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Director of Human Resources

Job Title: Director of Human Resources
Location: Singapore
Reference: BE8B5870DAFCE5B1
Job Published: December 25, 2021 12:38

Job Description

Roles & Responsibilities

Cognita Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

An exciting opportunity for a Director of Human Resources has opened in AIS. If you are someone who is driven in making a positive difference and with passion for growth and development, this role is meant for you!

Position Objectives:

  • The primary function of the Human Resources Department is to support the middle pillar of the Australian International Schools strategic plan to invest in our people and be a great place to work
  • The Director of Human Resources provides leadership and influence of the people management agenda at the Australian International School. The Director of Human Resources is a member of the leadership team who actively supports discussions and leverages best practices ensuring key projects are led and delivered, as well as ensuring core HR practices are promptly, accurately and legally delivered.
  • Responsibilities:


  • Build and maintain strong professional relationships with the leadership team, management and key stakeholders
  • Represent HR at the School leadership table while becoming a trusted partner and advisor to members of the leadership team and management
  • Partner with other School HR staff, Cognita HR staff and specialists in initiating and improving the effective delivery of HR services and processes for the School while integrating and sharing best practices
  • Develop HR team members - manage, coach and mentor the HR team ensuring effective and accurate delivery of the Schools HR services including compliance with data protection regulations
  • Organisational and Employee Development

  • Support the Head of School and Managing Director Operations with performance improvement agendas and provoke positive changes in relation to people management
  • Support the leadership team with cultural changes across the School through a variety of different methods including implementing plans following Staff Surveys, enhancing the skills of leaders and managers in order to improve their overall leadership effectiveness, providing tools and up-skilling managers to take on greater responsibility for their staff
  • Drive the implementation of HR initiatives in support of short and long term goals by building partnerships and alliances throughout the School and organisation
  • Actively identify gaps, propose and implement changes necessary to cover risks and improve practices; review and challenge the organisational structure and propose changes
  • Capture learning and development needs and recommend appropriate interventions
  • Promote the use of HR systems such as CognitaPeople, educate staff on HR policies and procedures, challenging appropriately as necessary
  • Talent Management

  • Support the Head of School, Managing Director - Operations and Cognita in recruiting key talents
  • Work in collaboration with the Head of School, Managing Director - Operations and Cognita to design succession plans for key talents and job positions
  • Champion and support managers with performance reviews, salary reviews and work with the leadership team and Cognita HR to ensure salary revisions are aligned within roles and policies
  • Employee Relations

  • Ensure policies are in place and staff are aware of appropriate procedures in raising and handling grievances
  • Guide and influence staff, management and the leadership team on grievance matters to ensure effective and compliant solutions
  • Responsible for dealing with workplace conflicts and grievances through effective mediation, and conducting investigations as necessary
  • Responsible for dealing with workplace conflicts and grievances through effective mediation, and conducting investigations as necessary
  • Compliance & Projects

  • Provide staff, management and the leadership team with guidance and interpretation of policies, practices and labour regulations
  • Manage HR projects cross-functionally ensuring effective communication, change management and project management
  • Management and implementation of staff surveys, data analysis, benchmarking year on year and in collaboration with the school leadership team, produce action plans to address areas of concern
  • Act as the HR lead for all matters associated with Safeguarding at the School and other compliance matters.
  • Remuneration & Benefits

  • Oversee the monthly payroll processing with the outsourced vendor.
  • Manage the annual contract review for academic employees.
  • Manage the overall HR budgeting and resource planning exercise with the school leadership team including staff, training and recruitment costs and headcount management
  • Lead and support management with performance reviews, salary reviews and work with the leadership team and Cognita HR to ensure salary revisions are aligned within roles and policies
  • Other duties

  • This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice
  • Position Requirements:

  • Demonstrable skills critical for managerial success includes leadership, decisiveness, collaboration, flexibility, sound business judgement, highly developed personal, analytical and communications skills
  • Demonstrable skills in consensus building and mediation in order to constructively address employee conflicts
  • Effective communication skills, verbally and in writing, to all levels of staff and management, external stakeholders and agencies, expressing ideas and instructions clearly and concisely
  • Maintain knowledge of and ensure compliance with employment related laws and regulations
  • Project management and change management skills: able to organise and work independently on multiple assigned tasks and projects and complete assignments within deadlines
  • Strong time management and priorities management skills
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate the highest level of ethical behaviour
  • Study and apply new information and take initiatives
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Work effectively, professionally and tactfully with a diverse workforce, the leadership team and external parties
  • High level knowledge and experience with Microsoft suites including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • High level exposure and experience in using HRIS systems
  • Qualifications:

  • Minimum 10 years of progressive experience as a HR generalist in the Asia Pacific region
  • Supervisory experience
  • Degree in HR related field or equivalent experience
  • Experience in a school environment is an advantage
  • Applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae and a duly completed copy of the School's Job Application Form (downloadable from the school's website) to Kindly ensure that the position title is clearly specified in the job application form. Please submit your application by 08 January 2022 (11:59 PM Singapore time).

    Only applications submitted using the school's job application form will be considered.

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