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Regional Director of Human Resources - Southern Louisiana (Immediate Opening)

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School Year: 2023-2024
Location: Southern Louisiana Regional Office
Region: Southern Louisiana
Category: Headquarters
Job Type: Full-Time


Regional Director of Human Resources

Human Assets


Position Description:

The Regional Director of Human Resources (RDHR) is the organizational expert charged with leading human resources, employee relations, and legal/regulatory compliance within the region(s) they serve. The RDHR will business partner with the regional Executive Director, regional leaders, and staff to provide employee relations and expertise in employer risk mitigation, case management, and consultation on matters involving legal and regulatory compliance (including leave practices, workers compensation, unemployment, internal and external investigations).  The RDHR is a member and strategic partner of the regional lead team responsible for developing the regional human resources and compliance strategies and managing the implementation and execution of related policies and practices to ensure achievement of staff retention, compliance, and organizational health goals.


This is an on-site position based in Baton Rouge, LA.


Compensation & Benefits:

Salaries for people entering this role typically fall between $69,700 and $85,100, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications and in alignment with internal equity. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on team performance and goal attainment.  


Additionally, we offer medical, dental, vision, and supplemental benefits as well as retirement plans and a generous vacation package. You can find more information about our benefits at



In this role you will:

  • Participate as a senior leader of the HR Team to affect change and process improvements across the organization by partnering with national and regional teams
  • Lead project management of one process improvement or strategic planning initiative annually
  • Lead or partner with other senior leaders on strategy development
  • Develop HR strategies and provide sound advice to senior management and all staff on HR-related subjects
  • Create and enforce system-wide policies by overseeing all HR initiatives, systems, and tactics in region
  • Lead regional response to crises in partnership with the Communications team
  • Strategize response, disseminate information, and manage issues that arise throughout the crisis and its response
  • Support legal, police department, and other governmental agency interaction [Ii.e., DCFS, CPS] during personnel and student crises
  • Supervise, coach, develop and manage the work of HR personnel and provide guidance
  • Lead professional development in the region to build manager knowledge and skills in employee/student relations practices
  • Diligently track training progress of regional staff and provide updates and plans to regional leadership team for hitting goal
  • Train and guide leaders and administrative assistants through the FMLA/Leave, unemployment and workers compensation process
  • Provide leadership on HR training initiatives and partner closely with leaders to develop consistent strategies and tactics to support when managing change
  • Develop plan for and execute on all regulatory compliance practices involving staff including areas of educator credentials and certifications, work authorization, staff and student grievances, consistently ensuring compliance with all applicable laws
  • Provide guidance and, when appropriate, manage document collection and liaison for court and legal matters
  • Lead on EEOC, TWC, TEA, DOE, Regional ESC investigations and/or claims for the region
  • Complete and/or oversee monthly and annual audits and engage with staff according to audit protocols (I-9, education documentation, criminal background checks, external audit information collection, etc.)
  • Liaise with risk management and internal audit to ensure risk areas are properly identified and controls are in place to mitigate risk including partnering with regional leadership team to develop solutions to areas of risk
  • Collaborate and train recruiters, selectors, talent managers, new hires team, and employee information systems team to understand, identify and troubleshoot licensing/certification requirements based on applicable role
  • Lead special projects to enable IDEA Public Schools to remain compliant in all areas of our work
  • Promote a “grow and develop” mindset within IDEA leaders and support them to be able to: make good employment decisions, develop and support capable staff, provide managerial leadership, mentoring and direction, conduct crucial conversations, and identify and implement improvement strategies for specific skills and mindsets
  • Support and provide strategies to regional leaders and employees to resolve behavior, conduct, and performance concerns at the lowest level
  • Participate in regional meetings to learn about employee relations concerns and share employment law expertise and guidance as needed (regional staffing tactical, regional leadership tactical, operations team meetings, principal/regional leader check-ins)
  • Continuously review and analyze retention and exit data to identify trends and provide strategies to achieve goals
  • Ensure all unemployment claims are responded to by the deadline
  • Develop HR trainings to support people managers in proper documentation and disciplinary actions to support the unemployment claim process
  • Engage with managers in all staff performance documentation, disciplinary actions, and employment decisions
  • Coach and develop leaders on how to effectively use progressive discipline to correct behaviors and reset expectations by providing feedback on performance improvement plans
  • Represent IDEA in unemployment hearing cases as needed 
  • Manage employee Exit Process, including conducting exit interviews
  • Lead process improvements to reduce timeline to enter changes and dollars spent because of erroneous entries


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • HR Clerk


Required Experience and Education:

  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience: 5+ years in an HR, employee relations, or compliance/risk management capacity, preferably in a public school setting
  • Licenses or Certifications: J.D., school administrator, or PHR or SHRM-CP or higher preferred


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience in all areas of human resources, including change management, staff relations, organizational development and training
  • Possess solid business acumen for processes outside of HR
  • Experience applying analytical and process driven HR practices
  • Experience providing exceptional customer service to internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience applying strategic thinking in all experiences and then working in a hands-on fashion to accomplish multiple goals / focus on priorities
  • Experience coaching and providing upward feedback to all levels in the organization


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At IDEA we recognize that racism, bias, and privilege exist in society. We are committed to an organizational culture that promotes awareness and inclusivity for our students and staff, and supports their path to positively impact our broader society. We are committed to recognizing the impact of racism and privilege, and commit as an organization to have equitable practices, policies, and structures.  Visit to learn about IDEA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Anti-Racist and Anti-Bias commitment.


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