The Director of Personnel and Human Resources will work under the immediate supervision of the Assistant Superintendent to administer methods, systems and procedures to maximize the efficiency of the department including budget and personnel.


  • Analyze, communicate and administer human resource programs, policies and procedures.
  • Interpret governing board policies, state and federal regulations to ensure district compliance with overall human resource practices.
  • Counsel employees on individual aspects of governing board policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with state and federal laws.
  • Supervise the certified and classified recruitment functions including the handling of applications, fingerprinting, certification, background investigations and orientation of employees.
  • Provide guidance on TPEP, state certification and recruitment related procedures to site
  • Act as lead in the district’s risk management, emergency preparedness and SafeSchools Alert.
  • Provide collective bargaining support and oversee the preparation and distribution of all employment agreements including exempt and professional staff.
  • Oversee the employee substitute program to ensure adequate coverage on a daily basis.
  • Coordinate responses to various state and federal reports regarding district employee data.
  • Coordinate the district process for addressing employee requests for reasonable accommodations, Family Medical Leave issues, and other leave requests.
  • Supervise, coordinate, and advise on various employment issues which may include selection, counseling, disciplinary actions, establishing workloads, assigning tasks and reviewing results.
  • Assist in assuring benefits administration is in compliance with applicable laws.
  • Coordinate and implement district, state, and federal required training for employees including overseeing HR SafeSchools Trainings.
  • Act as hearing officer for student expulsion hearings and student/parent matters.
  • Advise the Assistant Superintendent on a variety of department and employment issues.
  • Handle other duties as assigned.


  • At least three years successful experience managing school district human resource functions
  • Possess advanced degree in educational leadership
  • Possess Washington State Administrator Certificate or be eligible to obtain one
  • Demonstrate success as an administrator in a public education setting
  • Possess knowledge and experience in Washington State public school finances and current national and Washington state employment laws
  • Possess knowledge and experience in personnel administration including legal issues in human resources, conducting investigations, labor relations and contract negotiations
  • Be a creative visionary leader with an open, collaborative and transparent leadership style.
  • Possess outstanding communication skills with the ability to listen to and build relationships, present accurate information in an appropriate and helpful manner, keeping confidences, admitting mistakes, remaining warm and easy to approach and have a healthy sense of humor
  • Highly organized, analytical, self-starter with ability to make decisions, resolve complex issues, and complete multiple projects in a timely manner, often with severe time constraints
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to present information in both small and large settings
  • Distribute and share leadership responsibilities and appropriately involve key stakeholders in decision making processes.
  • Use analysis, wisdom, experience, and logical methods to make quality decisions and to solve difficult problems with effective solutions, appropriately incorporating multiple inputs to establish shared ownership and effective action.

The Director of Personnel and Human Resources is a 212-day contract position which begins July 1. Compensation is based on the 2019-2020 administrator’s salary schedule and benefits for a director of $133,742.00-$151,066.00 annually.
Application is completed online. Follow the appropriate links from 
to apply for this position. Position closes June 10, 2020.

The following materials constitute a completed application file:

  1. Completed online District Administrative Application
  2. Letter of application addressing qualifications and primary responsibilities
  3. Resumé of professional education, experiences and references
  4. A 1-2 page essay describing how your skills and experiences have prepared you to provide effective administrator support in an personnel department setting
  5. Letters of recommendations
  6. University transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable)
  7. Photocopy of Washington State Administrator’s Certificate
  8. Receipt of 2 Confidential Administrator References

ADDRESS YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS TO: Bill Nutting, Assistant Superintendent, Personnel and Human Resources
Questions about the application process may be directed to Alexia Bautista, HR Specialist at (360) 428.6182 or

Located in the seat of Skagit County 60 miles north of Seattle, Washington, Mount Vernon is a growing and diverse school district that serves close to 7000 students attending nine schools grades kindergarten-12. Six elementary schools provide educational programs for students through grade 5. Two middle schools serve students in grades 6-8.  Mount Vernon High School is home to students in grades 9-12.  A parent partnership style ALE program serves approximately 300 students and we are the fiscal agent to the Northwest Career & Technical Academy that serves students in Skagit and Whatcom Counties. With over 900 teachers, administrators and support staff, the district is the third largest employer in Skagit County.
Strong community support for our schools is a tradition in Mount Vernon. In 2016, the district successfully passed a $106 million bond.  Funds will  be  used to replace two elementary schools, add classroom space to  LaVenture Middle School, modernize the High School Old Main building and replace the High School  Agriculture building to add classroom space for agriculture, science, robotics, career and  technical.
The district is committed to success for all students and provides a wide range of high quality instructional programs and extended learning opportunities. Academic instruction includes remedial and specially designed instruction for students with special needs, enrichment programs for elementary students, and advanced placement courses across a variety of subjects at the high school level.  The schools also provide strong and vocal music programs.
Community members contribute to the success of our schools in many ways. District advisory committees and school site councils include parents and other community members in setting the direction for the district and our schools.  The VISITS (Volunteers In Schools Inspire Today’s Students) program invites parents, grandparents, students, and community members to volunteer in schools in a variety of ways.
Strong communities require strong partnerships between schools, parents and other community members, businesses, and municipalities.  In Mount Vernon, you can see those partnerships in action every day. Welcome to a wonderful place to live and learn!

OUR GOAL: 100% of students will graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in post-secondary education, careers, and life.
OUR VISION: To graduate inspired and critical thinkers who embrace diversity and are committed to the betterment of their own lives and the lives of others.
OUR MISSION: To expect, encourage, and facilitate the pursuit of excellence and life-long learning in our students, equipping them for future success and happiness.

The Mount Vernon School District does not discriminate in employment, programs or activities on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, creed, religions, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the District Compliance Officer.