Chief Human Resources Director - Gordon College


New England’s top Christian college is seeking the next leader for its most important asset: its people.

As the chief human resources officer, you play a pivotal role in shaping a workforce that equips young Christians to build a better world. You are passionate about recruiting, developing and retaining exceptional talent. You find great reward in nurturing a healthy, thriving workplace. You are highly motivated to achieve accuracy and equity in administrative work. You bring valuable market insight and knowledge of best practices.

Does this describe you? We want to talk to you!

At Gordon College, we believe students should be equipped to flourish in an uncertain and changing world. Here, career-focused academics blend with a life-giving faith community to prepare young Christians to make a difference in the world with hope and confidence. When you work at Gordon, you join in this critical mission alongside colleagues defined by a commitment to excellence and to Christ.

Your Role at a Glance:
Reports to: Executive Vice President of Strategy and Innovation
Supervises: Assistant Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Generalists, Title IX Coordinator
Department: Human Resources
Salary:  Commensurate with experience
FLSA Status: Full-time Exempt

Location: In-person

Benefits: • Health, Dental and Vision insurance • Generous Paid time off and 12 paid holidays a year • Free access to the Bennett Athletic Center on campus • Life insurance • Relocation assistance • Retirement plan • Tuition remission for employees, spouses and dependents • 50% discount on food and beverages at any Dining Services location

Summary: As Gordon’s Chief of Human Resources, you will oversee all aspects of employment from talent recruitment and acquisition through talent development and retention. This includes position classification and compensation, training and development, employee relations, benefits administration and compliance with employment-related laws, policies and regulations.

Your Essential Responsibilities Will Include:

 Works with College Leadership

  1. Partners with college leadership to ensure that the human capital strategy meets the needs of both the business and workforce in pursuing the college’s mission.


  1. Manages Talent Recruitment and Acquisition
    1. Develops and oversees talent recruitment programs to recruit and retain highly qualified staff.
    2. Provides guidance and training to hiring managers in the selection process.
    3. Develops and implements hiring policies and procedures that will assure the best results in the hiring process. Issues formal appointment letters to new employees.
  1. Manages Talent Development and Retention
    1. Employee Relations: Advises and counsels college leadership, supervisors and employees on performance and workplace issues; provides guidance in mediation, intervention, advocacy, discipline, and training issues.
    2. Onboarding: Oversees orientation for new faculty and staff, onboarding training and standards for hiring managers,
    3. Professional Development: Develops and leads a robust program of professional development opportunities.
    4. Performance Management: Implements and oversees the execution of a robust performance management system that supports the strategies and action plans of the College. 
    5. Community Building: Seeks opportunity to build community among faculty and staff through informal contacts and formal events, including Service Awards recognition, and other events.
  2. Shalom
    1. Provides leadership, management, and oversight of the College’s commitment to Shalom as described in its Shalom Statement here
  1. Lead the HR Team.
    1. HR Practices: Designs and delivers human resources practices that ensure individual ability and grow and strengthen organizational capability; provides leadership and consultation to College Administration regarding personnel/HR issues; ensure all HR policies and protocols align with best practices and relevant legal and regulatory expectations.
    2. Human Resources Information System: Oversees the management of the HRIS, accuracy of employee data and job descriptions.
    3. Legal and Compliance: Ensures compliance with applicable wage and hour laws and regulations; consults as needed with College Counsel; manages USCIS immigration status and application process; manages compliance with 5500, 1095C, FMLA and other federal and state laws.  Coordinates college-wide training and education efforts around Title IX, workplace safety and other required topics.
    4. Budgets: Provides guidance and consultation on development and management of personnel and benefits budgets.
    5. Policies and Procedures: Develops goals and objectives, policies, and procedures for the human resource function; Hires and supervises the HR Team.
    6. Serves as Co-Chair of the Retirement Oversight Committee
    7. Compensation: Provides strategic direction and oversight for Gordon’s compensation plan including: competitive salaries, data analysis and development of appropriate classifications and compensation for all positions; recommends compensation levels for new hires and promotions
    8. Benefits Administration: Advises on budget strategy and administers the benefits plan. 

You Bring These Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

You love what you do and want to collaborate and grow with a team that is passionate about creating an environment where employees can thrive. Additionally, you have:

  1. A degree in human resource management or related field and five to eight years of progressively responsible human resources work in higher education preferred. SHRM and/or HCRI certification preferred.
  2. A sound understanding of current theory and practice in the field of human resource management, especially as they relate to the higher education environment. Knowledge of federal, state, and local legislative, regulatory and judicial requirements pertaining to benefits administration, wage and hour, non-discrimination, recordkeeping and reporting requirements.
  3. Proven commitment to a work approach that encompasses inclusiveness and diversity.
  4. Knowledge of the principles, and skill in the practices and procedures of supervision, organization, and administration
  5. Ability to express ideas, facts, and recommendations effectively in oral and written form.
  6. Strong organizational, interpersonal, and analytical skills.
  7. Ability to regularly exercise objectivity, confidentiality, discretion, and judgment. Skill in human relations and mediation.
  8. Ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, and colleagues. Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with compassion and integrity.
  9. Ability to use current spreadsheet, word processing and presentation software to the level appropriate to produce reports, documents, executive summaries, training sessions, budget analysis, etc. Competency and accuracy in the use of the HRIS software and campus ERP software.
  10. Detailed knowledge of college personnel policies and procedures, and of all staff positions, their function and requirements.

Mission Statement: Gordon College strives to graduate men and women distinguished by intellectual maturity and
Christian character, committed to lives of service and prepared for leadership worldwide.

Contact Information
Wenham, Massachusetts
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