Director of Human Resources The Buckley School Sherman Oaks, CA
About The Buckley School
The Buckley School, founded in 1933 by Isabelle Buckley, is the oldest K-12 independent co-educational day school in Los Angeles. Dr. Buckley developed the 4-Fold Plan of Education with equal emphasis on Academics, the Arts, Athletics, and Moral Education. These four pillars remain the foundation of the school and are continually updated to reflect current research in teaching, brain science, diversity, and a globalized world.
The Buckley School is a dynamic, nurturing learning community committed to equity and inclusion. Their innovative teachers and challenging programs inspire creativity, courage, and collaboration. By promoting a balanced development of mind, body, and character, The Buckley School encourages each student to find joy and meaning in life and make an impact in the world.
For more information on The Buckley School, please visit their website.
Renowned for the breadth and depth of its educational offerings, its verdant campus, and its welcoming community spirit, The Buckley School (“Buckley”) is seeking a team-oriented, adaptable, and proactive individual to be the next Director of Human Resources (“Director”). This is an exciting opportunity for a natural relationship builder to join a community of faculty, administration and staff who are sincerely committed to nurturing and supporting each Buckley student.
Reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer, the Director provides consistent and effective administration of all human resources functions including general operations, recruitment and training, compensation and evaluation, benefits administration, compliance, employee relations and other risk management responsibilities so that the school can fulfill its mission, actualize the Portrait of a Graduate, and uphold its commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DEIJ) and values identified in the Commitment.
As Buckley looks to continually strengthen its commitment to DEIJ, this is a unique opportunity for a Human Resources professional who is dedicated to anti-racist principles to lead the important work of actively listening to the needs of Buckley’s constituencies, and fostering a meaningful and equitable work environment.
Essential Job Functions
Manage day-to-day operations of the human resources functions to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws, and Buckley policies.
Develop and communicate policies and procedures that support compliance and all HR related functions.
Be readily available to listen and provide counsel for employee questions and concerns.
Maintain personnel files for regular employees, coaches, and temps in compliance with applicable legal requirements.
Maintain appropriate records of benefit plan participation, personnel transactions such as new hires, coaches, promotions, transfers, performance reviews, terminations and employee statistics.
Prepare and conduct employee onboarding and separation processes.
Supervise the Human Resources Manager.
Review payroll prior to transmission.
Point of contact for the representatives of the Teacher’s Union.
Performance Management and Employee Relations
Provide leadership in developing a mission-oriented culture that emphasizes integrity, quality, continuous improvement, and high performance.
Provide on-going coaching and feedback for supervisors.
Ensure legal and effective performance write-ups, including, when necessary, termination processes.
Deliver regular performance management and legal compliance training for supervisors.
Lead strategic plan initiatives around goal attainment, annual performance evaluation processes, year-round performance management systems, and differentiation of performance evaluation processes for leadership, faculty, admin faculty, and staff.
Collaborate with the leadership team to create successions strategies and plans.
Build the annual budget with reference to multiple factors and variables. Continue to update it throughout the year projecting a new periodic forecast.
Conduct surveys and make recommendations to maintain a competitive compensation package.
Participate in Union negotiations with leadership.
Lead the annual budget process for compensation with CFO.
Prepare annual employee contracts and compensation letters.
Ensure accurate and timely payroll.
Ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including coordination of Sexual Harassment Prevention training for supervisors and Child Abuse prevention training for all employees, including coaches.
Assist in the administration, interpretation and application of personnel policies and procedures. Recommend improvements and/or changes. Update the Employee Handbook on an annual basis. Obtain approvals and issue.
Lead both internal or external investigations of employee complaints or charges.
Consult with outside legal counsel on employment law matters, as necessary.
Recruitment and Training
Create, update, and maintain all job descriptions. Recommend job classifications.
Work with supervisors to develop and execute recruitment plans.
Monitor progress towards goals of establishing a diverse faculty and staff; review diversity recruitment strategies.
Implement searches for all positions: post ads, screen resumes, conduct phone/Zoom interviews, schedule in-person interviews, consult with supervisors about leading candidates, check references, perform background checks, issue offer letters, follow up on offers of employment.
Recruit for temporary staffing needs.
Conduct new hire orientations. Ensure that new hire paperwork is completed.
Identify training needs and develop programs to meet the needs of both senior leadership and faculty/staff within Professional Development policy guidelines.
Oversee the employee benefits program and the annual open enrollment. Organize meetings, coordinate and prepare materials. Conduct annual review of benefits offered to faculty and staff and work closely with brokers and benefit providers.
Perform benefits administration, including claims resolution, family status change, and communicating benefit information to employees.
Respond to benefit questions as well as provide assistance and support to employees with special or unusual circumstances.
Manage the processes for workers compensation claims and leaves of absence.
Perform retirement plan administrator duties including overseeing the audit and ERISA filings.
Successful candidates will have at least 8-10 years of progressive experience in Human Resources management, sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, Organizational Development or related discipline is required, with a preference for a master’s degree. Additionally, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR or SPHR certification is desirable, with PHR-CA or SPHR-CA a plus.
In addition, the Director of Human Resources will possess the following attributes and competencies:
Relationship Building and Effective Communication
Responsive, high touch, and supportive, the Director will bring deep experience creating warm and trusting working relationships marked by humor, empathy, extraordinary interpersonal skills, and collaboration. Modeling the highest standards of professionalism, the Director will forge a strong organizational culture of teamwork, gracious understanding, and trust where faculty, staff, and the administration work in partnership towards a common goal. The Director will possess superlative written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to develop presentations for all levels of the organization, as well as plan and effectively lead employee meetings.
HR Expertise with DEIJ Lens
The Director will possess comprehensive knowledge of human resources best practices and all of its function areas, including compliance, labor relations, compensation/classification, talent acquisition and recruitment, and HR information systems integrations; and will have a strong working knowledge of applicable state and federal laws. The Director will bring an understanding and/or experience of partnering with labor representatives and working in a unionized environment. The Director will embrace DEIJ principles in spirit and practice and will have a strong commitment to racial and cultural inclusion, equity and justice in the workplace.
Organizational Development and Operational Experience
The Director will excel at identifying opportunities for trainings and professional development for staff and faculty and across all levels. A skilled project manager with great attention to detail, this individual will manage multiple projects simultaneously and follow through in a timely manner. The Director will be adept at identifying problems, able to conduct appropriate analysis, and reach effective solutions. The Director will bring an understanding of budget management best practices. Able to apply technology solutions to improve efficiency of HR processes, the Director will have demonstrated skill in identifying and implementing various technologies and applications as well as the ability to learn new and evolving systems and products.
Strategic and Innovative Leadership
Possessing the demonstrated ability to think and act strategically, the Director will bring a proven track record of leading and executing strategic plans. The Director will be innovative and will excel at identifying and taking advantage of efficiencies and streamlining processes. The Director will also be skilled at balancing the strategic and tactical, and willing to roll up their sleeves as needed.
Passion for Mission
The Director will have a passion for The Buckley School’s mission “to be a dynamic, nurturing and learning community committed to equity and inclusion”. The Director will support Buckley’s renowned and innovative teachers as well as the development of the mind, body, and character of The Buckley school’s students. The Director will and embrace change and growth – both individually and institutionally. The Director will demonstrate great individual integrity, initiative, and self-awareness in service of the Buckley School students, faculty, staff, community, and alumni.
Compensation & Benefits
The annual base salary for this role will be competitive and commensurate with successful candidate skills and experiences. The starting salary range will begin at $150,000 with a generous benefits package.
The Buckley School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in administration of our educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment, and athletic and other school administered programs.
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