Department Overview

Mission Statement:

The Office of Human Resources of the Amherst School District is committed to working strategically with each school community in identifying and responding to their changing needs.

The Office provides quality leadership and guidance in the development, implementation, and administration of human resources related policies, practices, and procedures in a professional, caring, and consistent manner in order to provide an equitable and positive work environment for all district employees.

Vision Statement:

Serving as a resource for the school district community, the Human Resources office is staffed by knowledgeable individuals who impact and promote equity and provide fair, responsible leadership and guidance throughout the organization. The Human Resources office is recognized as a customer-service organization and is responsive to the changing needs of the community it serves.

Responsibilities:

  • Union contract negotiations and labor relations
  • Staff planning, including recruitment, hiring and retention
  • Substitute hiring and daily assignments
  • Employee benefits
  • Student enrollment projections and trend analysis
  • Staff reporting/EPIMS compliance
  • Criminal records checks – Massachusetts and National

Primary Duties:

Director of Human Resources – Kathryn Mazur x 1803

  • Direct union contract negotiations and labor relations for 3 units of APEA, 2 units of AFSCME, and APAA
  • Track student enrollments, projections, and trend analysis
  • Responsible for staff recruitment activities
  • Project and track district staffing
  • Coordinate school system responses to State, Federal, and other requests for personnel statistical reports
  • Review Criminal Records Checks

Assistant Director of Human Resources – Rachel Bowen x 1808

  • Track employee certification and EPIMS compliance
  • Prepare all job postings in accordance with negotiated contracts. Conduct advertising as appropriate
  • Maintain applicant pool electronically and field inquiries from prospective and
    current employees
  • Arrange interview schedule and associated tasks
  • Assist in development and maintenance of employee database
  • Substitute coordination

Benefits Specialist – Jennifer Ortiz x 1895

  • Prepare all new hire and annual employee contracts/salary notifications
  • Meet with new staff to describe benefits.
  • Enroll and un-enroll staff/dependents from coverage.
  • Design and implement informational fairs for employees
  • Work with retirees to determine benefits and coordinate with retirement boards
  • Manage 403b, 125 and 457 benefit plans and associated tasks
  • Unemployment Claims
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