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Director, Employee Relations, Training and Benefits

Recruitment #19-004919-0007


This is a repost of the position previously posted on June 24, 2019. Applicants who have already applied, do not need to reapply.

This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Human Resource Services Unit. This recruitment will be used to fill current vacancies for the position and may be used to fill future vacancies in the same classification/function. Future vacancies may also be filled via other recruitments. The resulting eligible list will be maintained for one year.




Annapolis, MD (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to direct a full range of personnel services and programs for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in accordance with State Personnel Management System laws and regulations. The major areas directed are employee relations, training, health benefits, retirement, leave administration and leave processing in Workday in compliance with regulatory concerns. This position requires that the incumbent maintain the utmost confidentiality regarding the status of all employee relations matters and all other personnel information with which the incumbent comes into contact on a daily basis. This position also provides technical guidance and assistance to Personnel Assistants, HR Contacts and HR Officers on highly technical and complex personnel issues. In this function, the position provides managerial support to personnel professionals and paraprofessionals and provides staffing and supervision of training in Workday and the HUB. This position requires that the incumbent maintain thorough, current knowledge of law – both State and Federal, regulation, policy and precedence. The position represents management at second step hearings and provides testimony at the Office of the Administrative Hearings and participates in statewide workgroups on various Human Resources related issues.


• Manager for all employee relations functions for the Department of Natural Resources.
• Conducts mitigation conferences. Advises management of appropriate corrective actions.
• Hears appeals and grievances and renders decisions.
• Represents DNR as management in appeals and grievances at settlement conferences at DBM.
• Represents DNR as management in appeals and grievances at hearing at the Office of Administrative Hearings.
• Member of the Departmental Labor/Management Committee and advisor and liaison for the Maryland Park Service Labor/Management Committee.
• Serves as the HR Appointing Authority in SPS for Employee Relations and Leave Actions.
• Drafts notices of disciplinary actions to include termination from State service.
• Serves as the agency negotiator for union disputes and demands to bargain in accordance with MOUs.
• Oversees agency open enrollment and retirement coordination.
• Serves as HUB Administrator for the Department.


Education: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Four years of professional HR experience involving recruitment and employment services, classification and compensation, employee relations, test development and validation, job analysis, job evaluation, salary administration, HR program evaluation, or HR policy formulation.


1. Professional HR management work in the areas of recruitment and selection, classification, salary administration, employee relations, test development and validation or as a generalist may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to four years of the required education.

2. Paraprofessional personnel work experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to four years of the required education. Paraprofessional personnel work is defined as work involving the application of public sector personnel procedures, policies, rules and regulations to specific employment actions. Appropriate paraprofessional personnel experience includes responsibility for activities such as: preparing and maintaining employment records, calculating salaries, applying personnel-related rules and policies, preparing personnel-related reports, conducting employee orientation and counseling employees regarding benefits and obligations and responding to inquiries concerning employment procedures.

3. Thirty graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the fields of HR/personnel administration, business administration, public administration, statistics, tests and measurements, psychology or a related field may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in human resources management classifications or human resources management specialty codes in the human resources management field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


Applicants must meet the minimum and selective qualifications to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

Two years of the above experience must be in employee relations.


1. Employees in this classification are required to obtain certification in State Personnel Management System policies and procedures and in the functionality of the Statewide Personnel System from the Office of Personnel Services and Benefits, Department of Budget and Management within six months from the time of appointment to the position. Employees are also required to obtain recertification every six months thereafter.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates may be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.


Your application is part of the examination process. The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of this position. The rating will be based on the information provided on your application. Therefore, it is important you provide all the experience and education related to this position completely and accurately.



The online application is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to:

Department of Natural Resources
Human Resources
580 Taylor Avenue, C-3
Annapolis, MD 21401

The Human Resources Department is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Chuck Hecker at  

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.