Responsible for planning, organizing, directing and managing all functions and operations of the Human Resources department, including implementing HR policies and programs and all aspects of employee relations and development. This position will manage staffing and recruiting, organizational development, performance management, labor law compliance, training, unemployment, safety and wellness, loss control, workers’ compensation, recognition, compensation and benefits, and volunteer management.
ESSENTIAL POSITION DUTIES & FUNCTIONS
Develops District strategies by identifying and researching human resources issues; contributes information, analysis, and recommendations to the Executive Director; establishes human resources objectives in line with the District’s goals and objectives.
Administers human resources operations by recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, coaching, counseling and disciplining staff.
Prepares and manages the Human Resources’ department budget.
Guides management and employees actions by researching, developing, writing and updating policies, procedures, and guidelines; communicates and guides organizational values through coaching.
Administers processes related to District-wide employment activities such as recruitment, advertising, job posting, pre- and post-employment screening, reference checks, new employee orientations, hiring and terminations.
Administers the District’s safety and wellness program.
Administers the District’s volunteer resources program.
Administers the District’s HR/safety training program.
Administers the development and implementation of employee recognition programs.
Administers the employee benefit programs, including but not limited to, health insurance, employee assistance program and retirement plans.
Coordinates the District’s leadership training and professional coaching program.
Investigates and resolves employee relation issues. Assists in conflict resolution issues, as needed or requested. Assists in employee performance and development, disciplines and terminations.
Administers workers’ compensation program in conjunction with District’s risk management agency, PDRMA.
Serves as a secondary contact for the District’s liability/risk management for property, accident and employee injury claims.
Administers the District’s ID card access system and alarm panel permissions for all facilities.
Serves as the District’s ethics advisor in conjunction with the District’s legal counsel to ensure compliance with state law.
Serves as the District’s HIPAA compliance officer.
Coordinates unemployment claims, protest/appeal unwarranted claims and inappropriate IDES rulings.
Prepares human resource reports for review by the Executive Director and for presentation to the Commission.
Identifies legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting human resources functions and ensures policies, procedures and reporting are in compliance.
Develops and maintains all personnel handbooks, forms and brochures.
Administers personnel files and records including maintenance of records within the Human Resources Information System (HRIS) database. Develops necessary reports.
Coordinates the development, review and revision of employee job descriptions.
Responds to inquiries and proactively communicates information regarding policies, procedures, benefits and programs.
Coordinates, updates and administers the job evaluation system.
Works with the District’s legal counsel on any personnel- or safety-related issues.
Participates in the development of District-wide policies and practices.
Responsible for other human resources and training applications as needed and required by the Executive Director and the Commission.
Prepares employee separation notices and related documentation, and conducts exit interviews to determine reasons behind separations.
Administers the community service program.
Administers personnel information with the payroll division.
Develops the organizational structure of the department in accordance with professional standards and sound management techniques and principles, District policies and ordinances.
Plans, directs and implements programs, training, assignment, supervision, and discipline of all department members with the advice and consent of the Executive Director.
Hires, directs, manages, evaluates, promotes, disciplines and recommends such action for assigned personnel with the advice and consent of the Executive Director, following procedures established by the District and directs changes as needed
Provides professional and business advice on management decisions to Executive Director.
Works irregular hours, including weekends, evenings and holidays.
Possesses and maintains a valid and current Illinois Driver’s License free from suspension or revocation during term of employment; must maintain insurability with the District’s fleet insurance carrier.
Performs the job safely and in compliance with District policies, procedures, work and safety rules, and the Employee Handbook.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Volunteer Coordinator, Safety & Wellness Coordinator and Human Resources Generalist; carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
Additional duties and functions may be essential.
Minimum Age Requirement: 21 years of age
Education: Bachelor’s degree in human resources or related discipline.
Experience: Ten (10) years of progressively responsible human resources; five (5) years of senior-level management experience in human resources, preferably in a forest preserve or park district environment, or an equivalent combination of relevant education, experience and training.
Certifications/Licenses: SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP and/or SPHR/PHR certification a plus.
About Forest Preserve District of Kane County
AN INTRODUCTIONOrganized in 1925 by public referendum, the District now owns almost 90 miles of trails and approximately 65 forest preserves consisting of more than 19,932 acres, as well as greenspace located throughout Kane County.MISSION STATEMENTIt shall be the mission of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County to acquire, hold and maintain lands within Kane County, which contribute to the preservation of natural or historic resources and habitats, flora or fauna; to restore, restock, protect and preserve such lands for the education, recreation and pleasure of all its citizens.ORGANIZATIONThe Forest Preserve District of Kane County Commission that governs the District is comprised of 25 commissioners who are elected as County Board members (one is elected County Board Chairman) and also serve as Forest Preserve commissioners. The Commissioners elect the President of the District to two-year terms. The Executive Director serves as the operations and administrative head of the District and she appoints officers and Committees, with the approval of the Commission. The Commission and the Executive Committee handle the District business of preparing policies and acquisition o...f open space for the citizens of Kane County.The District employs 72 full-time and 2 part-time employees and approximately 54 summer seasonal employees and 18 year-round seasonal police officers. The headquarters is located at Suite 320, 1996 South Kirk Road, Geneva. Satellite offices are located at the Creek Bend Nature Center (Leroy Oakes), Trades (Campton FP), Natural Resources (Aurora West), North (Muirhead Springs FP) and South (Grunwald Farms FP) Operation Facilities. The District owns three (3) golf courses: Settler’s Hill, Hughes Creek and Deer Valley. Philip B. Elfstrom Events Center is home to the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark and the Kane County Cougars, a minor league baseball team. The District also owns the Fox Valley Ice Arena where the headquarters are located and is home to the Cyclones, a tier 2 youth hockey team.