Executive Director, Human Resources/Employee Relations

Monday, February 6, 2017
Ann Arbor Public School District
Position Details: 

POSITION TITLE:                         Executive Director, Human Resources/Employee Relations 
FTE:                                              1.0
POSITION LOCATION:                Human Resource/Employee Relations
SALARY RANGE:                        $95,000 - $109,000  (Salary Commensurate with  Experience and Qualifications)
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:     Deputy Superintendent HR/General Counsel

The following is a list of qualifications for the position, any of which may be waived by the Board of Education in exercising its prerogative to determine qualifications.

  • BA in education with 5 years of successful teaching experience and current teaching certificate is highly preferred.  
  • A Master’s degree or higher with an emphasis in personnel and/or labor relations, school administration or comparable alternative i.e. Juris Doctor.
  • At least 5 years of senior management experience; at least 2 years in Human Resource/Labor Relations is preferred, including managing an office of 6-10 employees.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of Human Resource policies, practices and procedures related to benefits and payroll; and familiarity with school accounting.
  • Ability to work effectively with the executive staff and district administrative teams.
  • A high level of administrative skills in leadership, planning, coordinating, implementing, and directing etc. to ensure compliance with all district policies an practices as well as state and federal employment statutes.
  • Must be skilled in conflict resolution to bring about resolution to a myriad of issues that develop in a unionized environment and develop alternative and reasonable solutions to these issues.
  • Must have an extensive knowledge of state and federal employment compliance and labor laws.
  • Must have a demonstrated skill in collective bargaining with a variety of employee groups including both certified and non-certified.
  • Must have successful experience with ongoing labor relations, contract administration, and grievance processing.
  • Must possess a good understanding of technology and an ability to quickly learn a number of personnel technology processes that are used for day to day personnel/labor relations issues.
  • Must have effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must have professional maturity and high levels of discretion, integrity, and organizational skills and, a clear understanding and acceptance of the heavy workload and substantial time commitment beyond a “normal” work week.
  • A solid understanding of process and procedures for recruitment, selection, induction, and assignment of employees.
  • A working understanding of the various personnel issues such as compensation, benefits, worker compensation, unemployment, etc, in order to be able to supervise the work in those areas.
  • A demonstrated ability to effectively anticipate, develop, communicate, and implement the strategic goals of the district.
  • Lead process for recruitment and selection of school administrators.
  • Working knowledge of employee evaluation processes, including teacher and administrator evaluation.
  • Working knowledge of Workers’ Comp, Section 504, ADA and Title IX.


  • Coordinates hiring of professional employees with Assistant Director, Human Resources. Coordinates hiring of support staff with other HR personnel. Assist in the hiring of administrators, supervisors . Coordinates the process of employee resignations, terminations and leaves. 
  • Coordinates and oversees the Worker's Compensation Program.
  • Processes recommendations for the discipline and/or termination of employees, assembling substantiating information, and arranging and conducting conferences and hearings. 
  • Manages grievances and cases which result in arbitration and mediation. 
  • Assists in negotiations with collective bargaining units to arrive at a mutually satisfactory agreement on wages, hours and working conditions of employees represented by the bargaining units. 
  • Coordinates contract administration with employee classifications. 
  • Maintains up-to-date District Policy and Procedure Manuals. 
  • Assists in screening and reviewing job applicants and identifies candidates. Schedules and conducts interviews. 
  • Assists in teacher placement process, teacher evaluation process and administrator evaluation process. 
  • Monitors and evaluates problems, conditions and needs of the Human Resources Department
  • Manages compliance issues including, but not limited to, Title IX, Section 504, Right to Know , Affirmative Action, Sexual Harassment, etc. 
  • Attends School Board meetings as necessary and serves to actively improve communication, cooperation, and planning in the District. 
  • Ensures proper adherence to District Policy and procedures and ensures proper adherence to applicable contract language that is in effect for the District.
  • Coordinates Title IX and 504 for employees in district.
  • Serves as Compliance Officer for Americans with Disabilities Act. 
  • Regular and consistent attendance/
  • Other duties as assigned.

A successful candidate for this position has demonstrated the ability to:
Read, analyze, and interpret financial statements, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. 
Communicate effectively and present information both in oral and in written form.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Broad  knowledge of technology applications.
Knowledge of school software systems.
Self starter and demonstrates initiative.
Demonstrated experience in problem solving.
Perform duties with awareness of all district mission, requirements and Board of Education goals and policies.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
The noise level in this environment is usually quiet.
All applicants must apply online at A2Schools.org >> District Links >> Job Postings