Senior Director of Human Resources

Date Posted: 04/03/2024
Type/Department:Administrator in Human Resources Office
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Hampshire College

Department:  Human Resources                              

Job Title: Senior Director of Human Resources

Position Type: Full Time

Schedule: 35 Hours a week

Pay Range/ Status: $110,000 - $125,000 / Exempt

Location: Hampshire College Campus in Amherst, MA

Reports to: Associate Vice President of Finance

Anticipated Start Date: July 01, 2024

Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is located on a beautiful rural campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. We provide residential undergraduate education to nearly 700 students. Each department at Hampshire College contributes to the collaborative culture of the organization and plays an important role in the success of the College. The mission of the office of human resources is to provide guidance and support to our academic and administrative offices on all college policies, procedures, and practices related to employment and human resources. Our core services and competencies include recruitment, hiring, compensation analysis, benefits administration, performance planning, training/development, employee relations, information system management, as well as compliance with state and federal employment laws and regulations. As part of the human resources team, you will be instrumental in the department achieving its mission and goals!


The senior director of human resources provides leadership and overall strategic direction in all areas related to human resources functions to include the effective utilization and support of college employees. The senior director will work with the administration including the president and senior administrators, school deans, faculty, and staff to seek advice and to build support for changes in and enhancements to existing human resource programs and practices. The senior director will consult with senior management to develop and align comprehensive human resources with the mission and values of Hampshire College and will consult with members of the community in all areas of human resources management including effective workforce staffing, employee relations, benefits administration, fiscal accountability, and quality improvement. The senior director will provide leadership in facilitating communication, decision-making, trust, employee professional development, and employee relations; all toward enhancing the overall effectiveness of the College. The senior director will provide leadership as the College increasingly seeks to promote inclusion, equity and diversity within our community coordinating with the senior vice president of justice, equity, and anti-racism on tasks, initiatives, and goals. The senior director will ensure that Hampshire College complies with all state and federal laws in areas such as employment, labor relations, and benefits. The senior director acts as deputy director of the campus Title IX program and the ADA coordinator for employees.

The senior director of human resources is a senior member of the finance & administration division, and plays a critical role in supporting the division, and the College, in communications and leadership. In this capacity, the senior director may, from time-to-time attend Senior Leadership Team (SLT) meetings, should, when necessary, present updates to SLT about the status of major projects and initiatives in human resources, and should be consulted on campus wide communications that impact employee compensation, retention, benefits and other human resource issues.

As a member of both the HR team and the division of finance and administration, this position is essential to employee and community service and experience. The incumbent must feel comfortable working in an often fast-paced organizational framework with shifting and evolving responsibilities. This position collaborates with other HR staff, and a variety of other college offices to meet the department goals, and further the mission of the department and the College. This position participates as a committed member and leader of the human resources team in college and division committee work, projects, meetings, events, and overall community development. Availability to work occasional nights and weekends may be required.

Required SKILLS:

  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with all constituencies of a diverse community
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with automated management information systems
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Thorough knowledge of relevant federal, state and local government regulations and equal opportunity policies are required 
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn the organization’s HRIS and talent management systems.Experience with Banner or Colleague, is a plus
  • Commitment to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Understanding of a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, linguistic, ethnic backgrounds and disabilities within a community of college students and staff
  • Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum five years of human resource management experience required.

Alternatives to formal education and paid work experience may be considered as equivalent qualifications to include military service/training, volunteering, activism, and other non-traditional programs and experiences related to the position.


Hampshire College offers an excellent benefits program for eligible employees such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, generous retirement plan contributions, flexible leave plans, and many other fringe benefits. For information on Hampshire College, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at


Hampshire College is an equal opportunity employer and deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are particularly committed to revealing and combating the social and institutional structures that support racism and white supremacy in all phases of employment and college life. We believe that the educational and employment environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to work and grow. We encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, veterans, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Hampshire College is committed to removing barriers to employment faced by equity-seeking groups and encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify in their application materials. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in the work environment are particularly encouraged to apply.


Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at

Review of applications will begin on April 22, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. 

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