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HR Director - Human Resources

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At a Glance... header image

Oversees the HR operations of all divisions of the business and works to improve policies and procedures.


The Work header image

General HR job roles and HR Managment roles have a more hands-on role in an organisation, than that of HR Director.

The HR Director will be less involved in the day-to-day operations of the business and more involved in creating and enforcing HR policies and programs, and in the curation of an employer’s or organisation's culture and mission.

For example, the HR Director may lead round-table discussions with employees to find out what is and isn’t working for them. HR Directors also manage the other members of the HR team.

As the director of the human resources team, the HR Director is often a member of the senior leadership team of a large organisation or may be one of the company’s top executives.

 


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Prepare or maintain employment records related to events such as hiring, termination, leaves, transfers, or promotions, using human resources management system software.

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Interpret and explain human resources policies, procedures, laws, standards, or regulations.

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Hire employees and process hiring-related paperwork.

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Inform job applicants of details such as duties and responsibilities, compensation, benefits, schedules, working conditions, or promotion opportunities.

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Address employee relations issues, such as harassment allegations, work complaints, or other employee concerns.

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Maintain current knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action guidelines and laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Schedule or conduct new employee orientations.

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Maintain and update human resources documents, such as organizational charts, employee handbooks or directories, or performance evaluation forms.

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Confer with management to develop or implement personnel policies or procedures.

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Select qualified job applicants or refer them to managers, making hiring recommendations when appropriate.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Staffing Organizational Units:  Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Performing Administrative Activities:  Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.

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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Personnel and Human Resources:  Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Organisation: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in Ireland
  Address: Marine House,Clanwilliam Place, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 653 0400
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Organisation: IITD - Irish Institute of Training and Development
  Address: 4, Sycamore House, Millenium Business Park, Naas, Co. Kildare
  Tel: (045) 881 166
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