Assistant directors of human resources (HR) are responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operations of an HR department. Their primary duty is to assist the HR director in creating and implementing departmental plans, which involves identifying departmental needs and establishing plans of action. Assistant directors of human resources oversee issues related to recruiting, training, salaries, benefits, and conflict resolution within the organization. They train department managers, HR staff, and other employees in conflict resolution techniques, leadership, and discrimination or harassment issues. Assistant directors of human resources also ensure their organization meets all regulatory requirements related to hiring, firing, harassment/discrimination claims, and other record keeping. In certain organizations, the assistant director of human resources may deal with unions union workers, which involves additional regulations related to union contracts.
Assistant directors of human resources generally work full time in an office environment, although they may be required to travel to other company locations for tasks such as giving training and leadership seminars. These assistant directors spend much of their day interacting with other employees, resolving disputes, providing training, handling paperwork, and developing strategies to improve their department.
Assistant directors of human resources are generally required to hold a bachelor’s degree. They must have some HR experience, and relevant certification may be required for certain positions. Strong skills in basic computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are needed to develop human resources materials and prepare presentations for training.
Assistant Director of Human Resources (HR) Tasks
Assist in day to day operations administration and provide periodic departmental reports.
Research, design, and implement employee policies and procedures.
Research, propose, and coordinate compensation and salary raise programs.
Develop and lead recruitment and employee retention efforts.
Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations via regular internal audits and data management.