New Opportunity: Director of Human Resources at Reed College


Director of Human Resources

Reed College invites applications for the position of Director of Human Resources. The Director of Human Resources is a member of the college’s leadership team, reporting directly to the Vice President Finance/Treasurer (VPF-T). The Director of Human Resources plans, organizes, directs, and administers comprehensive human resources programs, services, and support for the College including policy and procedure, compensation, benefits, employee relations, recruitment and retention, and staff development. This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced Human Resources leader with a passion for people and culture to join a mission-driven organization.

Reed College

Since its founding in 1908 as an independent undergraduate institution, Reed College has remained steadfast to one central commitment: to provide a balanced, comprehensive education in liberal arts and sciences, fulfilling the highest standards of intellectual excellence. Reed offers a liberal arts education of high quality under unusually favorable conditions, including a challenging curriculum involving wide reading, conference- and laboratory-based teaching in small groups, and a student body motivated by enthusiasm for serious intellectual work.

Reed College is an institution of higher education in the liberal arts devoted to the intrinsic value of intellectual pursuit and governed by the highest standards of scholarly practice, critical thought, and creativity. Its undergraduate program of study, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts, is demanding and intense and balances breadth of knowledge across the curriculum with depth of knowledge in a particular field of study. The goal of the Reed education is that students learn and demonstrate rigor and independence in their habits of thought, inquiry, and expression.

Reed College is a community dedicated to serious and open intellectual inquiry, one in which students, faculty, and staff can fully participate, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, socio-economic status, or disabilities. Reed embraces the inherent value of diversity. It is committed to attracting the best and brightest from every group, including those who have historically experienced discrimination and prejudice, for it recognizes that dialogue between people with different perspectives, values, and backgrounds enhances the possibilities for serious intellectual inquiry. The College is also committed to creating an environment that respects the dignity and civil rights of all persons, particularly those from groups that have experienced discrimination and persecution, for it recognizes that intolerance and prejudice diminish those possibilities.

Located at the intersection of several creative Portland neighborhoods, Reed College provides a point of entry to a vibrant metropolis and a gateway to the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest. 10 minutes from downtown Portland sits Reed’s beautiful 116 acre campus bustling with approximately 1,500 students and over 500 combined Faculty and Staff. 

Director of Human Resources

The Director of HR will assume a wide array of responsibilities (any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class.):

  • The Director of HR participates as a member of the President’s Senior Staff.
  • Manage human resources staff, goals, and budgets in a manner that champion’s inclusive excellence across the college.
  • Establish and implement practices, procedures, and standards for the efficient and effective operation a human resources program, considering polices and practices through an equity lense, supporting compliance as well as consistency with the College mission, goals, and culture.
  • Lead and manage the recruitment process for the College, including working with search firms and directing processes across all employee groups. Ensure efforts are aligned to hire for the appropriate skill and cultural fit for the College, as well as a positive candidate experience. Provide support for avoiding bias in the selection process and development of a diverse candidate pool.
  • Assist in the resolution of performance-related issues with employees, determine the best course of action to take to ensure the employee is treated fairly while at the same time supervisory expectations are met.
  • Ensure the College is in compliance with the law, state and local regulations, and general guidelines of fairness, consistency, and equity.
  • Work with the Assistant Director and in consultation with the VP/Treasurer and the Benefit’s Committee, plan and implement benefits program including retirement, health, and dental plans.
  • Plan and organize an employment classification and compensation program for the College; conduct salary surveys, evaluate and interpret market data; monitor internal equity.
  • Oversee the annual performance management process. Provide advice and training to supervisors on effective communication of employee performance.
  • Provide professional development opportunities to managers to increase their skills in effective team leadership, including embedding inclusive practices in their management strategies.
  • Develop, evaluate, organize and/or conduct staff /supervisory development programs to enhance the effectiveness of employees. Conduct needs assessments, design on-going programs and staff development opportunities.
  • Advise and assist management staff with department reorganizations in alignment with inclusive work practices and pursuit of organizational excellence. Evaluate levels of work, reporting relationships, workloads, and position composition.
  • Implement an effective labor relations program; lead representative for the College during labor negotiations.
  • Manage, organize, prioritize and evaluate the work of the HR staff. Provide the team with professional development and training opportunities, as well as performance feedback.
  • Oversee the financial well-being of the HR department by managing fiscal operations and budget processes.
  • Manage the resolution of sensitive or complex employee grievances, inquiries, problems, or complaints; investigate and respond appropriately. This role is the primary title IX coordinator for staff.
  • Lead or participate in the selection of staff committee members; provide guidance to staff committees, serves as ex-officio on the Committee on Diversity, Benefit’s Committee and the Emergency Response Team.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of human resources policy, principles, and practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local policies, procedures, and regulations applicable to human resources services.
  • Skilled in conflict resolution, mediation and facilitation.
  • Ability to develop and implement short and long-range plans to meet department needs.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate operations and develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems.
  • Effective listener, problem solver, and counselor on a wide range of personnel related issues with a diverse base of employees.
  • Maintains a high level of integrity, discretion, and confidentiality.
  • Effective communicator, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, College staff, unions, and the general public.


Bachelor’s degree in human resources management or related field, certified with HRCI as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and ten years progressively responsible human resources experience including supervision; or any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the work.

Reed College prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or familial status, military status, veteran status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, status as a parent, family relationship, or any other category protected by law. The college’s Title IX policy and procedures may be found on our Title IX web page. Inquiries may be directed to the college’s Title IX Coordinator by email at, by phone at 503-517-4842, or on campus in Eliot 108A. Inquiries may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education.

If interested in learning more about the opportunity, please contact Lisa Heffernan at 180one at 971-256-3076 or

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