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Executive Director Human Resources at Kansas City, MO School District

Executive Director Human Resources

Kansas City, MO School District Kansas City, MO (Onsite) Full-Time

Kansas City, MO School District

Executive Director Human Resources 01026
Job Details

Posting ID Executive Director Human Resources 01026


Job Title Code: 01026

Salary Grade:(Salary commensurate with education and experience)

Department:Human Resources

Reports To:Chief Operating Officer

FLSA Status:Exempt

Date Revised:March 2023

PURPOSE OF JOB: The Executive Director Human Resources will have the responsibility to establish and maintain criteria for recommending employment, assignments, and dismissal of personnel in cooperation with departmental leadership. The Executive Director Human Resources will create relationships within the District to ensure consistent handling of all personnel related matters. This position is responsible for ensuring that highly accredited teachers are working for the District and that appropriate performance and certification evaluations are executed in a timely and consistent manner to maintain highly performing classrooms and educational support services. The Executive Director Human Resources will oversee all areas that involve recruiting, compensation, staffing, employee and labor relations. The Executive Director Human Resources will create and enforce consistent procedures and oversight for receiving, investigating and processing grievances and employee complaints of discriminatory or harassing behaviors in the work place.


  1. Develops, implements, and administers teacher/administrator pay-for-performance
  2. Coordinates and has the primary responsibility for the recommendations to the Cabinet for the recruitment, selection, training, assignment, transfer, promotion and termination of all personnel.
  3. Responsible for recruitment and retention of highly qualified and highly effective staff.
  4. In cooperation with all department heads, determines personnel needs of the
  5. Maintains all personnel records, including applications, current certificated and classified employee lists, assignments, and salary, and credential information, employment testing records, required health tests, position descriptions, and evaluation procedures.
  6. Coordinates wage, salary and benefit administrations and research.
  7. Coordinates substitute system for classified and certified personnel.
  8. Coordinates an evaluation program for all personnel and prepares a complete report in cases of discipline, dismissal or suspension.
  9. Directs KCPS policies and administrative procedures pertaining to employee rights and responsibilities as well as advising managers of their rights and responsibilities with respect to employees.
  10. Coordinates leadership for the KCPS in employer-employee relations as sell as collective bargaining procedures with certificated and classified personnel.
  11. Cooperates with, and acts as administrative liaison for, representative committees from employee organizations and/or collective bargaining units as appropriate.
  12. Participates in the periodic review of Board policies and administrative procedures and assists with the development of recommended revisions.
  13. Coordinate and serve as chief negotiator during union labor negotiations.
  14. Advises administrators, teachers, and the Board in matters concerning personnel law, in conjunction with Chief Legal Counsel and Legal Services Department.
  1. Prepares, publishes and distributes KCPS information as needed.
  2. Conducts research and prepares special reports as requested.
  3. Supervises and evaluates all Human Resources.
  4. Contributes to various collaborative meetings with the other department/division leadership in support of the District's mission.
  5. Coordinates and oversees timely evaluation of all KCPS employees
  6. Other duties as assigned.

  1. Master's Degree in Education, Human Resources Management, related field, or equivalent
  2. Strong leadership ability, presentation skills and the ability to evaluate pending and/or potential personnel matters and development resolutions that will satisfy the KCPS mission.
  3. Demonstrated experience and success in managing and supervising multiple tasks.
  4. Knowledge of performance incentives for employees.
  1. Doctorate degree preferred in related field.
  2. Proven successful experience in managing personnel in urban public education
  3. Missouri Superintendent Certification and/or District Administrator license.
  4. Exceptional background in school law relative to the Human Resources functions.


These leadership competencies are expected of all Executive level staff at Kansas City Public Schools and form the basis of our performance management system for Executive level staff.


Continual Learning - Grasps the essence of new information; masters new technical, educational and managerial knowledge quickly; recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development; seeks feedback from others and opportunities to master new knowledge.

Creativity and Innovation - Develops new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to make organizational improvements; creates a work environment that encourages creative thinking and innovation; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes.

External Awareness - Identifies and keeps up to date on key educational policies and trends at the national and local level and looks for opportunities to bring best practices to PPS. Factors political, social and economic trends that affect the organization into management strategy and plans on an ongoing basis.

Flexibility - Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior and work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles. Adjusts rapidly to new situations warranting attention and resolution.

Resilience - Deals effectively with pressure; maintains focus and intensity and remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks. Effectively balances personal life and work.

Service Motivation - Creates and sustains an organizational culture which encourages others to provide the quality of service essential to providing excellent support to staff, schools, family and community. Enables others to acquire the tools and support they need to perform well.

Shows a commitment to the KCPS mission and goals. In?uences others toward a spirit of service and meaningful contributions to making progress on the KCPS vital signs.

Strategic Thinking - Formulates effective strategies consistent with the academic, social and organizational challenges of the organization. Examines policy issues and strategic planning with a long-term perspective. Determines objectives and sets priorities; anticipates potential stakeholder reactions or opportunities.

Vision - Takes a long-term view and acts as a catalyst for organizational change; builds a shared vision with others. In?uences others to translate vision into action. Demonstrates a passionate belief that all children can achieve at high levels.


Conflict Management - Identifies and takes steps to prevent potential situations that could result in unpleasant confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a positive and constructive manner to minimize negative impact. Maintains emotional self-control in conflict situations.

Leveraging Diversity - Recruits, develops, and retains a diverse high quality workforce. Leads and manages an inclusive workplace that maximizes the talents of each person. Ensures that equity and high expectations for all staff and students are ingrained in all aspects of the work of the district. Respects, understands, values and seeks out individual differences to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. Embraces the diversity of families and community partners and looks for mechanisms to expand the involvement of diverse community members in the work of the district. Able to lead staff in ongoing conversations and self reflection about race and poverty.

Integrity/Honesty - Instills mutual trust and confidence; creates a culture that fosters high standards of ethics; behaves in a fair and ethical manner toward others, and demonstrates a sense of responsibility and commitment to student achievement. Follows through on commitments, maintains an atmosphere of openness and transparency.

Team Building - Inspires, motivates, and guides others toward goal accomplishments. Consistently develops and sustains cooperative working relationships. Encourages and facilitates cooperation within the organization and with customer groups; fosters commitment, team spirit, pride, trust. Develops leadership in others through coaching, mentoring, rewarding, and guiding employees.


Accountability - Assures that effective controls are developed and maintained to ensure the integrity of the organization. Holds self and others accountable for goals and responsibilities. Can be relied upon to ensure that projects within areas of specific responsibility are completed in a timely manner and within budget. Monitors and evaluates plans; focuses on results and measuring attainment of outcomes. Holds self and others accountable to put the needs of students ahead of the needs of adults in the system in solving problems.

Customer Service - Balancing interests of a variety of stakeholders; readily readjusts priorities to respond to pressing and changing customer demands, both internal and external. Anticipates and meets the need of customers; maintains a high level of service; is committed to continuous improvement of services.

Decisiveness - Exercises good judgment by making sound and well-informed decisions that are data-driven; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; makes effective and timely decisions, even when data is limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; is proactive and achievement oriented.

Entrepreneurship - Identifies opportunities to develop and implement new processes and programs within or outside of the organization. Is willing to take risks; initiates actions that involve a deliberate risk to achieve a recognized benefit or advantage.

Problem Solving - Identifies and analyzes problems; distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical decisions; provides solutions to individual and organizational problems

Technical Credibility - Understands and appropriately applies procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise, both educational and managerial. Is able to make sound hiring and capital resource decisions and to address training and development needs. Understands linkages between administrative competencies and mission needs.


Financial Management - Demonstrates broad understanding of principles of financial management and marketing expertise necessary to ensure appropriate funding levels. Prepares, justifies, and/or administers the budget for the program area; uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities; monitors expenditures in support of programs and policies. Identifies cost-effective approaches.

Human Resources - Assesses current and future staffing needs based on organizational goals and budget realities. Using merit principles, ensures staff are appropriately selected, developed, utilized, appraised, and rewarded; takes corrective action when necessary.

Technology Management - Uses efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology into the workplace and improve program effectiveness. Develops strategies using new technology to enhance decision making. Understands the impact of technological changes on the organization.


Influencing/Negotiating - Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals; facilitates "win-win" situations.

Interpersonal Skills - Considers and responds appropriately to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of different people in different situations; is tactful, compassionate and sensitive, and treats others with respect.

Oral Communication - Makes clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed; facilitates an open exchange of ideas and fosters an atmosphere of open communication.

Partnering - Develops networks and builds alliances both internally and externally, engages in cross-functional activities; collaborates across boundaries, and finds common ground with a widening range of stakeholders. Utilizes contacts to build and strengthen internal and external support bases.

Political Savvy - Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Approaches each problem situation with a clear perception of organizational and political reality; recognizes the impact of alternative courses of action.

Written Communication - Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a clear, convincing and organized manner.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This job requires that the employee be able to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, use hands, fingers, and reach with hands and fingers, bend, stoop, lift objects of at least ten pounds.

Length of work year:

Twelve (12) months

Benefits: Retirement Programs, Health and Dental Insurance are provided.

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