City of Arcata
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Human Resources/Administrative Services Director
City Manager’s Office
City of Arcata, California
Annual Salary: $104,644 - $133,556 DOE/DOQ

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The City of Arcata seeks an experienced and engaging Human Resources/Administrative Services Director (Director) who will oversee the day-to-day management and oversight of the human resources and administrative services functions within the City Manager’s Office (CMO). Under the direction of the City Manager, the Director will oversee an approximate budget of $2 million and 10 staff within the CMO. This hands-on leader will be eager to build relationships across the City, as they will regularly provide support and advice to department heads and staff. They will build up their team through motivational and inspiring leadership and demonstrate strong communication, emotional intelligence, and collaboration skills. The Director will have a local government background and experience providing valuable guidance. They will be highly organized yet approachable, with the ability to lean into their team’s value and provide exemplary customer service. Come join an engaged and collaborative team where you can positively impact the community of Arcata – Apply today!



The Human Resources/Administrative Services Director (Director) will oversee the core administrative and HR functions of the City Manager’s Office: Human Resources, City Clerk, Procurement and Contracts, Risk Management and Insurance, and Information Technology and Communications. They will oversee an approximate budget of $2 million and a dedicated staff of 10, including eight direct reports. While reporting to the City Manager, the Director will serve as a technical advisor to the City’s department heads and staff, often advising on payroll processing, recruitment and selection, compensation and classification, employee benefits, labor and employee relations, grievances and discipline, and other matters as they arise. They will serve as a key City representative and liaison between departments, outside organizations, and the public while evaluating the efficiency of the City’s systems and processes.


The ideal candidate will be a diplomatic leader with strong decision-making and problem-solving skills, is honest and fair, can establish positive and productive working relationships; and who consistently ensures the integrity and competence of the Department's work product, processes, and procedures. 

They will have a breadth of local government experience in human resources and administrative services functions. The successful candidate will be hands-on and collaborative in nature. The City is looking for an approachable leader with an open style of communication and a high level of emotional intelligence. They will bring forth a positive attitude, working to support department heads and staff, boost morale, and get things done! The ideal candidate will also be highly organized and proactive in assessing updates and changes for the City. They will be an essential partner across this organization who can wear many hats, add a level of professionalism, and serve as a trustworthy advocate.