Assistant Director of Human Resources

Reporting to the Director of Human Resources, the Assistant Director serves as a critical member of the HR team. The role of the Assistant Director spans HR responsibilities including employee recruitment and retention, employee relations, and project and leave management. The Assistant Director supports the overall administration, coordination, and evaluation of the Human Resources function.

The primary duties and responsibilities of this role include: to lead Academy recruitment efforts for staff positions and collaborate with the Office of the Dean of Faculty to seek, identify, and retain the highest caliber employees; design, manage and execute impressionable new hire on-boarding and exiting processes, ensure that employees are supported and guided throughout their time at Deerfield; build effective relationships across the organization and provide ongoing coaching in order to help resolve sensitive employee situations; works proactively to identify risks before they become issues and take appropriate action to address and resolve concerns in conjunction with the HR Director; collaborate with departmental managers and supervisors to identify, resolve and document employee issues early and effectively; manage employee medical and other leaves, manage all Worker’s Compensation and Unemployment Insurance claims; assist with timely and accurate compliance with all federal and state regulatory provisions; manage required State and Federal filings relative to employment, compensation, benefits and employee safety to ensure legal compliance; monitor legislation and advise academy management regarding trends and laws which impact the academy’s operations and policies; recommend new or revised employment policies and procedures, and assist with Employee Handbook production, to assure consistent policy application and equitable employee relations manage the HR Assistant including overall work performance, objectives, and career development; collaborate with and give direction to the Human Resources Generalist.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration or related field required; 5-7 years’ Human Resource Generalist level experience, preferably in a supervisory role; HR Certification preferred; organized with impeccable follow up skills and the ability to manage multiple competing priorities; strong project management skills; possess the ability to be impartial, objective, and analytical; demonstrated complaint investigative and mediation skills; approachable, compassionate, and fair; thorough knowledge of general HR practices including federal and state employment law; excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines; excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills; strong customer service skills and the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of an organization; ability to work independently as well as part of a team; exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; ability to manage, and sensitivity to, highly confidential information and employee privacy; proficiency with MS Office Suite; proficiency with or the ability to learn an HRIS and talent management system and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and to serving the needs of a diverse community.


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Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

Deerfield Academy is a private, coeducational boarding school located in western Massachusetts with 650 students and 130 faculty. The Academy was founded in 1797 and has no religious affiliation.

Deerfield Academy is committed to equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, pregnancy, protected military veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.