Human Resource Consultant – MMIA – Helena, MT

If you are a Human Resource (HR) professional with a solid understanding of HR in the public sector and strong training and leadership skills, consider joining the Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority (MMIA) as our next Human Resource Consultant.  MMIA is a risk retention pool providing self-funded coverage in liability, property, workers’ compensation, and employee benefits to cities and towns across Montana.

This position will provide consulting and training to member cities and towns on a variety of personnel-related matters and offer internal HR services to MMIA’s Management Team that directs a staff of 33 employees.  The services this position provides to members helps to limit risk in a variety of areas from discrimination and wrongful termination to hiring practices, performance management, and workplace safety.

Duties of this position will include but are not limited to:

  • Providing one on one consultation and education to members on a broad range of personnel management topics;
  • Presenting custom-developed educational workshops to municipal staff and elected officials to be presented in person and in virtual formats, in individual member and in member group settings on a broad range of personnel management topics;
  • Working with Operations Manager and risk management staff to develop risk management strategies and techniques to benefit Montana cities and towns as it relates to employment practices;
  • Reviewing member personnel policies and procedures and related personnel documents to identify language affecting liability and workers’ compensation exposures and providing guidance on potential solutions to rectify deficiencies within the member practices and associated documentation with respect to risk;
  • Coordinating all internal personnel management functions for MMIA in accordance with established policies, industry standards, and state and federal laws, including: recruiting, hiring, onboarding, internal investigations, consulting with management for corrective action, staff development, strategic planning, succession planning, personnel policy development, and compensation analysis;
  • Managing MMIA’s employee benefit open enrollment process including reviewing enrollment forms for accuracy and coordinating enrollment processes; serving as the MMIA employee benefit point of contact for all MMIA employees including providing education to employees on offered benefits, and notifying staff of annual fringe benefit allowance.

An ideal candidate will have the following education, experience, knowledge, and skills:

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in human resources, public administration, business management or closely related field AND

Five (5) years of progressive related experience OR a combination of education and experience equal to nine (9) years.

Professional designation such as PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP is preferred.


Key Knowledge and Skills

  • Working knowledge of modern policies and practices of public personnel administration;
  • Thorough knowledge of employee classification, recruitment, selection, training, labor relations, state and federal employment law, and compensation and benefit administration;
  • Skill in effectively communicating, including the ability to diffuse upset individuals;
  • Skill in successfully managing multiple projects with the ability to prioritize work and meet all project and service expectations and deadlines while making decisions in a timely manner;
  • Skill in problem-solving and providing options for resolution;
  • Ability to explain complex ideas and concepts to non-HR professionals;
  • Ability to learn and develop additional risk management training and analysis skills;
  • The ability to prepare high quality written and verbal material and to arrange and present this material in a manner usable to the MMIA management, member communities, and MMIA Board of Directors;
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with member communities; and
  • The ability to work for extended periods of time with limited supervision.

Starting Salary will DOE and fall into the starting range of:  $70,550 to $78,850.

Interested applicants must complete a full application, found on our website’s career center along with a cover letter that highlights experience in key areas of HR, including experience working in the public sector if applicable.

Priority screening of applications will begin on March 8th.  It is in your best interest to apply by this date.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Britani Laughery, Operations Manager at or 406-495-7004.