Director of Human Resources
Founded in 1901, Holton-Arms School is an independent college preparatory girls school with 665 students in grades 3 through 12, located on a 57-acre campus in Bethesda, MD. With 155 full-time, 40 part-time, and 200 seasonal employees, Holton-Arms is a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff reflecting the population of the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.
The school’s mission is to cultivate the unique potential of young women through the “education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit.” (Jessie Moon Holton - 1866-1951, co-founder.) By developing their intellectual curiosity, self-reliance, tenacity of purpose, and commitment to others, Holton inspires young women to lead lives of positive influence and make a difference in a complex and changing world. Our motto – I will find a way or make one – speaks volumes about a Holton education. Here, girls develop tenacity of purpose, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Here, girls find their voices.
As Director of Human Resources, you will be in a high visibility leadership role and a member of the Business Office Staff. You will lead a department of two (you and the HR coordinator) and provide overall HR direction and support for all employees. This is a high engagement role where you will partner with senior leadership and serve as hands-on HR director as you manage our HR initiatives, including all aspects of benefits administration, compensation, recruitment, performance management, payroll management, progressive discipline, employee counseling, retirement plan administration (including serving as a fiduciary on the 403(b) retirement plan committee), and various other HR functions. You will monitor applicable regulatory requirements and employment laws.
You will also act as a key advisor on employee relations matters, such as coaching, mediating, developing action plans, counseling employees, and providing referrals. You will build relationships with staff at all levels and provide guidance and advice on a broad range of issues, from workplace culture and productivity to employee development, conflict resolution, and the facilitation of teamwork and cooperation.
This position reports to the director of finance and operations.
Responsibilities of the Director of Human Resources
- Establish hiring, onboarding, and other employment practices and policies; serve as a strategic partner to administrators and personnel managers in HR matters.
- Manage employee benefit plans and updates, including plan documents, summary plan descriptions, and regulatory forms.
- Manage outsourced vendor relationships and administration of the company’s 403(b) retirement plan, and health and welfare plans. Work with auditors and advisors in the preparation of the company’s regulatory reports such as EEO1, Form 5500/Annual Returns.
- Act as a key advisor on employee relations matters – coach managers, mediate, develop action plans, counsel employees, provide referrals, etc.
- Manage HR budget and ensure spending is consistent with business needs and reflects good stewardship in the management of the school’s resources.
- Build effective working relationships with staff at all levels, providing advice and guidance on a broad range of issues, particularly related to workplace culture and productivity. Foster the development of others, facilitate teamwork and cooperation, and aid the constructive resolution of conflicts.
- Develop and maintain a system of personnel records for all school employees in order to provide a comprehensive, efficient, accurate, and current record of all matters pertinent to employment, transfer, tenure, retirement, leaves, promotion, discipline, demotion, etc.
- Oversee payroll and coordinate fiscal and calendar year-end processing of payroll, including supplemental payrolls, W-2, ACA filings and other tax forms, and other government required documentation.
Qualifications of the Director of Human Resources
- Bachelor’s degree in HR or related field; 10+ years of HR experience primarily related to employee benefit plans, employee relations, and payroll. HR certification preferred.
- Supervisory experience leading and developing an HR and payroll team including the ability to inspire, motivate, influence, and hold colleagues accountable to high standards.
- Knowledge of employment laws, best practices, and trends in HR and payroll.
- Proficiency with HRIS systems and Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel. Knowledge of Google products is helpful.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish respect, credibility, and trust, and maintain productive working relationships at all levels of the organization including staff and senior leadership.
- Customer service orientation; ability to function effectively as a team member and team leader, and keen sensitivity to others.
- Exceptional communication skills – verbal, written, presentation, and in-team
- Demonstrated commitment to confidentiality; absolute discretion in handling sensitive/confidential information, strong ethics, and ability to exercise good judgment.
Attributes as the Director of Human Resources
- Service driven. You work as a positive team player. You maintain a service-oriented attitude and respond in a timely, effective manner to staff and/or member requests. You are known for how you “get things done.”
- Leader/mentor. Your communication skills provide you with the ability to train and mentor others, making information and procedures easy to comprehend.
- Diplomatic. You are sensitive to the needs of others while being realistic about what can be accomplished. You are known for leadership, poise, tact, and diplomacy.
- Rapport-builder.You are known to be reliable, accountable, and trustworthy.
- Detail oriented. You have command of both the process and the details. You are known for your accuracy and you get it done right the first time. You follow a consistent and fair process while considering the different nuances.
- Gravitas. Colleagues respect you for your expertise and appreciate how you can evaluate issues from both an individual and organizational perspective. You effortlessly communicate the message appropriate to your audience whether the matter is personal or policy related. You work confidently with people at all levels.
- Priority management. You switch from long-range needs to crisis-of-the-moment with agility and ease. You really “get” what is a priority and can independently prioritize.
- Resourceful. Whether you’re dealing with something that requires a quick turn-around or a long-term project with many steps, you take full responsibility from start to finish.
- Team player. You thrive in a team environment, yet work well independently. You work as an integral part of a team that works and wins together. You are articulate, persuasive, and willing to listen to and respect the views of others. You confidently engage with staff at all levels to define needs and expectations. You collaborate on projects and communicate results.
What’s Attractive to the Right Director of Human Resources Candidate?
- You will join a stable, financially healthy independent school with a rich history of inspiring young women to lead lives of positive influence.
- You will be a true HR generalist, overseeing every aspect of the school’s HR practices. You will take charge of the hands-on and high-touch personal aspects of an HR role, as well as the behind-the-scenes, operational work.
- We work hard and your work will be recognized and appreciated, but we also understand that everyone leads a rich life outside of the school. Our department celebrates and supports each other’s lives – we have a generous vacation schedule and we celebrate every new hire, every birthday, and successes in our personal lives.
- You enjoy being a part of your team’s lives. You can remain objective when necessary but are not aloof.
- Free lunch for all staff while school is in session.
- We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including maternity/paternity leave, tuition remission for staff children, retirement savings plans, short- and long-term disability.
To Apply for the Director of Human Resources position with Holton-Arms School:
Use the "Apply" button on this page, or email your resume to Jennie Kinsfather at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Holton-Arms Director of HR / 2017-2238 SA" as the subject of the email.
Alternative Titles: Human Resources Director, Senior HR Generalist, Senior HR Manager, Director HR and Administration, HR Consultant, Senior Manager of HR and Administration, Human Resources Manager, HR Administrator.
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