Director of Human Resources

The Director of Human Resources manages all personnel matters regarding employees within the firm. This may include, but is not limited to, administering the process of hiring, work assignments, supervision, training, evaluations, discipline, termination, salary and bonus administration, and maintenance of personnel records. The position will also help to set policy and direction for the talent enrichment, development, and retention programs of the firm.

Job Summary:

  • Leads and mentors HR department effectively driving all HR functions. Oversees payroll, benefits, employee engagement, recruiting, performance management, onboarding, offboarding and employee training.
  • Manage the annual performance and rewards cycle, promotions/adjustment cycle and other employee transactions/changes that impact compensation and benefits. Review existing compensation structure, benefits, and performance evaluation processes and make recommendations on how to improve and scale as the organization grows.
  • Assists the Partners and supervisors with the staff performance review process, including annual wage and salary review of all non-attorney staff; administers various firm wide bonus programs. Monitors associate and staff salaries to ensure comparable job market salaries. Provides reports to the Management Committee as requested.
  • Develops HR policies and practices and conducts a continuing study of all HR policies in support of firm objectives and philosophy, ensuring all information is kept current and appropriately communicated to firm members.
  • Works closely with the Chief Administrative Office or the Management Committee to bring forward HR programs and processes to the organization.
  • Creates and monitors an annual compensation and HR budget to ensure cost-effective management of the HR functions within the firm.
  • Continue to be well versed in labor laws and ensure the company follows state and federal employment regulations.
  • Oversees all aspects of current benefits administration. Confirms with the Payroll and Benefits Manager the monthly accounting of all medical plans, life insurance, long & short-term disability, 401(k) administrations in conjunction with accounting. Coordinates and participates in benefit renewal and evaluation process. Makes recommendations to the Chief Administrative Officer on changes to plan design and benefit providers as required.
  • Manages and evaluates performance of outside service providers, brokers and other vendors directly related to the delivery of benefits and employee related services.
  • Responsible for counseling sessions and appropriate paperwork in connection with termination of employees, whether voluntary termination or involuntary termination. Ensures compliance with COBRA and other post-employment benefits.
  • Works with the training department team to develop training and educational programs that help meet the changing requirements of employees.
  • Develops and updates standard job descriptions and position specifications for professional and support staff; ensures timely review of job descriptions and position specifications.
  • As a member of the firm’s Business Continuity Program, participates in the development of procedures and action plans to meet the firm’s needs in the event of an unscheduled closure.

Position Requirements:

  • Knowledge of basic human resource administration at a level normally acquired through completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or equivalent.
  • Approximately ten to twelve years of progressively responsible work experience with legal or other professional service organizations in order to gain the expertise needed to assist with the administration of a complex human resource system.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary in order to communicate with and maintain effective relationships with partners, attorneys, and staff, both in person and remote.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite along with HR and Project Management software.
  • Partner well with leaders at all levels to help influence strategic decisions and have proven the ability to provide sophisticated solutions to complex issues

About Hemenway & Barnes LLP:

Hemenway & Barnes LLP is a law firm specializing in the preservation and management of the personal, business, family, and financial assets of its clients. As one of the oldest firms in New England, the people at Hemenway & Barnes have earned a long-held reputation as premier trustees, advisors and attorneys.

Hemenway & Barnes is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.

We encourage applications from a diverse pool of candidates and base employment decisions on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications.

We support an inclusive workplace and are committed to creating a welcoming environment for all employees.

To Apply:

If you possess the skills and credentials we are looking for, please submit your resume and cover letter, in strict confidence, for consideration to [email protected]