Human Resources Director


Under the direction of the Vice President for Administrative Planning/Chief Organizational Development Officer, the Human Resources Director has responsibility for the full range and life-cycle of human resources activities, including student and seasonal employment and human resources hiring and benefit practices unique to higher education. The Human Resource Manager manages programs and functions in the areas of staffing and recruitment, position management, compensation, college leave and federal and state Federal Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employee relations, performance management, and professional development. The Human Resources Manager also provides consultative and directional guidance for all employment categories. This position requires frequent interaction with a diverse faculty, staff, and student community and strict confidentiality in all matters. Carthage is focused on equity and inclusion and believe in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and all the other different characteristics.


  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks, and ensuring regulatory compliance.
  • Maintain management guidelines by preparing, updating, and recommending policies and procedures, and maintaining updated job descriptions.
  • Oversee the recruiting, interviewing, hiring, disciplining, and terminating of staff.
  • Advise faculty and staff on college policies and employment laws and handle questions, interpret and administer agreements, and help resolve work-related problems.
  • Analyze compensation and benefits to establish competitive programs and ensure compliance with legal requirements.
  • Provide day-to-day performance management guidance to management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions).
  • Assist with the separation process including exit interviews, employment documents, payroll coordination, and meetings as employees’ transition out of the college.
  • Manage open enrollment process including evaluating current health plans and working with brokers to obtain new plan bids.
  • Generate standard and ad hoc reports.
  • Partner with Senior Leadership on special projects.
  • Administer FMLA Leave paperwork including tracking return from leave for employees.
  • Manage unemployment, EEO, and worker’s compensation claims.
  • Oversee payroll operations including the payroll staff.
  • Identify opportunities to drive continuous improvement with existing HR systems and processes.
  • Supervise employees. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the college’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Complete special projects as assigned.



  • A Bachelor’s (BA or BS) in Human Resource Management, Business or related field required.


  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in Human Resources/Employee Relations plus 3 years of Human Resources management experience. Experience in higher education is highly valued; however, candidates from other areas with a strong record of leadership, and applicable experiences are encouraged to apply.


  • Evidence of professional experience working with diverse and dynamic populations.
  • Broad knowledge of Human Resources functions in order to exercise sound judgment in decision making.
  • Time management, prioritization, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • A willingness to build relationships and collaborate with others.
  • Ability to work with senior leaders to coach and influence.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS WORD, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point.
  • Experience with and HRIS system.
  • Certification through HRCI and SHRM desired.

Institutional Information

Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.

Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation,national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.

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