Human Resources Director

Website Summit County


The Position

Summit County is seeking a leader who wants to make long-term, impactful changes in a community to ensure a strong future for generations to come. This is not your typical Human Resources Director (HR Director), Summit County is searching for a passionate Human Resources professional who can lead and support a strong existing team to continue creating an innovative Human Resources Department while making Summit County an employer of choice.

The HR Director will be experienced in working for local governments or large organizations, is innovative, and displays the utmost level of ethical and empathetic behavior, effective communication, and relationship-building skills. The HR Director oversees all of the County’s human resources functions, including policy administration, training and employee development, benefits administration, employee relations, recruitment, retention, classification, and compensation.

The HR Director has three direct reports – two Assistant Directors and one Program Manager and will lead a growing team of six employees.

The Organization

Summit County, Colorado, operates under the County Commission form of government, wherein the Board of County Commissioners serves as the legislative and policy-setting body for county government and acts as the Board of Social Services, the Board of Health, and the Board of Equalization. Three commissioners are each elected from single-member districts to four-staggered terms to represent the entire County.

The key initiatives and goals of the County are evaluated through the lens of how each supports the County’s sustainability, diversity, equity, and inclusivity and mental health support effort and values. This includes:

  • Fiscal Management
  • Economic Development/Resiliency
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Quality of Life Amenities
  • Smart Growth
  • Community Affordability
  • Community Engagement/Communication
  • Infrastructure
  • Efficient and Effective County Government

The Human Resources Department

The Human Resources Department supports all Summit County departments in accomplishing their goals by recruiting and retaining a highly skilled and diverse workforce. We offer employees an outstanding work environment by providing a positive and safe workplace, fair compensation, and excellent benefits.

Experience and Education

Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in business, human resources, education, or other related field (or equivalent experience). At least six (6) years of specialized experience in a human resources benefit, recruitment, or employee relations role within a public sector organization, is required. HR project management, training, program development, benefit, recruitment, drug and alcohol programs, worker’s compensation, property and liability claims, workplace investigations, and/or HR employee relations role, is also required. Public sector experience, SPHR or PHR certification, a master’s degree, or other higher education or related training, is desired. Applicants must have previous HR experience to be considered for this position.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree and/or demonstrated experience in organizational development; process improvement; diversity, equity, and inclusion; effective employee engagement; rebuilding trust; leading change; building and transforming culture; labor relations; and creating high-performing teams. Candidates with relevant public, private, or nonprofit sector experience, with a comparable scale and complexity of the workforce, are also preferred.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is a collaborative, innovative, and supportive human resources professional with exceptional organizational development, change management, and communication skills. This person is approachable and transparent, with excellent listening skills, and will always model ethical behavior and professional integrity. The ideal candidate will combine strong technical expertise with exceptional leadership and interpersonal and administrative skills. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong presentation skills, and the ability to maintain composure and professionalism in stressful and/or difficult situations. Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task are required. The ideal candidate must be self-directed, highly organized, flexible, detail-oriented, and can manage information and data in a strictly confidential manner. Critical thinking, developing solutions, and improving existing programs to meet the ever-changing needs of the organization are important aspects of this position.

The next HR Director will support and work alongside the existing staff while instilling trust at all levels of the organization and the community. The new HR Director will be a positive, passionate, and team-focused leader who enjoys coaching and developing employees while challenging staff to be the best versions of themselves. The ideal candidate leads with confidence, empathy, and a hands-on approach. The ideal candidate is apolitical, process-oriented, and highly analytical. This individual skillfully balances the day-to-day operations with long-term projects, initiatives, strategies and is willing to challenge the status quo, and is a champion for continuous improvement. The HR Director will enjoy hard work and creative problem-solving and will uphold similar expectations for members of the Human Resources Department to support the organization’s mission. The HR Director’s efforts will innovate and modernize HR practices.

The ideal HR Director is a generalist, well-versed in all HR functions, best practices, and laws and regulations. This person is familiar with managing personnel policies, compensation, benefits, and employee relations issues in large, complex organizations. The HR Director will have demonstrated experience with using technology to improve systems and services in human resources. The next HR Director is fully committed to ensuring that Summit County is a premier workplace.

The Community

Summit County is located among the high peaks of the Colorado Rockies, immediately west of the Continental Divide. The pleasantly warm summers are ideal for hiking, biking, fishing, backpacking, kayaking, and other forms of recreation while the dry, high-alpine climate yields snowy winters that have attracted world-class ski resorts. Summit County is centrally located in Colorado, only an hour’s drive from the Denver metropolitan area via Interstate 70, the state’s main east-west transportation corridor.

Included within the County are six municipalities (Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Montezuma, and Silverthorne), four major ski areas (Arapaho Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and Keystone), portions of the White River National Forest, some Bureau of Land Management lands, and two Congressionally designated wilderness areas (Eagles Nest and Ptarmigan Peak). About 80% of the land in the County is federal public land.

Several striking mountain ranges converge in the County, including portions of the Gore Range, the Tenmile Range, and the Front Range. Among Summit’s impressive features is the Blue River, generating three times the flow of any other tributary in the Colorado River Basin. The Blue River and its primary tributaries, the Snake River and Tenmile Creek, define the County’s contours, cutting deep valleys into the mountainous terrain.

Summit County was established in 1861 as one of the Colorado Territory’s original 17 counties. Today, it boasts a variety of spectacular nature, historical heritage, and even the longest life expectancy out of any County in the United States. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, residents of Summit County had a 2014 life expectancy of 86.83 years – meaning both men and women live longer in Summit County than anywhere else in the United States.


The expected hiring range for this position is $124,076 – $142,683 with excellent benefits. This is a full-time exempt position. This position may have the ability to work from home one day per week and may also have some housing assistance made available.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Interested applicants should apply immediately. This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with an anticipated final review of applications on December 5, 2022.


Please direct questions to Pamela Wideman at or Kelsey Batt at

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