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working in a professional and public service environment and communicating with employees, managers, department heads, elected officials, job applicants, and members of the public.

Typical hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, with some flexibility based on business need. Occasional travel between the County Seat in Oregon, IL and other County facilities in Rochelle, IL may be required.  Additional travel may be necessary to attend professional development, continuing education, professional membership meetings, and as the Ogle County representative related to Human Resources matters.

Example of Duties
  • Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all duties which may be performed.
  • Coordinate recruitment and selection activities, provide consultation to hiring managers regarding selection criteria; recruiting methods; candidate screening, interview questions; and reference checks.
  • Advise hiring managers on interpretation of labor agreements and HR Rules in relation to hiring, analyze like positions and candidate qualifications and make pay recommendations.
  • Communicate and build relationships with schools, community groups, and individuals regarding recruitment. Represent employer at recruitment events.
  • Researches, prepares analysis and participates with labor contract negotiations.
  • Serves as primary personnel resource as needed: meets and discusses personnel in more complex Human Resource issues or problems with County department managers and employees.
  • Analyzes and develops recommendations regarding department requests for reorganizations, new positions and job evaluations.
  • Participate in statewide committees and workgroups focusing on county HR issues.
  • Implement HR software for the county.
  • Train hiring managers on use of applicant tracking system HR software.
  • Collect, analyze data and make recommendations on staffing needs, staff retention, Ogle County HR Policies, Employee Handbook, employee salary & benefit options and costs, recruitment and selection trends, best practices, labor – management issues and labor market trends.
  • Provides information for the budget preparation related to personnel costs for the county.
  • Coordinate onboarding and off-boarding activities.
  • Update/maintain county ORG charts.
  • Provide assistance on various human resource projects.
  • Stays current with new and updated employment laws, acts and trends.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of human resources.
  • Knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, rules and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated follow-up skills with outstanding attention to detail.
  • Strong proofreading, editing, and formatting skills.
  • Ability to analyze data, prepare reports, and make recommendations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement and decision making.

Typical Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources and 3 years’ experience working in Human Resources of a governmental office, a unionized environment or a combination of equivalent education and experience.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • A reliable internet connection for remote work (if necessary).
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to gather and analyze data.
  • Ability to travel to off-site job fairs and recruitment events.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Recruitment and retention incentivization experience.
  • Ability to plan for future needs and create strategic plans.
  • Labor – Management relations experience.
  • Good working knowledge of FMLA, FLSA, ADA, COBRA, and other state & Federal Labor Laws.
  • Public sector experience.

Supplemental Information
Ogle County is committed to providing fair, equitable, and efficient county government for its’ citizens and a desirable workplace environment for its employees. If you share this same commitment, desire a meaningful career serving the public, and want the opportunity to make a difference for your community, consider a career with us. We celebrate and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and actively seek and encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and characteristics.

Ogle County employees consistently express pride in their public service and in the quality of programs and services provided to citizens, as well as appreciation for the teamwork and collaboration that is promoted within the Ogle County workforce.

Instructions to Apply:  To be considered for employment a cover letter, resume and county application must be completed and turned no later than 6/21/22 by 9a.m.

Options to apply: 

  • In person / mail:(mail must be post marked no later than 6/20/22)- Delivered to The Ogle County Clerk and Recorders Office 105 S 5th Street Oregon, Il 61061

The Minimum starting salary is in excess of $75,000 per year. This position is an exempt position under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Interviews are expected to be held the week of June 27th.

All employment offers are contingent upon satisfactory results of a criminal background check. An employment offer may be rescinded if the background check identifies job related convictions.

It is the policy of Ogle County that all decisions regarding employment are made without discrimination on the basis of disability. Please let us know if you need reasonable accommodation for a disability to participate in the employee selection process by submitting a reasonable accommodation request with your resume, and CV.

 Ogle County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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