Madison, Wisconsin

Posted Date

February 1, 2024

Contact Information

Kristina Trastek

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking for a transformative human resource (HR) leader who excels at providing high-quality HR services and leading organizational change in a fast-paced, dynamic, and mission driven organization to serve as the agency’s Human Resources Director.  This position will serve a diverse workforce comprised of law enforcement, attorneys, scientists, advocates, and business services professionals.  If you are an experienced, strategic human resources leader, please consider applying for this exciting opportunity!

The DOJ’s mission is to protect the public and ensure that justice is done.  To continue to meet this mission, the principles of equity, inclusion, and employee well-being have become a foundation for all work performed at DOJ, on behalf of Wisconsinites.

The DOJ is committed to developing and supporting a workforce and culture that is rich in diversity and innovation. It is the department’s goal is to ensure that all DOJ employees are empowered to be authentic, claim belonging, and thrive. This is your opportunity to make and be the difference.

In addition to working with a dynamic group of people, we offer amazing benefits, such as excellent health insurance, ample paid leave, flexible work schedules, and an employee assistance program that offers a variety of programs and resources to help promote wellness. Furthermore, employment within the state of Wisconsin provides job stability, work/life balance, and numerous intrinsic rewards from doing meaningful work.

This position is headquartered at the Risser Justice Center located at 17 West Main Street in Madison. 


The Bureau of Human Resources team, comprised of eight full-time staff and several limited term employees, is responsible for the full array of human resource services across the employee lifecycle.  The Bureau provides HR services in functional areas such as payroll and benefits, classification and compensation, recruitment and selection, employee relations, performance management, employee training, equity and inclusion, and employee assistance and wellness.

Under the general supervision of the Administrator of the Division of Management Services, this position is responsible for directing the full-scope human resources program for DOJ. Specific responsibilities are as follows:

  • Developing a strategic vision for human resource programming and leading the implementation of tactical changes and improvements within the Bureau and across the DOJ.
  • Providing ongoing guidance, training, and supervision to Bureau of Human Resources staff.
  • Providing consultation and technical assistance to the Attorney General and other DOJ executives on complex and sensitive topics.
  • Assessing and identifying opportunities to streamline, standardize, automate, and improve human resource processes and policies.
  • Partnering with the Equity and Inclusion Officer in the Office of the Attorney General, to ensure equity principles are foundational to all HR processes and facilitate collaboration and intentional actions among staff and leaders to advance efforts that make DOJ more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.


Applicants must have professional experience in each of the following areas:

  • Managing at least two of the following human resources program areas:

1) Employment relations (e.g., performance management, workplace complaints, workplace investigations, etc.)

2) Recruitment and staffing

3) Compensation

4) Classification

5) Payroll and benefits administration

6) FMLA and leaves of absence

7) Training and development

8) Equity and inclusion

  • Providing management support and consultation to high level managers/leaders in an organization (e.g., agency head, executive leadership, division administrators, the leader of a private sector business/organization such as President or CEO, other department managers/leaders in various industries, etc.) on human resources programs and topics.
  • Developing and implementing human resources policies and procedures for an entire organization.
  • Advanced formal human resources supervisory experience (e.g., motivating employees to achieve higher levels of productivity/performance; coaching, developing, or preparing employees to assume higher level duties; having responsibility for other human resources supervisors; overseeing and providing direction/leadership to multiple human resources teams/program areas, etc.).

In addition to the qualifications listed above, a well-qualified applicant will also have experience with some of the following:

  • Managing three or more human resources program areas.
  • Providing management support and consultation to a variety of high-level managers/leaders.
  • Working in a medium to large/complex organization with broader spans of control (e.g., supporting a workforce in excess of 500 employees; supervising other executive level Human Resources directors/managers or large teams in excess of 20 employees).
  • Working in public sector human resources.
  • Designing, realigning, and/or streamlining operations, and/or resources to meet strategic needs of an organization.
  • Analyzing data to drive decision making processes.
  • Developing and/or monitoring budgets.
  • Utilizing budget resources to meet operational needs and/or strategic goals.
  • Designing, developing, and/or implementing training programs to meet the needs of a technically diverse workforce (i.e. Employees who have varied/distinct roles, responsibilities, and areas of expertise such as attorneys, law enforcement, scientists, etc.).
  • Developing/re-structuring and/or implementing human resources policies and procedures that foster positive outcomes relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.