DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES – (Onondaga County Water Authority)


The Director of Human Resources is responsible for administering the human resource and employee/labor relations functions for the OCWA while reporting directly to the Executive Director. The Director is also responsible for directing and supervising a comprehensive array of services to support OCWA management. The nature of the work requires the incumbent to function effectively under broad policy directives which the incumbent shares a role in developing. The Director administers and actively participates in several OCWA benefit programs, recruitment and hiring, as well as employee/labor relations. The Director reviews and evaluates the activities of HR staff. The Director represents management in contract negotiations, contract administration, policy development and implementation, and the administration of discipline and grievance procedures. This position functions with the highest level of confidentiality. Does related work as required.


Acts as liaison with the Onondaga County Civil Service Department, retirement systems, group insurance carriers, and other personnel related agencies.

Verifies that minimum qualification requirements of positions are met by those who hold those positions.

Supervises and develops all activities with respect to the creation and classification of jobs.

Establishes procedures and implements or supervises the implementation of these procedures in recruitment, application screening and selection.

Supervises the record keeping function for all personnel and files all necessary reports resulting therefrom.

Approves all personnel actions for OCWA, supervises the preparation of all Board agendas and participates in Board meetings and prepares all post-Board meeting correspondence and records.

Administers fringe benefit programs for all OCWA personnel, including NYS disability, FMLA, workers compensation, and NYS retirement.

Plans and oversees staff orientation programs for all new employees; participates in exit interviews with all terminating employees.

Supervises maintenance of the human resource online system including attendance records, leave accruals, and personnel transactions.

Ensures that all personnel policies and practices are in compliance with relevant laws, rules, and regulations.

Develops and implements new or revised personnel policies for the organization.

Serves as confidential advisor to the Executive Director on all sensitive personnel matters.

Serves as a staff resource to management members in matters related to labor relations and human resource programs.

Represents management during contract negotiations, administers collective bargaining agreements and interfaces with members of multiple bargaining units.

Represents management in matters of concern to employee organizations including the resolution of problems, discipline, grievances, arbitrations, participation in collective bargaining, and contract revisions.

Serves as sole liaison with union officials concerning contract interpretation matters. Provides technical assistance regarding employee discipline.

Oversees all facets of the Authority’s insurance program and interacts with OCWA’s insurance broker on matters related to insurance coverage, including renewal of OCWA’s insurance programs and claim handling.

Directs and supervises the drug and alcohol testing, and pre-employment physical programs.

Serves as administrative contact for the EAP service.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of human resource management and employee

relations as practiced under applicable state and federal civil service and labor laws.

Good knowledge of contractual agreements covering employees.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of public authorities inclusive of organizational principles, management principles, fiscal processes, and personnel administration.

Knowledge of employee benefit programs.

Ability to work independently and identify, define and solve problems.

Ability to work in a union environment, conducting union negotiation sessions and hearings, preferably in the public sector

Ability to orally present clear and logical arguments on a wide variety of issues at negotiating sessions.

Ability to analyze information gathered for the purposes of developing recommendations and/or making decisions.

Ability to prepare detailed and complex correspondence for the purposes of explaining and supporting decisions and recommendations.

Ability to supervise a small number of professional, paraprofessional, and clerical employees.


A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university, or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees, with a baccalaureate degree in Human Resource Management, Industrial & Labor Relations, Business or a closely related field, and five (5) years of progressively responsible leadership experience in human resource management and/or personnel administration. OR,

B. Nine (9) years of work experience or its part time equivalent, in human resource management or personnel administration, to include five (5) years of progressively responsible leadership experience in human resource management and/or personnel administration.


10/22 Date of original composition