Human Resources

Human Resources

Assistant Director of Human Resources

Founded in 1908 in Portland, Oregon, Reed College is one of the country’s leading liberal arts and sciences colleges, providing an intellectually rigorous undergraduate experience.  Reed College is devoted to the intrinsic value of intellectual pursuit and is governed by the highest standards of scholarly practice, critical thought, and creativity.  The goal of the Reed education is that students learn and demonstrate rigor and independence in their habits of thought, inquiry and expression.  Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence.  We seek a dynamic Assistant Director of Human Resources to join our institution.

Position Summary
The Assistant Director of Human Resources has primary responsibility for maintaining the college’s compensation and benefits systems and for helping leaders maintain Reed College as one of the best places to work in Portland.  As a member of the five-person HR team, the Assistant Director will contribute to all aspects of the team’s work, including recruiting and employee relations.  The Assistant Director of Human Resources provides HR services to the college’s 350 staff members and its 150 faculty. This role reports to the Director of Human Resources.

This is a full-time, exempt position.  Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees’ children, paid holidays, paid vacation (22 days per year) and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse.

Essential Functions

  • Provide oversight of the college’s compensation programs, with the goal of internal and external equity in pay for Reed employees.
  • Provide oversight of the college’s benefits programs with the aim of maximizing the value of the Reed benefits package for employees.
  • Lead recruitments for exceptional new employees.  Increase the diversity, cultural and otherwise, of Reed’s staff, as a means of contributing to the college’s ability to innovate and provide an exceptional education.
  • Resolve employee relations issues.  Provide HR generalist support for several key departments.
  • Lead business process improvement projects, with the aim of simplifying processes for employees.
  • With the HR Generalist (HRIS), serve as one of the HR team’s experts in Banner HRIS.

Education and Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.  An advanced degree in human resources management is preferred.
  • Eight to ten years’ work experience in dedicated HR roles with progressively increasing responsibility is required.
  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification is preferred, although it does not need to be current.
  • Experience administering a HRIS is strongly preferred.
  • Leadership experience (i.e. directly managing the work of other full-time employees) is strongly preferred
  • Experience working in human resources for large organizations (2000+ employees) is a plus.
  • Experience working in a union-organized environment is a plus, as Reed’s custodians are represented by SEIU.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Superb communication skills
  • Demonstrated cultural competences
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Expert knowledge of human resources best practices in recruiting, compensation, benefits and performance management
  • Expert knowledge of local, state and federal employment regulations
  • Facility and comfort with very detailed work and getting tactical work done right the first time, thus allowing more time for working on strategic HR initiatives
  • Experience developing and implementing HR initiatives, e.g. diversity, communication and community-building initiatives
  • Expert-level Excel and analytical skills, to include use of formulas, graphs and pivot tables
  • Strong bias for in-person communication and connection, never relying on email when an in-person connection can be made
  • Willingness to “roll up the sleeves” and do what is necessary to ensure the smooth operation of the HR office on a daily basis
  • Genuine desire to be of service to others in the workplace
  • An impeccable track record of integrity and the highest professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information

To Apply
Email a Letter of Introduction discussing your qualifications and interests, a Reed Application for Employment and your resume to  In your letter, address the following:

  • How would this position at Reed College fit with your long-term professional goals?
  • Of which accomplishment in your recent professional experience are you most proud?
  • As all members of Reed's community are expected to contribute to a diverse and inclusive campus, describe how you might use your background, education and/or experience to contribute to diversity at Reed. 

Applications will be considered as they are submitted, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.