DTS is seeking a Director of Employee Success to fill the top leadership role in Human Resources for the Seminary. S/he will be professionally prepared to lead system-wide people and culture operations to enhance existing talent strategy, leadership development and training services, workforce analytics, recruitment operations, and rewards and recognition systems for the Seminary’s community of staff, administrators and faculty. Reporting to the Vice President of Operations, the Director will partner with the DTS Executive Leadership Team and manage all day-to-day operations related to the organization’s people systems, including providing HR oversight for DTS national satellite locations (e.g., Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, etc.).


  • Excellent verbal and written communicator with exceptional interpersonal, presentation, and organizational skills.
  • Emotionally intelligent with relevant experience cultivating relationships with current and potential employees; adept at fostering a supportive, team-oriented department.
  • Demonstrates tact, discretion, and care in all communication; possesses a high comfort-level with maintaining confidential information.
  • Possesses a passionate commitment to the Seminary’s mission, agreement to the school’s beliefs, and adherence to its community covenants. (

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required.
  • Master’s degree in organizational development or business administration is preferred.
  • Several years of experience as an HR generalist with at least 2 years in HR leadership, preferably in faith-based education, healthcare or a similar industry with a wide range of recruiting mandates, compensation variation and unique cultural attributes.
  • Demonstrated experience in successful team leadership, policy and procedure development/implementation, management coaching in employee relations, recruiting, compensation, benefits and HR automation.
  • Thorough knowledge of HR practices and procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations regarding Human Resource matters.


  • Manage all areas of the Human Resource operation, including supervising the payroll office and leading a small but dedicated team of four HR professionals, including this position.
  • Partner with Seminary leadership to assess and develop human resource strategies, processes, systems, policies, and practices in support of the Seminary’s long-term objectives.
  • Oversee and support the employment lifecycle of the Seminary, including recruitment, onboarding, payroll administration, compensation and benefits management, job process and benefits audits, performance management, employee communications, offboarding, regulatory compliance, and reporting.
  • Research HR best practices, including within the Christian higher education arena, while considering innovative HR strategies to advance the Seminary’s employment brand.
  • Stay abreast of, promote knowledge of, and ensure adherence to, current Federal and state laws affecting DTS employment practices with the HR Department and across all Seminary operations.
  • Review and regularly update employment policies and practices, including the DTS employee handbook and other management guidelines.
  • Supervise the recruitment process for full and part-time staff, including sourcing, interviewing, and placing full-time employee applicants.
  • Create and implement training programs and lead seminars as a means of educating the broader Seminary staff on vital policies and practices.
  • Foster positive employee culture with training, development and special events.
  • Oversee the management of a self-insured medical benefits plan and evaluate and recommend other valuable, attractive, and market-competitive employee benefits plans, as well as some student benefits.
  • Establish and manage policies to promote and maintain market-based pay structure for DTS employees.
  • Oversee third-party providers covering retirement plan administration and payroll administration.
  • Collaborate with Finance and IT to ensure HR processes and systems are effective and that HR functions and employee records are properly recorded and implemented within HR, payroll, accounting, and other campus systems.
  • Manage all government reporting and participate in annual membership surveys (CUPA, IPEDS, and ATS) and other appropriate HR best-practices forums.
  • Serve as Title IX Co-Coordinator.

Supervisory Responsibilities 

This position has three direct reports:

  • Manager, Payroll
  • Manger, Benefits
  • Human Resources Generalist

Additional Information

Human Resources
August 1, 2021
Full Time