HR Director Job Description & Template

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I am of the belief that writing a job description is one of the least desirable jobs. That doesn’t mean it isn’t important just that business leaders are ready to hire not fuss of candidate qualifications related to any job opening or writing a job description at all although arguably an HR Director job role is extremely important to an organization. Job descriptions including the one you see below for the HR Director job are a form of talent brand marketing and are meant for your company career site providing the job seekers with more detailed information about the organization as well as the important skills, qualifications, and experience needed to work in the role. We’ve put together a basic set of guidelines on how to write an effective job description posting and template. Keep in mind that job descriptions including this one are also important for search engine optimization allowing job candidates to find you. They must include the job title, company name, job location information and keyword combinations that you most qualified job seekers would search for on search engines, job boards, and job aggregator sites.

HR Director Job Description & Template

Often responsible for HR teams of two or more, human resource directors oversee a region, a number of locations, or serve as the highest-ranking member of HR within the company – but this is not always the case. HR Directors often are responsible for building annual budgets and are often the decision makers when it comes to buying software, systems and negotiating benefits offerings for the company. Less likely to be a department of one than the HR Manager, their responsibilities are less compliance and policy and more focused on building relationships with executive team members and driving results for the organization focused on human capital and company.  An HR Director’s compensation range in the U.S. averages $89,000. Those in the 90th percentile make $138,000 per year and those in the 10th percentile have an income of $56,000.  


The following is an example of a job description that you can use for your job postings. You only need to change the relevant information and exchange it for your company’s information.

HR Director Job Description [Template]

Company ABC is a staffing agency in the U.S. known for our creative, marketing, and executive talent placement. We place permanent and contract-to-hire professionals in hard-to-fill positions for organizations from startups to the Fortune 50. We’re looking for an exceptional HR Director for a leadership role in human resources at our corporate headquarters in beautiful Duluth, Minnesota. This is a salaried position, full-time, onsite, and responsible for negotiating benefits and compensation packages, annual budgeting as well as internal communication with company executive team members.

A typical day as HR Director includes:

Selecting our best-in-industry benefits packages, third-party software, and systems, and negotiating agreements with vendors.

Leading weekly and monthly HR department projects that drive results for our company.

Working with benefits providers to ensure our offerings are the top available for our contract employees. Review RFPs and vendor proposals for employee benefits and perks programs.

Provide leadership coaching and support to members of the management team on subjects related to human capital, employee development, employee relations, learning, and team building.

Communicate frequently with departmental and executive stakeholders to report departmental successes and KPIs.

What you’ll like most about working in Human Resources at Company ABC:

We take great pride in offering our contract workforce the best benefits and compensation packages in our industry, and we think you will too.

Everyone at ABC Company contributes to the development of programs, regardless of role. Your input will not only be heard; it will be encouraged.

As a member of our HR team, you’ll be driving our company culture and what makes us an amazing place to work and work directly with our executive team. 

We’re looking for candidates who:

Have a bachelor’s degree in marketing, HR or related field.

Have SHRM-SCP, GPHR or SPHR or the equivalent certifications.

Have 5+ years of experience working on the compensation and benefits aspect of human resources with proven success metrics.

Experience managing a team of five or more within an HR department.

Preferred qualifications:

An understanding of employer and talent brand in the current marketplace.

Able to lead a talent brand audit and make recommendations based on results.

Proven experience developing, testing and analyzing human resources programs.

Experience with HR technology including Workday, Cerdian, and Oracle products.

What we offer our employees:

A competitive compensation and benefits package, plus performance-based bonus incentives.

Our corporate HQ offers on-site concierge services for dry cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping delivery, as well as catered lunches and a stocked snack and drinks pantry.

We’re a culture that thrives on training and development and offers several ongoing management training and leadership programs.


With three decades in the staffing industry, Company ABC has become a standout among its peers as a talent-driven, creativity-focused agency. Our employees and contract workforce have ranked us in the top 50 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor every year since 2002. Talent is what makes Company ABC successful, and we’re proud of our ability to deliver top talent to hundreds of well-known organizations for their unique marketing and creative staffing needs.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell is the founder of Workology, a digital resource that reaches more than a half million HR and workplace leaders each month and host of the Workology Podcast. Jessica lives in Austin, TX, with her husband, daughter, and an assortment of furry family members.


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