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Employment at Salem

Director of Human Resources and Benefits

Salem Academy and College, the oldest continuously operating educational institution for girls and women in the country by its founding date of 1772, is accepting applications for a Director of Human Resources and Benefits. The Director of Human Resources and Benefits will lead and administer all human resources and benefits-related policies, procedures, and programs for Salem Academy and College and carry out responsibilities in the following functional areas in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and institutional policies: departmental development; human resource/benefit information systems and record retention; employee recruitment, selection, and onboarding; employee relations, training, and development; and employee benefits and compensation. The Director of Human Resources and Benefits will work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff and serve as a partner to and strategist with campus leaders relative to human resources and benefits-related matters.

Among the essential duties and responsibilities of the position, the Director of Human Resources and Benefits will:

  • Plan, develop, and direct the administration of employee programs, procedures, policies and guidelines in coordination with the strategic goals and diversity and inclusion initiatives of the institution.

  • Provide advice, counseling, guidance, and recommendations to the President, Cabinet, supervisors, and employees related to human resources administration, employment policies, performance management, dispute resolution, and all personnel-related matters.

  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidance pertaining to all personnel matters in collaboration with senior leadership and administration.

  • Serve as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator under the direction of the Title IX Coordinator.

  • Maintain human resources/benefit information systems; review effectiveness of current systems and ensure data integrity; prepare and analyze system reports; and make recommendations for and aid in the implementation of system improvements.

  • Conduct thorough, timely, and unbiased investigations in response to complaints and make appropriate recommendations for resolution.

  • Analyze, modify, and administer compensation and benefits policies and programs for accuracy and effectiveness and recommend revisions.

  • Administer and assist with the development, implementation, and maintenance of benefits programs, including group health/medical/dental coverage, life insurance, workers’ compensation, long-term disability, paid vacation time, paid sick leave, and unemployment.

  • Manage regulatory disability accommodation and leave of absence processes and prepare and maintain all required documentation in accordance with applicable laws and institutional policies, including without limitation the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act.

  • Interpret and administer welfare and retirement benefits, programs, and policies in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

  • Administer, manage, and maintain the institutional benefits administration system to include wellness initiatives, annual open enrollment, new hire enrollment, and benefits compliance matters.

This is a full-time position that operates on the business calendar schedule and reports to the Associate Vice President for Administration. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least five – seven years of human resources and benefits experience with increasing responsibility.

  • Ability to develop and lead comprehensive human resources programs and initiatives that support the overall business strategy of the institution consistent with industry standards and best practices.

  • Thorough knowledge and/or experience with applicable human-resources laws and regulations, such as FLSA, FMLA, ADA, OSHA, COBRA, ERISA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX, ACA, and ADEA.

  • Highly effective listening, communication, and presentation skills, including the ability to receive and present strategic information to diverse audiences while maintaining collaborative relationships with all constituents.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and efficiently manage tasks and time in a fast-paced environment with fluctuating priorities and deadlines.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate and communicate well with all levels of employees.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, HRIS applications and analytics, and benefits systems, preferably with experience using Proliant Payroll and BenefitFirst systems.

  • High-level customer service skills with the demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and respond to employees with diplomacy and tact.

  • Knowledge of benefits terminology, claims resolution, and compliance requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Human Resources, Business and/or Organizational Management, or a related field.

  • SHRM, SPHR, and/or PHR professional certification.

  • Experience in enhancing the diversity and inclusion of institutional employee population.

  • Demonstrated ability to administer workers’ compensation claims and employee leave programs.

  • Experience in and demonstrated understanding of higher education operations, including faculty and staff relations.

Position Compensation and Benefits:

Salary for the position will be commensurate with education and experience. Salem Academy and College also offers various health plan options, tuition waivers, generous paid time off, access to academic, arts, and athletic programming on campus, and the ability to work in a diverse educational setting on a historic property.

Application Process:

To apply, please send a letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three professional references (including a supervisor reference) to Ramona Raines at 601 South Church Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101 or ramona.raines@salem.edu. The letter of interest may be addressed to the “Search Committee.” The review of applications begins immediately.

Salem College is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.