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Director of Human Resources 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science, one of North Carolina’s top family destinations, has been a beloved Durham institution for 75 years. The Museum features 84 acres of exhibits, experiences, and outdoor exploration, including one of the East Coast's largest butterfly conservatories and a two-story science center. As an accredited zoo, the Museum is home to lemurs, black bears, endangered red wolves, and more than 140 species of live animals, butterflies, and insects. Readers of Durham Magazine, Indy Week, and Carolina Parent have repeatedly named us the top Museum in the Triangle. Charity Navigator rated the Museum, a 501(c3) nonprofit organization, 100 out of 100-- the highest possible score.

Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people of all ages embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world. The Museum serves our increasingly diverse community with interactive and accessible experiences that build and develop lifelong connections with science, nature, and critical thinking. The Museum partners with NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, Duke University, NC State University, and the University of North Carolina on many research projects and programs.

In addition to an incredible team of co-workers, the Museum provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as a full array of employee benefits for eligible positions, including a generous 403b retirement plan with employer contributions, health, dental, and vision insurance, flex-spending plans, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, nine paid annual holidays, employee appreciation events, and a family membership to the Museum.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  

The Museum seeks a forward-thinking and experienced Director of HR to report to the newly appointed Vice President for People and Culture.

In close collaboration with the VP for People and Culture, the Director supports the Museum by fulfilling human resource initiatives and helping to build a culture that attracts and retains staff and volunteers committed to the Museum's mission. This position leads and manages all day-to-day human resources operations, talent acquisition, employee relations, performance review, and other critical processes managed by the Museum's HR team. Additionally, this position will further advance and transform the Museum's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

We strongly encourage applications from those who will further advance the Museum's commitment to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive community, including those from historically underrepresented groups. We welcome applicants with a range of experiences and qualifications.


  • In close collaboration with VP for People and Culture, provides input on the strategic direction, leads, and implements all human resources operations including, but not limited to, employee relations, performance review, compensation management, benefits administration, and talent acquisition.
  • Serves as subject matter expert on human resources issues and recommends improvement of the Museum's policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Works with Museum managers to recommend training and other human resources support of their operations.
  • Maintains knowledge of federal and state employment legislation and seeks to gain necessary compliance in employee relations matters through the organization.
  • Provides strategy, perspective, insights, and knowledge on EDI initiatives as well as leads specific projects.
  • Communicates changes in the policies and procedures and works with supervisors and managers to implement across the Museum.
  • Develops and maintains Paychex HRIS.
  • Supervises cohesive and customer-focused HR team in all day-to-day activities.
  • Supports VP for People and Culture with assorted duties, including but not limited to risk management, special project planning and implementation, and HR budget input.
  • Works closely with the VP for Finance and accounting team where accounting and finance work and human resources work intersect on audit, policies and procedures, systems, etc.
  • Additional duties as needed.
Position Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or significant equivalent experience 
  • Significant experience in human resources with progressive responsibility as an HR manager
  • Demonstrated commitment and experience developing and providing effective, mission-oriented, and compliant HR support.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal and NC employment laws
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • HR related technology and HRIS proficiency
  • Strong commitment to the Museum's mission and goals

Desired Qualifications:

  • PHR/SPHR certification
  • Master's degree in HR management or related area
  • Prior experience in benefits compliance
  • Prior experience in compensation management including benchmarking
  • Prior experience processing payroll or oversight of payroll processing through a third-party service
Shift Days  
Pay Range $60,000 to $72,000  
EOE Statement The Museum of Life and Science is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, we will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, perform crucial job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. As an equal opportunity employer, we value the differences and benefits that a diverse culture brings. Join us!
Category Human Resources  

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