Director, Human Resources

The Autry is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West connecting the past to the present to inspire our shared future.

Position Summary
The Director, Human Resources manages and/or oversees all HR-related functions including recruitment, employment practices, performance management, leaves of absence, and benefits. The Director has extensive contact with all levels of staff, volunteers, and outside organizations such as benefit vendors, insurance brokers, and consultants.  The incumbent supervises a part time HR Coordinator.

Essential Functions

Employee Relations: advises supervisors and employees on policies and procedures related to personnel management, providing recommendations for training or additional actions as appropriate. Provides counsel to individual employees about areas of concern. Conducts investigations and discusses with legal counsel as appropriate.

Health and Welfare Plan Administration: serving as Plan Administrator, manages and/or oversees full cycle of health and welfare benefits including broker interface, annual renewals with carriers, benefit communications, employee enrollment and terminations, and COBRA administration.

Retirement Plan Administration: serves as designated Plan Administrator for active and inactive retirement plans.  Reviews and authorizes participant requests consistent with plan document specifications.

Recruitment and Staffing: reviews staffing needs with managers and directs external recruitment process(position description development, effective ad placement, background check processing) or internal placement. Interviews candidates and advises managers. Oversees on-boarding process.

General Administration: oversees maintenance of personnel records including HRIS; recommends and implements policies as needed, as required by law and/or as directed by Senior Management, assesses training needs and oversees scheduling as appropriate, oversees compliance related to unemployment insurance, required workplace postings, required notices, annual EEO-1 filing, and OSHA Form 300.

Leaves of Absence: determines appropriate leave designation (FMLA\PDL\CFRA, etc.,) and oversees related activities such as communications, responses to State requests for information, etc. Engages in the interactive process related to accommodation requests.

Workers Compensation: oversees response to work-related injuries including related treatment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 5 – 7 years HR management experience as a generalist.
  • Knowledge of best practices and methodology related to the operations of a Human Resources Department; understanding principles of benefits administration, recruitment, selection, classification, compensation, employee relations, training and labor laws.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills along with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with all levels of management, staff, and outside constituents.
  • Solid administrative skills including computer skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality within and outside the museum regarding all data and information obtained through the course of the work; handle sensitive matters with discretion; successfully prioritize multiple tasks; analyze HR procedures and recommend changes for increased efficiency; understand and communicate museum policies and procedures. 

Working Conditions

Normal office environment; long periods of computer-related work.  Involves physical mobility and strength for lifting, carrying, and bending. Extended work hours as needed.

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