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City of Portland - Deputy Director of Human Resources

Start Date: April 22, 2024 | End Date: July 26, 2024
County: Cumberland County
Job Type: Human Resources


The City of Portland is searching for a kind, curious, collaborative, energetic, and strategic Deputy Human Resources Director who is passionate about serving the City’s workforce of more than 2,300 full-time, part-time, per diem, on-call, and seasonal employees. Portland is Maine’s largest and most complex municipality, and its human resources needs are equally complex. The HR Department is responsible for labor relations, safety, benefits & compensation, employee-centered DEIB initiatives, strategic culture change, recruitment & retention, and other traditional and progressive HR functions. The Department is staffed by sixteen dedicated professionals, and supported by HR business partners in each of the large departments.

The Deputy Director supports the Human Resources Director and shares responsibility for the strategic direction of the Department. Based on skills and expertise, the Deputy and Director divide leadership responsibilities of the functional areas of the Department, including providing mentoring, guidance, support, and feedback to staff in those designated areas. The Deputy also has primary responsibility for the financial functions of the Department.

The ideal candidate for our organization possess:

  • Thorough knowledge of human resources functions, best practices, and legal obligations; leadership and organizational principles; and strategy and planning.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Passion and enthusiasm for challenging work and a desire to serve our employees and the City.
  • A high degree of professionalism and proven leadership skills, including the ability to effectively motivate and manage people and projects, even with competing demands.
  • Excellent collaborative skills to bring together people of varying perspectives, including City Council and leadership, department heads and managers, human resources staff, union representatives, and employees.
  • Significant attention to detail and organization skills; strong financial background.
  • Effective communications skills with an ability to productively engage staff, colleagues, and stakeholders with tact, diplomacy and professionalism.


Applications accepted until filled

Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory criminal background check.


Salary & Benefits:

Non-Union position – Grade D72 - The starting salary range is $107,702 - $121,232 annually depending on skills and experience, and the full salary range is up to $136,467.
The City of Portland prides itself on its outstanding benefits and collegial and mission-driven work environment.

City benefits include:

  • Thirteen paid holidays
  • Free employee health insurance with the completion of wellness incentives
  • Sick, vacation, and personal leave
  • Life, dental, vision and income protection insurances
  • Choice of retirement plans, including a pension plan
  • Use of City recreation facilities
  • Discount on professional development programs through USM and Thomas College

If you need assistance or accommodation in the application process, please contact Shae Gonzalez (City of Portland Recruiter) at

The City of Portland is strongly committed to diversity in its workforce.
Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.
We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

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