Director of Human Resources

Job Family

Full-Time Administration


The Director of Human Resources reports directly to the Vice President of Finance and Administration. The Director will supervise and provide consultation to University management on employee recruitment, compensation, benefits, training and development, personnel budgets, payroll, employee handbooks, and employee relations. The director will take a leadership role in developing a culture that enables employees to perform in accordance with the University’s core values, objectives, and strategic initiatives.  

  • Serve as an advisor to the Vice President for Finance and Administration to develop and provide strategic human resource leadership for the University. Serve as the University’s Title IX and sexual harassment coordinator.
  • Effectively plan, design, implement and evaluate human resource programs, policies and related initiatives to support organizational strategic goals.
  • Represent HR on relevant issues, i.e. hiring, safety, wellness, threat assessment, and risk management, etc. Perform a variety of routine and complex administrative, technical and professional work in analyzing and administering various components of wellness and safety programs.
  • Lead the University’s plan to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and create a supportive environment for diversity.
  • Provide leadership and general supervision to Human Resources and Payroll staff.
  • Accurately maintain the University’s HRIS system and make informed business decisions based on data and statistics.
  • Develop and distribute various reports on human resource metrics to ensure the needs of the employees and the University are met.  Complete required regulatory reporting such as IPEDS.
  • Review adverse background checks, make recommendations on the subsequent course of action; consulting with VP for Finance and Administration when necessary.

Personnel/Training & Development/Employee Relations: 

  • Serve as an internal consultant to vice presidents, department chairs, directors and managers on employee relations and personnel issues; including acting as facilitator, counselor, and mediator in arbitrating disputes between employees and supervisors.  Consult with legal counsel as appropriate.
  • Direct the development and implementation of effective employee orientation and training programs on subjects such as, but not limited to, selection and recruitment, performance review management, harassment prevention, best practice policies and procedures, employment laws.
  • Gather and coordinate necessary information and documentation to formulate responses to claims, hearings (i.e. unemployment, EEOC, etc.) and litigation related to employment practices.
  • Assist management in the development of Performance Improvement Plan(s). Review requests for termination and provides recommendations and approval according to best practice, policy, and legal guidelines.
  • Develop and administer employee recognition programs.
  • Coordinate and provide local, state and federal agencies with the information required by law. Complete personnel surveys required for federal, state and professional organizations.
  • Conduct and/or oversee the required assessment activities. Supervise process for verification of immigration and citizenship I-9 status.
  • Conduct all exit interviews.


  • Master’s Degree strongly preferred. Additional experience and/or applicable certifications (such as PHR and SPHR) also preferred.
  • At least five years of human resource experience in a leadership or management role, including competency in recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits including payroll; professional development and training; safety; performance management; human resource policies, procedures and legal regulations; and employee relations.
  • Experience in working in higher education preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to flexibly develop and maintain effective relationships with a variety of both internal and external constituents and demonstrated success providing professional advice and exercising good judgment on a variety of human resources issues.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills in strategic planning, research, budgeting, staffing, and performance management.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, affirmative action, and equal opportunity in employment and operations.
  • Ability to work confidentially with discretion.
  • The ability and willingness to support the Mission of the University; and to work collaboratively and collegially.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals are invited to apply and while we appreciate every applicant’s interest, only those under consideration will be contacted.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter including starting pay expectations, resume, and the contact information for three (3) professional references to

Rivier University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, marital status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability in admission or access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities, and Title IX requires that the University not discriminate on the bases stated above.

Rivier University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Us

Rivier University has the advantage of a central New England location in a thriving small city less than 50 miles from metropolitan Boston.  With a student population of 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students, the University is recognized for academic excellence, a strong liberal arts program, and professional career preparation in various fields.

Dedicated to its mission of transforming hearts and minds to serve the world, Rivier University is guided by the faith heritage, intellectual tradition, and social teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The faculty and staff are engaged in the education of the whole person in the context of an open and inclusive academic community that cultivates critical thought, sound judgment, and respect for all people. We especially encourage candidates who are committed to enhancing the racial, ethnic, or cultural diversity of the University to apply.