City of Long Beach, NY



The City of Long Beach is searching for a Human Resources Director. The Director is responsible for directing, managing, and integrating broad, comprehensive human resources and services for the City to achieve effective employment, utilization and development of staff, high morale and productivity and effective communication between management and employees and their bargaining representatives. This leader will bring emerging trends in HR that can develop the workforce of the future.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be an innovative, flexible, and collaborative leader. As a problem solver, the successful candidate will have the necessary interpersonal skills to build positive working relationships with staff, department heads, leadership, and elected officials. The successful candidate will be solutions-oriented, have strong political acumen, and can adapt to changing and competing priorities. A background that includes public sector budget development, policy administration, staff management and team building is key. Experience in a union environment and knowledge of negotiations is a must. Ability to utilize a personal computer and related software packages to communicate, perform analysis, informational retrieval, and tracking is required.

Knowledge and Attributes

The Director of Human Relations must demonstrate awareness of the latest trends, best practices, and ethics in their profession. The successful candidate will have:

  • Knowledge and Expertise in HR: A successful HR manager will have a firm educational foundation regarding the functions of human resources.
  • Technology-Mindedness: Ability to vet, leverage, and use technology to make the department more efficient and accurate in day-to-day operations.
  • Ability to Multitask: Ability to deal with many diverse tasks on a daily basis with compassion and accuracy.
  • Ability to Deal with Gray Areas by being able to make decisions on best available information and demonstrate wisdom to know when to seek advice from legal counsel, experts, colleagues, or fellow HR professionals.
  • Ethically Sound: Serves as a paragon of conscience, with a firm moral compass for the organization, and must maintain confidentiality.
  • Discretion and Honesty: Earning and maintaining trust of both employees and managers.
  • Curiosity: Focuses on the future of the organization and creatively plans for the future as well as the day-to-day.
  • Strong Communication Skills and Leadership Acumen: Ability to write and speak clearly and concisely and be effective in communicating to individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Motivating to Others: understanding how to create sustainable reasons for maintaining quality of work and fostering employees’ belief in the organization’s cause and their team.
  • Conflict Management Skills: ability to defuse situations and find possible solutions and negotiate a compromise.

Reporting and Responsibilities

The HR Director reports to the City Manager and is a key member of the city’s executive team. This position is responsible for oversight, visioning, leadership, planning, coordinating and control of the Human Resources Department. The HR Director administers a broad range of human resource management functions City-wide, including labor relations, employment relations, staffing, compensation, employee benefits, policy and procedure development, safety, training and development, performance management, and personnel records. The HR Director should be approachable and visible while promoting inclusion and accountability.

The HR Director leads by example in managing all employee-related issues and provides support to the City Manager and department heads. The HR Director conducts and reviews annual performance evaluations in cooperation with department heads and strives to attract, retain, and support a collaborative and talented workforce.

Specific Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in human resources management, labor relations, business or public administration, psychology, or a related field.
  • A minimum of five years progressively responsible local government experience, preferably serving in a position in a community of comparable size and complexity.
  • Supervisory Experience.
  • Ability to work independently and successfully manage multiple projects and priorities.
  • Candidates must also possess a valid New York State Driver’s license at the time of appointment and throughout employment.

Highly Desirable:

  • A Master’s Degree in human resources management, labor relations, public or business administration, or related field.
  • SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HRCI, IPMA-CP, or comparable professional human resources certification(s).
  • Previous experience in public sector human resources administration.


Long Beach is a city in Nassau County, New York. It takes up a central section of Long Beach Barrier Island, which has a population of 33,275. It was incorporated in 1922, and is nicknamed “The City By the Sea” (the Latin form, Civitas ad mare, is the city’s motto). The Long Beach Barrier Island is surrounded by Reynolds Channel to the north, east and west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.  Long Beach is about 20 direct miles from Manhattan. The City of Long Beach is one of only two cities on Long Island and comprises about two square miles. This unique resort community offers the opportunity to live and work where others vacation with ready access to a multitude of recreational opportunities — ranging from extensive waterfront boardwalks to a municipal ice-skating arena. The community is now undergoing revitalization and redevelopment in the commercial district while a housing boom creates a wide variety of home choices for newcomers.


The governing body is composed of city council five members.  The city council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. There is a working session on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

The entire organization prides itself on its commitment to customer service and teamwork.  Staff have daily interactions with one another and strong interdepartmental relations. The City strives to be a workplace of choice and the City possesses a high-output work ethic.

The City of Long Beach is looking for an ethical individual that shows empathy and communicates effectively with all stakeholders, residents, and employees in the City.  The City is looking for a positive and flexible team player who is committed to the well-being of the staff and is supportive of others in the organization.

The city has 309 full-time employees represented by 4 labor units, as well as 176 part-time employees. Long Beach’s Human Resources Department budget is $227,528 and funds 3 employees. The total all-fund budget of the city is approximately $117 million broken down as follows:


The starting salary $100,000 – $124,000.  The City also offers an excellent benefit package.  Apply through the below link with resume, cover letter, contact information and three (3) professional references by December 8, 2022. Any questions or inquiries regarding the position can be made to the attention of the City Manager,  Long Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Personnel are chosen for merit and fitness without regard to race, creed, color, or national origin.

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