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Human Resource Director

Whitman College
Walla Walla, Washington 99362
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    Full Time
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Whitman College Located in the historic community of Walla Walla in the scenic wine country of southeastern Washington, Whitman’s beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,450 students. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the country, Whitman is proud to count among its distinguished alumni the longest-serving justice in U.S. Supreme Court history, the first woman to serve as a law clerk for a Supreme Court justice, a U.S. ambassador, a nationally-acclaimed poet, the youngest astronaut in NASA’s history, the chief engineer of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Mars' Exploration, a former CEO of General Electric, a Nobel laureate in physics, and two competitors on the United States and U.S. Virgin Islands Olympic ski teams. With an endowment exceeding $500 million, fiercely loyal alumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence and leadership. The Opportunity Whitman College seeks a visionary and broadly skilled Human Resources executive with substantial leadership experience to serve as Director of Human Resources. Reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer, the Director serves as a key member of the campus leadership team. The Director has overall responsibility for the vision, strategy, integration, and implementation of all human resources policies, initiatives, operations, and systems, with an eye to Whitman’s mission, values, and strategic goals.

The Human Resources organization is committed to furthering Whitman’s reputation as a great place to work and an employer of choice renowned for the caliber, commitment, and engagement of its diverse workforce. In supporting the College’s mission, the HR department plays a critical role in seven principle areas aligned with best practices:

  • Supporting an engaging, diverse, and satisfying workplace experience.
  • Furthering a workplace culture of mutual respect, collegiality and collaboration, shared purpose and accountability.
  • Attracting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce.
  • Continuously strengthening individual and organizational capabilities.
  • Providing excellence, innovation, and flexibility in HR services, policies, and programs.
  • Earning trust as a confidential and effective resource for problem resolution.
  • Offering insightful leadership on people issues and organizational strategies. 

The Director provides strategic counsel to the President, the Vice Presidents, and other leaders, while ensuring that all staff and faculty enjoy forward-looking policies and practices, and have access to comprehensive services, balanced and responsive support, and confidential advisement.

In addition to providing HR strategic leadership, the Director oversees an organization focused on benefits administration, compensation and job classification, training and organization development, performance management, staff talent acquisition and onboarding, HR information systems, records and analytics, employee relations, and compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. In recent years, HR staff members have lead or been very active in institutional strategic initiatives, including the Whitman Leadership Program (WLP), Management and Individual Contributor Training, Student Employment Task Force, Strategic Priority Working Groups, the Whitman Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (WIDE) committee, Title IX team, and a number of other important task forces.


Qualifications The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 8 years of human resources experience, including managerial and leadership roles, preferably on behalf of an institution of higher education with a residential liberal arts tradition. Graduate degree preferred. The following attributes, skills, and experience represent the ideal profile:

  • Deep expertise in HR functional areas.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills; aptitude for managing a functionally diverse staff. 
  • A strong work ethic, a sense of urgency, and an ability to multi-task and solve problems. 
  • Highly-developed interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, including presentation skills in small group settings and interviewing at the individual level.
  • A decisive, results-oriented style, with a strong ethic of personal and team accountability.
  • An ability to listen and synthesize information, build strong relationships with a wide range of people, influence key stakeholders, and advance collaboration among diverse groups.
  • A professional presence, exhibiting respect, sensitivity, and responsiveness in dealing with people at all levels; a deep personal commitment to inclusion and diversity.
  • An understanding of organizational culture, employee engagement, and leading change.
  • A strong bias toward simplicity in developing policies, with an emphasis on sound judgment.
  • The courage to make tough decisions, when necessary.
  • A decidedly strategic outlook, with a consultative, ‘business partner’ orientation.
  • A demonstrated track record as a positive team player with a sense of humor.
  • A principled approach, with a reputation for clear convictions, fairness, unwavering integrity.
  • A passion for advancing Whitman’s reputation as a great place to work.


  • Administrative / Clerical
  • Diversity
  • Education
  • Organizational Development
  • HR Generalist

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