Human Resources

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Current Size: 80%

The City of Harrisonburg's Human Resource Department administers programs to attract, motivate, and retain an efficient and productive workforce. The Human Resource Department manages programs and services for a workforce of approximately 600 full-time employees and part-time/temporary staff primarily responsible for providing government services to our citizens.  


To design and implement policies and programs to attract, support, develop and retain a diverse and productive workforce. To positively influence the execution of human resource programs to create a responsive atmosphere that values and supports creativity, risk-taking, integrity and diversity.


Human Resources Department's services include:

  • Providing employment;
  • Promoting a diversified workforce;
  • Developing training programs designed to meet the needs of the workforce by enhancing knowledge, skills, and abilities and preparing employees for future challenges and opportunities;
  • Providing employee relations counseling to city employees to improve work relations and the work environment;
  • Developing human resources policies to meet the needs of the organization while ensuring compliance;
  • Administering a total compensation program which attracts applicants, maintains internal equity, competes in relevant labor markets, and retains high performers;
  • Serve in a consultative role with city departments to meet the changing needs of the organization and population.


Full-time employees are offered a benefits package including:

  • Health Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Flexible Benefits Spending Account
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement with Virginia Retirement System
  • 457 Deferred Comp
  • Paid leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Assistance