HR Director


Position Title

HR Director

Job Type





E11 (65957.0 - 98936.0)




Position Summary

Under direct supervision the Human Resources Director is responsible for planning, managing and reviewing the activities and operations of the Washoe Tribe’s Human Resources Department, including recruitment, classification, training, benefits, and compensation. Develops policies and procedures, goals and objectives, gathers and analyzes trends and data; and provides leadership to clerical, technical and professional staff. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources or related field plus five years progressive work experience in Human Resources; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California or Nevada driver’s license or capable of obtaining one within thirty-days (30) of employment.

  • Must be able to be insurable by the Tribe’s Driving Policy.

  • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.

  • Preference will be given to Qualified Native American Indians.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Develops a strategic plan for all human resources functions, including recruitment and employment, compensation and benefits, personnel records, information systems and performance development and evaluation programs.

  • Establishes, implements, and communicates goals, objectives, policies and procedures in accordance with strategic plan.

  • Assists in developing, updating, and implementing the personnel policies in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances.

  • Reviews and makes recommendations on policies and procedures, rules, and regulations, forms and documents and ensures compliance with federal, state, county, local, and tribal laws.

  • Assists in the interpretation of the policies and procedures manual, and ensures adherence.

  • Assists in the compilation and analysis of employee data and records.

  • Conducts audits of data to ensure accuracy; implements corrective action.

  • Assists in the recruitment, selection, and termination of employees.

  • Assists in the development, implementation, and maintenance of a salary administration plan, which includes compensation and benefit packages; the classification of positions; pay policies; and performance appraisal programs.

  • Assists in the investigation of employee complaints and in the administration of the policies and procedures regarding employee grievances.

  • Provides HR consultation and training for all departments regarding recruitment and employment, compensation and benefits, record-keeping systems, performance development and evaluation programs, and other related HR functions.

  • Provides counseling to the Chairman, Tribal Council and department directors relating to position planning, recruitment and interview and selection methods.

  • Selects and coordinates use of HR consultants, insurance brokers, insurance carriers, pension and 401(k) administrators, training specialists, labor counsel, and other outside advisors.

  • Keeps leadership and other departments informed of status of activities and of significant events and problems by attending meetings, submitting reports, and meeting individually as necessary.

  • Ensures confidentiality of all employee records, investigations, and other information.

  • Achieves financial objectives by assisting in preparing the annual budget and proposal, inclusive of operational plans and objectives; recommending staffing and expenditures.

  • Improves staff effectiveness by coaching, counseling, training and recommending disciplinary action for employees; planning, delegating, monitoring, and appraising job tasks and results in a timely manner.

  • Hosts regular staff meetings to ensure communication among personnel regarding program-related activities.

  • Coordinates the technology needs of the office; purchases hardware and software; ensures staff is fully trained on systems, policies and procedures.

  • Represents the Washoe Tribe and coordinate reports to Personnel Committee and Tribal Council.

  • Oversees background investigations and random drug testing program.

  • Oversees development of effective programs to orient new employees to the Washoe Tribal Government and conduct exit interviews of departing employees.

  • Represents the department and the organization to external agencies, consultants, and other organizations and individuals.

  • Contributes to departmental effectiveness by identifying short-term and long-range issues and goals that must be addressed; providing information and commentary pertinent to deliberations; recommending options and courses of actions; implementing directives.

  • Conducts annual HR program evaluation and assessments of program components and staff according to established policies, procedures and regulations.

  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research; attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.

  • Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.

  • Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications
  • Knowledge of traditional form of government and tribal customs and traditions.

  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements.

  • Knowledge of principles, practices and trends in recruitment and employment; compensation and benefits; record-keeping systems; and performance development and evaluation systems.

  • Knowledge of effective principles and practices of education and development.

  • Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and basic arithmetic.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.

  • Ability to work effectively with individuals and demonstrate leadership and team-building skills with empathy and enthusiasm.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Ability to create and present effective speeches and presentations.

  • Ability to analyze situations and adopt appropriate courses of action.

  • Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.

  • Ability to make solid decisions and exercise independent judgment.

  • Ability to be persuasive and tactful in controversial situations.

  • Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations, and requirements.

  • Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, and presentation software (such as PowerPoint).

  • Skill in coaching and consulting management and executive level employees.

  • Skill in budget preparation and administration.

  • Skill in preparing, reviewing, and analyzing operational and financial reports.

  • Skill in providing leadership to, supervising, training, and evaluating assigned staff.

  • Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions, and implementing recommendations.

Physical Demands
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment
  • Work is generally performed in an office setting with a moderate noise level. Evening and/or weekend work may be required. There is frequent interaction with the public and employees. Tight time constraints and multiple demands are common. Travel may be required for training, meetings, conferences, presentations, and other events.