Position Overview & Responsibilities:

The Executive Director is responsible for effectively planning, developing, implementing and administering all services associated with the human resources function, including benefits administration, employment, position classification and compensation, training and development, and employee relations, to promote the welfare of employees and support the programs of the College. The Executive Director will promote an environment that emphasizes customer service, collaboration and communication, and will partner with administrative and academic leadership to identify approaches and develop policies and practices that facilitate service and support to the campus. The Executive Director will have the requisite level of knowledge, to ensure that the college maintains compliance with all federal, state and local employment laws.

  • Strategically plan human resources priorities in support of the college’s goals and strategic priorities. Develop human resources related policies that are aligned with those goals and priorities. Use data-driven decision-making in collaboration with the College’s Leadership team.
  • Provide guidance on employee matters to all levels of the College community.
  • Manage and maintain College’s compensation / classification system. Develop and implement performance management and pay practices for College staff. Manage Performance and Compensation process.Develop compensation philosophy on as needed basis to identify and address inequities that prevent ability to attract and retain top talent. Work with IR on IPEDS and direct HR staff in completion of related initiatives. Direct completion of annual salary surveys such as CUPA and AAUP.
  • Respond to requests for market data.
  • In collaboration with leadership and General Counsel, develop, guide and implement olicies and procedures according to federal and state laws.
  • Work closely with the Divisional Business Officers to support the Vice Presidents and Deans in their respective areas.
  • Collaborate with the VP for Inclusiveness Excellence, Institutional Access and Leadership to enhance employee hiring, engagement and retention.
  • Working with the College’s brokers, oversee the annual employee benefits renewal process.
  • In collaboration with others, develop an employee training curriculum and oversee the provided training for employees on topics such as performance management, diversity, equity and inclusion, cyber security, sexual harassment etc.
  • Hire, engage, manage and develop HR staff members.
  • Regularly explore opportunities to create efficiencies and enhance customer service in human resources functions.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Master’s Degree preferred.
  • SPHR or SHRM-SCP preferred.
  • At least 8 years of increasingly responsible experience in Human Resources, including onboarding, employee relations, compliance, compensation, benefits administration, performance management, and training and development.
  • Experience with collective bargaining agreements is highly desired.
  • At least 3 years of supervisory experience in an Human Resources environment.
  • Knowledge of best practices in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion, especially as it applies to recruiting and supporting faculty and staff from historically underrepresented groups.
  • Experience in Higher Education or consumer-facing industry where strong customer service is very important.
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills, strong verbal and written communication skills. Experience with an HR management system (ex. ADP, Workday), Proficiency with Google and MS Office suites. Ability to interact effectively at all levels of the College.
  • Cultural competence and ability to serve and support people of various identities and backgrounds.
  • Ability to multitask, iterate and lead under pressure.
  • Superior mediation and conflict resolution skills.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for 3 references
  • This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:

Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College:

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 10/26/21

Closing Date: 12/26/21

Position Code: 928