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Director of Human Resources (#419)

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Position Overview

Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer, the Director of Human Resources is the chief human resources officer, responsible for designing and implementing leading-edge HR services for the College.  The College is seeking a strategic, accomplished HR generalist, dedicated to working in a mission-driven, highly collaborative environment.  The successful candidate will join the management team of the Vice President for Finance and Administration and will be a key member of the administrative team at the College.

The Director will oversee a staff of 11 (10 FTE) in the areas of employment, employee relations, labor relations, compensation, payroll, benefits, policy and procedure development, HRIS, and performance management and training. The Director of Human Resources will work collaboratively with administrative and academic departments across campus. Through effective and responsive HR policy and operations, the Director is responsible for developing practices and programs that support the College’s mission, foster an inclusive and collegial campus community, and position Mount Holyoke to attract and retain a highly qualified, diverse workforce.

Mount Holyoke’s employee population includes (approximations):

  • 245 faculty and 640 staff.
  • The faculty is 58% women, 42% men; the staff is 64% women, 36% men.
  • People of color represent 28% of the faculty and 14% of the staff.
  • There are 4 unions on campus representing:  Campus Police, Housekeepers, Facilities and Dining Services Staffs.
  • Approximately 64% of the student body (2,100 full time students) participate in employment opportunities at the College.

In addition to the bargaining units, the College uses a committee structure to manage the work of the College.  One key group that informs the work of the Human Resources Office is the Staff Council which functions as a voice of staff to the president and other college administrators by establishing avenues for addressing employee issues and concerns, advocating for an environment of respect, fairness, and security, and helping to build a sense of community. 

The Director of Human Resources interacts regularly with many committees on campus and will be responsible for helping to maintain the continued positive relationships between the administration, staff and faculty of the College.


Human Resources at Mount Holyoke College

MHC is committed to the value of diversity in its faculty, staff, and student bodies. The Human Resources Department supports the mission of the College by providing programs and services that attract, develop and retain a highly qualified and diverse workforce. The HR department provides leadership in identifying and responding to the community’s changing needs and provides guidance in the development, implementation, and administration of policies and procedures in support of the College mission.  


Opportunities and Challenges for the Director

With new leadership and a campus wide strategic planning effort underway, there will be many opportunities for the new Director of Human Resources to innovate and implement best practice approaches, with a constant eye toward increasing the effectiveness of employees in accomplishing the core mission of the college   Identified focus areas include:

  • Collaborate with campus constituencies to assess existing HR policies and practices and identify areas for improvement and enhancement.
  • Support departments across the College in controlling expenditures through efficient and effective review of staffing needs and implementation of compensation controls.
  • Improve and expand communications around HR policy development and implementation, ensuring timelines, consistency, and clarity.
  • Continue the close working relationship with the Office of the Dean of Faculty.
  • Apply compensation analysis and philosophy and an understanding of best practices to consider revisions to the College’s current compensation system.
  • Improve the flow and accuracy of information and data between HR and other business units.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the Vice President for Finance and Administration to address issues as they arise and proactively plan for the future.

Systems Development and Process Improvement

  • Ensure that human resources systems and processes are in place to support the College’s strategic and tactical goals.
  • Maximize use of HRIS solutions to improve workflow.
  • Oversee the College’s compliance with employment, tax,  benefit-related and civil rights laws and regulations and serve as co-chair of the College Compliance Committee.

Community Building and Diversity

  • Foster a campus and Five Colleges environment that encourages communication and collaboration among varied constituent groups.
  • Develop new approaches to increasing diversity in hiring while creating an inclusive campus culture.
  • Through the continued introduction and support of quality staff development opportunities and a more robust performance management system, create a context in which all employees feel encouraged to be valuable and productive contributors to the success of the College.


The successful candidate will have:

  • proven strategic leadership experience in the areas of organizational effectiveness, labor relations, benefits, performance management;
  • at least ten years of progressively responsible experience as a human resources generalist in higher education or a related industry;
  • comprehensive knowledge of employment and labor laws, and a record of implementing process and systems improvements as well as HR best practices.
  • a bachelor’s degree is required. Advanced training or PHR/SPHR certification is highly desirable. 

The ideal candidate will be recognized as a trusted and transparent partner and advisor with the courage and ability to inspire and manage change; an excellent listener, a supportive manager, and an articulate and tactful communicator.

To apply go to https://jobs.mtholyoke.edu to complete an application and attach a letter of interest, resume and writing sample.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Mount Holyoke College is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff members. Mount Holyoke seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to the college's excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society. In furtherance of institutional excellence, the College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups, including faculty, staff, and administration of color, diverse gender identities, first generation college students and individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college, and individuals with a demonstrated leadership commitment to including diverse backgrounds and perspectives.