Human Resources Officer

$126,880 - $196,675 yearly
  • Waters
  • Olathe, KS, USA
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full time Human Resources

Job Description

At the City of Olathe, Kansas, we’re "Setting the Standard for Excellence in Public Service," both for our residents and employees. It’s at the core of our Vision, Values, and Mission. It’s the basis for our organizational culture and we’re looking for employees who share our values of integrity, learning, customer service, and more. As one of the fastest growing cities in the region, we strive to find innovative, engaged employees who are excited to help shape the future of our city.

The Human Resources Officer (HRO) will oversee the development and execution of human resources strategy in support of the overall strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, safety, total compensation, training, and employee wellbeing for the City of Olathe.

How You Will Make an Impact

The HRO provides strategic leadership by articulating HR needs and plans to the executive management team, stakeholders, and the City of Olathe organization. This position is responsible for both direct and indirect supervision of 20 dedicated professionals who comprise the HR Division within the Exceptional Services Focus Area (department). The HRO serves on the Exceptional Services Focus Area leadership team, as well as champions the work of the City’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging team.

The ideal candidate fosters a culture of collaboration, teamwork and strategic thinking through the leadership and coaching of assigned staff. The HRO is an innovator who plans, organizes, and directs the activities and staff of the Human Resources Division in the following functional areas: policy and program development; recruitment and retention, classification and compensation, performance management, employee wellbeing, legal compliance, employee benefits, employee relations, employment practices and procedures, safety, and Human Resource Information System (HRIS). The HRO works collaboratively with the Organizational Development and Training team to execute extensive employee development & training opportunities. As a member of the Exceptional Services leadership team, you will provide leadership and input into strategic decisions, plans, financial goals, and business objectives in alignment with the City’s strategic plan. You will also develop HR plans and strategies to support the achievement of the overall business operations objectives.


Additional responsibilities include:

  • Develops and interprets HR-related policies and operating procedures and assists and advises city departments in the application of these policies and procedures.
  • Remains current on changes to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and ensures that all city functions related to human resources activities are in compliance.
  • Works with all levels of City management to ensure coordination and cooperation in determining and achieving City personnel goals. Develops programs and procedures to achieve City-wide cooperation.
  • Provides strategic direction and administration for the City's employee benefits and wellness programs, including the retirement benefit programs and the City’s self-funded health and wellness programs. Finalizes benefit contracts with outside companies and provides contractor oversight for the City.
  • Directs development and administration of the City's safety program. Coordinates the City's worker's compensation program and integrates proactive strategies to address trends within the safety program. Manages the City’s DOT programs and ensures compliance. Analyzes results of programs to determine effectiveness. Recommends and implements changes as needed.


What You Need to Succeed

  • A BS/BA degree from an accredited college/university in a related field; MBA, MPA, or MA/MS in human resources, public administration, or related field preferred.
  • 10-15 years increasingly responsible HR experience, with at least five years of senior level/executive HR experience; local government and/or public sector experience preferred.
  • HR professional certification through SHRM, HRCI, or PSHRA preferred.
  • Specialized training in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, organization development, employee relations, safety, and training, is also preferred.

Our Benefits

We take care of you so that you can take care of others. We offer a robust benefits package, including medical, dental, life and disability insurance and a 403b plan. Our paid time off is generous and includes paid holidays and an onsite health center with behavioral health services is offered free to employees covered under the City’s health plan. Other competitive benefits include paid parental leave and employee educational reimbursement to name a few.  We’re building a talented and diverse team that works collaboratively toward shared goals, and we also support our employees’ growth and desire to live well-rounded lives. For more information on our benefits, please see our benefits guide.


OMNI is honored to be retained in this search. We appreciate your referrals to professionals who may have an interest in this outstanding opportunity. Formal interest accepted through the OMNI Executive Career Portal. Please direct all inquiries to:


OMNI Human Resource Management

Meredith Hauck, Senior Consultant –

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