Catlin Gabel School seeks a knowledgeable and experienced Human Resources Director ready, willing, and eager to join a dynamic community dedicated to inspired learning and responsible action. The Human Resources (HR) Director is responsible for all human resource functions for the school. This role partners with school leadership to ensure a positive and constructive employee life cycle, shepherding the employee experience from the recruitment phase to retirement process. The HR Director collaboratively fosters a culture of respect, trust, candid communication, care, kindness, positivity, and teamwork in the school. The position requires knowing and applying best practices and using experience and judgment to plan, develop, and execute goals. The director is a member of the senior administrative team.
Essential Responsibilities & Outcomes
Ensure that the school’s employment policies and practices reflect the values and mission of the school, are kept up to date to reflect any changes to the law, and meet the school’s needs to recruit, hire, and retain employees.
Ensure compliance with state and federal employment laws, including anti-discrimination laws, wage and hour laws, OFLA, FMLA and other leave laws, consulting legal counsel as needed.
Ensure compliance with employee benefits and reporting requirements, including ACA, ERISA, COBRA, EEO and OSHA, consulting legal counsel as needed.
Ensure appropriate reporting for all federal and state legal responsibility, including OSHA and Drug Testing.
Provide culturally responsive leadership and guidance to all employees to promote and advance diversity and inclusion efforts in all human resources decision-making.
Coach all employees to create and maintain a work environment with respect, high morale, accountability, and collegiality.
Monitor systems at each phase of the employee life cycle to ensure equitable accountability across the organization, including hiring, evaluation (including performance reviews, discipline issues, and plans of improvement), and termination of employees.
Assess HR systems and make recommendations for possible system changes to ensure they are robust, easy to use, and facilitate positive people management.
Assess and design employee onboarding process in collaboration with managers.
Assess and implement professional learning program for managers.
Required Competencies & Qualifications
BA, MA preferred, with an emphasis in Human Resources or a related field, and well-established progressive responsibility and experience in the area of Human Resource leadership; or any combination of experience and education that provides the necessary skills, knowledge and ability to perform assigned tasks.
HR Certification (SPHR certification is highly preferred).
Knowledge and experience with the ability to interpret, apply and disseminate State of Oregon, Federal, and Oregon Department of Education regulations.
Experience in schools, particularly independent schools, preferred but not required.
Strong interpersonal and written communication skills.
Exceptional organization and project management execution experience.
Creative and strategic problem solving mindset.
Open to feedback and ideas.
High integrity and ability to hold confidentiality.
Strong emotional intelligence quotient, compassionate, self- aware, and the ability to skillfully manage own emotions and those of others.
Catlin Gabel School is a coeducational, independent day school located on 54 acres in the West Hills neighborhood of Portland, Oregon formed in 1957 by the merger of the Catlin Hillside School, which had been founded as Miss Catlin’s School in 1911, and the Gabel Country Day School, whose roots extend to 1859 with the founding of The Portland Academy. The campus itself is a former farm with beautiful trees, fields, and plantings that has been modernized and upgraded over the years with new and renovated buildings that blend in with the natural surroundings.
We offer a broad and challenging curriculum based on a progressive philosophy with small classes designed to educate the total person, incorporating the academic along with the arts, physical education, and a strong sense of community service. The school enrolls nearly 740 students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade and has 100 faculty members committed to diversity among students, faculty and staff. Catlin Gabel is an equal opportunity employer.