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Director of Human Resources

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Atlanta, Georgia / eligible for hybrid work
Closing date
Oct 30, 2022

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Focus Areas
Arts / Culture / Humanities
Job Function
Human Resources / Recruiting
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level
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Job Summary & Key Responsibilities:

Responsible for the management of the Museum’s HR functions to include recruiting, employment, training, employee relations, compensation, benefits, health and safety, staffing, and employee services. Originate HR practices that provide a balanced and consistent program throughout all divisions. Work closely with Departments to ensure the highest possible service is provided to meet the needs of all staff. Assist and advise senior management on HR issues.

  • Identify legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting Human Resources functions.
  • Monitor exposure of organization.
  • Direct the preparation of information requested or required for compliance.
  • Approves all information submitted.
  • Act as primary contact with labor counsel and outside government agencies.
  • Protect interests of employees and the organization in accordance with established HR policies and governmental laws and regulations.
  • Review and give recommendations on all termination cases.
  • Review employee appeals through complaint procedure.
  • Oversee Employee Benefits such as: Medical, Vacation, Personal Leave etc. ensuring timely enrollment of new employees and transitioning employees off benefits when needed
  • Collaborate with President & CEO to ensure fair and competitive wage and salary structure and pay policies
  • Design and oversee performance appraisal programs, employee benefit programs and services, and organization safety and health programs.
  • Monitor for effectiveness and cost containments.
  • Formulate and recommend Human Resources policies and objectives for the organization.
  • Responsible for recruiting, interviewing and staffing for the Museum.
  • Determine and recommend employee relations practices necessary to establish a positive employer-employee relationship and promote a high level of employee morale.
  • Support and participate in coaching and counseling sessions as appropriate to address employee performance issues.
  • Responsible for ensuring new hires are processed accurately and in a timely manner to comply with Federal and State employment laws as well as the Museum policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for creating and facilitating employee onboarding for new hires and when appropriate, transfers.
  • Responsible for ensuring employee files are accurately, securely and confidentially maintained.
  • Determine and facilitate management training programs that address institution needs across division lines.
  • Coordinate personnel orientation and training programs with department heads and senior leadership.
  • Recommend and coordinate use of Human Resources consultants, insurance brokers, insurance carriers, pension administrators, training specialists, labor counsel, and other outside agencies.
  • Administer COBRA and Unemployment programs.
  • Direct the preparation and maintenance of reports as are necessary to carry out functions of department.
  • Prepare periodic reports to top management to assist them in managing the staff.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing new Museum Policies and Procedures as needed as well as changing and updating existing ones.
  • Manage the Human Resources Budget.
  • Maintain and update Policies and Procedures manual


  • Working knowledge of employment law (EEO, ADA, FMLA)
  • 8-10 years’ experience gained through increasingly responsible management positions within Human Resources, including benefits administration

Required Competencies:

  • Clear and direct communication
  • Detail-oriented, organized and efficient without sacrificing quality
  • Relationship management
  • Adept with Microsoft Office
  • Ethical practice
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Solution-oriented mindset
  • Collaborative and team-oriented leader

This position is eligible for hybrid work once established as an employee and fully grasps the organization, its team, and its priorities. Once eligible for hybrid, require at least 3 days per week onsite in-person presence.

This is a full-time, salaried position eligible for full benefits. This position’s workweek will be 40 hours over 5 days. No out of state travel is required.


About Fernbank Museum

Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is one of the most popular and iconic cultural attractions in Atlanta. Home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s biggest IMAX® screen and one of the largest assemblages of urban Piedmont forest in the United States, Fernbank brings science to life through immersive programming and unmatched experiences that encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants. Fernbank continues its 76-year environmental legacy to protect Fernbank Forest while fulfilling an educational mission to inspire life-long learning of natural history


Fernbank Museum’s mission is to inspire life-long learning of natural history through immersive programming and unmatched experiences to encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants.

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