Town of Brookline

Director of Human Resources

Brookline, MA

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The Town of Brookline, one of the largest towns in New England, seeks a Director of Human Resources (HR) to join the senior leadership of the town administration. The Director of HR will build upon and execute a human resources strategy that provides exceptional service to the town’s employees. The Director of HR works closely with a dedicated team that provides guidance and support to all town department heads regarding matters of personnel policies and procedures.

Working closely under the direction of the Town Administrator, the Director of HR will provide strategic direction for the department. Specifically, the Director of HR will be responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating policies and programs for recruitment and hiring; assisting in employee onboarding and orientation; ensuring effective employee relations and performance management; overseeing benefit management and administration; and fostering a culture that supports and furthers the Town’s mission, vision and values.  This includes administrative, technical, and professional work in directing and supervising the personnel systems, policies and procedures of the Town, including classification, compensation, recruitment, selection, labor relations, benefits administration, civil service, and training.

Surrounded by the City of Boston on three sides, Brookline consists of roughly six square miles of land. It is a vibrant suburban town with an increasingly diverse population. The Town of Brookline continues to be a safe and highly desirable place to live, due to its proximity to job opportunities, excellent public transportation and school systems, and livable neighborhoods that balance green space, historic preservation, and outstanding services.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a dedicated team committed to the welfare of the residents and businesses of the Town of Brookline. The successful candidate will bring a vision for the future, and set forth goals in close concert with Town leadership and colleagues across the Town Administration. The Director of HR will have proven leadership experience building and delivering talent development and management programs, experiences, and processes, preferably in the context of a complex mission-driven organization. The ideal candidate will have functional expertise in most or all of the following areas: change management, employee relations, training and professional development, benefits administration, and recruitment/retention strategies. The ideal candidate will be a strong relationship-builder, will effectively communicate at all levels of the organization with high regard for confidentiality, and will prove to be accessible and approachable.


Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to:  To expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.


The Town of Brookline is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity.
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.