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Siena Catholic Schools of Racine

Director of Human Resources


Racine, Wisconsin

Full Time

Up to $100,000/year


Siena Catholic Schools of Racine unites the area’s six Catholic elementary schools (John Paul II Academy, Our Lady of Grace Academy, St. Joseph, St. Lucy, St. Rita, St. Sebastian STEM Academy) and one high school (St. Catherine’s) in a regional model of Catholic education intended to preserve the individual identity, history, and uniqueness of each school while maximizing the impact of collective strength.

Each Siena school maintains its own rich tradition and culture. Many of our schools have been open for 90-150 years! Alumni and retired teachers are still active in our community even 50 years after graduating. Our schools celebrate these traditions throughout the year in their own unique ways. Ask any one why they hang around and they will tell you it's because of the strong relationships and family feel of Siena Catholic Schools.


The Director of HR is responsible for shaping, cultivating, and sustaining the overall cultural and human resources strategy for the organization, ensuring necessary HR processes and practices are in place and well-functioning, and ensuring its mission, vision and values are interwoven in all processes, procedures and programs. Provides leadership in determining, developing, and executing human resources strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of talent management, organizational and performance management, compensation/benefits and succession planning. Articulates HR needs and plans to Siena leadership, Board and others as needed. Upholds and follows the Catholic mission and identity of Siena Catholic Schools and aligns Siena goals and outcomes to the Catholic Social Teachings and Policies of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  Acts as the first line of support for employee relations/performance needs for Siena corporate staff and elementary school Principals. The individual in this role is required to be a practicing Catholic. 


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

    • Ensure HR strategies are aligned with the organization's mission, vision, and strategic plans and act as an organization ambassador demonstrating an intimate understanding of the organization and its plans
    • Consistently brings an HR perspective to organizational planning
    • Act as subject matter expert and provide support to staff for all HR-related issues
    • Act as organization ambassador demonstrating an intimate understanding of the organization's mission, vision, and strategic plans
    • Member of the Senior Leadership Team partnering with leadership peers to drive HR process improvements, develop and implement change
    • Maintain employee relations including but not limited to, conflict resolution, investigations, compensation, and attendance 
    • Develop rapport with cross-functional teams, including partnering with Principals and staff on-site at all Siena locations
    • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations as well as organizational policies 
    • Participate in developing, forecasting, planning, and managing the organization's budgets
    • Actively participate in talent acquisition to fill open positions
    • Develop and maintain the hiring and onboarding process for new employees
    • Partner with managers to ensure the completion of employee performance reviews
    • Maintain employee personnel files, and ensure confidentiality at all times
    • Collaboratively coordinate staff professional development opportunities 
    • Develop and deliver communications on varied topics to diverse audiences in written and verbal formats


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Demonstrate acumen in human resources, employment law, consulting, relationship building, and standard operating procedures
    • Established external network with organizations and other HR professionals
    • Exceptional English-speaking written and verbal communications and presentation skills
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, staying consistent with Siena values
    • Prior experience successfully managing multiple responsibilities simultaneously with competing deadlines
    • Able to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner and proactively developed alternate solutions
    • Dynamic, resourceful, authentic leader possessing a high level of personal integrity
    • Confident leadership; able to express strong points of view and receive honest and open feedback, working collaboratively to drive for the best results


Work Relationships & Scope

Reports to the President, frequent contact with Siena Leadership Team, Principals, department heads, HR staff, and the Archdiocese. Expected to exhibit sound judgment in making decisions, especially as related to legal, compliance, and employee issues, remembering that Siena's interests may be directly affected by their actions and decisions. A thought leader as it relates to all HR-related issues and how they impact the organization. Will regularly participate in Siena’s Human Resource Committee meetings, and attend Siena Board of Director meetings, as needed/requested. Consult and secure the approval of Senior Leadership in making decisions when answers are not clear and further guidance or input is needed.


Work Environment/Physical Requirements
The work environment and physical requirements described here are representatives of those employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Work is performed in a pleasant indoor office environment. May be exposed to heat, cold, wetness, and high humidity when traveling between sites. Able to work longer hours when needed and travel to local Siena sites as required. Attend occasional evening meetings.

    • Sitting 50% of the time
    • Ability to manage what may occasionally be considerable stress in healthy ways
    • Walking up and down stairs

Read/interpret digital and paper documents

    • Physical dexterity to operate a computer and other equipment
    • Occasionally lifting (from the ground and also overhead) and carrying up to 25 pounds


Disclaimer: This job description indicates the general nature and scope of the work, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other essential functions required of the role. However, it is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities an incumbent may be asked to perform. Nor is it a static document but rather is subject to change as the needs of Siena change.


  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business, or a related field, is required. Advanced HR degree or certification, (ie: SPHR), preferred
  • 10+ years experience in human resources, including 5+ years in a leadership position
  • Prior experience working in a school/education environment is a plus
  • Practicing Catholic
  • Computer literate, including Apple and Google applications and digital communication
  • Valid driver's license and proof of vehicle insurance


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