Deputy Human Resources Director

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This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, April 8, 2024.

Please Note: The application deadline may be extended to expand the pool of qualified candidates. Any recruitment timeline changes will be communicated to all who have initiated an application process or have submitted an application.



Annual Pay Range:  $132,289.88 – $178,591.59

Hourly Pay Range:   $63.600904 – $85.861340

Salary offers will be made within the posted pay range and will be based on a candidate’s experience (paid or unpaid) that is directly relevant to the position.

Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees), and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status employees.

We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering, health and wellness classes and events, and alternative care benefits, so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle.

Employee benefits become effective the first of the month following an employee’s date of hire.

Attractive benefits package and incentives for employees in regular status positions are detailed below.

Generous paid time off package, including:

  • 16 hours of vacation accrual per month
    • Eligible newly hired employees will have the one-time option to frontload their first year of vacation accruals in compliance with EPP 66 – Vacation Leave! This means you have access to vacation time at time of hire.
  • 8 hours of sick accrual per month
  • 10 paid holidays and 1 personal day per year

Other Benefits:

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP):
    • Employer-paid 6% PERS retirement contribution (The county currently pays the employee’s share of the retirement contribution.)
    • OPSRP members get vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65
  • A Choice of Medical Plans that include chiropractic coverage, alternative care, vision, and prescription drug coverage
  • A Choice of Dental Plans
  • Robust EAP and wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes
  • Longevity pay
  • Other retirement Savings Options that allow for additional retirement funds savings, including an option to contribute a portion of employee earnings on a pre or post-tax basis to a 457b Deferred Compensation Plan
  • A variety of additional optional benefits (see links below for additional information)

This is a full time non-represented group 2 County position

Non-Represented Group 2 Full Time Benefits

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Come join a great team, the HR team at Clackamas County and make a positive difference through the work we do!

Clackamas County’s Department of Human Resources (HR) is seeking a dynamic, innovative, operational, solutions-driven human resources leader who is an exceptional communicator, values building trust, engages in collaborative decision-making, and provides strong customer service.

Reporting to the Human Resources Director, the Deputy Human Resources (HR) Director will provide broad operational support to the Human Resources Director as well as providing strong operational leaderships over multiple teams of professionals and functions within the HR Department. Reporting to the Deputy HR Director is the Benefits and Wellness Manager, Leave Administration Supervisor, and Risk and Safety Manager. This position will provide direction to division management within assigned functional areas to facilitate strategic planning, program development, establishment of annual goals and objectives, personnel management, and customer service improvements.

In addition, the Deputy HR Director will be responsible for overseeing as well as managing a variety of administrative functions including policy development and implementation, budget management and HR professional services contracts, serve as the Clackamas County internal complaint coordinator, monitor HR projects and initiatives to ensure on time completion. The Deputy HR Director will also oversee successor contract negotiations of eight collective bargaining agreements. This position will work with HR management and County stakeholders to develop proposals and build an overall bargaining strategy in conjunction with the Employee and Labor Relations Manager.

In the absence of the HR Director, the Deputy HR Director is the second in command within the HR department and will regularly act in the Director’s capacity on key issues, initiatives, projects, committees, and approvals.

The Ideal Candidate

The most competitive candidates will possess an extensive background in HR leadership, demonstrating an operational mindset while having a broad range of HR experience in a number of different functional areas (including employee and labor relations). The ideal candidates will be hands on leaders who not only design solutions but also implement them. Successful candidates will be comfortable operating with significant independence and autonomy. The strongest candidates will provide high collaboration and leadership to effectively inspire and lead staff. The ideal candidates will also possess the following attributes/characteristics:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Ability to set priorities with a proper sense of urgency and importance.
  • Ability to operationalize situations and determine the best possible solution.
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, managing competing priorities and initiatives.
  • Proven success with building trust and establishing positive working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the organization.
  • Understanding of public sector human resources.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  • 8 years of progressively responsible experience in multiple functional areas of human resources (employee benefits, leave administration, classification and compensation, recruitment, and learning and development).
    • One of the functional areas must include experience in labor relations.
  • 3 years of experience directly supervising and managing professionals.
  • Experience leading and managing organizational projects or initiatives. (Organizational projects or initiatives are defined as projects that are across the entire organization and not just one department/area).
  • Experience developing, revising, and implementing policies.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver’s license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.  Learn more about the County’s driving policy

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  • 5 years as an HR Manager or higher-level HR leadership role.
  • Experience managing a complex budget which may include cost allocations, budget administration, and forecasting.
  • Experience working in the public sector (local, state, regional, or federal).
  • SHRM, HRCI, IPMA or other Human Resources Certification.
  • Experience in employee benefits administration.
  • Experience in risk and safety management.
  • Experience in leave administration including ADA.

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference:  If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.



Tasks may include but are not limited to:

Assist Director in administration of department programs, personnel and operations; plan, organize, administer, review and evaluate the activities of staff through assigned division managers; serve as point person on key strategic initiatives as assigned; develop systems and controls across divisions to improve quality of processes, performance and customer service; participate in program decisions with members of the management team; act as liaison to county departments regarding service and response issues.

Oversees the development and implementation of HR policies; monitor the County’s employment policies according to department needs and changing business processes; work with HR management to establish priorities and direct the preparation of the department’s strategic plans, annual work programs and outcome reporting; represent HR at Policy Committee meetings and recommend final policies to the County Administrator on behalf of the Director; perform regular policy audits for compliance with changing county business processes, legal requirements and labor agreement changes.

In coordination with the HR Director, hire and direct assigned division management and staff to provide high quality service to County staff and residents; prepare performance evaluations; recommend and administers progressive discipline; conduct and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promote cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments; provide professional assistance and training to HR staff as needed.

Manage the internal investigation processes, to include intake, fact-finding investigations and oversight of contracted investigators. Perform workplace investigations and complaint case management and provides case updates to the Director and County Administrator; facilitate comprehensive management review of case issues; prepare case summaries and recommendations; contribute information to support litigation or external agency complaints; monitor and evaluate program metrics; represent Human Resources on the Employee Workplace Concerns committee; review official investigative case reports and shares findings with HR Director and Legal Counsel.

Participate in the development, negotiation, and administration of contracts for professional services; prepare requests for proposals; evaluates bids and participate in the selection of vendors; direct activities, manage relationships and monitor performance of external consultants and vendors to ensure timelines and deliverables are met.

Develops and manages the overall budget and financial records for the Human Resources Division; coordinates the Human Resources Department budget (including Benefit and Wellness Administration and Risk and Safety Administration); analyzes staffing and operational services, and makes recommendations to HR Director for operational changes; monitors HR Division revenues and expenditures; participates on Countywide Finance resource group; and presents annual and intermittent Human Resources budget proposals to HR Director, County Administrator, and Budget Committee.

Design, implement and oversee processes and programs to monitor and manage workforce turnover; work collaboratively with HR and County stakeholders to develop tools and strategies to proactively address turnover challenges, foster retention and enhance organizational success.

Monitor legislative action reports, bills and new legislation affecting the County; make recommendations to the HR Director; work closely with HR staff to ensure that they are updated on employment and labor law changes and trends.

Represent the department to public and private agencies and groups; make presentations before commissions and boards; coordinate response to inquiries, including employment and public records requests, in a timely and effective manner.

Oversee and coordinate work of outside counsel serving as chief negotiator on behalf of the County during successor contract negotiations or interim bargaining; work with HR management and County stakeholders to develop proposals and build overall bargaining strategy.



The full classification description for the Deputy HR Director position which includes the required knowledge and skills can be found here.



This position is included in the County’s alternate workweek program, working 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off).  Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.

This position is eligible for hybrid on-site/telework subject to the Clackamas County Teleworking Policy and based on the Department’s business needs. The exact amount of on-site/telework and schedule will be discussed with the hiring manager during time of offer. Telework locations cannot be located outside of Oregon or Washington. Washington residents must perform 50% of their time on-site at Clackamas County.

While this position is eligible for hybrid work, the selected incumbent will be on-site for at least the first six months. 



Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 420,000 residents.

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As an internal service department, the Department of Human Resources (HR) provides consultative services and the infrastructure that sustains County department customers. HR acts as a strategic partner to provide comprehensive, timely and progressive employment practices and services to support the departments’ missions, which are carried out by County employees.

The Department of HR consists of eight primary program areas – Office of the Director/Administrative Services, Workforce Data Management, Recruitment and Selection, Classification and Compensation, Benefits and Wellness, Workforce Development and Planning, Risk Management and Safety, Employee and Labor Relations.

The Mission of the Department of Human Resources (HR) is to provide employment services, benefits and wellness, risk management and workforce planning to County Departments and Agencies so they can have the resources they need to provide high quality services and achieve their strategic results.

Learn more about Clackamas County Department of Human Resources 



Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

Important Information for Applicants 

All applicants must submit a cover letter addressing how they meet the minimum qualifications and any of the preferred qualifications. Please note, writing is a critical task of this position and as such, a cover letter will be used to represent an applicant’s writing skills and may also be used for a means of screening applicants as well.

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Application Process

Help with the Application

If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or e-mail us.  Our office hours are Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).


Request Veterans’ Preference

Learn more about the County’s Veterans’ Preference


Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Once a job applicant has accepted a position, they will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States prior to their first day.


Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date.  You may request an accommodation during the online application process.


Jared Haddock, Recruiter

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