Director of Human Resources

Spartanburg, South Carolina
Jun 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Human Resources 


Wofford College is seeking experienced, highly skilled candidates to fill the position of Director of Human Resources.

Wofford College, established in 1854, is a four-year, residential liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, S.C. It offers 26 major fields of study to a student body of about 1,690 undergraduates. Nationally known for the strength of its academic program, outstanding faculty, study abroad participation and successful graduates, Wofford is the Beta chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in South Carolina. The college community enjoys Greek Life as well as 19 NCAA Division I athletics teams. 

The Director of Human Resources, under general supervision of the Chief Financial Officer, directs the day-to-day operations of the Human Resources Department. This includes directing human resources-related functions, including formulation of policies and procedures pertaining to hiring, workplace safety, employee leaves and compensation. Manages employee benefits programs, including health and life insurance, dental insurance, long-term care, 403(b) defined contribution retirement plan, retiree insurance, LTD/EAP Program, worker's compensation, Section 125 Plan, FMLA and COBRA. 

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for investigating employee conflicts and recommending solutions and exercises a high-level of independence using professional judgment related to established policy, procedures and guidelines with minimum supervision. Serves as Title IX Deputy Coordinator and is a member of the Emergency Preparedness Operations Committee. 


  • Serves as a link and mediator between management and employees by handling a variety of questions, interpreting and administering policies and helping to resolve work-related problems.
  • Collaborates with department directors to determine job needs, FLSA classifications and create job descriptions and postings.
  • Collaborates with supervisors to assign salary grades to new positions.
  • Supports various aspects of the selection process, including processing applications, developing interview questions, serving on search committees and making recommendations for hires.
  • Conducts pre-employment reference checks, coordinates background assessments and collaborates with the hiring manager to finalize job offers.
  • Plans and conducts new employee orientations, ensuring receipt and verification of required documents, understanding of organizational policies, working conditions and employee benefits.
  • Directs all activities related to FMLA, including notice to employees of leave rights, collaborating with payroll to administer leaves, requesting medical certifications and tracking leave time.
  • Directs performance-management activities, including tracking performance evaluation completions and coaching managers on written comments.
  • Conducts investigations, makes recommendations on work performance improvement plans and disciplinary action regarding employee issues.
  • Manages worker's compensation claims by assisting employees with filing claims and return to work strategies.
  • Prepares annual welfare and pension plan 5500 reports, IPEDS report and assists with 403(b) audit preparation.
  • Serves as a Title IX Deputy Coordinator for employees.
  • Responsible for the preparation of a variety of written correspondence, including letters of appointment, notifications to payroll of status changes and numerous complex reports for internal and external regulatory use.
  • Consults with, recommends and monitors compliance with college policies related to human resources and assigned areas.
  • Manages various employee benefits, including benefits planning, administration, open enrollment and employee support and education.
  • Acts as primary liaison and coordinator with employee benefits vendors, such as health insurance and retirement plan accounts, ensuring the delivery of timely, cost-effective, and valued programs maintained and administered in compliance with applicable laws and plan designs.
  • Prepares and processes a variety of benefit-plan summary documents and other business or government forms pertaining to plan administration.
  • Oversees benefits orientation and new-hire onboarding programs.
  • Responds to employee benefit questions and complaints; assists employees by providing guidance in plan interpretation and plan documents.
  • Ensures that benefits are administered in a manner consistent with institution policy and legal compliance, including, but not limited to, ERISA, COBRA and ACA.
  • Serves as Human Resources webpage content manager.
  • Coordinates H-1B and Perm Labor processing for foreign national employees with immigration attorney.
  • Coordinates with the Office of Institutional Research to complete AAUP faculty compensation surveys.
  • Oversees posting of internal and external job openings, tracking and reviewing applicants.
  • Supervises department operations, ensuring that department deliverables and quality standards are met.
  • Conducts performance appraisals for direct reports.
  • Provides labor, employment, wage and hour law guidance to management.
  • College liaison to retirees.
  • Keeps Chief Financial Officer abreast of all critical issues.
  • Oversees ERISA welfare and pension reporting and disclosure compliance.


  • Participates on assigned shared governance committees.
  • Keeps current on new and changing HR laws, including ERISA, ACA, FMLA and etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, with the ability to maintain composure in high stress situations and remain flexible despite interruptions and/or routine changes.
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple assignments on time with accuracy and minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrates success in leading the work of others and collaborating cross-functionally to meet deadlines, manage projects and execute a wide range of human resources activities.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, effectively and professionally through both oral and written formats.
  • Ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects and resources while meeting critical deadlines.
  • Ability to develop and apply flexibility, resourcefulness and creative approaches to unique problems with an understanding of the full institution-wide context.
  • Ability to work independently and use sound judgment in making decisions on a variety of human resources issues.


  • Bachelor's degree in human resources, business or a related field required. (Master’s degree preferred).
  • Minimum seven (7) years of progressively responsible work experience with demonstrated competency in performing the full range of human resources activities required.
  • Advanced, high-level skills in use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Preferred: Higher education experience, Banner experience and certification as Professional in Human Resources (PHR/SPHR).

To Apply:  Email a letter of interest, resume and the names and addresses of three references to

Wofford College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any legally protected status.