Director of Human Resources and the Employee Experience
Bishop Blanchet High School
Location: Seattle, Washington
Type: Full Time
Salary: $80,800 to $121,200
Bishop Blanchet High School
Director of Human Resources and the Employee Experience
Reports to the President
Start date: July 1, 2023
Bishop Blanchet High School is a 9-12 grade Catholic school located in Seattle, WA.
Bishop Blanchet High School is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding individuals to better reflect the racial, cultural, and gender diversity of our student population. We actively seek candidates of different backgrounds who are devoted to engaging and inspiring a high-achieving and well-rounded student population to be leaders, in and out of the classroom.
At Bishop Blanchet High School we strive to embody the example of Jesus Christ and live out Catholic Social Teaching by employing empathy, finding dignity in all people, and fostering a true sense of community. We believe it is important to provide a safe space for courageous conversations, exchange of ideas and problem solving while welcoming our differences and respecting our unique life experiences.
Bishop Blanchet High School is located in Seattle, one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Our city has a vibrant culture, a rich history and is close to many attractive destinations. We offer a fun, supportive work environment and ample opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Bishop Blanchet is a Catholic, college preparatory high school established by the Archbishop of Seattle. Rooted in Gospel Values, we educate students within a challenging, positive and diverse learning environment. We inspire students to transform the world around them through a lifelong commitment to faith, scholarship and service.
Bishop Blanchet is searching for an experienced HR leader to join as its inaugural Director of Human Resources and the Employee Experience. Providing an exceptional employee experience is a foundational commitment of Bishop Blanchet to its faculty and staff.
The Director of Human Resources and the Employee Experience is a full-time, on-site, year-round, exempt position that reports to the President and works closely with the school’s leadership team including the Principal and Director of Finance in support of school administration, faculty, staff and contract employees. The Director is responsible for the school's human resources policies and practices, ensuring legal compliance, and supporting implementation of the school’s mission and strategic human resource priorities in alignment with the ministry and mission of the Archdiocese of Seattle.
The Director of Human Resources will be responsible for directing, planning, and implementing activities and programs associated with the employee lifecycle, including hiring, onboarding and offboarding, employee relations, policy development and administration, legal compliance and recordkeeping, investigations, and performance management. The Director will work closely with the Director of Finance to support and implement several HR processes and programs including benefit enrollment and administration, and annual covenant/work agreement and staff reviews. The Director will also partner with school leadership to ensure regular employee engagement and communications and actively contribute to a workplace culture of inclusion and respect.
Bishop Blanchet is a Catholic high school within the Archdiocese of Seattle. As an Archdiocesan high school, BBHS functions under Archdiocesan policies and Human Resources services. The Director will closely collaborate with the Archdiocesan Human Resources Department and the Office for Catholic Schools to coordinate services and ensure compliance in guiding and informing the leadership decisions of Bishop Blanchet High School.
The first and key point of contact for queries from administration, staff, faculty and contract employees on human resources issues, questions, and situations
Overseeing the maintenance of personnel records, employee data and managing HR documents
Onboarding new employees (employment records and onboarding guides) and updating internal databases
Overseeing background checks and Safe Environment training program.
In partnership with the business office, serving as point of contact for benefits, insurance and compensation questions
Communicating with, advising, supporting employees and those in supervisory roles
Advising supervisors in managing performance, disciplinary actions, and employee relations issues
Presenting to different constituencies on the topic of HR – could include presentations to administration, faculty, staff or the Board on topics such as hiring, onboarding of new hires, pre-employment screening and training, compensation and benefits, professional development, employee relations issues, etc.
Collaborating with President, Principal, Administration and staff on workforce issues such as performance reviews, covenant renewals, ongoing management
Tracking and reporting – HR information systems and timekeeping system maintenance and reporting - maintains records of PTO and supports the management of employee leaves (maternity, paternity, short term and long term disability, etc.)
Overseeing the creation and updating of employment and HR policies and procedures – maintains the BBHS employee policies and coordinates with Archdiocese of Seattle personnel policies.
Training and professional development; annual training for staff and faculty around compliance or HR related topics as well as management skill training relating to managing others, providing feedback, having career conversations, or managing performance issues/handling sensitive or disciplinary situations
Supporting our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by helping to attract, retain diverse faculty and staff and create inclusive and professional environment for all employees
Collaborating with school leadership to develop policies and practices that support the attraction and retention of employees (faculty, staff, administration and other) that align to our mission and values; develop relationships with other educational institutions in the area, as needed, to help attract and retain faculty and staff
Conducting compensation and benefit benchmarking studies and recommending appropriate adjustments to school leadership
Developing and maintaining strong relationships with HR professionals in similar roles
Staying abreast of current issues and trends related to human resources and private school HR issues and opportunities
Managing exit interview/survey process and interpreting results
Facilitating and directing the employee grievance process
Planning and conducting workplace investigations as needed and advising stakeholders on legal and other issues
Professional development (PD)– participation in PD sessions for faculty and the creation of training for non-faculty and administration – develop and deliver professional development that supports staff in managing others, HR compliance, giving and receiving feedback, appropriate workplace behavior, HR policies and procedures, pay and benefits (insurance or leaves), etc.
Supervising the Human Resources Assistant/Substitute Teachers Coordinator
8-10 years progressively responsible experience in human resources management and leadership in education and/or non-profit organization, ideally in an educational setting (Catholic, private or independent school setting is ideal; related experience outside of an educational setting will be considered)
PHR/SPHR or SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification preferred
A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or a relevant field is required; a master’s degree in a related field is preferred
Active faith life and practicing Catholic preferred
A genuine commitment to Catholic education
A demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to collaborative effectively
Excellent written and oral communication skills
An ability to make effective use of HR technological tools
Demonstrated leadership, influence, and time and project management skills Google suite proficiency. Microsoft Office proficiency – Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those commonly associated with this position.
Leadership skills including visioning, active listening, coaching, facilitation, and using data for decision making.
Thorough knowledge of school operations.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Ability to work collaboratively with the community and with staff at all levels.
Ability to provide service with a high degree of confidentiality.
Ability to maintain excellent interpersonal relationships with superiors, peers, and subordinates.
Extensive knowledge of contract administration, negotiations, and employee handbook development.
Aptitude for specified human resources and school technology systems.
Understanding of state and federal regulations such as FERPA, FMLA, FLSA, HIPPA and other state and federal regulations associated with HR management.
Understanding of the health insurance field.
Ability to bring diverse cultural and ethnic perspectives to the school and/or a commitment to serving as a mentor for traditionally underrepresented staff and students.
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
Normal office environment and moderate noise levels.
Physical Requirements – The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Must be able to sit for extended periods of time.
Must be able to have repetitive wrist/hand/finger movement to work on computer and/or related office equipment.
Regularly required to talk and listen.
Compensation and Summary of Benefits:
Competitive salary based on experience and education
Current Salary Range: $80,800 to $121,200
Medical, dental, life insurance
Access to 403(b) retirement match program
Access to HSA match program
Access to fitness center
School funded professional development opportunities
Continuing education and/or in-building child tuition support
Opportunities to help with our robust co-curricular programs, including our competitive athletic programs, clubs, and performing arts
Incredibly supportive, professional, and committed faculty and staff that value community
9-acre campus two blocks from Greenlake that boasts an outdoor athletic stadium, a fitness center, sports medicine training room, three gymnasiums, three performing arts spaces including a black box theater, and a recently renovated student commons.
Application Process: Interested and qualified applicants must complete an application in AppliTrack through the Archdiocese of Seattle and email a cover letter and resume to:
Tony DeSapio, President
Bishop Blanchet High School
Inquiries about this position may be directed to Tony DeSapio, President, BBHS.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Bishop Blanchet is a Catholic high school located in Seattle, WA. We are committed to attracting and retaining outstanding individuals to reflect the racial, cultural, and gender diversity of our student population. We actively seek candidates of different backgrounds who are devoted to engaging and inspiring a high-achieving and well-rounded student population to be leaders, in and out of the classroom. Our co-curricular student activity program, including athletics, clubs, and performing arts, are recognized for their excellence in the northwest.