Director of Human Resources

Erie County Community College of PA
Erie County, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Sep 13, 2021

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Erie County Community College of Pennsylvania

Director of Human Resources

The founding Director for Human Resources will be responsible for defining the strategic direction, long-range planning, and implementation of the HR function for the newest community college to be established in Pennsylvania, Erie County Community College of Pennsylvania.  The Director for Human Resources will provide the leadership and administration of the operational and day-to-day functions of the Human Resources (HR) needs of the college, including talent acquisition/recruiting, on-boarding management, compliance, labor relations, performance management, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, compensation/pay/benefits/administration, classification, training and professional development, employment policies and procedures, serve as Diversity and Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator, and ensure compliance with federal and state regulations. 

The position reports to the president of the college and is an exempt confidential position. The incumbent is responsible for performing HR-related duties at a professional level, in an efficient and effective manner, working closely with the president and other key administrators. 

HR Strategy & Engagement

  • Employee Relations: Advise and assist staff and supervisors on employee relations inquiries related to policies, procedures, employee handbook, and hiring procedures.
  • Internal Culture: Work to support an equitable, positive, productive and inclusive culture and work environment by developing, communicating and implementing principles and practices that support the institution’s values and culture. Promote diversity, equity and inclusion as critical components of the community college culture, facilitate effective communications and other strategies to promote a harmonious and productive working atmosphere.
  • HR Processes Development, Performance Management & Professional Development Implementation: Design, guide, and establish an annual performance management program and provide coaching as needed. Design and recommend state-of-the art and practices to achieve the highest level of performance and efficiency.
  • HR Strategy & Organizational Analysis: Introduce HR management strategies and initiatives to support the overall mission and success of the community college.
  • Manage HR team: Direct the activities of one (1) part-time HR Assistant.
  • Recruitment: Partner with consultants to develop job descriptions, recruitment strategies, and recruitment tools to ensure fair hiring; maintain working knowledge of employment laws and fair hiring guidelines.
  • Staff Personnel Actions: Advise, and implement procedures including recruitment, position classification analyses, terminations and layoffs to ensure proper execution.
  • Policy analysis and interpretation: Maintain working knowledge and understanding of relevant employment laws, policies, terms, conditions of employment, and include in a staff policy handbook. Work to ensure that the college remains in compliance with federal, state and local laws.
  • Benefits: Assist in the development of a fair benefits program for employees.
  • HR Systems and Reporting: Establish an administrative database to ensure all relevant HR-related policies, documents and practices are put in place and kept in a secure system.


  • Demonstrated experience of HR concepts, policies, procedures, employment practices, compensation, and other HR functional areas.
  • Extensive experience working in a diverse environment in a higher education, public school district, or related setting and knowledge of diversity compliance and Title IX.
  • Experience and leadership ability to supervise direct report(s); ability to lead and guide the implementation of complex policies, practices and processes to ensure compliance.
  • Proven ability to exercise good judgment and discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Knowledge of human resources information systems and security protocols.
  • Demonstrated analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
  • Ability to develop and implement performance and professional development strategies and workshops, as well as other training/development programs as necessary and appropriately.
  • Demonstrated organizational ability sufficient to prioritize and complete assignments and projects independently.
  • Flexibility in adjusting priorities; demonstrated commitment to service and continuous process improvement; results oriented.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications (verbal and written) skills.
  • Strong analytical skills to conduct analyses and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills.

Required Education & Experience


Master's degree with a concentration in human resources management, organizational behavior or related field; equivalent training and experience may be considered.


  • Minimum 5 to 7 years of professional-level Human Resources experience: HR Certification – SPHR preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle difficult, complex situations.
  • Demonstrated experience in administering employee benefit programs, and policies, practices and theories related to disciplinary conflict resolution.
  • Experience using spreadsheets, web-based systems, and databases to track and audit information and generate reports.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

How to apply:

Please submit a letter of interest with how your qualifications and experiences meet the above requirements, a detailed resume and a list of 5 references, including 2 supervisors, with contact information. Please submit applications immediately. The target date for full consideration of application is February 10, 2021. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Please email inquiries, nominations, and applications to [email protected]

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