Choate Rosemary Hall is a highly selective, co-educational boarding school dedicated to transformative student experiences. Drawing on over 130 years as a demonstrated leader in education, Choate has moved with confidence into the 21st century, integrating innovation with traditional strengths. Choate invites applications, nominations, and inquiries as it embarks upon a search for its next Director of Human Resources.
Comprising 850 students and over 300 faculty and staff, Choate attracts intellectually gifted and motivated students from diverse backgrounds whose commitment to serious study is enhanced in this personally supportive and academically challenging setting. Situated on 458 acres in Wallingford, Connecticut, about halfway between Hartford and New Haven, Choate is two hours from New York City and Boston. Wallingford’s downtown is within walking distance of campus and offers numerous shops and restaurants.
Choate’s financial condition is strong with an endowment value of over $450 million and an annual operating budget of approximately $70 million.
To learn more about Choate, please visit www.choate.edu.
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
In a manner that is highly responsive and customer service-driven, the Director of Human Resources directs Choate’s Human Resources team and carries out policies related to all aspects of Human Resources activities. The Director oversees and manages a wide variety of services to employees, campus residents, and volunteers in areas affecting employment, payroll, leave, benefits, pre-employment, onboarding, compensation, and employee relations. The Director works closely with the Dean of Faculty, assisting and advising on human resources issues, and directly supervises two employees, with one indirect report.
Reporting to Chief Financial Officer, Patrick Durbin, and serving as the chief advisor to the CFO on all matters related to human resources, benefits, and payroll, the Director provides leadership and management in the following areas:
- Collaborates with senior leadership to understand the school’s goals and strategy and identifies ways to support the school’s mission and strategic goals through talent management.
- Plans, leads, develops, coordinates, and implements policies, processes, training, and initiatives, to support the school’s human resource compliance and strategy needs.
- Oversees the administration of HR programs including compensation, benefits, payroll, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; compliance and reporting.
- In partnership with the Dean of Faculty, oversees training and development; in partnership with the Director of Operations, oversees occupational health and safety.
- Researches, develops, and implements competitive compensation, benefits, performance appraisal, and employee incentive programs.
- Conducts research and analysis of organizational trends, including review of reports and metrics from the school’s HRIS.
- Maintains knowledge of laws, regulations, and best practices in employment law, human resources, and talent management and ensures compliance with employment, benefits, insurance, and safety laws, regulations, and requirements.
Ten or more years of broad-based human resources experience and five or more years of supervisory experience in an independent secondary school, college, university, foundation, non-profit, or similar setting. Excellent communication and presentation skills. Experience with HRIS implementation and/or data management. Advanced user of Excel (vlookups, pivot tables, etc.).
This is a full-time position that will be performed on site in CT. Salary commensurate with experience with a generous benefits package.