Director of Human Resources

Cornish College Of The Arts - Seattle, WA3.6


DepartmentHuman Resources

Reports toPresident

SupervisesHR Generalist, Sr. HR Generalist, Payroll Administrator

Pay GradeExempt, Full-time


Manages the Human Resources Department, overseeing the administration of hiring, retention, termination, personnel records, legal compliance, payroll, compensation plan, benefits, labor relations, and long-term staffing strategies. Proactively fosters a positive working environment and high employee morale for the College.

Job Responsibilities

1. Develops personnel policies and practices that seek to increase retention rates and foster employee job satisfaction and high morale.

2. Provides guidance and direction to employees and managers, including:

 employee relations counseling

 personnel issues such as sexual harassment and discrimination

3. Oversees recruitment efforts by:

 working with managers to determine staffing needs and position requirements

 identifying effective advertising venues in order to attract sufficient pools of qualified candidates

4. Approves termination actions, including:

 counseling managers, exercising care that reasons are well documented and are not arbitrary or discriminatory

 conducting exit interviews with terminating employees to discover areas of satisfaction or dissatisfaction and addressing concerns with managers

5. Manages staff compensation plan including:

 analyzing and evaluating staff position descriptions

 maintaining consistency within the compensation plan and ensuring internal equity

 surveying market data to maintain competitive salaries

 recommending changes to the President’s Cabinet

6. Oversees benefits administration, including:

 working with consultants to identify most attractive benefits package

 recommending to VP for Finance & Administration best benefit options for budget dollar

 directing open enrollment process within the context of the Collective Bargaining Agreement

7. Oversees the calculation of faculty compensation, including:

 coordinating with Provost’s Office notices of appointment and employment offer letters

 informing Provost of promotion eligibility for core and ranked adjunct faculty and tracking credits for rate increases for adjunct faculty

 consulting with database systems coordinator to ensure database compatibility with current collective bargaining agreement

 coordinating with the Registration Office the flow of accurate information related to faculty assignments

8. Manages union negotiations with faculty and dance musician bargaining units including:

 coordinating the bargaining process

 participating as an active member of the administration team in finding creative solutions during negotiations

 working with parties to address concerns brought up in the grievance process

 chairing the Labor Management Oversight Committee

9. Keeps abreast of legislation affecting human resources, including:

 overseeing communication and ensure Managing compliance with external agencies regarding former and current employees; i.e. Employment Security Department, Department of Labor and Industries, Human Rights Commission, OSHA, etc.

 training management and monitoring company policies to ensure compliance

10. Serves the College by:

 serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet

 providing data needed for compliance reporting to external agencies; i.e. NASAD, IPEDS, etc.

 supervising the preparation and distribution of employee publications; i.e. collective bargaining agreements, handbooks, organizational charts, Who’s Who, etc.

 providing input to managers in planning future strategic goals

 forecasting training needs of the College

 participating on the Safety Committee

 participating as ex-officio member of Staff Council

 organizing performance evaluation process

11. Develops and manages department budget.

12.Other duties as assigned by the President.

Minimum Qualifications

 Bachelor’s degree plus seven years progressive HR experience or combination of equivalent education and experience

 Three to five years of experience specifically with labor unions and negotiations

 Substantial knowledge of personnel regulations and employment law, including FLSA, FMLA, ADA, HIPAA, Workers’ Compensation, and IRS rules

 Proficient in Microsoft Office, familiarity with payroll software and payroll processing

 Knowledge of benefit plan administration for retirement plans, health insurance, AD&D, Life, and LTD insurance

 Ability to maintain confidentiality

 Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with strong skills in organization and prioritization

 Proven ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees and find solutions to a wide variety of delicate situations

 Capable of developing a strong team

Occasional light lifting

Preferred Qualifications

 Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification

Master’s degree in relevant field (i.e. human resources or management, business administration, finance or marketing) with 3 years progressive HR experience

Application Procedures

Please submit the following items to our Careers email:

1) Cover Letter or Letter of Interest

2) Resume or C.V.

3) Cornish College Employment Application (PDF available on our Careers page)

Equal Opportunity Statement: Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Labor Relations: 3 years (Required)
  • Human Resources: 7 years (Required)