Director of HR

Birmingham, West Midlands
Competitive Salary
20 Apr 2018
11 May 2018
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member

The Role

Location:              Foundation Office

Accountable to:   Executive Director

Direct Reports:    3

Hours of work:    35 hours per week

Purpose of Role:

The core purpose of the role is to shape and deliver a people strategy that will support the Foundation’s and Academy Trust’s strategic objectives, ensuring that all staff work in line with our vision and continue to deliver high standards of performance across the Foundation and Academy Trust. The post holder will lead and develop a credible, professional and respected HR function that provides the best value and accessible services.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Develop and implement a people strategy for both the Foundation and the Academy Trust, ensuring that delivery plans support current and future needs of the organisation, specifically developing a leading approach to organisational development, wellbeing, learning, resourcing, workforce design and planning, performance development, and talent and succession management.
  2. Develop the capacity and capabilities of the HR function taking into account organisational challenges, direction and purpose, ensuring all services are delivered to the agreed Provision of Services and HR Key Performance Indicators.
  3. Ensure HR services, systems and applications are value for money, easy to use, improve accessibility, facilitate accurate recording and reporting of the HR Key Performance Indicators and enable a culture of self-development and self-sufficiency.
  4. Embed a culture of effective employee relations through ensuring that all HR and related policies, procedures and arrangements, including contractual documentation, satisfies legal requirements and good practice.
  5. Lead on safer recruitment policy and practices, including the effective management of the DBS application process.
  6.  Act as the lead contact for the Home Office on all immigration issues and licence & visa applications.
  7. Provide advice to senior leaders on the full range of HR and people issues arising from educational sector developments
  8. Act as coach to senior leaders e.g. Head Teachers, senior managers, as required, to support the development of leadership and people management skills.
  9. Oversee the accurate and timely preparation of monthly staff payrolls for all of our schools, including the Governors’ Pension Scheme monthly payroll. This includes maintaining accurate records, remitting income tax, national insurance and pension contributions, and ensuring relevant legislation is complied with.
  10. Oversee the accurate administration of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, the Local Government Pension Scheme, the Defined Contribution Scheme and to act as Secretary to the Trustees for the Governors’ Pension Scheme.
  11. Influence and engage senior stakeholders so that the role of the HR Function is valued, understood and respected both inside and outside the organisation.
  12. Identify and maintain a workforce risk register specifically relating to people issues, bringing to attention strategic workforce risks and mitigation measures.
  13. Use internal and external scanning, trend data and insights to identify future people change requirements.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. To undertake all day-to-day and formal line management duties as appropriate, including:
  2. Undertaking regular one to one meetings;
  3. Carrying out performance management processes;
  4. Performing recruitment duties;
  5. Managing HR processes;
  6. Providing guidance and support.
  • To develop a clear understanding of the Foundation’s vision, mission and strategic aims and to actively support these.
  • To remain up to date with the Foundation’s policies, procedures and code of conduct and uphold these at all times.
  • To identify and undertake relevant training to enable continuing professional development, where resources allow.
  • To prepare for and proactively engage in the performance development cycle with your line manager.
  • To attend appropriate internal and external meetings, as directed by your line manager.
  • To work in such a way as to minimise risks to data protection and to the environment.
  • To undertake such other duties as are agreed as being in keeping with the general nature of the job and its grade.

The post holder will be required to attend meetings and to travel off-site, and may be required to work some evenings.

The successful candidate will be required to fulfil an enhanced DBS check.

This job description reflects the current requirements of the post. As duties and responsibilities change and develop due to changes in organisational and other circumstances, so the actual duties and responsibilities will vary from the particulars of this job description. Job descriptions will be updated or amended from time to time to reflect such changes.

Person Specification:       

Knowledge and experience​


  • Generalist HR experience
  • Able to demonstrate that they can effectively provide advice, guidance and support to Heads, Governors, key staff and other colleagues;
  • Experience of delivering business focused HR solutions
  • Ability to set targets, motivate and inspire staff.
  • Implementing HR related projects


  • Experience in overseeing organisation recruitment, retention, development and succession planning
  • Understanding of education policy in relation to HR: pay, performance management, safeguarding etc.
  • Experience of working with trade unions



  • A member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and will most likely be educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • A current driving licence and access to a vehicle would be advantageous to enable travel to schools and other destinations


  • Be an excellent communicator, influential, credible, calm under pressure and able to deal effectively with a diverse range of issues;
  • Able to demonstrate resilience and control in difficult situations
  • The ability to converse at ease with parents/pupils and members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post



  • Building Capacity
  • Influencing and persuading
  • Building Teams
  • Relating to People
  • Strategic thinking
  • Delivering at pace
  • Delivering quality
  • Flexibility
  • Proactivity
  • Self-awareness
  • Acting on integrity

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