Human resources directors are responsible for guiding and managing the overall activities of their companies' human resources (HR) departments. These responsibilities include managing HR services and policies along with programs for the entire company. HR directors serve as advocates who ensures that all company and employee interactions are handled in a fair and consistent manner. Other responsibilities generally include recruiting, orientation, development and training of new employees, payroll processing, and salary and benefit administration. HR directors are also responsible for employee relations and policy development along with performance improvement. They generally report directly to the CEO (or other executive staff members) and are responsible for compliance with all regulatory concerns.
HR directors must place high values on confidentiality, integrity and ethics. They must also be able to function within their HR team and operate in a service environment where there is high demand and expectations for delivering coworker and customer service. Confidence and being a team leader are key for people in these kinds of positions. HR directors must have strong organizational, leadership and communication skills in addition to self discipline, good judgement and flexibility. They are usually required to hold at least a bachelor's degree in personnel management or a related field. Some companies require special certifications and sometimes a master's degree or extensive related work experience.
Director of Human Resources (HR) Tasks
- Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development of HR programs.
- Plan, direct and manages all human resources initiatives; recruitment, compensation, benefits, training and employee relations of an organization.
- Ensure policies, procedures and HR programs are consistently administered, aligned with organizational goals and are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements and laws.