Opening Date/Time: Wed. 10/11/17 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Salary: $99,000.00 – $105,000.00 Annually
Job Type: Exempt
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, Washington
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field. We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations. Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. WDFW’s employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at

Human Resources Director
Application review starts immediately and the hiring authority reserves the right to offer the job at any time. It’s to your advantage to apply quickly. 

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill an exempt Human Resource Director position located in the Director’s Office, Human Resource Division.   The duty station is the Natural Resources Building (NRB) located in Olympia, Thurston County.

Reporting to our agency Deputy Director, you are responsible for the leadership and oversight of agency-wide Human Resource (HR) functions in a division of 25 professional staff, of which 11, directly report to you. You are a member of the agency leadership team that sets direction for the agency in all business areas. In addition to leading the HR Management team, you will develop policy, educate and ensure laws, rules, regulations, and policy compliance and lead continuous improvement of HR services. In addition to leading the HR Management team, you will have significant impact on Human Resource policy across state government.

On a daily basis, you will work with executive leaders to help manage complex HR issues, anticipate the future, and affect service delivery as a strategic partner. Your awareness of ever changing legal requirements, including new case law, ensures agency compliance and mitigates associated risks from legal challenges related to human resource issues. You will represent the agency on contractual or legal challenges regarding human resources, includes representing WDFW in developing and implementing effective negotiation with labor organizations and the Labor division of the Office of Financial Management.

Your success will look like this:

  • Team building.
  • Quality service improvement to Programs.
  • Ensure HR data integrity per enterprise standards.
  • Provide vision/strategy for the next level of leadership development along with Diversity Inclusion within WDFW.
  • You will lead or participate in Business Transformation initiatives dealing with Cultural Competencies Training, Demographics and Recruitment, and Workplace Flexibility.
  • You will represent the agency with the Attorney General’s Office during tort and appeal hearings.
  • You will partner with programs on improving safety compliance, focusing on WDFW hatcheries.
  • You will collaborate with Assistant Director’s and engage in meaningful partnerships to resolve operational issues.
Who Should Apply
Professionals with five (5) years of broad-based professional human resources experience with three years of supervisory experience consulting multiple program areas.
Six (6) years of broad-based experience managing professional level staff and providing strategic direction, risk mitigation and guidance on high profile, significant-impact issues.

Here’s What We’re Looking For:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in Human Resource Management, Labor Relations, Public Administration or closely related field.
  • Knowledge of HR principles, Employee Development strategies and Labor Relations experience.
  • Excellent leadership and management skills in serving as a consultant to an executive management team.
  • Strong critical evaluation, conflict management and problem solving skills to effectively identify daily problems and effectuate appropriate creative solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and equitably apply rules, policies, and procedures and exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive and complex personnel issues and employee situations.
  • Displays high emotional intelligence and maturity.
  • Detailed knowledge of human resources related rules, laws, guidelines and best practices.
  • Experience working in public sector system desired.
  • A Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.
 Supplemental Information:
To Be Considered For This Opportunity
Please attach to your application:

  • Letter of interest addressing each of the bullet points under What We’re Looking For listed above
  • Current resume
  • References

Applications will be accepted until the vacancy is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Live and Work in Washington

Washington State employment offers a total work/life package of pay, benefits, flexibility and workplace opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and out of life.

Washington State is a great place to work, play, and be part of a community. Washington offers a quality of life that is unsurpassed. From the high energy urban center of Seattle, one of the nation’s top ranked cities, to the more relaxed pace of our rural communities, Washington’s distinctive Northwest lifestyle blends a progressive and creative culture with a casual nature. The job is located in Olympia, the capital city of Washington State. Olympia is a vibrant city with a small town feel conveniently situated between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Mount Rainier and the rugged Cascade Mountains provide majestic scenery to the east while Washington’s Pacific Coast is just an hour drive to the west. Olympia enjoys the benefits of an engaged and educated community and a well supported school system, augmented by two universities and a community college.

Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver’s license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirmation e-mail.  You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process.  In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at  Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the completeness of application materials submitted and the contents and completeness of the “work experience” section of your application in NEOGOV. A resume will not substitute for the “work experience” section of the application. The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application may disqualify you from consideration for employment in this position. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.