Human Resources Department

The primary responsibility of the Department of Human Resources is to insure that the Town is appropriately organized and staffed to fulfill its mission by recruiting, developing, motivating, retaining and organizing the most qualified persons. The Human Resources Department engages in a number of specialized activities to accomplish this. These responsiblities include recruiting and hiring, training, salary and benefits administration, performance management, employee relations and employee communications. The Human Resources Director also serves as the Town's labor relations representative with its three unions and in an advisory capacity to other organizations such as the Housing Authority, the Library and the Senior Center on matters pertaining to human resources management.

W. Lee Palmer, Director
Human Resources Department, Room 202 
Town Hall , 2 Renshaw Road
203 656-7390  

Open Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm, closed Holidays


Employment Application
Internal Job Application  


Job Title: Lifeguard                                                                                                        Hourly Rate: $11.50

The Darien Parks & Recreation Department seeks part-time seasonal Lifeguards to work at Weed & Pear Tree Beaches. Duties include (but not limited to): providing safe waterfront, responding to emergencies, enforcing rules & regulations. Applicants must possess current certification in American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR/AED and First Aid. Shifts are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. & 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., approximately 30 hours/week, Memorial Day – Labor Day.

Candidates interested in applying for the position should submit an Application for Employment, to Jim Coghlan, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation at Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820, Tel: 203-656-7327, Email: Applications can be downloaded at  Please contact Jim for further details. EOE Open until filled.

Posted: February 29, 2016


Job Title: Senior Planner                                                                                     Pay Grade: $68,568-$70,715

Job Summary: This class is accountable for performing as a specialist in a planning area in support of program and policies. This class performs professional, technical level work on all aspects of the Town’s planning program and has primary responsibilities for the maintenance and development of planning studies, data management, and related computer services.

Supervision Received: Works under the direction of the Director or Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning.

Supervision Exercised: May lead technical and clerical staff as assigned.

Examples of Essential Duties: Performs highly specialized complex duties in a planning and program area; supervises planning, development, coordination and administration of program operations; formulates, recommends, implements policies and guidelines for program; acts as liaison with operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding program policies and procedures; provides technical and consultative services regarding program; prepares reports and correspondence; speaks before groups regarding program; may testify before boards and commissions as assigned; assists Town officials, applicants, and other interested parties relative to local regulations, procedures and related matters; collects, organizes and analyzes planning data and conducts general research on planning issues; performs general software maintenance to keep system operating smoothly; independently maintains and operates Department’s computer GIS/Cityview systems and programs; maintains accurate and current records; participates in the development and maintenance of the Town’s planning program including research, data collection, preparation of graphic materials and assistance on presentations; with limited supervision provides staff support and technical assistance to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Architectural Review Board as well as other Town boards and committees including application receipt and processing, technical studies, site investigations, and related work; performs related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of local zoning laws; knowledge of investigation and inspection techniques; some knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal planning including its physical, social and economic aspects; some knowledge of Town Zoning Regulations as well as State Statutes related to planning; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to conduct compliance reviews; ability to utilize computer software; ability to deal effectively with the public, gaining their cooperation in matters of regulations compliance and enforcement; ability to inspect buildings and to interpret codes; ability to interpret a variety of plans furnished in written or diagrammatic form; ability to interpret and evaluate research data; ability to prepare and present written and oral reports; ability to utilize computer software; ability to write clear and concise reports and correspondence.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in a scientific, technical or closely related discipline (e.g., environmental planning, landscape architecture, geography, natural sciences or natural resources) related to planning and Master's degree in a scientific or technical discipline related to the planning field including, but not limited to, public administration, biological, earth, or physical sciences, environmental planning, environmental law, geographic information systems, geography, natural sciences, or natural resources. Two (2) years’ experience in planning, zoning or a related field may be substituted for the Master’s degree. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel, and shall be required to possess and retain a valid Driver’s license.

Candidates interested in applying for the position should submit an Application for Employment, compelling cover letter, resume, salary history, and three (3) professional references to: W. Lee Palmer, Director of Human Resources, Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820, Tel: 203-656-7390, Fax: 203-656-7389, Email:  Additional information about the position is available on the Town’s home page. Open until filled.

Posted: April 5, 2016

 Closing Date: May 20, 2016



Job Title: Director of Human Resources                                       Starting Salary: $112,308-$120,000 DOE

Job Summary: This class is accountable for directing the programs and operations of the Human Resources Department.

Supervision Received: Receives administrative direction from the Town Administrator.

Examples of Essential Duties:  Administers collective bargaining agreements and recommends terms and conditions of employment for administrators and other non-union employees; administers employee and retiree benefits programs; collaborates with other departments within the Town to address common issues around planning, budget, hiring, evaluations, discipline and professional development; designs and implements performance review standards for the Town; develops and manages the budget for the human resources department; develops and recommends new/revised job classifications; develops, communicates, implements and evaluates Town human resources policies and procedures, goals and objectives; ensures appropriate interpretation of human resources rules and regulations; ensures Town compliance with federal and state laws and regulations relating to human resources, equal employment opportunity, and affirmative action; monitors relevant legal and legislative changes and court decisions and make administrative recommendations to assure compliance with applicable laws and regulations; oversees compliance related to ADA, sexual harassment, discrimination, and equal employment opportunity matters which includes monitoring recruitment and directing hiring activities to assure compliance with diversity and fairness standards and requirements; oversees the preparation of various federal and state reports; plans, develops and implements goals and objectives as identified through the annual evaluation and program review for human resources to improve the delivery of services and programs to the Town;; provides advice and counsel to management regarding board policies, regulatory compliance, state and federal laws, and contractual agreements related to human resources and personnel; provides counsel to the Town Administrator and First Selectman on all matters related to human resources and employee relations; provides leadership and counsel to employees about issues related to job performance; provides leadership and oversight to the staff and operations of a comprehensive Town-wide human resources management including recruitment, selection, employee counseling, retention, performance management, HRIS, FMLA administration, labor relations, contract administration, contract negotiations, workforce and organizational planning, classification and compensation, human resources training and staff development, etc.; provides training and assistance to staff in all phases of human resources administration; represents the Town at hearings involving complex and sensitive grievance issues; serves as a member of the Town’s negotiating team; serves as the equal employment opportunity officer and coordinates policies and procedures; supervises the human resources staff in all administrative and support duties including the maintenance of employee records, licenses and reporting responsibilities; utilizes collaborative leadership skills to design, develop and communicate human resources programs and services; works collaboratively with the Finance and other operating departments to facilitate the processing of workers’ compensation claims, return-to-work, and to address general employee safety issues in the work place; performs related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply collaborative leadership and decision making methods; considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of human resources practices and administration; considerable knowledge of labor relations; considerable knowledge of relevant federal and state statutes, guidelines and regulations, including statutes prohibiting discrimination and retaliation; considerable knowledge of technical areas of department programs and projects; knowledge of occupational safety and health; knowledge of principles and practices of automated information technology/data processing systems design, development, implementation and maintenance; considerable negotiation and conflict resolution skills; considerable written and verbal communication skills; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable problem-solving and analytical skills; leadership skills; considerable ability to develop, communicate and implement Town-wide policies and procedures; supervisory ability; ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Minimum Qualifications: Ten (10) years of professional experience in human resources management. Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial capacity over professional human resources staff. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (l5) semester hours equaling one half (l/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree. A Master's degree in public administration, human resources management, labor relations, industrial/organizational psychology or closely related field or a law degree may be substituted for one (l) additional year of the General Experience. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.

Candidates interested in applying for the position should submit an Application for Employment, compelling cover letter, resume, salary history, and three (3) professional references to: Kate Buch, Town Administrator Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820, Tel: 203-656-7378, Fax: 203-656-7389, Email:  Additional information about the position is available on the Town’s home page. Open until filled.                                                                    

Posted: May 2, 2016

 Closing Date: May 30, 2016


Employee Information

The Town of Darien employs approximately 150 full-time paid employees, including six elected officials.  In addition to paid employees, the Town has numerous volunteer Firefighters and EMS personnel.  Many of the employee rights and benefits are contained in the Town's Employee Guide and collective bargaining agreement(s).


The Darien Town Hall Union represents most of the Town's clerical and technical employees.


 Town Hall Employees' Union Contract


The Darien Public Works Union represents most of the employees in the Highway, Sewer, and Parking Divisions of the Public Works Department as well as the park maintainers in the Park and Recreation Department.    


 Public Works Union Contract

The Darien Police Association represents patrol officers, sergeants and lieutenants employed at the Police Department.



Darien Police Association Contract



The 2015 Employee Guide contains the rights and benefits for all employees.     



2015 Employee Guide




The 2016 Non-union Employee Guide contains the rights and benefits for employees who do not belong to a union.


Non-union Emplyee Guide

This guide is published to familiarize Department Heads with various personnel actions made in connection with an employee's initial employment, changes in employment status or absence from work.  It is not intended to be all inclusive and is subject to change.


Personnel Procedures and Transactions Guide 2016-2017 Part I

Personnel Procedures and Transactions Guide 2016-2017 Part II


Supervisor's Guide to Proactive Labor Relations 2015-16


Labor Relations Guide 2015-16 


Supervisor's Guide to Effective Performance Evaluations


Supervisor's Guide to Effective Performance  Evaluations


Human Resources Mission and Commitment Statements


HR Mission and Commitment Statements 
Where the Employee Guide and a collective bargaining agreement conflict, the collective bargaining agreement prevails.

Town Policies

Click Here to see Information on Connecticut's New Sick Leave Law--It will only affect Town Employees who are Non-Union and Part-time, seasonal or temporary because all other Town employees currently receive a more generous sick leave benefit. 

Delta Dental Information for Employees

Dental Enrollment/Change Form 

Delta Claim Form 

Delta Coverage Summary Sheet

Student Confirmation Form

Delta Dental

CIRMA provider network for workers' compensation injuries  Click here 

CONNECTICARE Information for Employees


Link to Connecticare website:




Connecticare Out of Network Claim Reimbursement Form 



****Please Note: Anthem BCBS will no longer be the Town insurance carrier 7/1/12*****

 Life Insurance Information for Employees



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