Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources/Employee Relations-MI

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Job Title:   Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources/Employee Relations

School District:  Ann Arbor Public Schools

City/State:    Ann Arbor, Michigan

Where to Apply:  All applicants must apply online at - District Links - Job Postings

Position Open Until:  06/12/2022

Job Description:

POSITION TITLE: Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources/Employee Relations

FTE: 1.0

POSITION LOCATION: Human Resource/Employee Relations

SALARY RANGE: $145,000-$165,00 (Commensurate with Experience & Qualifications) REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: The Assistant Superintendent reports directly to the Superintendent of Schools.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools is a P12 school district well-known across the country and around the world for a long tradition of educational excellence; the AAPS serves more than 16,000 students at 31 campuses in Ann Arbor, Michigan, home to the University of Michigan. The AAPS currently seeks a purpose-driven senior-level human resource leader who is: committed to a collaborative, interconnected work experience; who thrives in an high-performing work environment; who is a builder and nurturer of leadership in individuals, teams, and the organization; and who is laser focused on the critical mission of attracting, supporting and retaining a diverse, caring, talented, and top-quality workforce committed to serve AAPS students, families and community.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in education with 5 years of successful teaching experience and current teaching certificate is preferred.
  • A Master’s degree or higher with an emphasis in personnel and/or labor relations, school administration or comparable alternative.
  • At least 5 years of senior management experience; at least 2 years in Human Resource/Labor Relations is preferred, including managing an office of 6-10 employees.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of Human Resource policies, practices and procedures related to benefits and payroll; and familiarity with school accounting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with the executive staff and district administrative teams.
  • A high level of administrative skills in leadership, planning, coordinating, implementing, and directing, etc. to ensure compliance with all district policies and practices as well as state and federal employment statutes.
  • Must have effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must have professional maturity and high levels of discretion, integrity, and organizational skills and, a clear understanding and acceptance of the heavy workload and substantial time commitment beyond a “normal” work week.
  • Must be skilled in conflict resolution to bring about resolution to a myriad of issues that develop in a unionized environment and develop alternative and reasonable solutions to these issues.
  • A solid understanding of processes and procedures for recruitment, selection, induction, and assignment of employees.
  • Must have an extensive knowledge of state and federal employment compliance and labor laws.
  • Must have a demonstrated skill in collective bargaining with a variety of employee groups including both certified and non-certified.
  • Must have successful experience with ongoing labor relations, contract administration, and grievance processing and prefer training in the IBB bargaining process.
  • Must possess a good understanding of technology and an ability to quickly learn a number of personnel technology processes that are used for day to day personnel/labor relations issues.
  • A working understanding of the various personnel issues such as compensation, benefits, worker compensation, unemployment, etc, in order to be able to supervise the work in those areas.
  • A demonstrated ability to effectively anticipate, develop, communicate, and implement the strategic goals of the district.
  • Lead process for recruitment and selection of school administrators.
  • Working knowledge of employee evaluation processes, including teacher and administrator evaluation.
  • Working knowledge of Workers’ Comp, Section 504, ADA and Title IX.


  • District employee who directs negotiations with outside counsel for (AAAA, AAEA/P, AAEA/OP, ASCSA. AFSCME-TSP, ASCSA) and serve as an integral part of the district's bargaining team for the AAEA to arrive at mutually satisfactory agreements.
  • Serves as district lead for grievances and cases which result in arbitration and mediation.
  • Responsible for conducting or directing investigations of claims of discrimination, hostile work environment, harassment or any other claim reported to Human Resources.
  • Coordinates hiring of professional employees with Assistant Director, Human Resources;
  • Coordinates hiring of support staff with other HR personnel; Assists in the hiring of administrators, supervisors.
  • Coordinates the process of employee resignations, terminations, and leaves.
  • Coordinates and oversees the Worker's Compensation Program.
  • Responsible for Supervision of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and other Leaves of Absences Processes recommendations for the discipline and/or termination of employees, assembling substantiating information, and arranging and conducting conferences and hearings.
  • Coordinates contract administration with employee classifications.
  • Maintains up-to-date District Policy and Procedure Manuals.
  • Assists in screening and reviewing job applicants and identifies candidates; Schedules and conducts interviews.
  • Assists in the teacher placement process, teacher evaluation process and administrator evaluation process.
  • Monitors and evaluates problems, conditions and needs of the Human Resources Department.
  • Manages compliance issues including, but not limited to, Title IX, Section 504, Right to Know, Affirmative Action, Sexual Harassment, etc.
  • Attends School Board meetings as necessary and serves to actively improve communication, cooperation, and planning in the District; Coordinates Title IX and 504 for employees in the district.
  • Ensures proper adherence to District Policy and procedures and ensures proper adherence to applicable contract language that is in effect for the District.
  • Assist the FOIA Coordinator in preparing responses for information requested under the Freedom of Information Act Serves as Compliance Officer for Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Regular and consistent attendance.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Read, analyze, and interpret financial statements, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. Communicate effectively and present information both in oral and in written form. Strong written and verbal communication skills.


Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.


Broad knowledge of technology applications.

Knowledge of school software systems.

Self starter and demonstrates initiative.

Demonstrated experience in problem solving.

Perform duties with awareness of all district requirements, Superintendent, and Board of Education goals and policies.

Ann Arbor Public Schools is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Ann Arbor Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or any other legally protected status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

METHOD OF APPLICATION: All applicants must apply online at - District Links - Job Postings All applicants must upload a Cover Letter, Resume, and 3 Letters of Recommendation with their application.