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Head of Human Resources

International School of Lausanne
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ISL is seeking a Head of Human Resources at 100% Permanent position from 1 May 2018 The International School of Lausanne is a leading non-profit, English language, three programme IB World School set in the French speaking part of Switzerland. We welcome students from three to 18 years of age, from over 60 nationalities, into a supportive environment that is intellectually stimulating and responsive to our students’ changing physical, social and emotional needs. In this new role, the Head of Human Resources will provide collaborative, inspirational and innovative leadership to the HR function. This position will be responsible for ensuring the achievement of the ISL’s strategic goals through effective recruitment, retention and development of talented staff, and delivering the HR strategy, policies and procedures. The position reports to the Director and will be a key advisor to the School Leadership Teams on a full range of HR related activities and issues. The Head of Human Resources is responsible and accountable for (but not limited to) the following: Strategy - Provide strategic leadership and direction for the HR function - Ensure that HR policies and practices are aligned with the school's needs and comply with Swiss law Recruitment - Work in close collaboration with the educational and operational leadership teams to ensure efficient and effective recruitment - Overview relocation process of teachers coming from abroad - Provide leadership in the design and implementation of all aspects of the school’s induction programme and processes for new members of staff Finance - Conduct benchmarking exercises on a regular basis for both Teaching and Administration & Support staff, and ensure that remuneration packages remain competitive in the market - Provide leadership in the strategy, budgeting and communication of all compensation and benefit provision in partnership with the Director and the Head of Finance Appraisal and Professional Development - Working with the educational and operational leadership teams to help develop and implement the evaluation and performance management systems for staff - Support the operational leadership team in defining Training & Development plans for Administration & Support staff Staff Regulations and Policies - Provide advice and guidance on existing policies and processes to Educational and Operational Leadership Teams, Teachers and Administration & Support staff for questions related to staff regulations and Swiss legislation - Generate accurate employment contracts complying with Swiss law and regulations - Lead implementation of new policies and processes as required - Review and maintain the Staff Handbook up to date Team Management - Manage the team of HR Officers and provide leadership and support when necessary - Develop HR capabilities across the school through professional/ personal development of the HR officers Qualifications and Qualities Required - HR degree ( Brevet Fédéral de Spécialiste en Ressources Humaines ), Bachelor or Master degree in Human Resources with at least five years experience in a similar role within an international environment - Excellent knowledge of Swiss labour law, social insurance and pension system - Proficiency in French and English (both oral and written) - Leadership experience in Human Resources, preferably within an international organisation - Good knowledge of budget development cycles and salary structures - Proven experience in the management of employee performance and evaluation systems, including professional development - Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written); at ease to communicate at all levels - Ability to handle complex and difficult situations with sensitivity, thought and confidence - Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities and be flexible with changing priorities - Ability to interact and maintain positive working relationships in a culturally diverse environment - Excellent attention to detail, with strong accuracy and numerical skills - Commitment to self-reflection and professional development - Very good knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as experience with various HR information systems - Swiss nationality or valid work permit To apply please submit the following documents, preferably by email: - a covering letter - a full CV/résumé - details of three professional referees Closing date : Friday 30 March 2018 We reserve the right to appoint a suitable candidate ahead of the official closing date. Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Young People The International School of Lausanne is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All employees are required to undertake a security clearance. This takes the form of a criminal records report and a special excerpt from Swiss criminal records for those working with children. It is school policy to actively seek confidential references for all new employees, including at least one from the previous employer.