Human Resources Director – City of Pasco, Washington

Human Resources Director

City of Pasco, Washington

Salary$112,000 – $152,000


Located between the pristine and iconic Columbia and Snake Rivers in southeastern Washington, Pasco is a vibrant and growing community that enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. The exceptional climate, combined with the area’s inviting waterways, enables residents and visitors alike to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities, from water sports and golf, to wine touring and outdoor theater. Pasco, pop. 82,000, has seen tremendous growth in the past two decades, while maintaining its sense of community and focus on public safety. Pasco, along with the neighboring cities of Richland and Kennewick, comprise the Tri-Cities metropolitan area. With a population of over 308,000, it is the third largest, and fastest growing metro area in the state. The region is also home to over 160 wineries and is known as the “Heart of Washington Wine Country,” producing some of the finest wines in the world.


The City of Pasco is a full-service city with 505 FTEs and its 2023-2024 budget is $535 million. City departments include Administrative and Community Services, City Manager’s Office, Community and Economic Development, Finance, Fire, IT, Municipal Court, Police, and Public Works.


Operating on a 2023/2024 budget of $2.65 million, the Human Resources Division consists of 8 fulltime employees, including the Director, Senior HR Generalist, HR Generalist, 3 HR Specialists, Safety & Training Coordinator, and Administrative Assistant II. Services provided by the department include benefits administration, compensation and classification, labor relations, compliance with state and federal employment law and city policies and procedures, recruitment and retention, and employee health and safety which includes workers compensation. The division currently has 4 active labor contracts (Police Uniform, Police Non-Uniform, IAFF, and IUOE) and one initial contract negotiation underway (Police Commanding Officers).


Under the general direction of the Assistant City Manager, the Director of Human Resources (HR) is responsible for overseeing all aspects of HR management and strategy to meet the organization’s goals and objectives. This key leadership position will collaborate with and advise department heads, elected officials, and other stakeholders to ensure effective and consistent human resources practices to support the needs of the organization. This position is responsible for developing short- and long-range plans, development and administration of personnel policy, labor relations and negotiations, compliance, and employee development.


Education & Experience: A bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, human resource management, organizational development, or related field, and eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in Human Resources, including three (3) years of municipal Human Resources management experience is required. The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree and have experience in municipal government. SHRM and/or PHR is preferred.


For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at and click on “Open Recruitments”. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Pasco is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: June 25, 2023 (open until filled).

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