The Spence School, founded in 1892, is an independent school with an enrollment of 752 students in Grades K–12. With a commitment to academic excellence and personal integrity, The Spence School prepares a diverse community of girls and young women for the lifelong transformation of self and the world with purpose, passion and perspective.
The Human Resources Director will report to the Director of Finance and Operations and is responsible for the oversight and implementation of HR policies affecting approximately 196 full-time faculty and staff as well as an array of part-time and adjunct instructors and coaches. The Human Resources Director will design and implement strategy, policies and procedures to ensure that the school's mission and values are upheld in its practices and people. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record as a human resources generalist with hands-on expertise in relationship management both internally with staff and colleagues as well as externally with candidates and vendors, and success in implementing and managing human resources best practices.
Articulate and support the strategic HR needs and goals of the school and manage and perform the human resources function
Implement hiring procedures that best fit the school's mission and conform with human resources best practices.
Introduce and manage a performance management review process for all employees, leading the effort for staff and administration while collaborating with the Academic Dean to meet needs of the
Provide education in human resources best practices for managers and supervisors.
Serve as a resource for managers supervising employees with performance issues; document all matters as appropriate.
Articulate and review compensation strategies and benchmarks for faculty, staff and administrators; assist Director of Finance and Operations in budget forecasting.
In collaboration with the Director of Finance and Operations, review and advise on structure of all HR policies and benefits, including leading a comprehensive and ongoing review of the Employee Handbook.
Review and oversee all paid leave policies, manage workers' compensation, FMLA NYS Paid Family and other leaves respecting both the needs of the employee and those of the school.
Supervise payroll processing; ensure compliance with payroll laws and regulations including the
Serve as a forceful champion for fostering a culture of equity and inclusion.
Oversee systems - including PAYCOM - used to manage HR functions, and advise on new systems as required.
Ensure compliance with all laws and regulations governing human resources, including but not limited to ADA, EEO, FMLA, PFL, etc.
Provide risk management support in the event of employee claims; conduct investigations and write reports as appropriate.
Manage staff recognition events for service and retirement.
Complete required reports and surveys.
Manage the school's risk by overseeing and documenting appropriate employee training, consulting on insurance and crisis management procedures and coverage.
Other duties as assigned.
Work as administrator assigned to the School’s Retirement and Benefits Committee.
Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible human resources experience.
Bachelor's degree and professional certification (SHRM, HCRI) required; advanced degree preferred.
Experience in a non-profit organization of comparable scale or corporate required; experience in private education (independent school or small college) and appreciation of and fondness for such communities a plus.
A self-starter with a well-developed collaborative work style and an aptitude for qualitative and quantitative analysis.
Demonstrated ability to manage.
Excellent problem-solving skills, creativity, judgement, initiative and a strong sense of humor.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated aptitude for cultural competency and managing employee relations in a diverse community.
Ability to work with highly sensitive material while maintaining the strictest level of confidentiality at all times.
The Spence School, founded in 1892, is an independent school for girls and young women with an enrollment of 739 students in Grades K–12.
Spence is committed to an equitable and inclusive program and a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.