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Human Resources

Human Resources


The mission of the Human Resources Department is to provide strategic human resource solutions to support City of Boulder employees, goals and outcomes. We do this to help build a thriving and sustainable community.


The Human Resources (HR) Department serves as a business partner to the city manager and operations to help meet city and council objectives as they relate to employees, culture and productivity. HR supports city departments in minimizing employee risk and maximizing employee productivity through recruiting, retention, performance management, total compensation, payroll, employee and bargaining-unit relations, and training and development.

  • 2014 Budget: $2,203,873
  • 2014 Number of Full-time Equivalent (FTE) Employees: 18.63


Administration includes strategic direction of the department, as well as general administrative functions, including customer service, budget, bill paying, communications, and the city’s Human Resources Information System (HRIS).

  • 2014 Operating Budget: $449,833 
  • 2014 Number of FTE Employees: 3.46

Employment includes analysis of hiring priorities based on the city’s business needs, assisting managers and applicants with the recruitment process and selection process, policy/procedure development, interpretation, and compliance.

  • 2014 Operating Budget: $350,144
  • 2014 Number of FTE Employees: 3.39

Benefits and Payroll
Benefits includes the administration of the city’s benefits program, including insurance (medical, dental, vision, life and disability), retirement, deferred compensation, paid time off, and leaves of absence. Payroll is responsible for paycheck processing, W-2s, vendor payments, and federal and state legal compliance regarding payroll, pension, and other tax reporting obligations.

  • 2014 Operating Budget: $605,801 
  • 2014 Number of FTE Employees: 6.49

Compensation develops and administers the city’s compensation programs and policies, and conducts market and job studies to provide favorable salary relationships with labor markets while maintaining internal equity.

  • 2014 Operating Budget: $91,888 
  • 2014 Number of FTE Employees: 0.60

Organizational Development
In partnership with the City Manager’s Office, Organizational Development assists with developing and implementing a framework to further support the organization’s success and efforts toward service excellence through strategies that enhance the organization’s culture, values, design, and effectiveness. This may include assisting with clarifying leadership roles, defining a shared vision and developing a strategic organizational focus, defining the organization’s values, planning organizational training and events, and partnering on a talent management program.

  • 2014 Operating Budget: $394,499 
  • 2014 Number of FTE Employees: 2.24

Employee Relations
Employee Relations provides customer service, including compliance, coaching, conflict resolution, training, and investigations related to laws, policies, complaints, workplace behavior, and culture to ensure a safe, legal, and productive workplace. The function ensures compliance with regulatory agencies and addresses/responds to formal employment-related issues from federal and state regulatory agencies. Employee Relations supports the performance management process, participates and provides support for collective bargaining unit negotiations, handles grievances, and advises supervisors and managers on contract interpretations and applications.

  • 2014 Operating Budget: $311,708
  • 2014 Number of FTE Employees: 2.45
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