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Director of Human Resources


Shutts & Bowen, a full-service law firm serving clients locally, nationally, and internationally, is seeking a Director of Human Resources to join our firm. The Director of Human Resources (DHR) will be responsible for all human resource functions of the Firm, including resource planning, staff recruitment, staff performance evaluations, staff disciplinary procedures & employee relations. The DHR will provide executive-level leadership and guidance to the organization’s HR operations. The DHR reports to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and is responsible for setting, enforcing, and evaluating legally compliant human resources policies, procedures, and best practices, and identifying and implementing long-range strategic talent management goals. The DHR must maintain functional knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance. The DHR must maintain employee confidence and protect firm operations by safeguarding confidential information. The DHR will work with the Firm’s Executive Committee, General Counsel, Labor Counsel and other appropriate groups in furtherance of their functions.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Recruits, interviews, hires, and trains HR staff.
  • Oversees Benefits and has direct supervision over Benefits personnel.
  • Oversees the daily workflow of the HR department.
  • Provides constructive and timely performance evaluations.
  • Provides direction to and collaborates with the Firms’ Office Administrators on the implementation of HR policies and practices throughout the firm.
  • Oversees the discipline and termination of staff employees in accordance with company policy.
  • Advises and assists with attorney personnel issues including hiring, development, discipline and termination in accordance with company policy. 


  • Oversees all human resource functions of the Firm, continuously evaluating the current policies and procedures and making recommendations for improvement.
  • Collaborates with executive leadership to define the organizations long-term mission and goals; identifies ways to support this mission through talent management.
  • Identifies key performance indicators for the organizations human resource and talent management functions; assesses the organizations success and market competitiveness based on these metrics.
  • Responsible for Firm non-attorney recruiting, hiring, development and retention programs.
  • Works with staff when onboarding new attorneys & staff. 
  • Develops and administers personnel policies and procedures for attendance, performance expectations, evaluations, and related issues required for administration of law firm personnel. 
  • Administers annual wage and salary review of non-attorney staff.
  • Works in cooperation with Office Administrators of the Firm in matters relating to recruiting, compliance, discipline & benefits.
  • Researches, develops, and implements competitive compensation, benefits, performance appraisal, and employee incentive programs.
  • Provides guidance and leadership to the human resource management team; assists with resolution of human resource, compensation, and benefits questions, concerns, and issues.
  • Ensures compliance with employment, benefits, insurance, safety, and other laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • Maintains knowledge of laws, regulations, and best practices in employment law, human resources, and talent management.
  • Drafts and implements the organization’s staffing budget, and the budget for the human resource department.
  • Participates in professional development and networking conferences and events.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaboration, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of and experience with varied human resource information systems.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Preferably in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field.
  • At least five years of human resource management experience required, with strategic, talent management, and/or business development experience highly preferred.
  • SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP strongly preferred.

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Shutts & Bowen, established in 1910, is a full-service business law firm with approximately 300 lawyers located in eight offices across Florida.

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