Plimoth Plantation, Inc.

PO Box 1620
Plymouth, MA 02362

Date Posted:
April 12, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts

Human Resources


Director of Human Resources


Plimoth Plantation is looking for a passionate and experienced HR professional to direct the HR function and to ensure the Museum attracts and retains the best talent. The ideal candidate will be proactive and resourceful and will be able to provide strong strategic leadership to the organization and the workplace culture.

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for all oversight on all HR activities, including: talent management, compensation analysis, annual performance appraisal process, employee relations, training and development, employment legislation compliance, and creating and implementing personnel/administrative policies.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage full service HR department with a focus on employee relations and the performance management process.

  • Working with the leadership team, manage all employee relations issues, including disciplinary action, promotions, transfers and terminations.

  • Oversee Annual Performance Review Process

  • Oversee Payroll and Benefits manager in the effective administration of all employee benefit and retirement plan programs; collaborate with Finance Department on negotiation/renewal of all benefit and retirement plan programs.

  • Conduct and/or organize management and staff training programs, and provide coaching on both formal and informal levels.

  • Lead organization compliance with all existing or future governmental and labor legal requirements including any related to the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Department of Labor, worker compensation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

  • Initiate and organize staff events and programs that support staff development.

  • Oversee compensation analysis for all roles - develop appropriate ranges for categories of positions, when applicable.

  • Update Employee Handbook and create new policies and procedures, as required.

  • Initiate and implement a variety of communication projects, e.g. internal newsletter, bulletin boards or HR email blasts (new hire announcements, policy changes,

  • etc.).

  • Review and approve all HR-related invoices including recruitment expenses, benefit invoices, events, supplies, etc.

  • Represent Plimoth Plantation at local and regional HR association meetings

  • Responsible for HR budget development and implementation.

  • Serve as a resource and mentor for employees at all levels.


Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field, e.g. concentration in HR, Industrial or Behavioral

    Psychology, Sociology.

  • Master’s Degree and/or PHR or SPHR certification a plus.

  • Eight to ten years senior HR generalist experience in either profit or not-for-profit

    environments; experience in creative/cultural industries a plus.

  • Enthusiastic and positive; provides vision and inspiration, earning respect and trust, and

    mobilizes others to fulfill the mission.

  • Four to six years’ experience managing others.

  • Strategic innovative thinker; displays original thinking and creativity.

  • Experience with fiscal/budget responsibilities and ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Excellent multi-tasking and organizational skills.

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated work ethic, flexibility and thorough follow-up skills.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and maintain professional demeanor at all times.

  • A high level of professionalism and confidentiality are critical.

Excellent written and spoken communication skills are extremely important
How To Apply:

Please email Ellie Donovan

Qualified applicants please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to Please indicate the job title – Director of HR – in the subject line.

Apply by:
June 07, 2018
About this Organization:
One of America’s foremost living history museums and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, Plimoth Plantation hosts more than 350,000 visitors from around the world each year. Plimoth offers powerful personal encounters with history built on thorough research about the Indigenous People of southeastern Massachusetts and the Colonial English community in the 1600s. In addition to its most famous exhibits, historically accurate recreations of a 1627 English Village, the Mayflower II, and a Wampanoag Homesite, Plimoth Grist Mill, the museum offers an array of year-round educational programs.