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Director of Human Resources

Westtown School

West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382
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  • Diversity
  • Employee Relations
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Job Details

Westtown School, a diverse K-12 Quaker day and boarding school located in beautiful Chester County, Pennsylvania, seeks a Director of Human Resources (HR). Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Director will oversee the HR office and will guide and manage employment-related services, policies, and programs for the entire School.

Essential Functions

Partner with division and department heads at the School to build and maintain a deep pool of excellent candidates for teaching and staff positions.

  • Help attract strong, mission-appropriate candidates by developing superior job postings and publishing them in the most advantageous locations
  • Ensure the hiring process yields the most competitive applicants
  • Deliver an onboarding process to new employees that is timely, informative, smooth, and enjoyable

Help create a positive work environment and strengthen employees’ commitment to the School.

  • Foster a culture of respect, inclusion, and compassion in developing a diverse workplace
  • Develop and communicate clear job descriptions and appropriate position classifications
  • Work with supervisors to train them in best professional development standards and practices

HR Operations
Oversee day-to-day HR operations in an effective and efficient manner with a focus on excellent customer service.

  • Participate in the School’s overall annual HR planning process to prioritize and budget human capital needs
  • Manage the HR department resources, and develop and manage the HR department budget based on the School’s priorities
  • Manage key documentation including offer letters and contracts
  • Author and implement employment-related processes including hiring, salary adjustments, performance reviews, and terminations

Compensation and Benefits
Administer current compensation and benefits strategy, and provide ongoing consultation on how to stay competitive in the market.

  • Manage the payroll and timekeeping process across campus, including compliance matters related to the FLSA and DOL
  • Serve as the School’s “Benefits Administrator” and as primary School contact with the PAISBOA HBT, brokers, and benefit vendors

Training and Development
Assist in identifying, developing, and implementing training and development opportunities for faculty and staff.

  • Ensure employees are current with required and baseline training such as mandatory reporting, anti-harassment, and CPR
  • Partner with supervisors to identify high performers to understand and evaluate career development opportunities
  • Implement ongoing, high quality training for supervisors

Employee Relations
Counsel managers to resolve disputes and performance issues among their reports.

  • Participate in consultations with the School’s outside employment attorney
  • Partner with supervisors to identify low performers and assist in creating improvement plans or exit strategies accordingly

Safety and Risk Management
Support workplace safety and participate in risk improvement planning.

  • Manage the School’s workers compensation issues
  • Participate as an active and engaged member of the Safety Committee

Ensure that employee policies, including grievance and dispute resolution procedures, are accurate, up to date, and reflect the core values and mission of the School.

  • Ensure clearances are properly processed and maintained for all employees and volunteers
  • Protect the interests of the School by complying with the applicable governmental laws and regulations


Education / Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • PHR/SPHR highly desirable
  • Ten years of progressively responsible generalist experience
  • Five years of supervisory experience

Skills / Abilities
Skills including, but not limited to:

  • Stellar written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional change management skills
  • Highly developed technological skills
  • Excellent data manipulation, analysis, and reporting skills

Ability to:

  • Deliver superior customer service within an approachable HR environment
  • Guarantee absolute confidentiality, security and integrity of employee records and sensitive information
  • Be both hands-on and strategic
  • Form and maintain positive relationships with a broad range of individuals
  • Develop and implement solutions that are grounded in facts, not emotions, while still being empathetic
  • Facilitate best practices and policies
  • Multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Comfortably manage conflict and be direct

This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt position. Westtown School is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diverse candidates of all backgrounds, faiths, and persuasions, and seek to foster an inclusive, welcoming community environment. Qualified, interested candidates who wish to apply should visit and select Show All Job Openings. 

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