Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive PreK-12 independent school that has been serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs since 1878. ECFS offers a rich curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A co-ed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students on two campuses—one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and the other in Manhattan. www.ecfs.org
The Ethical Culture Fieldston School has a long history of equity and inclusion deeply rooted in our mission and the educational philosophy of our founder Felix Adler. We embrace diversity of ancestry, family, identity, culture, and belief and seek a student body and faculty who reflect the pluralism and socio-economic diversity of metropolitan New York. We affirm both our differences and commonalities and strive to balance individuality and community. In keeping with our progressive tradition, we are dedicated to increasing our students’ cultural literacy to help them understand multiple perspectives and see the world beyond the self. We expect members of our community to engage in open dialogue about living and learning in a diverse environment inside and outside the classroom. We see this work with its creative tensions as a catalyst for individual and collective growth. On a daily basis, we are committed to making this vision of a democratic, pluralistic, and progressive school a reality.
ECFS’s endowment currently stands at $130 million. The annual operating budget for ECFS is $92 million. There are approximately 11,000 alumni/ae and 1,300 families enrolled.
This opportunity is available immediately and will be filled upon the completion of a comprehensive search. An ideal start date would be July 1, 2021.
The Director of Human Resources will be a hands-on administrator who will build and maintain a standardized, comprehensive, and sophisticated HR environment. The Director of Human Resources reports directly to the Associate Head of School. The ideal candidate is a practical, detail-oriented professional accustomed to organizations with a unionized workforce, including an understanding of the nuances of the academic world and a high level of respect for the School’s legacy and mission. The successful candidate will possess a broad understanding of all functional areas including HRIS, benefits administration, employee relations, and policy administration. The Director of Human Resources will develop and maintain comprehensive programs around onboarding, compliance, off-boarding, technical capability, and performance management. As appropriate, the Director of Human Resources will negotiate, recommend, and supervise selected HR-related vendors.
The Director of Human Resources must develop trusting and credible relationships that support the development of a successful, proactive, and responsive HR function. This individual must be a skilled practitioner who is comfortable in an administrative role that partners with the School’s senior leaders.
The Director of Human Resources manages several team members. The selected individual will be part of an organization committed to the highest level of integrity.
Key responsibilities will include:
Maintain and revise Employee Handbook.
Develop/edit/update job descriptions for all employees. Complete periodic job description audit and reclassify employees as appropriate under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Ensure compliance with federal and state statutes/laws such as FMLA, ADA, Sexual Harassment, OSHA, Worker’s Compensation, Title VII, and ERISA.
Manage recruitment lifecycle and performance management.
Manage employee separation process for both voluntary/involuntary terminations.
Complete annual compensation and benefits surveys.
Provide training for department heads and supervisors on various HR topics including interviewing skills, performance reviews, and employee coaching.
Oversee the management of employee benefit programs (health, dental, Section 125, 403(b) retirement plans, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, AD&D, and COBRA) for employees, including employee communication, problem-solving, and claim resolution.
Ensure all plans comply with applicable laws and statutes (HIPPA, ERISA, and IRS guidelines).
Oversee the development of the employee insurance budget and negotiate contracts on an annual basis in partnership with the Finance Department.
Manage annual open enrollment for health, dental, and FSA programs.
Oversee preparation and annual audits for 403(b) and file 5500.
Serve as an HRIS system administrator.
Serve as member of School negotiation team in collective bargaining with the Faculty Interest Committee (faculty union).
The successful candidate will be a well-rounded, values-driven human resources professional with the desire to contribute within a mission-based environment and who has a strong commitment to the Ethical Culture Fieldston School’s core values. Candidates should possess 10+ years of experience and should be well versed in all aspects of health and welfare benefits, pension plans, employee relations issues, compliance, and HRIS systems. This individual must be detail-oriented, yet able to contribute at a strategic leadership level. In addition, this individual must be responsive, customer service-oriented, and able to build trusting relationships.
10+ years of broad-based background in the design, theory, best practices, laws, techniques, and applications of human resource programs.
A demonstrated record of providing subject matter expertise across the gamut of human resources initiatives including innovation, process improvement, and the development of a communication strategy.
A portfolio of success as both a tactical and strategic human resources professional with an understanding of finance, economics, negotiations, demographics, and communication of related HR initiatives and programs.
Experience working with unions, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and managing labor relations strongly preferred.
Education (or related) not-for-profit experience is a plus.
Attorneys with employment law experience preferred, but not required.
To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis please send your resume and letter of interest along with a list of references (which will only be contacted if mutual interest is determined) to:
Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive PreK to 12 independent school serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs.
Committed to academic excellence, ethical learning, and progressive education, ECFS offers a rich and challenging curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
A coed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students from PreK to 12 on two campuses -- one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan.