Human Resources Director

City of Fountain Valley
Until Filled

The City of Fountain Valley welcomes applications for the position of Human Resources Director.

Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number have been received for interview purposes. This recruitment may close at any time and without notice. Prompt application is encouraged. The first screening of applications will take place on February 1, 2018.

Known as a nice place to live and work, the City of Fountain Valley has a deep connection to the community as evidenced by the popularity, high participation and resident support of special events hosted by the City.

Encompassing 9.7 square miles, the City of Fountain Valley is home to 56,987 residents and located in the heart of Orange County.  Known as a "Nice Place to Live and Work", the City of Fountain Valley has a deep connection to the community as evidenced by the popularity, high participation and resident support of special events hosted by the City.  The City's 200 employees work in partnership with the community knowing they make a difference and keeping Fountain Valley a "Nice Place to Live and Work".
Fountain Valley employees are a diverse group of highly motivated, energetic individuals focused on providing exceptional customer service to the residents.  Employees are generalists and perform work in many of the multifaceted areas of each department or division. The City is committed to providing on-going training and employee development to grow and prepare employees for the future.

The Human Resources Director oversees a centralized human resources operation, reports directly to the City Manager and serves in an at-will capacity.  The Director will establish the Department as a business partner to City Departments and Divisions and lead the implementation of innovative strategies.  It will require a leader who is decisive, but possesses a collaborative and inclusive management style and a proven change agent.  The Director should demonstrate an open and approachable demeanor with an informative communication style to address issues tactfully and compassionately.
The Director must be knowledgeable in all areas of human resources, possess strong analytical skills and be an effective problem-solver. He/she will be tasked with implementing the City's Strategic Goal to "Attract, Develop and Retain Quality Staff" including employee recognition, engagement and development programs.
The Director must be a seasoned administrator with a strong background in employee and labor relations and contract negotiations. Experience serving as the Chief Negotiator,  making presentations to the City Council in closed session and experience with sworn police and fire groups is highly desirable.
Focus Ahead: Working in concert with City Management and Employee groups, continue to establish, build upon and improve the organization's culture and family spirit.

The Human Resources Department's mission is to provide excellent and highly responsive professional services, deliver innovative and timely services, provide leadership and attract and retain a highly talented and qualified workforce to meet the needs of the organization. 
The Human Resource Department's (4 full-time and 1 part-time) dedicated professionals are responsible for the recruitment and selection of all City employees, labor relations with the City's 7 represented bargaining groups including sworn police and fire, administering the benefits and Workers' Compensation programs for City employees, maintaining the City's classification and compensation plan, administering the employee performance management, training and development programs and employee engagement, service and recognition.

Experience Required: Seven years of progressively responsible public human resources experience including three years at the management level. Previous experience in labor relations with public bargaining  groups highly desirable.
Education Required: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in Public Administration, or a related field. A Master's Degree is highly desirable.


  • A strong interest and desire to enact culture change within an organization; previous experience with organizational culture studies or organizations in transition is helpful.
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work cooperatively with employees from other departments divisions and labor groups.
  • Previous labor relations experience, particularly with public safety groups. May be required to prepare cost calculations and will serve as the City's Chief Labor Negotiator. 
  • Extensive public sector human resources knowledge and experience, particularly in the area of the FLSA, Skelly, POBOR, FBOR, grievances, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing. 
  • High energy level with the capacity to operate with independence and initiative yet open to direction from City management and policy makers.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage a diverse array of work and projects simultaneously.
  • Innovative and creative problem solver.

Interested candidates may contact the City Manager, Rob Houston, for more information regarding his expectations for the position and the work ahead. Mr. Houston can be reached by phone at (714) 593-4410, or email: