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Director of Human Resources

Verner Center for Early Learning

About Verner

Verner is a nonprofit providing high-quality, affordable early care and education to children six weeks to five years old throughout Buncombe County, North Carolina. The organization provides 5-star comprehensive care and education to almost 300 children and their families at three centers and in partnership with the YWCA. As the only Early Head Start provider in Buncombe County, services are provided at centers and in families’ homes.

We use a “wholistic” approach, assisting the entire family, and providing supportive services and programs such as Mothers on the Move (MOMs), Rainbow In My Tummy®, and individualized case management to families in crisis. We accomplish our mission through four cornerstones: 1) High-Quality Education, 2) Family Services, 3) Health & Nutrition, and 4) Continuing Teacher Education.

Central to the Verner philosophy is the belief that children from all income levels and circumstances deserve high-quality early care and education. Approximately 80% of our families are low-income or live below the federal poverty level.


Verner seeks a strategic, problem solving, and highly skilled Director of Human Resources with a wide breadth of experience to support and grow all functions of Human Resources. This is a unique opportunity for the right professional who is energized at the thought of elevating the Human Resources Department to new heights by shaping and sustaining an inclusive and equitable culture in the organization. Reporting directly to the President & CEO, the Director will work closely with staff and board leadership. The Director supervises and provides consultation to leadership on strategic plans pertaining to compensation, benefits, diversity, equity, and inclusion, human capital planning and budgeting, and personnel policies and procedures. This position oversees all aspects of the employee life cycle, including recruitment, onboarding, succession planning, and offboarding.

The right candidate will be well-organized, self-directed, and have excellent people skills. They will be able to take the lead on process improvement, employee retention, and employee relations in order to reduce turnover and improve the overall employee experience.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides strategic direction to Verner’s staff and board leadership to increase employee retention, efficiently using organizational resources.
  • Directs, consults, trains, and disseminates personnel-related information to management and staff.Includes wage and hour laws, civil rights laws, worker’s compensation, and internal personnel policies and procedures.
  • Collaborates with organizational leadership to increase diversity in staff and faculty as a best practice for improved child and family outcomes.
  • Facilitates and monitors the implementation of standardized Human Resources processes.
  • Oversees the organization’s recruitment, interview, selection, and hiring processes.
  • Screens, documents, and processes employment applications, following EEOC guidelines.
  • Ensures all new hires are fully compliant prior to hire (e.g., background checks, drug tests, employment verification letters).
  • Orients, documents, and provides benefit information to all new hires.
  • Manages worker’s compensation administration.
  • Attends meetings, trainings, committee meetings, and professional development activities, as appropriate.
  • Administers fair compensation and manages employee benefits programs.
  • Serves as point of contact to ADP for payroll and acts as back-up payroll processor.
  • Oversees annual employee evaluation process.
  • Performs other duties as requested. 


  • Bachelor's degree required, ideally in a field related to Human Resources, Business Management, or a related field.
  • At least three years’ experience working in a progressive, leadership role related to the field of Human Resources.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including computer skills and electronic communications.
  • Ability to research and interpret complex laws related to Human Resources.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organized and systematic. 


  • Starting salary: $40,000 - $45,000
  • Benefits: Medical, vision, dental, 403(b) with match, life insurance, long-term disability, short-term disability, various worksite benefits, paid holidays plus PTO that can roll over or be cashed out, education assistance, and annual cost of living adjustments.

Application Process:

To apply, go to or send résumé and cover letter to:

Alyssa Courtoy, Human Resources

Verner is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We highly value diversity in all of its forms on our team.




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