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20 Jan 2022

Full-Time Director of Human Resources

Gann Academy – Posted by Waltham, MA

Job Description

Gann Academy’s Director of Human Resources oversees all human resources functions, promoting the schools culture of collaboration, innovation, and mission-focus and nurturing an optimal working environment for our 100+ full time and part-time employees. Key functions include recruitment, payroll, benefits, employee development, performance management, compliance, human resources policy, compensation planning, and employee relations. Reporting directly to the Chief Financial and Operating Officer (CFOO), the Director of Human Resources will act as a hands-on contributor while also supervising a half-time HR generalist and working closely with leaders and employees throughout the school.


Gann Academy is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and learning outcomes for all. All employees participate in this commitment whether internally, in building a welcoming workplace culture and /or externally, in ensuring inclusive engagement with families, donors, vendors, allies, and others.

  • Develop recruitment strategies, showcase Gann as an employer of choice, support hiring managers, oversee creation of appropriate hiring documents, and ensure successful employee orientation and onboarding
  • Manage and optimize payroll and benefits programs and administration, including payroll, vendor management, compliance, and employee communication
  • Provide ongoing analysis of Gann’s compensation practices to ensure that they are competitive, fair, and consistent with budgets; work with senior leaders on compensation decisions; track and analyze compensation costs for budgeting and analysis
  • Provide support and development to supervisors on interviewing skills, employee coaching, performance management, training and development resources, and other HR topics
  • Track and analyze employee data on recruitment, retention, satisfaction and related metrics to maximize the impact of HR policies and procedures; compile employee statistics and survey data for association databases
  • Lead efforts associated with important employment related practices including those related to diversity, equity and inclusion and standards of employee conduct; maintain employee handbook; and build ongoing employee communication
  • Address employee relations issues sensitively, fairly, and clearly; manage employee separation processes as required
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state statutes/laws such as FMLA, ADA, Sexual Harassment, OSHA, Workers Compensation, and Title VII
  • Supervise, coach, and develop the HR Generalist
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to upper management.
  • Establish an open and welcoming presence with employees and be available to answer questions and help with problem-solving on any issues or concern


  • Minimum of a B.A. degree is preferred
  • Five years of relevant experience including 3+ years of human resources experience
  • PHR/SPHR or SHRM certification preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working nimbly and efficiently in a small or medium-sized organization
  • Experience in educational, non-profit, or Jewish organizations is highly valued but not required
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of HR practices and laws
  • Experience working with data and analytics to inform HR strategies, as well as mathematical skills to support decision-making on issues of compensation, payroll, and budgeting
  • A track record of personal productivity and impact; ability to prioritize effectively for maximum impact
  • A strong record of nurturing talent, working collaboratively, and building relationships at all levels of an organization
  • Demonstrated project management, problem-solving, and people management skills


  • Must be proficient in English to carry out work as assigned.


  • Supervises the HR Generalist.


Physical demands include dexterity for office machine/supply operation including but not limited to computer, telephone, copy machine, and printers. Stooping, bending, and reaching for and carrying files or supplies, and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common. Stooping, bending, and reaching for and carrying files or supplies, and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.


Gann Academy is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the school to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity or expression), and pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or veteran status.


External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.

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Job Categories: Non-Profit. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: director, Director of Human Resources, HR, and Human Resources.

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