Employment Opportunities

Human Resources Director

  • Job Tracking ID: 512507-677399
  • Job Location: Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Level: Any
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: April 03, 2019
  • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
  • Starting Date: April 15, 2019

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Job Description:

Be Part of a Great Team!

IndependenceFirst is looking for awesome people to join our team!

You are just the person to join our growing team if you are...

  • Looking for an Excellent Benefits Package
  • Passionate About Helping Others
  • Prefer Bilingual in English, Spanish, Hmong or Arabic (Not required)

Benefits include:

  • 12 sick days, 18 vacation days and an additional 10 paid holidays a year
  • Employer paid Dental, Life Insurance (twice annual salary), AD&D, Short and Long Term Disability
  • Health Insurance Benefits (partially employer paid, depending on coverage)
  • Low-cost Vision Insurance
  • Employer-matched 403(b) Retirement Account
  • Fitness Center On-site
  • Annual Health Risk Assessment
  • Annual Flu Shot
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program


I. Position: Human Resources Director

II. Status: Full Time, Salaried

III. Reports to: Director of Business Services

IV. Position Summary: Responsible to guide and manage the overall provision of the Human Resources functions, policies and procedures, employee handbook, policy development and documentation, for the agency. Also responsible for recruiting and staffing, performance management and improvement systems, employment and compliance with regulatory concerns regarding employees, and employee on boarding, development, needs assessment, and training. Position is responsible for compensation and benefits administration, employee relations, disciplines, management of unemployment claims, terminations, and payroll software integration. Will assist and advise managers regarding Human Resources issues.

V. Position Expected Hours of Work: This is a Full-Time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Occasional evenings and weekends.

VI. Essential Functions of the Position:

  1. Develop, coordinate and recommend relevant human resources systems, communications, policies and procedures. Oversees implementation of programs and supervises daily operation of Human Resource department and staff.
  2. Ensure compliance with federal and state regulations, including Equal Employment, Affirmative Action, Civil Rights Compliance, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Affordable Care Act, etc.
  3. Administer, analyze and recommend compensation and benefit structures and programs.
  4. Maintains up to date position descriptions.
  5. Ensure positions are classified correctly per DOL standards.
  6. Develop, support or provide employee relations training, development and EAP programs.
  7. Oversee recruitment, hiring, on boarding, background and criminal checks on new and existing employees as required by contract stipulations and agency processes.
  8. Protects the interest of employees and the agency in accordance with agency Human Resource policies and governmental laws and regulations. Aides and educates management in discipline and termination decisions. Reviews employee appeals through grievance process.
  9. Establish and monitor performance appraisal programs, employee benefit programs and services, and agency safety and wellness programs, etc.
  10. Coaches and trains managers in their communication, feedback, recognition, and interaction responsibilities with the employees who report to them. Makes certain that the managers know how to successfully, ethically, honestly, and legally communicate with employees during all aspects of their employment. Works in collaboration with managers when making hiring, discipline, and termination decisions.
  11. Directs the preparation and maintenance of reports necessary to carry out functions of the department and administer benefits to all employee classes. Prepares periodic reports to top management and Board committee, as necessary or requested.
  12. Actively working with the BOD HR Committee on any new or revised agency polices.
  13. Represents the agency whenever appropriate including EEOC hearings, unemployment hearings and recruitment events.
  14. Resolves PCW relations issues to include conflict resolution, harassment investigations, wage complaints, PCW disputes, attendance issues and general questions. Monitors PCW performance review by advising Care Coordinators on PCW progressive disciplinary and termination procedures as necessary.

I. Work Environment

  1. Work environment is generally performed in an office setting with minimal to moderate noise level.
  2. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the occupation described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the occupation.

Experience and Skills:

I. Professional Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in human resources (or related field), required with 3+ years of progressive experience in human resources management. Master’s Degree, SHRM or HRCI Certification preferred.
  2. Familiarity with federal and state laws, human resource compliance issues and reporting

requirements including Vets 100, OSHA, Civil Rights Compliance and Affirmative Action.

  1. Outstanding interpersonal relationship building including the demonstrated ability to resolve and manage conflict, experience in supervision of employees and
  2. Must act with high ethical standards in a transparent manor while practicing a high level of confidentiality. Must possess the ability to coach organization managers in the same.
  3. Experience with working or interacting with people with disabilities and Independent Living Philosophy preferred.
  4. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, clients, the Board, or other sources.
  5. Knowledge of and ability to use computers for data collection and analysis, understand and use the HRIS software (Paylocity experience a plus) and have experience in MS products.
  6. Ability to travel as necessary.

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