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Human Resources Director

State Bar of Wisconsin


State Bar of Wisconsin is partnering with QTI Executive & Professional Search to hire an HR Director due to an upcoming retirement. The HR Director will be responsible for overall management and leadership of the human resources and business strategy to best position the organization to reach its goals. This individual will serve as a key advisor and member of the executive leadership team while also handling the full spectrum of day-to-day HR responsibilities.


The organization has a strong commitment to employees and will look to their HR Director to be a champion around diversity and inclusion, and advance positive D & I initiatives, as well as talent management and engagement, talent development, total rewards market competitiveness and compensation philosophy. This is a great opportunity for an experienced HR professional who likes to balance HR strategy with wearing the other functional hats of HR while being part of a collaborative team that pushes each other to achieve top performance!



  • Manage the human resources (HR) function, making recommendations and amendments related to policies and procedures; instruct and train personnel in appropriate HR practices and techniques.
  • Directly supervise two part-time facility assistants and one part-time executive coordinator; provide timely and effective recognition, feedback, performance reviews and coaching, ensuring a well-trained and efficient team.
  • Serve as a member of and strategic advisor to the executive leadership team regarding topics related to human capital and culture.
  • Encourage and promote an inclusive and welcoming work culture that values differing perspectives, life experiences and the unique individual contributions that work together in support of our mission.
  • Aggressively implement recruiting plans and strategies that result in a diverse candidate pool, striving to bring in the best people to fill the organization’s needs.
  • Manage the orientation and onboarding process to ensure a smooth transition for new employees.
  • Provide HR policy guidance and interpretations to management and staff and lead the resolution of complex employee relations issues, resulting in improved work relations, positive morale and increased productivity and retention.
  • Manage the performance evaluation process and provide day-to-day performance guidance to facilitate effective employee management and development.
  • Evaluate internal processes and develop long-term plans and budgets to assure customer satisfaction and organizational effectiveness and to support organizational goals.
  • Manage the collection of HR information through efficient use of software and other data gathering and reporting systems to assure timely, accurate and confidential information.
  • Manage organizational HR reporting functions including payroll tax, EEOC, benefit plans, personnel files and others to assure they accurately reflect the activities of the organization and meet legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Administer and coordinate employee benefit plans and welfare programs; primary contact for all employee benefit issues with staff and vendors.
  • Facilities management to include maintenance and upkeep of building and grounds, furniture and supply purchases, ensuring a pleasant and welcoming environment for employees and guests.
  • Contribute to the overall management and operation of the State Bar through positive participation in the Management Team.
  • Embrace the cultural and managerial attributes of the organization and assist the management team in expanding those attributes across the entire organization.




  • Minimum 5 years human resources experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources or related field
  • Solid understanding of diversity & inclusion principles, practices, methods and procedures
  • Proficient in MSOffice along with a solid understanding of HR software solutions
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Ability to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
  • Proven project management skills; ability to appropriately set priorities, manage time and anticipate obstacles to meet deadlines
  • Ability to motivate, develop, and direct people as they work
  • Able to make credible, effective decisions in a timely fashion
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail-Oriented and well organized



  • Management/supervisory experience
  • Facilities management experience
  • Experience with human resource information systems (HRIS) software
  • SHRMCP/SCP or PHR/SPHR certification


The State Bar Values diversity and diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.



The State Bar of Wisconsin is a mandatory professional association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for all attorneys who hold a Wisconsin law license. With more than 25,000 members, the State Bar aids the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides continuing legal education and other services for its members, supports the education of law students, and educates the public about the legal system. The State Bar of Wisconsin also provides public services, including attorney referrals, public education and reduced-fee legal assistance for low-income state residents.


Although it was created by the Supreme Court, the State Bar is not a state agency and its operations are not supported with tax revenues. Instead, the private association is supported by member dues and earned revenues (e.g., from the sale of books, legal seminars, and other products). The State Bar does not license or discipline attorneys. These and related activities are administered by separate state agencies.


Mission: We support o​ur members in a dynamic and diverse society in delivering valued professional services, promoting access to justice and pursing professional excellence.


Vision: Our members are the respected guardians of th​e dignity and integrity of the rule of law within a fair and accessible justice system.


Guiding Principles: The standards stated in SCR 10.02 are the foundation for the formulation for our guiding principles, which serve as our organizational compass and inspire us in the pursuit of excellence in the profession of law.


Strategic Priorities: Our strategic priorities focus our day-to-day work on increasing access to justice, promoting a high-functioning justice system, ensuring a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and driving competitive advantage for our members and the organization. 


Diversity and Inclusion Inclusion helps to create a culture that embraces people from the widest range of talent and experience and promotes understanding and respect for all people and different points of view in the legal profession. See more about our Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives here