Director of Human Resources

Date Posted: 10/03/2019
Type/Department:Administrator in Human Resources Office
Search Status:Position Filled
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Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium with Amherst, Smith, and Mount Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, invites applications for the position of director of human resources. The College is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts and contributes to the rich cultural environments of the college towns of Amherst, South Hadley, and Northampton.

Reporting to the vice president of finance and administration, the director of human resources will have frequent access to the President and the leadership team to provide strategic direction in all areas related to the effective utilization of human resources and to increase the overall effectiveness of the College. The duties of the director include: consult with senior management to develop and align comprehensive human resources strategies with the mission and values of Hampshire College; consult with members of the Hampshire community in all areas of human resources management including effective workforce staffing, employee relations, benefits administration, fiscal accountability, and quality improvement; work with the administration (including school deans), faculty, and staff to seek advice and to build support for changes in and enhancements to existing human resource programs and practices; provide leadership in facilitating communication, decision-making, trust, employee professional development, and employee relations, all toward enhancing the overall effectiveness of the College; provide leadership as the College increasingly seeks to promote inclusion, equity and diversity within our community by adding to the thought leadership on this topic as well as coordinating trainings, workshops and speakers; ensure that Hampshire College complies with all state and federal laws in areas such as employment, labor relations, and benefits; act as deputy director of the Campus’ Title IX program and ADA coordinator for staff and faculty; and serve on Five College committees to foster cooperative initiatives in human resources management and organizational development.

A bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management or related field is required; advanced degree preferred. SPHR or SHRM-SCP certification required or ability to complete within one year of hire. Successful candidate must have a minimum of seven years progressively responsible experience in Human Resources as well as previous supervisory experience. Hampshire College seeks a committed and experienced professional with demonstrated leadership skills, competence in human resources functions and an in-depth understanding of the role of HR in an institution.  Experience in an institution of higher education is a plus. The successful candidate must demonstrate comfort with working toward a “yes” but an ability to deliver a gentle “no” when necessary. Candidates should have strong organizational, interpersonal, technical, analytical, written and oral communication skills. A commitment to working with people from diverse backgrounds is essential.

Hampshire College offers a competitive salary and excellent benefit program. Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.