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Director of Human Resources

January 11, 2017


Earlham College is currently seeking qualified candidates for Director of Human Resources. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative faculty position. Salary is commensurate with experience, including a full benefits package.

The Director of Human Resources serves as the primary human resource officer for Earlham College. Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Director also will work closely with the senior leadership of the College as well as directors, faculty and staff to administer human resource policies for the College. The Director will provide consultation to senior leadership on strategic staffing plans, compensation, benefits, training and development, budget, and labor relations.

The Director will lend vision and creative leadership to all areas of human resource management. Leadership will include planning for recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff that is fully aligned with Earlham’s mission to be a strong liberal arts college of the highest quality shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Fully commit to and participate in implementing the strategic plan for the College, report HR strategy plans to senior staff, analyze data and use HR metrics to support HR strategy.
  • Regularly review policies, procedures and practices to ensure they meet the strategic needs of the campus and are fully compliant with all applicable federal, state and local employment laws, maintain faculty and staff handbooks and administer policies contained therein.
  • Maintain knowledge of industry trends and legislation.
  • Attract faculty and staff that share a commitment to diversity and embrace an active examination of ideas that can provide our students with a greater understanding of the richness and complexity of our society.
  • Coordinate the preparation of reports and compliance activities related to EEO, ADA and Title IX and aggressively develop and implement strategies to ensure appropriate workforce diversity in a manner consistent with applicable legal guidelines, anticipate and resolve litigation risks; serve as the campus ADA, Title IX and EEO officers.
  • Conduct training needs analysis for training plan; manage costs to budget.
  • Work closely and transparently with all external partners including third-party vendors or consultants on retirement, health insurance, disability and worker’s compensation; maintain contemporary knowledge of benefit programs.
  • Assists executive management with planning and administration of wage and salary setting; complete compensation surveys for the College and utilize results of surveys to develop specific recommendations for wages and salaries for review by Senior Staff.
  • Oversee hiring process with supervisors and search committees.
  • Work directly with senior staff and department conveners/directors to assist with personnel matters in their areas.
  • Provide platform for performance evaluation of staff and administrative faculty.
  • Benchmark and advise on compensation as well as advise of the classification of exempt/non-exempt employees.
  • Supervise human resources staff including salaried and HR hourly administration and provide guidance.
  • Maintain College’s human resource information system (HRIS) to meet institution’s personnel needs.
  • Plan and oversee new employee orientation, mandatory training, and development programs from the point of hire (orientation) through progressive professional growth and/or skill maintenance for staff and administrative faculty.
  • Organize and participate in recognition programs, campus events or HR activities.
  • Develop and manage the department’s annual budget.
  • Guide investigations of complaints and allegations of inappropriate employee behavior and support internal grievance process and conflict management resolutions.
  • Serve as a trained member of the Title IX campus committee.
  • Consult with College legal counsel as appropriate in cooperation with supervisor (V.P. for Finance and Administration).
  • Maintain personnel records for staff and administrative faculty.
  • Serve as called upon on College committees and task forces when the skills and expertise of the Director of HR are considered beneficial.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience & Qualifications

  • Excellent working knowledge of human resource principles, benefits, labor laws and regulations, as well as management and leadership principles; understand strategic change management and professional development principles.
  • Strong relationship builder, communicator and collaborator; ability to display initiative toward problem resolution and conflict mediation; effective team player.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, strong multitasking ability and the ability to effectively work with all constituencies of the College; ability to communicate employment-related best practices effectively with all levels of staff and faculty, and to interact professionally with College leadership and the community at large.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of personalities and behavioral styles in order to work collaboratively with a variety of people and to make informed decision around resourcing, reporting structures and relationships.
  • Ability to gain and foster a reputation of the highest integrity and be regarded as a trusted adviser who is beyond reproach.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, customer service orientation, sound judgment and analytical ability.
  • Strong working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and database management software programs.
  • Financial skills required to develop and manage an operating budget and to evaluate fringe benefit cost effectiveness; possess overall understanding of College finances needed to support leaders effectively in resource management and succession planning.
  • A bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, Law, or in a related field is required; a master’s degree (or equivalent) in a related field is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5-10 years of experience in the human resources field. Experience in higher education and/or nonprofit environment is preferred.
  • PHR and/or SPHR certifications are highly preferred.

Application Instructions

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references as a single electronic file to:

Human Resources Office
Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374-4095

Phone:  765-983-1393

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The initial deadline for applications is February 10, 2017.

Earlham College continues to build a community that reflects the gender and racial diversity of the society at large, and, therefore, we are particularly interested in inviting and encouraging applications from African Americans, other ethnic minorities, and women. Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.

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