Human Resources

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The Human Resources Department strives to provide the highest quality of service to city departments, employees and the citizens of Topeka.

The Human Resources Department provides policy direction on management issues and administrative support functions for all city departments. As a strategic partner the Department develops, implements and manages the recruitment of permanent and temporary employees, job classification and compensation systems, promotional and entry examinations, organizational training and career development opportunities, personnel records and risk management services to over 1,200 employees.


Specific Functions

  • Administration: Provides professional and technical assistance to city departments in all areas of human resources, employee relations issues and HRIS business solutions
  • Employee Recruitment, Retention and Selection: Recruits, tests, and selects employees consistent with organizational needs
  • Employee Compensation and Classification: Administers the classification and compensation systems
  • Employee Evaluation: Maintains the performance evaluation system to maximize productivity and employee development
  • Equal Employment Opportunity: Implements outreach activities to the community and administers the Equal Employment Opportunity efforts to ensure fair employment practices
  • Employee Service Award Program: Administers service award program
  • Labor Relations: Directs labor negotiations and administers contracts for seven bargaining groups
  • Employee Training: In conjunction with city departments, develop organizational training and career development opportunities and administers tuition reimbursement for employees
  • Employee Benefits: Administers employee insurance and city benefit programs, disability benefits and leaves, employment physicals, drug testing programs, and employee wellness

Important Employment Requirements

If a job offer is made, you will be required to:

  • Pass a post-offer drug screen (may include a medical examination depending on position)
  • Pass a background check (consisting of inquiries into the applicant's criminal, employment, driving record, credit history, education, and/or civil records)
  • Submit verification of your legal right to work in the United States
  • Establish residency in Shawnee County within 6 months following successful completion of the initial probationary period

The City of Topeka is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, sex, disability, familial status, national origin or ancestry, age, or sexual orientation.

Contact

​Jacque Russell

Human Resources Director
215 SE 7th, Room 170
Topeka, KS 66603-3914

Phone: 785-368-3867
TDD: 785-368-3603
Fax: 785-368-3605
Job Information Hotline: 785-368-2588