WhitneySmith Company | A Higginbotham Partner

Senior Director of Human Resources

Non-profit Organization

Company Overview

Founded in 1873, First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth is celebrating its sesquicentennial. It parallels the development of the City of Fort Worth and Texas Christian University. In December of 1956 the building committee found a new site just west of central downtown and the congregation worshiped for the first time in the new sanctuary at 1000 Penn Street. 


Reporting to the Pastor, Head of Staff, the Senior Director of Human Resources will originate and lead Human Resources practices and objectives that will provide an employee-oriented, high performance culture and align with applicable laws and regulations. The Senior Director of Human Resources will direct the coordination of services, policies, and programs that foster employee engagement, productivity, accountability, and recruitment and retention of a superior workforce. The successful candidate will initiate ideas for and lead strategic development of Human Resources for the organization. 


  • Support the vision, values, and culture of the organization in alignment with applicable state and federal employment laws and the organization’s business objectives as they evolve over time.
  • Serve as a strategic advisor, providing counsel and advice to the Pastor and senior leadership team, as well as the personnel committee, on key human resources, organizational and management objectives and issues.
  • Identify legal requirements and government reporting regulations under all state and federal statutes. Manage and monitor the related legal risk and compliance exposure of the organization.
  • Administer, in coordination with the senior leadership team, all Human Resources policies, procedures, processes and benefit and other programs.
  • Provide guidance and counsel to all managers and employees on benefits programs and human resource related matters.
  • Administer all employment processes, and oversee any outside firms retained for assistance with the same, including the identification and referral of qualified job candidates, recruitment, selection, interviewing, testing, hiring and onboarding.
  • Oversee the Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) and assess periodically whether they continue to meet with business needs of the organization; make recommendations accordingly for technology updates and solutions to automate, enhance and streamline HR processes.
  • Take bids for cost and coverage, evaluate, recommend and participate in the selection of various benefit programs, including workers’ compensation, health, life and disability insurance, etc. Manage overall relationships with benefit providers, continuously analyzing benefit offerings and costs to market conditions; implement and manage changes to benefit plans as deemed necessary by senior leadership team/personnel committee.  Manage overall benefits/COBRA administration and communication processes.



  • BA or BBA or BS degree. Preferred in Human Resources, Business Management, Organizational Development, or another related discipline. HR certification preferred.
  • At least seven to ten years of progressive HR experience in employee relations, performance management, benefits and compensation, management/employee training, recruiting, and organizational development/training.
  • Knowledge of employee relations issues and major federal employment laws.
  • Prior experience in organizational design, succession planning, talent acquisition and talent management highly desired.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and leadership skills.
  • Strong passion for the mission of the organization.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability and confidence to make informed recommendations and sound business decisions.
  • Proficient in MS Office and related HRIS.
  • Experience with interpreting, explaining, and applying legal requirements, and working with external subject matter expert advisors regarding the same, as well as with benefit providers.
  • Excellent presentation skills to help leaders and employees understand and embrace HR policies and practices, and related legal requirements.
  • Experience in counseling, advising, and persuading others of the value of recommendations.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and understanding of the political sensitivities of serving the unique needs of a large and growing church, including working with a Pastor, senior leadership team, personnel and other committees, a diverse church staff, and volunteers.
  • Ability to work with and listen intently to employee concerns across all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to, demonstrated by experience, coach employees and management effectively in various situations, some of which may involve complex emotional issues, while displaying sensitivity, tact, empathy, and responsiveness and maintaining a high level of confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Experience leading programs and events to promote employment appreciation, team building, fellowship, and morale.
  • Active affiliation with appropriate Human Resources networks and organizations, and on-going relationships with others who practice effective Human Resource Management.
  • Active community involvement preferred.