City of San José


Our diverse and inclusive workforce of more than 7,000 employees play a key role in the success of San José, the heart of the Silicon Valley. All City of San José employees work together as one team to make San José a vibrant, innovative, and desirable place to live and work. Visit here to learn more about San José.


The Human Resources Department’s primary purpose is to enable City employees to serve a diverse and thriving San José community. The Human Resources team recognizes that the City is powered by people and is committed to providing high-quality essential services and support to employees and departments. They also recognize that success as a City is dependent on the ability to create a dynamic and engaged workforce and a City employee’s ability to provide excellent service is strengthened by investments in attracting talent; providing opportunities for career growth; enabling an environment focused on health, safety, and wellness; and retaining a diverse workforce in a workplace that is equitable and inclusive.

The Department focuses on five core service areas: Employment Services, Employee Benefits, Health and Safety, Learning and Development, and Administration/Strategic Support. The majority of City employees are represented by one of twelve bargaining units. Labor and employee relations are handled by City Manager’s Office of Employee Relations. The Human Resources Department’s 2023-2024 Adopted Budget is approximately $18 million with 61.5 full-time equivalent positions.

For more information on the Department, please visit:


The Assistant Director is an executive-level position that reports to the Director of Human Resources. The Assistant Director will assist the Director with the development and implementation of long and short-range departmental goals, objectives, policies, and priorities, and will allow the Director more capacity for strategic initiatives.

With the complex issues facing the Human Resources Department, ranging from recruitment and classification, to benefits management, to workers’ compensation, the Assistant Director of Human Resources will provide leadership support in the planning, organization, and overall direction in the operations of the Department. The selected candidate will play an integral role in contributing innovative and creative ideas to recruit new talent to the City, assisting in the management of a multi-million-dollar benefits program, and developing and implementing cost effective and efficient strategies. The Assistant Director will provide supervision and guidance to the Department’s divisions of Employment Services, Employee Benefits, Health and Safety, Learning and Development, and Administration/Strategic Support and will oversee a Deputy Director and two Division Managers.

The ideal candidate will be strategic, innovative, proactive, and creative. They will be collaborative, have exceptional operational and leadership skills, and be able to develop and maintain effective professional relationships and partnerships throughout the City. With a demanding workload, fast paced environment, and limited resources, the Assistant Director must be organized, able to lead and mentor staff, have excellent communications skills, and maximize the use of technology to improve effective and efficient service delivery.


The following are the minimum qualifications for the Assistant Director of Human Resources:

Education: Requires a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, or human resources related field (a master’s degree is highly preferred).


  • Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible human resources experience managing complex human resources related issues.
  • Previous experience working in a unionized civil service environment would be highly advantageous in this role, but public sector or local government experience is not a requirement for this position.
  • Experience at a level equivalent to Deputy Director is desirable.
  • Strong management and administration skills and the proven ability to develop and implement resourceful and effective HR-related programs will be essential to this role.

License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in California may be required.


The current salary range for Assistant Director is from $170,138 to $274,847. The actual salary will depend on the qualifications and experience of the individual selected. In addition, the City provides an excellent array of benefits, (e.g. retirement, vacation and executive leave, etc.), which can be found in the Unit 99 Benefit and Compensation Summary below:

For more information on employee benefits, visit the City’s benefits website:


Please apply on-line by February 9, 2024 at:

If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email and we will research the status of your application.

For questions and inquiries, please contact: Sarah Steele at