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Become A Director Of Human Resources

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Working As A Director Of Human Resources

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $116,058

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Human Resources Do

Directors of human resources are responsible for the operation of a company’s human resources department and they are responsible for the smooth running of the whole company in terms of having a healthy set of employees.

How To Become A Director Of Human Resources

Candidates need a combination of education and several years of related work experience to become a human resources manager. Although a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for most positions, some jobs require a master’s degree. Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills.


Human resources managers usually need a bachelor’s degree. There are bachelor’s degree programs in human resources. Alternatively, candidates may complete a bachelor’s degree in another field, such as finance, business management, education, or information technology. Courses in subjects such as conflict management or industrial psychology may be helpful.

Some higher-level jobs require a master’s degree in human resources, labor relations, or business administration (MBA).

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

To demonstrate abilities in organizing, directing, and leading others, related work experience is essential for human resources managers. Some managers start out as human resources specialists or labor relations specialists. Others gain management experience in a variety of fields.

Management positions typically require an understanding of human resources programs, such as compensation and benefits plans; human resources software; and federal, state, and local employment laws.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is voluntary, it can show professional expertise and credibility and may enhance advancement opportunities. Many employers prefer to hire certified candidates, and some positions may require certification. The Society for Human Resource Management, Human Resource Certification Institute, WorldatWork, and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans are among many professional associations that offer a variety of certification programs.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Human resources managers must be able to balance the strengths and weaknesses of different options and decide the best course of action. Many of their decisions have a significant impact on workers or operations, such as deciding whether to hire an employee. 

Interpersonal skills. Human resources managers need strong interpersonal skills because they regularly interact with people. They often collaborate on teams and must develop positive working relationships with their colleagues. 

Leadership skills. Human resources managers must be able to direct a staff and oversee the operations of their department. They must coordinate work activities and ensure that workers in the department complete their duties and fulfill their responsibilities. 

Organizational skills. Organizational skills are essential for human resources managers. They must be able to prioritize tasks and manage several projects at once.

Speaking skills. Human resources managers rely on strong speaking skills to give presentations and direct their staff. They must clearly communicate information and instructions to their staff and other employees.

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Real Director Of Human Resources Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Managing Director, HR Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Jan 12, 2016 $237,500 -
Managing Director, HR, Talent & Organizational DEV Marina Maher Communications LLC New York, NY Apr 17, 2012 $215,000
Director of International Human Resources Open Society Institute New York, NY Aug 15, 2012 $210,000
Director of Human Resources Medtronic, Inc. Miami, FL Aug 22, 2014 $200,000
Managing Director, HR, Talent & ORG. Dvlpmnt Marina Maher Communications New York, NY Dec 01, 2011 $195,000 -
Director, Human Resources Latin America W.W. Grainger, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2011 $190,000
Director, Human Resources Latin America W.W. Grainger, Inc. Lake Forest, IL Oct 01, 2011 $190,000
Director, Human Resources The Louis Berger Group, Inc. Morristown, NJ Aug 31, 2016 $178,880 -
Director of Organization Development & HR Weatherford International, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 27, 2012 $175,101 -
Director-HR, Sales and Marketing Choice Cabinetry Somerville, NJ Jul 30, 2015 $173,472
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Top Skills for A Director Of Human Resources


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Top Director Of Human Resources Skills

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Procedures
  3. Payroll Processing
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Analyze and modify compensation and benefits policies to establish competitive programs and ensure compliance with legal requirements.
  • Oriented new management staff on HR policies, laws, and procedures which insured compliance.
  • Managed Payroll Department and directed two payroll conversions, resulting in both improved employee satisfaction and payroll processing time.
  • Created a human resources department where none previously existed and provided a litigation free workplace for over 16 years.
  • Administer compensation, benefits and performance management systems, and safety and recreation programs.

Top Director Of Human Resources Employers

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What Kind Of Companies Hire a Director Of Human Resources

  1. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  2. Kindred Healthcare
  3. Comcast
  4. Macy's
  6. Vibra Hospital of Northern California
  7. Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
  8. Ono Pharma USA, Inc
  9. United States Air Force
  10. Sports Authority Inc
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