City of Marion

The City of Marion, IA (Population 41,535) is looking for a dynamic, and innovative leader to join Team Marion as its next Human Resources Director. The Human Resources Director is an integral member of the City’s executive leadership team and works closely and collaboratively with the Marion City Council, the City Manager, and the leadership team in planning, developing, and implementing a people strategy that aligns with the City’s Strategic Plan. The Human Resources Department is currently involved in several initiatives including a compensation study, employee policy review and update, training program development, and review of the health benefit plan offerings.

The next Human Resources Director will exercise significant independent judgment and initiative to administer and coordinate a comprehensive municipal government human resources program; and will perform related management and administrative work as required. This position is responsible for HR strategic planning and management, policy and procedure interpretation, workforce planning and employment, training and organizational development, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, occupational safety, risk management, and employee health promotion. The director provides guidance to department managers and supervisors on a wide variety of human resources matters, including but not limited to recruiting and selection, position classification, compensation, labor relations, and benefit-related issues. All duties are performed in accordance with applicable laws, resolutions, and City policies.

The department includes the Human Resources Director and a Human Resources Manager and requires a director who can lead, manage and execute daily work, and foster a culture for the City and our 300 full and part-time employees and volunteers to Reach Higher. This position is responsible for $4,103,100 health/dental and $ 124,630 workers’ compensation insurance budgets and $397,365 HR department budget for Fiscal Year 2023. The Human Resources Director is an at-will position reporting directly to the City Manager.

The Ideal Candidate:
• is a proven, dynamic leader who can set clear and high expectations while
creating a culture of support and accountability.
• sets the expectation and adheres to the highest standards of integrity,
credibility, and ethics.
• leverages exceptional communication skills to partner and collaborate with a
diverse group of individuals and teams including the community, City Council,
staff, and community partners.
• is driven by a commitment to public service rather than ego.
• approaches labor relations with a strong partnership mindset that is based on
mutual interests with delivering superior services to the community being
• handles confidential information in a sensitive manner and regularly displays
sound judgment and decision-making abilities.
• works as a team player while modeling the way.

Experience/Education Requirements:
• A minimum of seven (7) years of professional level experience in human resources
management (public sector preferred), three (3) of which must have been at the
senior staff or management level;
• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in
Human Resources Management, Psychology, Public Administration, Business, or a
closely related field.
• Or equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge
and abilities necessary to perform the work.
• Professional certification in Human Resources SHRM SCP or CP or HRCI SPHR or PHR
or related specialized certification is preferred.
• Extensive knowledge and practical application of the principles and practices of
human resources management.

About the Community:
Marion is one of the Midwest’s fastest-growing cities and one of the most dynamic and developing cities in Iowa. It offers the comfort and feel of a smaller community with all the opportunities of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City metropolitan area.

Marion promotes itself as the best place in Iowa to raise a family and grow a business. It starts with strong beginnings at some of the state’s best schools and continues with dozens of family-focused events, amazing recreational facilities, a vibrant and culturally rich downtown, and beautifully designed neighborhoods. Marion’s highly educated and skilled workforce enjoys nationally recognized health care, school systems, entertainment, and business opportunities.

Marion received the All-Star Community Award from the Iowa League of Cities for projects like the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts (2017), the Uptown Artway (2018), the Prospect Meadows Sports Complex (2020), and the Marion YMCA & Community Rec Center (2021). The community is consistently named among WalletHub’s Best Small Cities in America in addition to its designation as an Iowa Great Place and one of the safest cities in Iowa.

The selected candidate will display a dedication and commitment to the City of Marion’s Guiding Principles which include:
• acting with integrity,
• being accountable to the community and each other, and
• fostering a collaborative work environment.

Compensation and Benefits:
The salary range is $101,773 -149,666 DOQ with a comprehensive benefits package.

To Apply:
First review of applications will commence by November, 18, 2022, however the position will remain open until filled. To apply please submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional/work-related references using the link below.

Please direct questions to Stephana Przybylski, HR Consultant at

The City of Marion is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The City of Marion is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. In keeping with our commitment, the City of Marion will take the steps to assure that people with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. Accordingly, if reasonable accommodation is required for an applicant to fully participate in the job application or interview process, to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Stephana Przybylski, HR Consultant at

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