Human Resources Director

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Job location
505 Marquette Ave. NW, Suite 120
Albuquerque, NM 87102
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Law Offices of The Public Defender
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Human Resource Director is directly responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the human resource function. This position manages all employees of the HR department and is responsible for the performance management and hiring of the employees within that department. Typically, they supervise and provide consultation to management on strategic staffing plans, compensation, benefits, training and development, budget, employee relations and labor relations. An HR director is also expected to take a leadership role in developing a culture that enables employees to perform in accordance to the Public Defender Department's objectives.

HR directors can effectively plan, design, develop and evaluate human resource-related initiatives that support organizational strategic goals. In addition, HR directors can lead performance management, talent assessment, and effective labor relationships, including negotiating and administering labor agreements. Prepare and submit a salary program to the Chief Public Defender and administer the approved program. Daily tasks may vary, but a typical HR director supervises staff and reports to the Administrative Service Director on issues regarding implementation of policies and procedures, safety of the workforce, recruiting and hiring high-performing employees, and labor, legislative and other human resources issues. HR directors can also direct the development and implementation of organizational development programs, employee orientation, training programs, benefits plans, policies and guidelines, database management procedures, equal opportunity employment programs, and employee records. Evaluating effectiveness through compiling and analyzing data can be another important function of the HR director, and they typically prepare and distribute various reports on HR metrics to ensure needs are met. Ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws and industry regulations is also vital to the continued success of the agency, as is advising department managers on legal implications of HR issues related to discipline and employee grievances. HR Directors respond to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Complaints (EEOC) on behalf of the agency. Also serves as a senior management executive for the HR division and serves as liaison between human resources and senior management. Develops trusting relationships with senior leadership as well as subordinates and LOPD staff.

Must have superior professional-level written and verbal communication skills; a high degree of professionalism, diplomacy and discretion; excellent judgment, problem-solving and decision-making skills; and strong customer-service skills. Demonstrated ability in managing a wide variety of complex tasks and projects simultaneously while meeting multiple deadlines is required. The ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive situations with solid judgment and discretion is critical, as well as the ability to perform duties independently.


A Bachelor's degree in any field of study from an accredited college or university and eight (8) years of professional level experience, with at least two (2) years in a supervisory role. Any combination of education from an accredited college or university and/or direct experience in Human Resources or related field totaling twelve (12) years may substitute for the required education and experience.

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's License.

Collective Bargaining: This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Default FLSA: Exempt

The Law Offices of the Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis on race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, spousal affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political affiliation or religion, mental or physical disability, or serious medical condition.

To apply: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$57,928.00 - $105,726.40 Annually
Submission deadline: 
Sunday, February 18, 2018