Director of Classification & Compensation - 1.0 FTE - Portland Public Schools

  • Portland Public Schools
  • Portland, OR, United States
Full Time Executive Human Resources

Job Description

Director of Classification & Compensation - 1.0 FTE

Portland Public Schools


Job Details

Portland Public Schools (PPS), founded in 1851, is an urban school district in Portland, Oregon. As the largest school district in the Pacific Northwest, PPS serves more than 49,000 students in 78 schools, as well as alternative schools, charter schools and specialized programs for students with special needs.

At PPS, our mission is to have every student by name prepared for college, career and participation as an active community member, regardless of race, income or zip code.

To obtain more information about our district, schools, learning environment and programs, please go to:

The District is focused on eliminating systemic racism and it's impact on student learning. PPS is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all it's educational and employment activities. The District prohibits discrimination based on race; national or ethnic origin; color; sex; religion; age; sexual orientation; gender expression or identity; pregnancy; marital status; familial status; economic status or source of income; mental or physical disability or perceived disability or perceived disability; or military service. Portland Public Schools is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Background Check: Candidates for hire will be subject to a thorough background investigation which may include fingerprinting ($82 fingerprinting fee) and driving record check. A conviction of any of the crimes identified in state law, ORS 342.143, will disqualify a candidate.

Under administrative direction, direct functions, activities and staff to support the overall administration, design, implementation and communication of the District’s classification and compensation programs; ensure that programs support the District’s strategic objectives to ensure fiscal responsibility, external competitiveness, internal equity, talent retention and adheres to current laws, regulations and collective bargaining agreements; serve as a professional expert and resource to employees and stakeholders regarding employee compensation and classification plans; lead and participate in developing and implementing programs which sustain a richly diverse, inclusionary workforce and supports the district’s education and equity initiatives.


  • The classification specification does not describe all duties performed by all incumbents within the class. This summary provides examples of typical tasks performed in this classification.
  • Direct programs and staff in administration of all areas in the Classification and Compensation division, including design, implementation, and management of salary classification and compensation programs and initiatives. 
  • Monitor current classification and compensation policies, guidelines and procedures, recommending revisions, as well as new plans that are cost effective and consistent with external trends and district philosophies. 
  • Develop, recommend, implement and administer a comprehensive district plan and strategic direction for classification and compensation programs, policies and procedures. 
  • Review and analyze changes to local, State and federal laws pertaining to compensation, such as minimum wage, pay equity, FLSA exemption status and similar regulations; report necessary or suggested changes and potential fiscal and policy impacts to management; assure District compliance with provisions of local State and federal wage and hour laws. 
  • Maintain working knowledge of District collective bargaining agreements in relation to classification and compensation plans; serve as a resource and support Employee and Labor Relations with a variety of market surveys and trends analyses in compensation administration for the District’s collective bargaining activities. 
  • Lead the design, development and implementation of classification plans and structures, policies, procedures and strategies for the District; direct staff, lead and conduct detailed and complex district-wide job classification, reclassification studies, salary surveys and trends analyses. 
  • Develop, implement and maintain plans to effectively communicate classification and compensation programs and changes; prepare and deliver a wide variety of written reports and oral presentations to the governing board, district leadership, employees and community stakeholders, as appropriate. 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the Portland Public Schools Equity Initiative by developing a thorough knowledge and application of the district Racial Educational Equity Policy and other board policies. Participate in staff development, in-services and trainings related to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and in K – 12 education; model appropriate behaviors; develop, recommend and implement improvements to human resources practices with awareness and understanding of their impact in a racially and culturally diverse community. 
  • Direct the performance of assigned staff; interview and select employees and approve transfers, reassignment, termination and disciplinary actions. 
  • Respond to, oversee and participate in external agency classification and compensation surveys and studies; supervise and participate in preparation of surveys, studies, reports and applications required to be filed with local, State and federal agencies. 
  • Keep current of changes and trends in human resource classification and compensation administration and technologies; attend in-services, conferences and workshops. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


This position is classified as Director - Human Resources, Pay Grade 43, on the Non-Represented Confidential Professional Management and Employees Salary Schedule salary schedule FLSA Non-Exempt. Annual Salary: $99,206 - $118,457.

Non-Represented Confidential Professional Management and Employees Salary Schedule for 260 work day employees can be found here:

For more details, the complete Classification Specification can be viewed here:


Education, Training and Experience:

  • A Bachelor's degree in human resources, business administration, public administration, or a related field and a minimum of five (5) years of experience developing and administering employee classification and compensation plans is required. Supervisory experience and experience in a unionized organization and/or a K-12 public school district or public agency is highly desirable.
  • Certification as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) will substitute for two years of the required experience.
  • A Master's degree in public, business, or human resources administration with coursework in employee benefits administration may substitute for one year of the required experience.
  • Any other combination of training and experience that could likely provide the desired skills, knowledge, and abilities may be considered.

Special Requirements:
Work hours will occasionally include irregular hours, evening and weekend meetings.
Positions in this classification may require the use of a personal automobile and possession of a valid driver’s license.

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Candidates must apply to Portland Public Schools and an online application to be considered for this position.



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Annual Salary: $99,206 - $118,457.