Director II, HR Compensation & Benefits

Alexandria, Virginia
May 09, 2023
Jun 28, 2023
Full Time
Job Description

The Director of Compensation and Benefits manages and administers all compensation and benefits programs. The Director aligns the compensation and benefits programs to support total compensation and the Division's five-year strategic plan. The Director supervises multiple staff to research, analyze, recommend, develop, and implement approved programs. Within the Human Resources Department, the Director collaborates with the Office of Recruitment and Retention and Office of Employee Engagement and Relations.

The position reports to the Executive Director of Human Resources.


  • Bachelor's degree, Master's degree preferred.
  • Coursework in business administration or related field preferred.
  • Appropriate level of work experience may be substituted for educational requirements.

Certificates & Licenses: Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) or Certified Employment Benefit Specialist (CEBS) or equivalent preferred.

  • Five years of experience in employee compensation and/or benefits administration.
  • Supervisorial and/or management experience in compensation and/or benefits administration prefererd.
  • K-12 school experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Data-driven leader with proficiency in Word, Excel, and databases; and strong data analysis skills.
  • Practices a high level of confidentiality with a focus on building relationships with trust, authenticity, and mutual respect with stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational skills, including keen attention to detail and the ability to set and adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, and ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent time management skills; and ability to work in an extremely fast-paced environment under tight deadlines and with multiple responsibilities.
  • Ability to learn quickly and multi-task effectively; takes initiative; and uses a can-do approach to be flexible in spotting and resolving issues in a timely manner.
  • Shows self-awareness, self-monitoring, ability to course correct when improvements are necessary, and good judgment.
  • Provides excellent customer service, and is skilled in dealing with difficult situations and personalities.

Essential Functions
  • Provides interpretation of ACPS philosophy and principles related to benefits, classification, compensation, leave, and retirement; develops strategy across multiple programs; collaborates across the Division to develop clear, specific, and ambitious performance measures related to Division priorities; assesses needs and priorities for staff; and coordinates and directs the work of staff based on volume, priorities, and strategic context.
  • Stays closely aware of projects, high-level initiatives, and emerging issues across ACPS; and proactively helps to adjust Division approach based on changes in direction, priorities, and resources.
  • Keeps informed about innovations, developments in policy, and research; and advises ACPS senior management regarding findings.
  • Assesses the compensation and benefits team's programmatic talent needs; implements hiring, training/professional development strategies, and organizational design appropriately; and guides and coaches direct reports and other team members.
  • Manages team performance, ensuring that all team staff are focused on continuous improvement, including but not limited to identifying improvements in processes, customer service, efficiency, and offerings that will benefit the division; and keeps staff informed of internal and external developments affecting their areas of responsibility.
  • Ensures the accurate, timely, and appropriate administration of compensation and benefits plans for the employees of ACPS.
  • Ensures compliance with local, state, and federal policies, laws, and regulations pertaining to ACPS benefits, classification, compensation, leave, and retirement plans and policies.
  • Oversees regular reviews of all compensation and benefits programs for compliance and competitiveness; reviews and recommends improvements in ACPS compensation and benefits systems, procedures, and practices to enhance the efficiency of operations and/or provide better customer service; and seeks approval through the appropriate process for items outside of the budget scope and for significant changes to existing compensation and benefits programs, policies, and principles.
  • Ensures a positive and proactive customer-service focus in the daily operations of the compensation and benefits office; interacts with and responds effectively to urgent requests from multiple internal and external ACPS stakeholders; and provides information briefings, classes, and employee assistance as needed.
  • Builds senior-level relationships across ACPS to drive collaboration and project success.
  • Manages communication regarding relevant programs, policies, and procedures to inform employees about the content and value of programs being provided; and maintains benefits and compensation/salaries webpages.
  • Collaborates with the Department of Finance and Department of Information Technology to ensure the accurate and efficient management, maintenance, and operation of the compensation and benefits portions of the human resources information system (HRIS), including but not limited to audit, data security, and review of access to confidential information.
  • Ensures the accuracy of systems data to support the work of other departments, including but not limited to the preparation of compensation and benefits projections for Division operating budget purposes.
  • Procures vendor support to administer benefits programs; ensures the accuracy of payments of all benefits invoices from outside vendors; conducts cyclical review of service contracts; and issues RFPs to solicit vendors who follow industry best practices, maintain current research, and provide optimal cost-effectiveness, high efficiency, and modern customer service.
  • Collaborates with the Department of Finance to recommend on an annual basis for executive staff review and Board approval the appropriate levels of annual benefits premiums based on cost, funding, and organizational philosophy.
  • Participates in department and Division planning processes as the head of the compensation and benefits office; develops benchmarks for the office; and monitors office performance on approved benchmarks.
  • Develops and manages the compensation scales on an annual basis; and participates in the position classification and salary placement process.
  • Serves as secretary for the Investment Advisory Board (IAB) for the Division's supplemental retirement plan.
  • Attends board meetings and staff meetings as needed.
  • Develops and implements special projects and other duties as assigned.

  • Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance.
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test.

Public Health Compliance
  • Proof of COVID vaccination. Exemptions for religious/medical will be reviewed.
  • Must follow safety and health protocols.


Primary Location:
Central Office
Salary Range:
$103,627.20 - $160,442.40 / Administrator SAS-12
Shift Type:

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