Human Resources Director

Come grow with us! We’re not getting bigger, we’re getting BETTER. We are looking for a dynamic Human Resources professional to strengthen our efforts at inclusivity in our town government.

The Town of Brattleboro is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ applicants, and people from other underrepresented groups to apply, recognizing and respecting that diverse perspectives and experiences are valuable to our team and essential to our public service.

Who We Are

We are a unique town with a unique opportunity. Brattleboro is at the confluence of a rich New England history, year-round outdoor recreational opportunities, and thriving multi-cultural arts offerings. Find out more about us here and here.

Our community is made up of people from all across the country and world, as well as families who have been here for generations. It is an exciting place to live and work with so many different people making Brattleboro their home. As one of the larger employers in town, and with our unique responsibility to serve the entire community, we want to make sure our team, policies, and actions reflect these changing demographics.

In Search Of

We know you’re out there…and we hope you find your way to us. Who are you? Someone who feels called to make the world a better place. In this position you will achieve that goal by creating a great place to work and helping to ensure the Town’s operations reflect our values. Someone who is visionary and strategic. This is a new position with room to shape how existing HR structures and practices are consolidated into a cohesive department.

Diversifying the government workforce has been identified as a top goal by Town leaders and community members. We are looking for a Human Resources professional who has the drive and wherewithal to guide this effort internally and to engage with those outside of Town government who are collaborating on community-wide efforts to promote inclusion and equity.

What You Will Do

The two goals for this position, both requiring strong leadership, are 1) meeting the “people needs” of our municipal departments, and 2) developing policies and practices to create a welcoming workplace and a diverse team.

Drawing on a range of operational and strategic Human Resources knowledge and skills you will develop modern, holistic HR structures and systems. Additionally, you will guide department leaders, and employees, as current structures and systems are revised and new initiatives are implemented.

You will also assist department heads in a continued effort to create work environments that are welcoming and inclusive, and lead targeted recruiting efforts to diversify the workforce so it reflects the demographics of our community. Brattleboro has also recently adopted the Charter for Compassion, committing the Town government to act in accordance with those principles.

Experience and Knowledge Needed

This position requires a dynamic individual…one who can attend to small details and also sees how systems interconnect. You must be able to guide others through change, on both an individual and organization-wide scale. A broad range of Human Resources knowledge and skills are needed. Past HR leadership is desired but not required. However, leadership experience in other capacities (with examples of informal or peer-to-peer leadership) is a must. We can support an individual to grow their leadership skills, but there must be demonstrated potential for this. We are looking for a Human Resources professional who has experience in:

  • Employee and labor relations
  • Recruiting and on-boarding
  • Employee engagement and retention
  • Learning and development
  • Organizational effectiveness

You also must have a working understanding of what it means to create a diverse team in an inclusive and equitable work environment. Experience with this may be professional or personal but must include initiatives or actions that you led, or were at least directly involved in. We are looking for an individual who is able to:

  • Gather data (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Identify areas of need or concern
  • Create policies and practices that promote diversity and equity
  • Align HR goals with broader organizational goals
  • Implement initiatives
  • Evaluate effectiveness of programs and policies
  • Interact with community groups and members invested in this initiative

Compensation and Benefits

The Town of Brattleboro offers a robust benefit package which includes:

  • Platinum Medical Insurance Plan with Low Cost to Employees
  • Health Savings Account
  • Health Reimbursement Arrangement
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Vermont Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (a defined benefit pension with 5-year vesting)
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Paid Vacation (18 days in first year) & Sick Days (12 days in first year)

The salary for this position is $60,000.