Brooklyn Friends School (BFS) is now accepting applications for its newly created position, Director of Human Resources. The ideal candidate will be a human resources generalist with labor relations experience who can provide a comprehensive range of Human Resources capability in support of the school’s community of over 200 colleagues (BFS uses the all-inclusive term, colleagues, to refer to all rather than delineate faculty and staff). The Director of Human Resources will be a proven seasoned professional with high integrity, strong interpersonal and leadership skills. Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, this position is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the human resources function for both union-represented and non-union colleagues.
The Director of Human Resources will be an authentic and cognizant leader who will work with school leadership to develop policies that attract, support, and retain and reward excellent personnel. Leading and working with dynamic and engaged colleagues, the Director of Human Resources is charged with administering day-to-day HR operations as well as formulating a clear and compelling vision for the future of Human Resources in the context of an organized labor environment. The Director of Human Resources will ensure that colleague satisfaction and performance remain at the highest levels so that our students will continue to receive an extraordinary educational experience.
Founded in 1867, Brooklyn Friends School is an independent Quaker day school with a fully enrolled student body, committed families, meaningful curricular program, and a community that believes in love and joy as central to the educational experience. The school’s pillars of social justice, service learning/civic engagement, and Quakerism, serve as guideposts for our collective work. With our deeply-rooted identity and mission combined with a genuine openness to the possibilities that lie ahead, BFS is in a uniquely positive position. As a school guided by Quaker principles of Equity, Peace, Stewardship, Simplicity, Integrity, and Community, our Director of Human Resources should also embrace, respect, and have a willingness to immerse further into the strength of Quakerism - its practices and important values.
Develop, communicate and execute policies that reflect the intersection of best-in-class Human Resource policy and school culture.
Propose and implement initiatives that strengthen the HR function at the school and promote a culture of excellence.
Advise from a human resources perspective to inform operational decisions.
Ensure that HR practices are applied consistently across the school.
Perform an annual review and update of the Employment Handbook so that colleagues have ready access to current policies, practices, statutory requirements and employee benefits.
Maintain and efficiently strengthen HR systems and on-boarding programs.
Provide colleagues with professional, courteous, and timely HR support and services.
Partner with leadership to enhance the evaluation process, to include development of job descriptions, goal-setting, performance appraisals and corrective action.
Implement full cycle recruitment policies and best practices, offering counsel and guidance to leadership with their recruitment initiatives.
Present training to school leadership and supervisors in the areas of performance management, progressive disciplinary procedures and workplace conflict resolution.
Make recommendations for colleagues’ safety, welfare, wellness and health.
Counsel and advise on sensitive employee relations matters, partnering with legal counsel.
Working closely with general counsel, manage the separation process for both voluntary and involuntary terminations, and conduct exit interviews.
Employment Law and Compliance
Ensure that employment practices comply with federal, state and local laws and that all colleagues are informed about statutory labor laws.
Conduct or facilitate school-wide compliance and risk management training including, EEO, workplace harassment, boundary training, workplace safety and other areas, as needed.
Oversee administration of retirement plans and compliance with required testing.
Oversee administration of FMLA, statutory disability, and Workers’ Compensation.
Provide documentation required for annual financial audit.
Ensure seamless coordination with Finance Office operations.
Act as liaison with the labor union representing 200+ school colleagues.
Work closely with school leadership to administer collective bargaining agreement and meet responsibilities defined by it.
Represent the school in grievance and disciplinary proceedings; conduct timely and well-documented investigations.
Provide the research, cost estimates and analysis necessary to support of school’s collective bargaining negotiations.
Collect, analyze, and interpret HR data in order to identify and operationalize solutions for improving colleague labor relations.
Track and triage colleague complaints and issues; assess risk and identify opportunities for workplace improvement; make recommendations to school leadership that will foster colleague satisfaction and minimize grievances.
Compensation and Benefits
Supervise Compensation and Benefits Manager.
Ensure that salary grades and levels reflect internal equity and market competitiveness.
Perform comprehensive compensation and benefits study in support of recommendations.
Ensure that effective internal controls over payroll and benefit processing are maintained.
Coordinate the annual colleague employment agreement process and ensure timely distribution.
Perform annual teacher salary benchmarking process and wage analyses to ensure competitive positioning.
Establish protocols for proper documentation of reference checks, background checks and fingerprinting.
Administer benefits programs including, but not limited to, health, dental and vision insurance, FSA, 403(b) Retirement Plan, Disability, Life/ADD, FMLA, COBRA, etc.
Record Keeping and Reporting
Maintain secure and confidential documentation for all personnel and employment related transactions such as hires, promotions, transfers, performance reviews, terminations.
Ensure accurate tracking and reporting of sick leave, personal days and vacation.
Maintain key statistical data on the workforce.
Create and prepare ad hoc reports as needed in support of leadership decision support.
Complete surveys requiring this data and be able to use surveys as benchmarking tools.
Ensure collection and retention of all benefit and regulatory compliance paperwork.
All other duties as assigned by the Chief Financial Officer.
BA/BS degree or graduate degree in human resources or a related field.
At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience human resources management.
At least 5 years of labor relations experience in a union setting.
License/Certification: PHR/SPHR or SHRM CP/SCP preferred.
A comprehensive understanding of personnel management and best practices in human resources.
Experience in the practice of human resources management in an educational setting is a plus.
Solid understanding of all relevant labor laws, including federal, state and local labor, employment and wage and hour laws.
Experience with human resources management in a unionized organization is a plus.
Record of demonstrating ethics and integrity in the workplace, inspiring the trust of others and upholding an organization’s values.
A high degree of professionalism, discretion and the ability maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.
Excellent oral, listening, administrative and written communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, leadership and union officials.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to manage projects from conception to implementation.
Ability to use judgment that is consistent with school culture, standards, practices, policies, procedures, regulations and/or government law.
Ability to coach colleagues through complex, difficult, and sensitive issues.
Expert management of multiple priorities, functions and activities.
Proficiency in MS Office; knowledge of Google Docs and ADP payroll applications preferred.
Satisfactory completion of pre-employment background check.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
Occasionally lifts up to 30 pounds.
Primarily works in standard office conditions and climate.
Ability to sit at a desk and to work on a computer for prolonged periods.
Mobility sufficient to access and navigate the school’s facilities, including climbing stairs.
Sight and hearing adequate to perform the duties of the job, ability to communicate clearly.
Ability to work in a highly stressful environment, dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and with a varied and diverse population.
Guided by our mission, Brooklyn Friends School is committed to maintaining an environment in which all people are respected and valued. To that end, discrimination in any form, such as that based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital or familial status, unemployment or socio-economic status, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law will not be tolerated. Brooklyn Friends School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Full benefits package.