Salary 90-100K

Benefits Galore!

Opportunity for a creative problem solver to build a better HR function in an organization advocating for a better tomorrow by empowering OR Educators to help students succeed.

We are seeking a patient and persistent solution-oriented HR  professional with deep EIQ and a healthy sense of humor to transform and manage our client’s HR function.

Kent Employment Solutions has been retained for the recruitment of a Director of Human Resources & Facilities Management on behalf of the Oregon Education Association.  If you have extensive, diverse HR & Administration leadership and advisory experience (at least 6 Years) in a unionized environment, coupled with a bachelor’s degree and certification and a calling to use your expertise in an organization with a higher political and social purpose…Reach out today


HQ in SW Portland, The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is a union that represents about 44,000 educators working in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public schools and community colleges.  OEA was founded in 1858 and has over 15 facilities. OEA’s membership includes licensed teachers and specialists, classified/education support professionals (ESPs), community college faculty, retired educators, and student members. OEA members also belong to the National Education Association (NEA).

OEA members are affiliated with Local Associations, which bargain their work contract with support from OEA staff. Local Associations also collaborate with local school districts, community colleges, school boards, and community leaders to provide the basic right of great public education to every student.

The mission of the Oregon Education Association is to unite the public education profession and advocate for those professionals to ensure quality public education for students in Oregon. The vision, to improve the future of all Oregonians through quality public education. They are guided by these principles to ensure they can empower educators to help students succeed.

Why OEA?

  • Leverage your breadth and depth of HR experience to take the HR function to the next level in an organization that is part of a larger movement
  • Autonomy! Autonomy! Autonomy! The design and development of the HR function is your baby!
  • Established business with a huge voice in political purpose and engaging members
  • Killer retirement benefits, generous vacation, ample holidays, full family coverage and a buy-up option, casual work environment – work with real people doing great work
  • Report to the GC, a down to earth guy who believes a sense of humor is one of the keys to success
  • Excellent employee retention. Your right hand has been with the Org for over 12 years.

The Role

The Director of Human Relations & Facilities Management develops and leads the implementation of policies and practices that will provide an employee-oriented, high-performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, continuous improvement, productivity and standards, goal attainment, and the recruitment and ongoing development of an exceptional workforce.

The Director of Human Relations & Facilities Management functions as a member of the senior staff, evaluating, establishing, implementing, and overseeing HR strategies, processes, programs, and policies within a union environment, aligned with the Association’s mission, vision and core values. This leader is responsible for all facets of the HR function and Facilities Management. Additional shared responsibilities include, but not limited to HR planning and strategic integration; work systems development; development of effective evaluation models and systems; management training and development; benefits and compensation; employee/labor relations; employment/staffing; human resources information systems; EEO and other legal compliance, and statistical/analytical reporting.  This role reports to General Counsel.

Day to Day

  • Act as an internal consultant to the management staff and their centers, will assist in developing effective leadership models for managers and building an effective program center as well as cross-center staff teams.
  • Develops and modernizes human resource data systems and maintains centralized personnel records.
  • Recommends, implements, and administers personnel and related policies, procedures, and actions.
    • Applies deep comprehension of critical legal precedents, policies, and practices to protect the interests of the organization and individual employees. This includes, but is not limited to, EEO, ADA, OSHA., ERISA, and COBRA, NLRA.
  • Advises and supports managers in developing performance goals and expectations for individual staff, along with support and evaluation models that promote individual employee success and growth.
  • Provides strong leadership and support in establishing organizational, systems, and processes that help build a culture that maximizes individual and team performance. Helps to identify performance and systems priorities, performance, and system gaps and strategies to achieve alignment. Provides a framework for performance management across the organization.
  • Identifies and participates in the implementation of training and professional development programs for OEA staff. Oversees professional development budgets for Associate and Professional staff union groups.
  • Recruitment and Selection- Provides advice and support to attract, select, and retain the best talent.
  • Directs or collaborates with other management/supervisory staff on HR administrative functions, including, but not limited to, benefits, compensation, payroll, HRIS, financial and management reporting, and employee relations.
  • Manages benefits administration, including renewal process, open enrollment, and responses to staff inquiries.
  • Provides oversight and recommendations for maintaining all OEA owned and leased properties. This includes supervision of contractors, office upkeep, budget projections for maintenance and improvements, lease renewals for regional offices and tenants in rented space.
    • Improves and oversees Facilities Management technology and processes.
  • Assists with labor relations matters as appropriate, including participation in Associate and Professional Staff labor-management meetings and serves on the OEA bargaining team during negotiations with the Associate Staff Organization.
  • Coordinates all Associate Staff training and meetings.
  • Chair of the OEA Safety Committee and maintain records for the Associate and Professional Staff Sick Leave Bank.
  • Develops and manages Administration/HR budget.
  • Supervisory Responsibility
    • One direct report – Office and Administration Assistant working out of the Headquarters office.
  • Some in-state travel is required, usually for facilities oversite and interviews.


Skills, Experience, and Knowledge

  • 6+ years’ work experience in Human Resources leadership/management
    • Experience ideally extensively in Unionized environment
  • High Emotional Intelligence/EIQ, warm engaging, and observant
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business, Psychology, or related field
  • Human Resources certification such as SPHR/PHR, SHRM-SCP/CP
  • Three-five years Facilities Management experience
    • CFM certification is preferred.
  • Demonstrates strong business acumen, patience, leadership ability, innovation, and creativity
  • Proven track record to hit the ground running and work with autonomy and independence with a high level of accountability, driven, able to thrive under hands-off leadership
  • Broad and deep HR chops – strong in multiple HR disciplines, including compensation
    practices, succession planning, organizational development, employee and union relations, diversity,
    performance management, systems, and process improvement
  • Advanced knowledge of both state and federal employment and labor laws and Human Resources best practices
  • Proven track record serving as a partner to senior leaders and their divisions/organizations
  • Demonstrated successful management/supervision of people and projects resulting in increased organizational performance
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability to work well with governance, staff, and management in a challenging/complex environment
    • OEA is a Unionized Union
  • Demonstrated success using performance and system tools and models to improve organization results.
  • Strong thinking, creative and analytical skills.
  • Adept in the use of technology (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.) and HR Technology (HRIS, ATS, etc.)
    • ADP Workforce Now proficiency a plus
  • Non-profit, service-driven organization experience a plus.
Wendy Kent

Wendy Kent

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