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Director of Human Resources

Human Resources

Reed College is seeking a people and culture focused leader for the role of Director of Human Resources. The Director of Human Resources is a member of the college’s leadership team, reporting directly to the Vice President of Finance & Treasurer (VPFT). The Director of Human Resources plans, organizes, directs, and administers comprehensive human resources programs, services, and support for the college including policy and procedure, compensation, benefits, employee relations, recruitment and retention, and staff development while ensuring alignment with, and contribution to, the college mission and values. This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced human resources leader to make a difference within a highly inclusive and mission driven organization.

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive and cost free medical and dental insurance for you and a 60% discount on medical and dental insurance for your dependents, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities.

What You'll Do

  • Participate as a member of the president’s senior staff.
  • Manage human resources staff, goals, and budgets in a manner that champions inclusive excellence across the college.  
  • Establish and implement practices, procedures, and standards for the efficient and effective operation of a human resources program, considering polices and practices through an equity lens, supporting compliance as well as consistency with the college mission, goals, and culture. 
  • Lead and manage the recruitment process for the college, including working with search firms and directing processes across all employee groups. Ensure efforts are aligned to hire for the appropriate skills, as well as a positive candidate experience. Provide support for avoiding bias in the selection process and development of a diverse candidate pool.   
  • Assist in the resolution of performance issues with employees, determine the best course of action to take to ensure the employee is treated fairly while at the same time supervisory expectations are met.  
  • Ensure the college is in compliance with the law, state and local regulations, and general guidelines of fairness, consistency, and equity.   
  • Work with the Assistant Director of Human Resources and in consultation with the VPFT to plan and implement the college's benefits program including retirement, health, and dental plans.    
  • Plan and organize an employment classification and compensation program for the college. Conduct salary surveys, evaluate and interpret market data, and monitor internal equity.   
  • Oversee the annual performance management process. Provide advice and training to supervisors on effective communication of employee performance.
  • Provide professional development opportunities to managers to increase their skills in effective team leadership, including embedding inclusive practices in their management strategies. 
  • Develop, evaluate, organize and/or conduct staff and supervisory development programs to enhance the effectiveness of employees. Conduct needs assessments and design on going programs and development opportunities.  
  • Advise and assist department directors with department reorganizations in alignment with inclusive work practices and in pursuit of organizational excellence.  Evaluate levels of work, reporting relationships, workloads, and position composition.
  • Implement an effective labor relations program. Serve as lead representative for the college during labor negotiations with the college's custodians.
  • Manage, organize, prioritize, and evaluate the work of the HR staff. Provide the team with professional development and training opportunities, as well as performance feedback. 
  • Oversee the financial well being of the HR department by managing fiscal operations and budget processes.
  • Manage the resolution of sensitive or complex employee grievances, inquiries, problems, or complaints; investigate and respond appropriately. Serve as Deputy Title IX Coordinator and the primary contact for staff Title IX matters.
  • Coordinate the appointment of staff committee members. Provide guidance to staff committees, and serve as an ex officio member of the college's committee on diversity.
Who You Are
  • Extensive knowledge of human resources policy, principles, and practices. 
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local policies, procedures, and regulations applicable to human resources services. 
  • Skilled in conflict resolution, mediation, and facilitation.
  • Ability to develop and implement short and long range plans to meet department needs.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate operations and develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems.
  • Effective listener, problem solver, and counselor on a wide range of personnel related issues with a diverse base of employees. 
  • High level of integrity, discretion, and confidentiality.
  • Effective communicator, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, college staff, the college's union, and the general public.
  • You have a bachelor's degree in human resources management or a related field. You have earned certification with HRCI as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and you have ten years progressively responsible human resources experience including supervision. Or, you have an equivalent combination of experience and education.
180one is a retained search firm and has been engaged by Reed College to manage this search. If interested in learning more about the opportunity, please contact Lisa Heffernan at 971.256.3076 or

Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.