City of Boston

Deputy Director, People & Culture

Posted Date 4 weeks ago(1/5/2023 2:57 PM)
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ASD Human Resources
Regular Full-Time
Boston City Hall
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Brief Job Description:


The City of Boston seeks to hire a Deputy Director of People and Culture to support the Executive Director of People and Culture the oversight, development and coordination of policies, activities, and staff for the central Human Resources department for the City of Boston. As a key leadership role in the City’s new People Operations Cabinet, the Deputy Director of People and Culture will help develop and oversee all centralized employee-related policy, compliance, and activities including recruitment, job design, performance management, talent management, health benefits, and other essential HR functions.


The Deputy Director of People and Culture will specifically oversee all policy development for the City’s Human Resource office, and work collaboratively with the City’s legal, policy, and labor relations teams to ensure all policies are operationalized according to the law, the City’s policy goals, and the City’s collective bargaining agreements. The Deputy Director of People and Culture will also oversee the administration and finance functions of the Office of Human Resources.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

This leadership role requires strong problem-solving and relationship-building skills, with a strong knowledge of the principles and practices of human resources and ability to relate well with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and identities. Successful candidates will have a style that is purposeful and directed at getting things done effectively and respectfully. The working environment will present a great deal of challenge and pressure, and people and problems must be handled with care, confidence, and determination.

  • Seven or more (7+) years of leadership experience operating and influencing effectively across organizations/departments and within complex contexts required.
  • At least four (4) years of direct people and team management experience.
  • A degree in human resources, law, employee relations or related fields is preferred, but not required.
  • Experience working in a large or mid-size organization. Experience in the public sector and/or unionized environments is preferred.
  • Ability to use a variety of advanced conflict resolution techniques to guide departments through options to successfully resolve employee conflicts.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to balance scores of tasks in a fast-paced environment with constantly changing priorities.
  • Ability to motivate staff and ensure follow-through on assigned tasks.
  • Demonstrated leadership, change management, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must possess excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and ability to maintain composure in stressful situations.
  • Ability to exercise outstanding judgment and significant patience, understanding and empathy, recommend solutions in a tactful and professional manner, and maintain the integrity of confidential information.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills - able to work with and be inclusive of diverse interests and backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of Boston is a plus.





Hours per week: 35 


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