Associated Recreation Council, Seattle

Human Resources Director

The Human Resources Director is responsible for the overall HR strategy to ensure the department is in alignment with the mission, vision and values of the Associated Recreation Council. The HR Director must partner with the Executive Leadership team and the HR team to accomplish the strategic goals of the organization. The HR Director will create and provide HR support, which is both tactical and strategic and work as a collaborative partner with all employees, managers, Seattle Parks and Recreation and as a leader of the Human Resource department.

Pay Range: $85,000 - $95,000 annually DOE


  • Provide consultation and recommendations to the Executive leadership team regarding compensation, employee relations, engagement, retention, and strategies
  • Will be responsible for building and maintaining working relationships with the Seattle Parks and Recreation leadership team
  • Will direct the planning, development, implementation, administration and budgeting of the human resource functions and department
  • Develops compensation, employee relations, engagement, retention, and overall HR strategies for the organization
  • Supervises the staff of the Human Resources department
  • Represents ARC at board meetings, at advisory council meetings and other functions with our community partners
  • Participates on committees, implements special projects, and seeks additional responsibilities as needed
  • Aligns the organization’s policies, procedures, and practices to the overall strategic initiative of the company


  • HR Knowledge: Understanding and execution of tactical and strategic HR functions and processes and implement these functions within ARC.
  • Critical/analytical thinking: Seeking information and using that information to make informed decision, resolve issues and effectively mediate employee relation sessions
  • Cross-cultural intelligence: Support initiatives and actively promote cultural diversity, inclusion and equity
  • Strategic thinking: Seeing the big picture, having a long-term line of sight and understanding the interconnectedness of decisions and activities within the various lines of the business.
  • Leading change: Charting the course for organization’s stakeholders to navigate a shift in business processes, priorities, roles and expectations.
  • Results orientation/drive for performance: The ability to link processes and practices to positive outcomes and to demonstrate the value that HR brings to the organization.
  • Relationship Management: The ability to work with a variety of people at all levels from all different backgrounds and experiences
  • Coaching/developing others: Helping others to reach their potential and ensure the organization is establishing career pathing and solid employee retention
  • Credibility: Being perceived by others as having the knowledge and experience to back up one’s authority.
  • Ethical Behavior: Perception of the moral appropriateness of individual and/or group conduct or behavior.
  • Effective communication: Being able to verbally or in writing convey messages in terms that make sense, actively listen to others’ interpersonal communications. Present ideas in a thoughtful manner, and always keeping in mind the vision and mission of the organization
  • Technological savvy: Knowledge of the unique solutions and challenges that new technology will bring to the organization and understanding of how talent management will be affected by a technologically enhanced business


  • BS/BA degree in Human Resources Management, Business or related discipline (SPHR, SHRM-SCP, or Master’s Degree preferred)
  • Have worked within a multi-site organization
  • Non-profit company experience preferred but not required


  • The HR Director will create and provide HR support, which is both tactical and strategic and work as a collaborative partner with all employees, managers and as a leader of the Human Resource department.
  • Ability to think strategically with the whole organization in mind
  • Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible HR business partnership experience with 5 years in a leadership role
  • Minimum of 5-years’ experience leading an HR team

This is a full-time, year-round, exempt, benefited position. Benefits include medical, dental and vision, 401(k), paid time off (PTO), Holidays, Life Insurance, AD&D, Employee Assistance Program.

Please provide a resume, and cover letter stating why you are the perfect candidate for this role. 

This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications.  ARC is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer and values diverse perspectives and life experiences.  Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  ARC encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Position opened until filled. Applications are reviewed weekly.