BARRINGTON, ILLINOIS (10,722), is seeking qualified candidates interested in serving as the Village’s Director of Human Resources. The Director of Human Resources demonstrates the Village’s commitment to managing its human capital effectively and fostering a positive and productive work environment.

The Village of Barrington is a historic suburb located just 40 miles northwest of Chicago in both Cook and Lake Counties, Illinois. The Village offers hometown charm and small-town heritage while embracing progress and innovation. The Village of Barrington serves as the hub of activity for the 90-aquare-mile Barrington area, which consists of 7 independent villages and more than 47,000 residents. Barrington has a diverse economy with a mix of small businesses, corporate offices, and retail establishments. 

While offering a peaceful suburban lifestyle, Barrington is well-connected to the rest of the Chicago metropolitan area via highways and public transportation. The Metra commuter rail provides convenient access to and from downtown Chicago. Barrington is located on Metra’s Union Pacific-Northwest line which runs to the Ogilvie Transportation center in downtown Chicago, generally operating both on weekdays and weekends. There are three significant regional roads that transit through the Village including Northwest Highway (US Route 14), Illinois Route 59 (Hough Street), Illinois Route 68 (Dundee Road) and Lake Cook Road (Main Street). 

The Director of Human Resources is appointed by the Village President with the concurrence of the Village Board and reports directly to the Village Manager. This position is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Human Resources & Risk Management Department. The mission of the Human Resources & Risk Management Department is to promote a work environment that fosters the provision of quality services to Village residents and provides a safe and respectful workplace. The person in this role will act as a catalyst to recruit and hire the best talent and maintain a professional environment that allows the Village to serve the community with integrity and responsiveness.
In 2024, the Village’s authorized workforce includes 105.90 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) employees, including 99 full-time employees, 7 regular part-time employees, 17 seasonal employees (part-time and seasonal equivalent to 6.9 FTEs) and 8 elected officials. The FY2024 departmental budget is $761,525. This position also supports the Fire and Police Commission. There are two employee groups represented by bargaining units, Police Officers are represented by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and Fire Lieutenants and Firefighter/Paramedics are represented by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 3481.
Major duties involve overseeing the Village’s overall talent management plan initiatives through establishing a comprehensive recruitment process; manages and develops programs and activities related to the Village’s benefits; plays a significant role in collective bargaining and labor relations, by attending labor meetings, maintaining all records, and handling grievance procedures and acting as chief negotiator when warranted; conducts HR investigations in accordance with Village policies and procedures; responsible for compliance with federal, state, and local laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), EEO, Fair Employment Practices, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Serves as designee to various intergovernmental agencies including but not limited to authorized agent for the Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency (IRMA) and Intergovernmental Personnel Benefit Cooperative (IPBC) for health benefits; responds to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests; coordinates the compiling of information for release; formulates and enforces the Village’s policy regarding information disclosure; prepares, implements, and analyzes annual department budget and may serve as staff liaison to commissions and committees. 
Education and Experience
  • A bachelor’s degree with major coursework in Human Resources Management, Organizational Management or Leadership and/or Business or Public Administration or closely related field. A master’s degree in a related discipline is preferred, but not required. 
  • Certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR/SPHR or CP/SCP) or other professional human resources certification is a plus. Certification may be required to obtain in timeframes specified by the Village. Any combination of education and experience that provides the equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered.
  • A minimum of five years of human resources experience in which at least 3 years have been spent in a management capacity; or any equivalent combination of training and/or experience. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office. Experience with Springbrook and Right Stuff (timekeeping software) is a plus.
  • Must possess a valid Illinois driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.
Qualified candidates will be expected to be:
  • A strategic partner who offers creative solutions to human resources issues and a desire to understand unique workplace operational situations.
  • A decisive leader who is confident, honest, fair, and one who consistently assures the integrity and competence of their work product, processes, and procedure. 
  • “Open door” management style and believes in and practices participative, collaborative team management with the ability to empower others.
  • A consensus builder who can establish positive and productive working relationships with department directors, employees, labor unions, and other stakeholders.
  • Possesses personal and professional integrity, gaining respect and inspiring the trust and confidence of colleagues, elected and appointed officials, and the general public through leading by example. 
  • An individual who understands and embraces a dynamic, fast-moving municipal organization that serves the community on a 24/7 basis. 
  • Strong verbal communication skills, both one-on-one and in a group or public setting. 
  • A positive track record of negotiation skills with the collective bargaining process allowing for effective contract administration in a consistent and fair manner. 
  • A highly motivated, strategic, and goal-oriented leader with a proven ability to gain cooperation and communicate clear direction. 
  • Organized, proactive, anticipatory and innovative, and can develop and implement creative strategies. 
  • Values the contributions of Village staff, engaging with employees and involving them in the decision-making process when appropriate. 
  • Can attract, develop, motivate, and retain highly qualified professional staff while serving as a mentor who encourages the best in employees.
  • A record of continuing education and training to keep up to date with innovative human resources solutions and effective analysis methods.
The starting salary range is $120,000 – $160,000 +/- DOQ and experience. The Village of Barrington offers a competitive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick, holiday, and personal time; generous contributions to medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund or downstate Fire/Police pension programs; optional deferred compensation plan, Metro Federal Credit Union membership, employee assistance program (EAP), and voluntary 125 flexible benefit plan. 
Interested candidates should apply online by Friday, July 26, 2024, with resume, cover letter and contact information for five (5) work-related references to the attention of Riccardo (Rick) Ginex, Vice President, GovHR USA/MGT; Tel: (847)380-3240, ext. 160 or Ashley Eccles, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA/MGT (847)380-3240.
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The Village of Barrington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: July 26, 2024

Posted: 2024-06-18

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