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Chief Human Resources Officer

Evanston, IL, USA | YMCA

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Human Resources
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Chief Human Resources Officer at the McGaw YMCA serves on the CEO’s senior leadership team and oversees the development and implementation of human resources strategies, systems and policies, plans and services, including recruitment, selection, legal compliance, employee benefits, compensation, employee relations, diversity equity and inclusion, employment practices and procedures, employee communications and events. The Chief Human Resources Officer also positions the Y as a community convener and collaborator to address critical social issues as well as being viewed as “employer of choice” in the Evanston Community.


Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day.We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


Bachelor's degree in business, human resources or equivalent; Master’s degree in Human Resources Management preferred.

10 years of professional experience in all aspects of human resources management and staff development and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Demonstrated expertise in strategic HR management i.e. planning and policy, talent management, selection, compensation, benefits, training and staff development, employee relations, and performance management.

Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.

Current knowledge and understanding of regulations, industry trends, current practices, new developments, and applicable laws regarding human resources.

Proficiency in business and human resources related computer applications, which may include talent management systems, time and attendance systems, etc.

Senior human resources certification (SPHR or equivalent) preferred.

Prior non-profit experience is desirable

Bilingual (Spanish) is desirable

Essential Functions

Supervision of two full-time Human Resource Directors.

Demonstrate a commitment to equity, excellence and high expectations for all staff and volunteers by creating organizational policies and structures that remove barriers and foster inclusion for all.

Ensures that the organization develops a high-performing, mission-driven culture by strategically gauging staff morale, addressing organizational issues while providing HR solutions and increasing organizational effectiveness and health; through planned interventions in the organization's processes

Participates in strategic planning for the organization. Provides leadership and consulting support to executives and management on matters of reinforcing culture, setting goals, developing policy, and implementing strategic objectives. Aligns organizational structure, roles, and responsibilities to achieve goals.

Oversees talent management, including staff training and leadership development, retention, recognition, employee communication and career development. Assesses and evaluates training and staff development needs and develops programs to meet needs.

Develops and maintains performance management and appraisal programs. Provides assistance to employees and supervisors with questions and workplace problems. The McGaw YMCA currently operates three branches and employs approximately 700+ employees.

Oversees compensation and benefit programs, including job description and classification, salary structure and salary adjustments. Oversees benefit plan communication, enrollment and administration. Assesses the competitiveness of human resources programs and practices against the relevant markets and makes recommendations for improvements and changes.

Remains current with employment laws and regulations. Maintains an effective program of compliance with laws and regulations related to human resources and manages relationships with compliance agencies and YMCA legal counse

Oversees HR systems and employee records to ensure accuracy and improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the organization. Ensures timely and accurate submission of data requested by the EEOC, YMCA of the USA, Department of Labor, etc.

Works directly with assigned committees of the board (e.g., Human Resources) to build volunteer relationships, develop policies, oversee policy implementation and meet the related needs of the board.

Develops staffing strategies and implementation plans and programs. Identifies and cultivates appropriate and effective sources for candidates for all levels of jobs.

Provides direction to assigned staff in the performance of their duties, establishing work priorities in achieving strategic and operating plan goals; prepares and manages associated budgets.

All other duties as assigned by the CEO.

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