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City of Pekin, Human Resources Director


The City of Pekin, Illinois is seeking qualified applicants for the full-time position of Human Resources Director. The Human Resources Director will play an integral role in managing the day-to-day administration, coordination, and evaluation of the City’s human resources function, including the city’s personnel system, talent attraction, employee engagement, managing the full array of benefits offered to full-time employees, providing oversight of the city’s risk management program, and training programs. This position also provides customer service to external and internal customers including applicants, supervisors, employees, and retirees. This position serves as the principal human resources advisor to the city manager and is a member of the senior management team.

The salary range for the position is $100,000 – $115,000 DOQ. The City provides a full complement of benefits including paid vacation, paid holidays, personal days and sick days. Additional benefits include health and life insurance, participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), and deferred compensation plans. The Human Resource Director position is an exempt, non-union position.

The Community — Pekin, population 31,731, is a vibrant residential, commercial and industrial community located 8 miles south of Peoria on the Illinois River in Tazewell County. The community offers convenient and numerous community amenities including respected schools, an excellent library, a recreational municipal airport, four golf courses, ample acres of other park facilities, and quick transportation access to the entire metropolitan region. The City is a home rule municipality with a total annual budget of over $88 million and 300+ employees (including 85+ part-time school bus drivers and monitors). City departments include City Manager’s Office, Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Police Fire, Public Works, Community Development and the School Bus Department. The City Council consists of the Mayor and six councilmembers, all elected at-large.

Preferred Qualifications — Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Public Administration or a closely related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 5 years of progressively responsible and supervisory experience in human resources work, including benefits administration, and/or risk management. Experience in both union and nonunion environments will be valuable, as well as proven work experience working collaboratively with other departmental leaders.

Desired Qualifications — Highly desired candidates would have a Master’s degree in Human Resources, Public Administration or a closely related field; local government experience; professional certification(s); and highly developed emotional intelligence skills such as self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skill.

If selected, successful completion of a criminal background check, pre-employment physical and drug tests.

How to Apply — Interested applicants can send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to Shannon Geiman, HR Coordinator, at Position will remain open until filled.


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