How to write a HR Director job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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HR Director job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of HR Director job titles

  • HR Director
  • Senior HR Director
  • HR Director (with PHR certification)
  • Director of Human Resources

HR Director job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a HR Director job summary

Our telemarketing firm has an immediate need for an HR Director. We’re looking for an experienced professional with a background in personnel management and advocacy. Our growing firm employs approximately 2,000 individuals, and the successful candidate will be responsible for managing every aspect of their employment needs. Additional responsibilities include overseeing the hiring process and ensuring all professionals, from executives on down, are in compliance with federal, state, and in-house regulatory requirements and procedures. If you love working with people and if you have 10+ years’ experience in HR, we would love to talk to you about this position.

HR Director responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of HR Director responsibilities

  • Create and implement employee relations policies to help increase employees’ job satisfaction
  • Devise a list of procedures and practices for hiring new employees and managing our staff
  • Establish an orientation procedure for onboarding new hires and training them to meet the needs of the company
  • Communicate with employees about compensation, benefits and other facets of their employment
  • Approve and schedule PTO and SL based on employee need and company requirements
  • Respond to questions or complaints from employees in a timely fashion
  • Manage all other HR department personnel

HR Director qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of HR Director skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or related field required
  • 10+ years’ experience in human resources department
  • 3+ years’ experience in a HR leadership position
  • Strong understanding of the interviewing process, benefits administration, payroll and other HR functions
  • PHR certification a plus
  • Excellent communication, leadership and planning skills

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