Position Title:Director of Human Resources
Date Posted: January 29, 2020
Job Location: Wausau, WI
Company Name: Wausau School District
Contact: Tammy Bents
415 Seymour Street
Wausau, WI 54402
(715) 261-0523
(715) 843-7959 (fax)

The Director of Human Resources will assume responsibility for District Human Resource and Employee Relations Services and provide leadership in all matters related to employee engagement and the development, interpretation, and application of Human Resource policies and procedures that will support the District’s Whole Child-Whole Wausau Strategic Plan.


  • As a member of the Superintendent's cabinet-level team, will work collaboratively with other directors, administrators, teachers and staff in the strategic planning and alignment of the District’s philosophy, mission, and Shared Key Interests.

  • Lead the “People” strand of the District’s Whole Child-Whole Wausau Strategic Plan.

  • Interpret the programs, philosophy and policies of the District to staff, students, and the community at large.

  • Participate in the evaluation of building principals and other administrators.

  • Attend School Board meetings and assists in the development of the agenda as it pertains to Human Resources.

  • Submit recommendations for Human Resource issues to the Board.

  • Responsible for Neola Board policies that relate to Human Resources.

  • Provide supervisors, principals, and directors with appropriate interpretation of Board policies, the Employee Handbook, and administrative guidelines.

  • Work directly with the District’s legal counsel, as necessary, to ensure compliance on various issues.

  • Oversee the recruitment, screening, and selection process of all staff (except the Superintendent).

  • Oversee administration of the District’s employee compensation and benefit programs. 

  • Provide input to the Superintendent of Schools on administrative compensation and benefit programs.

  • Make yearly recommendations to the Superintendent of Schools for all contract renewals, non-renewals, extensions of probation, or discharge of certified staff.

  • Make recommendations to the Superintendent of Schools on administrative contracts, salary ranges, and fringe benefits. 

  • Oversee the preparation and administration of the Human Resources Department budget.

  • Oversee the evaluation process of non-certified staff.

  • Oversee grievance proceedings for employees as required or requested.

  • Oversee the assembly of substantiating information for dismissal of employees and submit recommendations for termination of those employees.

  • Direct base wage salary negotiation processes for all represented employee groups.

  • Establish specific employment criteria for professional and nonprofessional staff.

  • Oversee development, maintenance, and publication of the Employee Handbook for all employee groups.

  • Act as compliance officer for the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Act as compliance officer for all forms of harassment complaints filed by District employees. 

  • Stay current on interpretations of Human Resource laws, regulations, statutes, rules and policies, and advise those affected by them.

  • Oversee development of job descriptions for new staff positions and coordinate the periodic review of existing job descriptions.

  • Oversee the District substitute staffing process/procedures and related budget accounts.

  • Oversee the administration of the teacher compensation model.

  • Determine staffing needs with the Education Department, Special Education Department, and Pupil Services Department. 

  • Oversee the process for requests for transfers or changes of assignment in accordance with the Employee Handbook and the needs of the District.

  • Oversee the renewal and nonrenewal of teacher and administrator contracts in accordance with state statutes.

  • Make recommendations to the Superintendent of Schools regarding hiring and placement of administrative and teaching staff.

  • Make recommendations to the Superintendent of Schools on establishing and administering salary ranges and benefits for municipal employees.

  • Oversee the maintenance of application files for current teaching, administrative, supervisory, municipal, and support staff positions.

  • Develop and maintain a system for retention of personal records to provide a comprehensive, efficient, accurate record of all matters pertinent to employment, transfer, retirement, leaves, promotion, criminal background checks, I-9’s, and physicals.

  • Oversee preparation and maintenance of all personnel statistical information and submit statistical data to the Department of Public Instruction, federal agencies, the Board of Education, and the Superintendent of Schools, as requested.

  • Work with others in a team environment.

  • Model appropriate work rules and procedures.

  • Lead, manage, and evaluate Human Resource Department staff effectively.

  • Keep the Superintendent of Schools apprised of potential Human Resource concerns or significant developments.


  • Serve as an advocate for students and their educational programs.

  • Serve as the Longfellow Building Principal.

  • Assist the Superintendent of Schools in directing the administration and coordination of the District’s educational programs.

  • Formulate and disseminate instructions for the opening and closing of school and information about the overall operation of the school system with regard to contractual obligations.

  • Serve on such lay or staff committees as the Superintendent of Schools may direct.

  • Regularly evaluate the Human Resources Department’s use of technology and recommend adaptations of new/improved methods.

  • Maintain both internal and external communications regarding the Human Resources function.

  • Direct research pertaining to Human Resources including salary research, studies of staff characteristics, professional standards, operational statistics, and other pertinent projects.

  • Oversee orientation programs, inservices, and performance evaluations of teaching and support staff employees.

  • Provide professional personnel information regarding retirement procedures.

  • Oversee coordination of the District’s EAP and Wellness Program.

  • Attend local, state, and national meetings that pertain to the administration and leadership of Human Resources.

  • Assume other duties as assigned by the Superintendent of Schools.


Supervises:  Employee Relations Specialists, HRIS Specialist, Human Resources Specialist and Human Resources Assistant


Supervised by:  Superintendent of Schools

Member of the Longfellow Administrative Team


A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Human Resources or other applicable field.  


  • Minimum of ten years experience in a field related to human resources or legal services.

  • Minimum of five years experience in a leadership position.

  • Working knowledge of public sector bargaining and contract administration; employee recruiting, supervision, and evaluation; human resource systems and related legislation. 


Required:  SPHR and/or SHRM-SCP certification.  

Valid driver’s license.  


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