Director of Human Resources: The Barnes Foundation

Posted September 12th, 2018 at 9:12 am.


The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Director of Human ResourcesReporting to the General Counsel, the Director of Human Resources is a key member of the management team at The Barnes and serves as a trusted advisor and business partner to all levels of the institution’s 200 employees; half of which are full-time. The Director of HR is responsible for developing and directing HR policies and procedures, overseeing all HR functions, including the supervision of an HR Coordinator. This role provides leadership and coaching needed to enhance the skills and abilities of all leaders to work cohesively and to align HR strategies and practices with the institution’s mission, vision, values and strategic plan. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in making an impact by bringing forth ideas and working in a hands on role with the HR Coordinator and the management team to implement ideas and create positive change within the institution.

Established in 1922 as an educational institution, the Barnes Foundation carries out its mission by promoting appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes.

Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation’s art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. The 12-acre Arboretum contains over 3,000 species of woody plants and trees.

The Barnes Foundation engages diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders’ innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture.


  • Serve as a resource to senior management on organizational strategy development, structure and workforce planning. This includes determining actionable solutions and implementing recommendations as needed in a timely, efficient and compliant manner.
  • Collaborate with all levels of management to foster a diverse workforce and inclusive culture through recruitment, training, and employee activities that bring staff together.
  • Manage the HR function to ensure that all projects, initiatives and day to day tasks are performed in a compliant, timely, accurate and efficient manner. Provide professional development to the HR Coordinator.
  • Foster excellent relationships with managers to serve as a proactive partner by providing coaching and facilitating discussions related to employee recruitment, selection, orientation and training, and performance management. Develop specific training programs for management and staff to provide for professional growth.
  • Promptly address employee complaints by conducting a thorough investigation, in consultation with the Legal Department as appropriate, making recommendations to senior leadership and following through with all employees involved.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations regarding the institution’s compensation structure; ensuring that internal and external equity is taken into consideration. Ensure that annual performance reviews are conducted throughout the institution in a timely manner and that salary increases are communicated and processed accordingly.
  • Ensure the organization’s compliance with employment-related institutional policies, laws and regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, the employee handbook and related institutional employment policies, labor law postings, reporting (OSHA, EEO, internal), risk management, health and welfare benefits, retirement plan, employee files and documentation.
  • Determine and implement HR best practices for internal employment processes to ensure that managers and staff can obtain the information needed and process changes and requests in a user-friendly manner.
  • Responsible for the administration of all personnel records, including a human resource information system (ADP WorkforceNow), to ensure proper organization and maintenance of personnel information.
  • Create and maintain an excellent collaborative relationship with the Payroll/Finance team allowing for a smooth flow of information from the HR processing side of the payroll process to the Payroll side. Oversee the work of the HR Coordinator who is primarily responsible for entering information into the HRIS and serve as a back-up for this function when needed.
  • Responsible for benefits strategy and administration through strong relationships with benefits vendors and carriers. Oversee the HR Coordinator’s work as employee changes are processed. Develop and implement benefits communications to employees and respond to questions and concerns as they arise.
  • Maintain information resources for employees that are easily accessible and will help employees to perform their jobs and achieve positive job satisfaction.
  • Work with the institution’s Core Values committee to ensure that employee surveys are conducted on an annual basis. Conduct exit interviews of all departing employees. Report on trends and collaborate with senior management to determine when corrective action is appropriate.
  • Serve as a positive role model within the institution by conforming to the highest ethical standards, and as an advocate for the institution with prospective employees, peers and the broader HR community (Philly SHRM, etc.). Demonstrate strong support of the institution’s Strategic Planning objectives.

 Skills and Knowledge:

 Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s degree preferred

  • Certification: PHR or SHRM-CP required; SPHR or SHRM-SCP preferred
  • Over ten years of experience in human resources with increasing supervisory responsibilities
  • Demonstrated strong working knowledge of critical human resource functions including strategic business management, workforce planning and employment, compensation and benefits, risk management, employee and labor relations, HR compliance and best practices
  • High level of proficiency with HR technology; preferably with ADP WorkforceNow
  • Excellent interpersonal skills resulting in a proven track record of developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with all levels of management and staff
  • Demonstrated financial, budget, and project management experience
  • Demonstrated sound judgment and integrity with the ability to analyze a situation, determine actionable solutions and implement those solutions effectively
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, Excel, and Power Point
  • Leadership and professional skills necessary to manage staff and work effectively with all individuals doing business with the Barnes Foundation
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and to prioritize
  • Experience within an educational, arts & culture, or non-profit organization a plus


Competitive Benefits IncludeGroup health, dental and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; short and long term disability and group life insurance; 403(b) with matching contributions; Employee Assistance Program; voluntary benefits; as well as paid vacation, personal time, sick time and holidays




4-year degree


Please apply online at:

Career Center – Director of Human Resources

Please include a cover letter and an updated resume with your application.

The Barnes Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we’re committed to diversity and equal opportunity in our recruitment and hiring. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply for this position. Employees have rights under other laws including, but not limited to, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act. We participate in E-Verify.

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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