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Director of Parish Human Resources

Organization: Archdiocese of Saint Louis
Full Time

Office/Agency Introduction:

The Archdiocese of St. Louis invests in its employees and provides an environment with a focus on work/life balance and encourages its employees to be good stewards of the Church. We are anon-profit organization that encompasses 180 parishes, 110 schools, over 90 offices/agencies and a Catholic population of more than 500,000.

Position Summary:

The Director of Parish Human Resources is responsible for planning, developing and coordinating Human Resource functions, activities and services for the parish and school employees of the Archdiocese. Reporting to the Chief Human Resource Officer, the position is focused on the personnel issues, needs and concerns of parishes and schools within the Archdiocese. The position provides leadership across the areas they are assigned including supervision of HR generalists/specialists. They assist with all human resource needs based on Catholic values and principles, legislative requirements and consistent application of policies and practices.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The position responsibilities cover all aspects of the Human Resource function for the lay parish and school employees of the Archdiocese. These include:

  • Develop and implement consistent Human Resources policies and practices
  • Foster an environment that provides for continuous personal and professional growth for parish and school personnel
  • Assess personnel issues, needs and concerns
  • Assess employee training needs and recommend/implement plans and options
  • Work to ensure that a climate of inclusiveness and high performance characterizes all aspects of employee relations
  • Develop selection tools and techniques supportive of staffing plans and needs
  • Educate and communicate compensation programs appropriate to the missions and funding capabilities

Position Activities and Duties:

The following list represents most of the initial activities and duties of the position. While not all inclusive, the listing represents those specific areas of need, which this new position will address in the first 12 to 24 months.

  • Analyze, revise, develop and maintain a body of consistent personnel/employee policies and practices, including updated manuals for use by employees and supervisors across the Archdiocese
  • Collaborate on the review and publication of personnel/employee manuals across the Archdiocese, and communicated to the appropriate audiences
  • Analyze, develop alternatives, and gain the use of appropriate staffing and recruitment strategies
  • Review current and alternative application and screening processes, including reference checks, child abuse and criminal record checks, initial interviews, and other required tests, in support of staffing needs and plans
  • Analyze, develop alternatives, and coordinate application and use of programs for administrative and staff development and performance assessment
  • Provide expertise and source of review and support for the hiring of new employees
  • Provide to pastors and principals in addressing employee performance issues and concerns
  • Collaborate on policies and provide resources for consistency of action responsive to both individual employee needs as well as employment law issues in cases of employee discipline
  • Communicate and gain commitment toward a program directed at equitable pay and benefits practices.

Knowledge & Experience Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in Human Resources, Personnel Administration, Business Administration or related experience
  • Ten plus years of progressive and responsible generalist experience as a Human Resource Manager/Director
  • Professional in Human Resources certification (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR) helpful as an indicator of functional knowledge

Skills & Attitudes Required for Success in Job:

  • Practicing Catholic with deep personal commitment to the mission of the Catholic Church.
  • Functional skills in multiple facets of Human Resource Management: Employment, Recruiting, Retention, Organization Development, Manpower Planning, Salary Administration, Training, Employee Relations, Policy Formulation, Benefit Administration; general skills in both oral and written communications, public speaking, planning, general administration, and coordination.
  • Able to develop and maintain effective relationship and collaborative partnership with all levels of the organization. Open, active listener; inclusive, supportive style; analytical; able to make tough decisions and show great compassion.

Relationships and Contracts:

Relate as team member; work in collaborative partnership with pastors, principals; serve as sounding board, coach and HR resource in all areas of responsibility.


Accountable to the Chief Human Resource Officer and for parish HR specialists.

Contact Details:

Qualified candidates may submit their resume and cover letter including salary requirements to Human Resources at