Founded in 1888, Park is a leading Pre-K to Grade VIII independent school located on a 34-acre campus in Brookline, Massachusetts. We are a close-knit community that benefits from a diverse body of approximately 540 students and over 130 passionate faculty and staff. Our community is distinguished by genuine and warm relationships between students, teachers, and families and by small class sizes at all levels.
Park is committed to being a diverse, metropolitan, co-educational, day school. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, or family composition. Central to our mission is an appreciation of similarities and differences of perspective and the interdependence of all people. As a family school, our community is one in which the dignity of each child, teacher, staff member, and parent is respected.
The Director of Employee Relations provides strategic leadership in all areas of the human resources function in the interest of ensuring The Park School relates to all of its employees in a manner consistent with all of its stated values including diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Director of Employee Relations will work with the support of and under the supervision of the Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations. Due to the nature of the Director of Employee Relations’ work, they will partner with both the Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations and the Head of School on a regular basis.
Roles & Responsibilities
Provide leadership in all areas of the human resources function: talent management (recruiting, employment, onboarding, professional development, performance development and management, retention), compensation (salary and benefits), diversity, equity and inclusion, employee relations, coaching, and administration
Develop a deep understanding of all aspects of the School in order to provide the highest level of support possible
Develop collegial professional relationships with all faculty and staff
Establish and maintain a service delivery model to include the highest levels of customer service
Maintain the integrity of all human resources programs and ensure alignment with the School’s mission and values and the incorporation of human resources best practices
In collaboration with the Assistant Head for Finance & Operations, oversee the administration of all school benefits programs and continuously evaluate and recommend changes to the Head of School, as necessary
Stay informed of changes in employment law and review the School’s policies and procedures to seek continuous improvement and to achieve governmental and regulatory compliance
Oversee employee communications related to human resources
Establish an open and welcoming presence with employees and be available to answer questions and provide assistance with problem-solving on any issues or concerns
Coordinate with the Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations to calculate salary increases and prepare employee contracts annually
Assist the Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations with budgeting and forecasting payroll and benefits expense
At least annually, update the Employee Handbook with assistance from legal counsel
Develop and maintain professional relationships with service providers in the human resources arena, including the School’s benefit insurance broker, insurance carriers, HR systems vendor, and legal counsel
Ensure the specifications for employee files are clearly documented and implemented, and are fully compliant with legal and regulatory requirements.
Support the design, maintenance, and execution of faculty and staff evaluation processes
Conduct exit interviews and provide support for all departing employees such that they know their rights and responsibilities
Manage the School’s employee training programs that relate to human resources, including training required by state and federal guidelines
Serve on the School’s Audit & Risk Committee; Participate actively in the School’s risk management program and work proactively to mitigate risk in the human resources area
Collaborate with the Director of Human Resources to maximize the School’s capabilities for managing data and the availability of employee self-service using the School’s payroll and human resources information systems (current vendor is ADP)
Participate actively in local and national professional associations to network with colleagues and keep informed of trends, employment law, and regulatory changes
Other duties, as requested by the Head of School
Five years of demonstrated successful HR leadership or three years of experience and a recognized senior professional certification (SHRM-SCP or SPHR) preferred; certification preferred regardless of the length of experience
Demonstrated knowledge of human resources best practices, employment law, and related regulatory compliance required
Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills required
Highest regard for confidentiality and high ethical standards required
Ability to work within a team and collaborate with colleagues required
Advanced understanding of human resources information systems and web-based applications preferred
Intermediate to advanced office technology skills required
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required
Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with all constituencies in a school environment
Experience working in a diverse community and strong interest in contributing to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment at work required
Adherence to all personnel policies, procedures, and School rules required
Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects under the pressure of deadlines required
Please visit The Park School Employment page to complete an application and upload your resume, cover letter, and names of three references (optional).
The Park School welcomes candidates who will add to the diversity of our community and who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching and learning.
The Park School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or family composition or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its employment, education, admission, financial aid, and other policies and programs.
About The Park School
The Park School is a Pre-K to Grade VIII independent school in Brookline, MA dedicated to excellence in education. The cornerstone of Park's program is academic excellence, combining both high standards of scholarship and the encouragement of each child to develop to his or her greatest potential. Our school community fosters a nurturing environment in which children develop curiosity, express creativity, appreciate the value of hard work and discipline, and experience the joy of learning. Park's faculty encourages each student to strive for intellectual, physical and moral growth and to become contributing members of the community.
Park is committed to being a metropolitan, co-educational day school of diverse races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds. Central to its mission is an appreciation of similarities and differences of perspective and the interdependence of all people. As a family school, Park is a community in which the dignity of each child, teacher, and parent is respected.