Viewpoint School, an independent, college preparatory school serving K-12 students within a collaborative and nurturing environment, is seeking an experienced Director of Human Resources to lead and oversee the execution of the full range of comprehensive human resources strategies of the School. With over 1,200 students and 300 employees across the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Viewpoint offers an individualized college-preparatory program that blends rigorous academics with rich extracurricular offerings and helps each student identify and develop his or her unique talents and passions. The School values all the best principles of a forward-thinking educational institution: excellence, compassion, leadership, individuality, respect, service, and confidence.
Viewpoint’s stunning campus in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains in Calabasas spans 40 acres and includes high-quality facilities. The School is tucked in the Mulholland Scenic Corridor with a running stream and almost 700 oak trees. Since 2005, the School has completed a set of extraordinary campus investments, totaling 141,000 square feet and $58 million, by opening eight new facilities.
A suburb of Los Angeles, Calabasas is a scenic community in the hills west of the San Fernando Valley. Calabasas is 45 minutes from downtown Los Angeles and 20 minutes from Malibu and the Pacific Ocean.
Director of Human Resources
The Director of Human Resources develops the vision and continuously assesses and leads execution of comprehensive and aligned strategies that direct and coordinate human resource activities in alignment with the mission of the School. S/he leads by being a credible, approachable, visible, and accessible collaborator. The Director of HR stays abreast of change and trends in employment law and communicates same to the senior leaders. S/he unfailingly models the positive attributes of the School culture. S/he passionately advocates for fairness, diversity and inclusivity. The Director of HR has shared responsibility for planning and developing initiatives and strategies that support employee engagement and service excellence. S/he is a passionate and dynamic steward of employees as well as a trusted and influential advisor to the most senior levels of the organization. S/he promotes, stewards and exemplifies a culture of excellence providing a proactive and outstanding customer service HR model.
The Director of HR has significant breadth in all HR competencies and is responsible for long term HR strategic planning, tactical and operational initiatives, and providing practices and services that enable Viewpoint to attract, recruit, retain and enable the faculty and staff necessary to achieve the vision, mission, and goals of the School.
S/he possesses a best practice mindset and continually implements strategies to ensure alignment in support of the School’s ambitious and exciting projects. S/he is expected to be an enterprise- thinker who works collaboratively with other senior leaders in supporting change management initiatives.
The Director of HR cultivates an appreciation of respect for all employees and for the non-discrimination and equity policies of the School. S/he plays a strategic and analytical role and identifies strategic needs, gaps, and risks plus further leverages tools that identify, align, and build on the business’s human capital of the organization. S/he seeks to ensure employees have access to a meaningful and enjoyable career filled with respect, challenge and opportunity.
Additionally, the Director of HR is responsible for developing HR’s strategic plan, ensuring alignment and developing HR policies and guidelines that work collaboratively and seamlessly.
The Director of HR delivers high quality programs and processes to meet the HR needs of faculty and staff; and managing and enhancing the reputation as a top private k-12 school of choice employer. S/he ensures transparency, efficiency, impact and consistency in HR functions. S/he evaluates HR services for continual improvement. S/he is responsible for ensuring that all programs and policies reflect sound practices and are in compliance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations.
Set the overall strategic leadership in all areas of human resources
Directs and supports all the human resources needs of the School
Serves as a trusted advisor and thought partner to Senior Leadership, Division, and Department Heads
Partners with Division and Department Heads to understand their business strategies and goals to help as develop, define and customized HR solutions;
Mentors and coaches HR team members
Directs investigations in the areas of harassment, bullying, hostile work environment
Possesses the legal literacy to help ensure a culture of compliance and integrity
Coaches and develops management and other leadership through sensitive and confidential issues and relationships and on strategic change matters relating to and affecting their team members. Provides consultation and advice to Division Directors, and Department Heads to resolve and/or diffuse employee relations issues; oversees and directly engages in the resolution of delicate personnel matters and seeks at all times to protect the School’s best interest
Develops and drives people strategies aligning HR and organizational strategies to drive the execution of HR.
Continuously analyzes and develops the HR infracture to drive best practices
Partners with HOS and Assoc. HOS in school-wide professional development activities.
Stays up-to-date on current federal, state and local law
Is the onsite expert in employment law
Oversees legal issues related to human resources and serves as liaison with legal firms providing counsel
May influence, intervene, mediate and facilitate conflicts in a manner that is a model for the organization and results in appropriate resolution
Serves as a resource and participates as a leader/member of various staff committees and leadership groups
Helps develop a “mindful” culture to embrace change and drive high performance in a multi-generational employee population
Provides strategic planning recommendations about the staffing needs of their divisions, working to implement the best staffing solutions for these divisions
Supports the Head of School, Divisional Directors, and Department Heads in the full recruitment and hiring process and with all questions relating to human resources policy and procedure
Consults/meets with Human Resources Directors of other similar institutions to learn about new opportunities for the School; and best practices, regularly attends professional conferences to remain current on best human resources practices and labor laws
Supports the Head of School, COO, and CFO with employment agreements and budget items including compensation analysis, salary and benefit budget comparisons, preparation and distribution of EAs for all faculty. Partners with the CFO on non-exempt salary reviews and increases and preparation/distribution of same
Designs, directs and supports new employee orientations and benefits enrollments including coordination of new hire and term information with payroll. Monitors the onboarding, background checking, work authorization, and I-9 compliance processes
Serves as primary expect and strategic designer, developer, implementer, and administrator for a complex set of benefits offerings. Monitors and oversees submission of insurance claims related to worker’s compensation, disability, pregnancy disability and family medical leave, and COBRA administration
Serves as School’s spokesperson when addressing an employee’s enrollment, claim, or other benefits issue. Maintains employee records and files
Provides information and interpretation of current personnel policies for the School. Maintains/revises Employee Handbook content annually and/or as needed
In addition to the position described above, agree to perform other duties and responsibilities as shall be assigned by Head of School or other supervisor
Viewpoint School is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to Joyce Goodman at joyce.goodman@viewpoint. Please also include an example of a recent complex, sensitive employee relations issue you have handled, and an example of a challenging human resources issue you have faced.
Bachelor’s Degree in related field with a minimum of five years of increasingly responsible human resource experience with at least three of those years in HR management.
Superior organizational and time management skills
Proven problem solving and strategic abilities.
Demonstrates honesty, integrity, responsibility and fulfillment of commitments.
Excellent and current HR knowledge and capabilities
Must have strategic thinking skills.
The courage and decisiveness, to prioritize, to succeed – or to fail fast and move forward.
Must have a depth and successful track record of HR and employment law knowledge and be able to communicate effectively with all constituents in a school environment
Remains current with employment laws and regulations. Maintains an effective program of compliance with laws and regulations related to human resources and manages relationships with compliance agencies and legal counsel.
Highly adaptable, analytic, and continually assesses and calculates priorities.
Has superb judgement and is able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Is able to make quick decisions when necessary.
Must be a relationship builder, be able to gain trust and confidence, have critical thinking skills and have consummate consultation skills.
Strong technical skills with MS Suite, HRIS (ADP, Ceridian, or comparable), and other HR related software.
About Viewpoint School
A member of the California and National Associations of Independent Schools, Viewpoint School enrolls 1,200 boys and girls in Kindergarten through Twelfth Grades, on 40 acres in suburban Los Angeles. In September 2011, the School completed construction of its final phase of the $57 million dollar Master Plan, and opened a 75,000 square foot Upper School academic building and gymnasium. Recently the School opened a new Primary School building for Grades K-2 with an innovation space and library serving students in Grades K-5. The School graduates approximately 120 seniors every year. The School offers 26 AP classes and 16 Honors classes, is a member of the Cum Laude Society, and sends its graduates to a wide variety of colleges, including the most selective.