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Director of Human Resources

Colorado Department of Education

Denver, Colorado 80203
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Broad Scope of Position:   The Director of Human Resources is responsible for leading and serving the talent resources of CDE through the Office of Human Resources for the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) which employs over 400 regular full-time employees and 150 part-time/temporary employees working across five office locations and throughout the state. The Director provides innovative ideas, customer support and planning and leadership of CDE’s HR programs and systems. The HR Unit is accountable for HR and Safety functions including talent acquisition and management, performance management, employee training & development, HR process redesign & improvement, compensation & benefits, legal compliance, workers compensation and risk management. HR provides full service support across the department and supports hiring managers to make the best possible choices to further the goals of CDE—supporting K-12 students—while developing strategies to support achievement of department objectives. The goal is to increase the quality, effectiveness and efficiency with which HR serves CDE’s internal and external customers. The director reaches these objectives through a caring tone, a “yes we can” approach and through innovative ideas to recruit the best talent so that we can serve our students.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides day-to-day leadership and direction of CDE’s three-person Office of Human Resources.

  • Oversees the full range of human resource functions including staffing, time/leave management, performance and compensation management and disciplinary actions.

  • Accountable for worker’s compensation, safety and security, continuity of operation plan and risk management for the organization.

  • Serves on the Commissioner’s Cabinet.

  • Provides input in designing departmental strategy, systems, processes, guidelines and policies that impact CDE’s human resource management, human capital development and related business operations.

  • Analyzes current practices and implements new and improved systems.

  • Decision maker regarding all personnel matters including interpretation of rules and regulations, personal service contracts and policies and procedures.

  • Develops and implements policies and procedures as necessary to comply with the mission of CDE and state and federal mandates.

  • Provides guidance and training for managers and employees regarding personnel issues and requirements.

  • Serves as advisor to management on all personnel matters.

  • Supervises the HR Consultant and HR Assistant.

  • Analyzes overall effectiveness and efficiency of the Office of Human Resources and implements new or improved systems to strengthen customer service.

  • Develops and implements initiatives related to human resources and talent development that ensure strategic outcomes are achieved.

  • Conducts investigations and facilitates resolution of disputes.

  • Coordinates response to any adversarial proceedings before the State Personnel Board, Civil Rights and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • Responsible for leading CDE in the continuous improvement of staff satisfaction, through implementing the annual staff survey and facilitating follow-up action(s) based on the results.

  • Provides strategies to implement talent management, recruitment, and acquisition strategies.

  • Collaborates with Communications Unit on internal communications activities.

  • Other duties as assigned. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Five years of progressively responsible professional human resources experience including strong talent management, performance management, total rewards, legal compliance and employee relations in an organization of over 100 employees

  • SPHR &/or SHRM –SCP Certification

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in human resources management, organizational development, business management or other related field.

  • Solid and current knowledge of employment laws.

  • Proven customer service skills serving internal and external customers.

  • Innovative problem solver.

  • Ability to effectively manage conflict situations.

  • High degree of integrity and professionalism.

  • Strong knowledge of HR best practices including talent management and acquisition.

  • Change management experience.

  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.



  • Five years as HR manager or director in the private or public sector.

  • Human Resource Information System transition experience

  • Experience creating and managing a Safety Program

  • Skill working in a complex political environment

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