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Director of Human Resources

Public Schools of Brookline

Brookline, Massachusetts 02445
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Director of Human Resources

The Director of Human Resources provides leadership for the development of human resource policies that support a positive culture and diverse workforce, and, will ensure high quality staffing and retention of District personnel.  Under the leadership of the Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Finance, the Director of Human Resources is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of programs for the recruitment and retention of professional and support staff, salary and benefits administration, performance evaluations, employee and labor relations, and, civil rights and legal compliance. The Director of Human Resources is responsible for informing the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of all potential contract, policy, or regulatory violations as it relates to this job description. Additionally, the Director of Human Resources performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment. 


Recruitment and Retention


  • Oversee hiring of teachers and staff
  • Plan, provide training, and direct district diversity recruiting efforts
  • Provide orientation and induction training for newly hired staff
  • Coordinate and monitor annual employee evaluation process, including training for evaluators as necessary
  • Verify certification/licensure for professional staff
  • Analyze and report on hiring and employee relations statistics
  • Develop and update job descriptions
  • Classify/reclassify positions as required
  • Represent the District at career fairs and seminars
  • Serve as District liaison for Human Resources with outside groups and organizations


Salary and Benefit Administration

  • Ensure accuracy and appropriateness for all additional appointment and/or additional compensation requests that are not contractually defined
  • Make recommendations and provide information and research that support the development of salary and benefit schedules for collectively bargained and non-aligned employee compensation
  • Ensure all leave requests comply with collective bargaining agreements or District policies, and applicable Federal and State laws
  • Authorize processing of all salary, wage and benefit adjustments
  • Maintain employee personnel and benefit records
  • Serve on sick leave bank committee
  • Administer employee benefit programs including deferred compensation plans
  • Oversee processing of workers’ compensation claims
  • Respond to employee questions regarding salary and/or benefit deductions

Civil Rights Compliance


  • Serve as designated coordinator for civil rights and bullying investigations involving employees
  • Coordinate with internal staff and external regulatory agencies when necessary to investigate grievances and complaints
  • Collaborate with designated coordinator for student investigations
  • Recommend, provide, and coordinate annual staff training required by Federal and State law and/or District policy 

Labor Relations

  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with union representatives
  •  Promote collegiality and collaborative decision making
  • Participate in negotiating collective bargaining agreements
  • Facilitate:
  1. Impact bargaining
  2. Grievances
  3. Reclassification requests
  4. Disciplinary hearings
  5. Settlement agreements
  6. Termination hearings
  • Administer individual employment contracts and maintain non-aligned pay schedules at the direction of the School Committee or Superintendent as allowable. 

Legal Compliance

  • Initiate and recommend additions, revisions and/or deletions in policies and procedures to comply with applicable laws
  • Review and assist staff with DESE licensure requirements
  • Determine suitability of all staff through review of State and Federal criminal background checks, including fingerprint-based checks
  • Verify staff compliance with Massachusetts Conflict of Interest Law
  • Ensure compliance with applicable State and Federal employment laws and regulations
  • Keep current of laws, regulations and policies that impact the District in personnel matters
  • Serve as the District’s Compliance Officer for all Federal and State labor mandates 

Employee Relations

  • Support and serve on district/school based employee affinity groups
  • Support Principals and supervisory staff with integrating newly hired staff into the District
  • Advise district administrators and managers on employment and contract issues, performance evaluations, and disciplinary issues
  • Ensure employees are treated with fairness, respect and dignity
  • Assist employees with resolving work-related issues and/or problems
  • Communicate relevant Human Resource information to all staff
  • Manage website and ensure content is up-to-date and current


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:    Twelve-month, salaried position

REPORTS TO/EVALUATED BY:    Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Finance


The job description is subject to change in order to comply with law and any applicable agreement by the employer and/or as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


The Public Schools of Brookline is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their teaching or practice to the diversity and excellence of the PSB community.

The Public Schools of Brookline is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Members of underrepresented groups and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.




  • Bachelor’s degree required; preferably in human resources, business administration, organizational management, or related field
  • 3 years’ experience in school department administration and/or Human Resources position
  • High level of skill with Microsoft Office suite of products.
  • Ability to work independently and to adapt to changing work priorities to meet deadlines and departmental goals
  • Skilled in communication with diverse groups (verbal and written)
  • Working knowledge of Federal and State employment and civil rights laws and regulations



  • Master’s degree or higher
  • Massachusetts DESE School Business Administrator license
  • Experience with MUNIS and/or Access for data analysis
  • Knowledge  of and direct experience with employment and civil rights laws and regulations, including but not limited to Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, FLSA, FMLA, MPLA, ADA-AA, ADEA
  • 5 years’ experience in school department and/or municipal Human Resources management position
  • 3 years supervisory experience


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