Williams College — Assistant Director of Human Resources

Assistant Director of Human Resources
Office of Human Resources

The Williams College Office of Human Resources seeks an energetic, collaborative, and process oriented professional to serve as a key member of the department’s management team. The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator with a thorough understanding of employment law and recruitment best practices. The Assistant Director consults with provides guidance to employees, supervisors, and managers on a wide variety of HR topics including employee relations, performance management, application of policy and legal compliance, recruitment strategies, compensation, retention, and organizational effectiveness. In addition to the primary responsibilities described we plan to utilize the strengths and interests of our new colleague in ways that will further the needs of our office.

Reporting to the Director of Human Resources, the Assistant Director works closely with management and colleagues to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity, and retention.

Williams is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty and staff. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Applicants should highlight relevant experience with building, working with, and supporting a broadly diverse employee community.

Responsibilities include but are not limited:

  • Managing the daily operations of the human resources office and assists the director of human resources with a variety of human resource related activities.
  • Investigate problems, such as working conditions, policy administration, disciplinary actions, and employee and applicant appeals, and grievances.
  • Provide guidance and recommendations for problem resolution to individuals and department heads.
  • Supervise the employment manager and oversees staff recruitment initiatives including outreach in search planning and placement, managing staff position control, actively guiding and participating in recruitment screening, interviewing, and hiring process.
  • Receive, evaluate, and make recommendations on reclassifications requests.
  • Maintain a current and thorough knowledge of all federal and state laws and regulations governing employment, as well as all college policies and practices.
  • Interprets and monitors employment regulations for the purpose of ensuring compliance. (e.g. EEOC, Wage and Hour, Harassment, ADA, Discrimination, etc.)
  • Work closely with employment manager and the learning and development manager on manager and employee onboarding resources.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with five years or more of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Possess the ability to generate enthusiasm among diverse constituencies and individuals.
  • Must have the ability to exhibit excellent customer service, integrity, and confidentiality when working with both internal and external customers.
  • Possess outstanding listening and influencing skills and the ability to cultivate trust and credibility among various constituencies.
  • Analytical skills plus knowledge and understanding of recruitment and employment processes.
  • Ability to develop and maintain highly effective relationships both internally and externally.
  • Strong time management, detail orientation, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
  • Effective communication skills (verbal and written), including the ability to address small and large groups.
  • Experience in higher education is desirable.
  • Familiarity with PeopleSoft or other human resources systems is a plus
  • Human resources certifications are preferred (e.g. SHRM-CP, SPHR, PHR, etc.)

Review of applications will begin November 9, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.

To apply for this position, please visit http://staff-careers.williams.edu. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-4247 or email at hr@williams.edu.

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts with easy access to the culturally rich cities of Albany, Boston, and New York City. The college is committed to building and supporting a diverse population of approximately 2000 students, and to fostering an inclusive faculty, staff and curriculum. Williams has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its students.

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.


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