Chief Personnel Officer

New Haven Unified School District

Class Title:

Chief Personnel Officer

Position Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Superintendent, plan, organize, control and direct a variety of programs, projects and activities related to recruitment, selection and placement of employees, labor relations and employee performance evaluation. Establish a process to attract and retain a diverse staff of qualified individuals committed to ensuring a quality educational environment for all students.

Directly Responsible to:

Superintendent of Schools

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Direct activities related to recruitment, selection and placement of certificated personnel
  • Participate and direct activities concerning collective bargaining negotiations for all employees
  • Provide an effective evaluation and assessment process for all personnel
  • Direct the acquisition, preparation, disposition, and maintenance of human resource documents and records; ensure employees are properly licensed or certified to perform assigned job duties
  • Conduct research, analyze, and study matters relating to human resource programs
  • Coordinate personnel activities, in conjunction with other human resources administrators to achieve an effective and efficient employment process
  • Provide for and direct the counseling of employees regarding job problems and provide assistance to them to correct their job-related deficiencies
  • Direct the implementation of discipline procedures
  • Recommend employee terminations
  • Develop, implement, maintain and modify computerized systems for human resource/personnel programs and other applications
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff; interview and select employees and recommend transfers, reassignment, termination and disciplinary actions
  • Plan, coordinate and arrange for appropriate training of subordinates
  • Develop and prepare the annual budget for human resources
  • Analyze and review budgetary and financial data; monitor and authorize expenditures in accordance with established guidelines
  • Make presentations to the Board as necessary regarding human resource/personnel issues
  • Serve as a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet analyzing, developing, coordinating and implementing Board policies and administrative guidelines
  • Communicate with other administrators, District personnel and contractors to coordinate activities and programs, resolve issues and conflicts and exchange information
  • Assure compliance with applicable District policies, procedures and governmental regulations
  • Apply applicable sections of State Education Code and other applicable laws Perform special projects assigned by the Superintendent
  • Perform related duties as assigned

Demonstrated Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Employer-employee relations, collective bargaining process, and contract administration
  • General school district policies, rules and regulations
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations including personnel administrative rules and regulations applicable to employees
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration
  • Methods of research
  • Computer applications related to areas of specialization Ability To Ensure personnel programs and activities are carried out in compliance with state and federal regulations
  • Education code, federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations and requirements pertaining to areas of assigned responsibility and bargaining unit contracts;
  • Maintain personnel records and ensure confidentiality of records and related transactions
  • Perform related duties as assigned by the Superintendent.

Ability to:

  • Respond promptly to requests of clients, both inside and outside the district; provide needed direction, assistance, training, materials, and resources
  • Express ideas and concepts clearly and concisely in both oral and written form; use language and medium appropriate to audience
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and professional working relationships with individuals, groups, public and private agency personnel
  • Motivate, challenge, and guide others in the improvement of business programs and services
  • Analyze data and situation(s); render judgment, make decisions, and solve problems efficiently and effectively
  • Set high standards and assist others in meeting those standards
  • Maintain and improve professional skills and knowledge
  • Be flexible and receptive to change
  • Direct the development of Board policies related to the Personnel Division
  • Serve as a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet and Management Team
  • Attend all regular meetings of the Board of Education
  • Remain abreast of developments and innovations in the field
  • Maintain consistent, punctual and regular attendance
  • Hear and speak to exchange information and make presentations
  • See to read a variety of materials.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of experience and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.


Masters Degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in business administration, finance, or closely related field.


Seven (7) or more years of experience in positions with progressively increasing responsibility and directly related to financial and business administration is required.

How to Apply


The application process is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Browse New Haven US job listings and submit an online application on Ed-Join.
  2. When the hiring principal is ready to interview, applicants will be considered and may be selected to interview.
  3. If selected to interview, you will be contacted by the school to set an appointment.
  4. Once you have interviewed, if you are selected for the position, you will be contacted by the personnel department. If you are not selected for the position, you will be notified by the school.