GovHR USA is pleased to be partnering with Pinellas County, FL (pop. 1MM) who is currently seeking a
forward-thinking, innovative Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO). Candidates with senior level
experience in large municipal or county government, strong leadership and mentoring expertise,
experience in a dispersed governing structure and a creative and collaborative approach to
problem-solving are invited to apply.
Pinellas County is in the heart of Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, just a short drive away from Tampa Bay.
Known for its pristine beaches, charming coastal towns, and stunning natural landscapes, Pinellas County
is a premier destination for outdoor enthusiasts, families, and retirees.
As a leader in local government, Pinellas County offers a unique and exciting opportunity for experienced
professionals to make a real impact on the lives of residents and visitors alike. Pinellas County is
committed to promoting a thriving, safe, and healthy community through innovative policies, programs,
The County consists of 24 cities – all with their own culture and neighborhood vibe. One of the County’s
biggest strengths and selling points is to have such an eclectic mix of high tech, advanced manufacturing,
tourism and beach life, events and festivals, new and emerging businesses, creative arts and business and
About the Department
The Human Resources Department provides strategic and administrative support for the Unified
Personnel System. The main departmental goal is to become a trusted business partner for every member
of the System, and to provide the citizens of Pinellas County with a competent, diverse, trained, and
The Department includes the following divisions: Benefits & Wellness, Communications & Outreach,
Organizational & Talent Development, Contracts, Budget & Logistics, Planning & Performance and
Workforce Strategy. The human resources team supports all County departments and approximately
3100 employees who provide a wide array of services to the community and assists department leaders
in attracting and retaining top talent to ensure continued organizational capacity to deliver superior
Human Resources Organizational Chart
About the Position
The Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) provides dynamic organizational leadership by partnering
with the Appointing Authorities (AA), the Unified Personnel Board (UPB), and the Employee Advisory
Council (EAC) to provide expert advice and support in addressing human resources and organizational
needs to achieve the County’s goals and objectives. Please see the position brochure for more
information about the County governing structure.
The Appointing Authorities include Business Technology Services, Clerk of the Circuit Court, County
Administrator, County Attorney, Human Resources, Human Rights, Forward Pinellas (previously Pinellas
Planning Council and Metropolitan Planning Organization), Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections,
and Tax Collector. The Chief Human Resources Officer is included as an Appointing Authority and
responsible for a staff of 38 FTE with a departmental operating budget of $4MM.
The position reports to the Unified Personnel Board which is responsible for the CHRO appointment and
● Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in business, public administration, human resources, or
● Executive level human resources director experience in a large, public-sector organization, preferably
at the County or municipal level, or customer service-driven organization that ensures responsiveness
to its various stakeholders.
● At least Seven (7) years of progressive professional work in human resource management and
previous managerial experience in all HR disciplines –talent acquisition, HRIS, Benefits, organizational
development, compensation, and classification, etc.
● Proven experience in benefit plan review and implementation, broker oversight, RFP review and
contract negotiations and diversifying program offerings with the ability to identify best practices that
enhance the health of our workforce.
● Professional certification from SHRM, IPMA, and/or equivalent
Highly Preferred Qualifications
● Master’s degree and at least five (5) years of progressive HR leadership experience.
● Experience navigating complex reporting structures with numerous direct and indirect managers.
Management Style and Professional Characteristics
● Servant leader philosophy
● Open, honest, inquisitive, and transparent
● Lifelong Learner
● Professional demeanor
● Skilled in identifying and implementing best practice solutions
● Exceptional communicator in a dispersed governing structure
● Proactive, solution and results-oriented
● Departmental leader, manager, and mentor
● Comfortable working in a fast-pasted environment
● Welcoming and inclusive
● Strong supervisory and team orientation
Benefits & Wellness Programs
● The County is proud of the total compensation package provided to employees including salary and
benefits with generous contributions to health benefits (including medical, vision, dental, pharmacy,
and behavioral/mental health), plus the Florida Retirement System (FRS) plan, life insurance, disability
insurance, reemployment assistance, and workers’ compensation.
▪ Benefits Overview
▪ Wellness Program Overview
● Other valuable benefits include time off, tuition reimbursement, wellness incentives, referral bonus
up to $1,000 cash, and a rewards gift catalog.
Florida Sunshine Laws – Please be aware that all aspects of this recruitment are open to public records
requests throughout the process.
Salary range – $152,000 to $238,000. It is anticipated the hiring rate offered will be +/- the midpoint
range depending on qualifications. There is no state income tax in Florida.
Relocation assistance is available to the selected candidate. Please note that Supplemental Income is
taxed as such per IRS Guidelines.
To Apply: Candidates interested in applying for the position should submit their résumé and cover letter
electronically by December 26, 2023 along with contact information for five (5) supervisory and/or
professional references to www.GovHRjobs.com. For any questions about this recruitment, please
contact: Joan Walko, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA Phone: (410) 499-9586.
Pinellas County is a drug free workplace and equal opportunity employer. All employment actions are
taken without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age,
handicap, disability, marital status, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.