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Director, Human Resources

Website Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts



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Director, Human Resources
Human Resources
An attractive Judicial Branch benefits package is offered, including pension, medical, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as deferred compensation and generous leave time
Minimum salary $120,551; salary at time of hire to be commensurate with experience
Chicago or Springfield, Illinois

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Reporting to the Administrative Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, who reports directly to the Illinois Supreme Court, the Director of Human Resources will provide strategic leadership and direction for all facets of human resources management. They will manage the various component activities of Illinois Judicial Branch Human Resources operations, ensuring that all HR programs and initiatives are integrated and effective in supporting the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.


The Director of Human Resources participates in institutional planning, as a member of the Administrative Director’s leadership team, while providing broad administrative leadership and coordination to the Human Resources Division.


The Director will be responsible for identifying and eliminating gaps and prioritizing areas for streamlining, integrating, and improving HR systems and processes, in order to provide coordinated, efficient, and high-quality services.


QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates must hold a master’s degree in a field related to the position and have a minimum of 10 years of dedicated professional HR experience, with at least 7 years at a leadership level of responsibility within a large, complex, decentralized organization; strong interpersonal and communication skills; knowledge of HR computerized information systems, and proven skill and ability encompassing all aspects of human resources management, including but not limited to conflict resolution, performance coaching and management, diversity and inclusion recruitment strategies, employee relations, wellness programs, regular compensation reviews and management, and effective complaint investigations, shaped by best practice and experience. Knowledge of prevailing and trending employment law and related issues and the ability to quickly acclimate to the needs and goals of the judicial system is also required.


The successful candidate will be an ethical and skilled problem-solver with the ability to perform and manage all human resources functions while productively managing staff performance and competing priorities, with the proven ability to effectively support, guide, and address management prerogatives and obligations, including advice to supervisory judges and court administrators, while also being appropriately responsive to concerns from employees, within a framework that honors both empathy and accountability.


Candidates’ prior experience should demonstrate evidence of the ability to interact effectively and productively with individuals at all levels of the organization, through a combination of exceptional communication skills, diplomacy, dignity, and respect for the conventions of the courts.  A juris doctorate degree is preferred.  Limited and occasional hybrid work option possible.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  This position requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time. This is a professional office working environment, requiring telephone usage and the ability to process written documents. Applicant must have the ability to travel throughout the state including overnight stays as required.


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