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Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Chicago, IL, USA | YMCA

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Human Resources
  • Experience:
    15-20 years
Job Description:
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The Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer is the primary organizational partner for the overall leadership and coordination of all Human Resources functions. This individual must advocate for and model Y-USA core values, understand the organization’s strategic plans and guide the HR team to support the achievement of our goals. Acts as lead in proactive staff relations ensuring the organization and its staff take the best steps in resolution of people issues. This position provides vision, strategy, and human resources expertise for staff workforce issues at YMCA of the USA through direct operational responsibility for the Human Resource and Organizational Development department as well as general strategic leadership organization-wide.


Bachelor’s degree in management, human resources, psychology or other relevant field required; master’s degree preferred

Certified as a Y Organizational Leader preferred

Attainment of SPHR certification preferred

Minimum 15 years of proven human resource experience, with preferred emphasis in employee relations

Minimum 5 plus years of executive level leadership experience

Demonstrated ability to direct resources toward the accomplishment of strategic objectives beyond the core human resource functions

Proven ability to investigate and respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints

Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents

Knowledge of best practices in the human resources field of work

8 - 10 years’ service within a not-for –profit organization preferred

Superior ethics and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision-making in a complex organization

Experience interfacing with C-Suite leaders, CEOs and Compensation Committees

Excellent communications and analytical skills required

Leadership ability in organizational structure and organizational development

Commitment to character development values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility

Essential Functions

Provide leadership to the senior management team in developing and implementing a strategic direction and vision for Y-USA staff based on HR best practices in an increasingly diverse workforce resulting in motivated, engaged, and high-performing staff supportive of the mission of the YMCA movement

Provide strategic guidance to senior management on human resource issues, organizational restructuring, career development programs, succession planning and other issues affecting staff and supervisors

Guide diversity recruiting practices to attain and retain a workforce reflective of the communities we serve

Serve as a committee member for D& I Leadership Council and Brand Council

Lead human resources team in accurate recordkeeping practices according to employment laws and regulations as well as to support the needs of the General Counsel’s office in matters relating to employees

Create and promote programs that build a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment, such as the Recognition Committee

Investigate as necessary employee complaints and allegations.

Serve as employee relations leader with a commitment to guide the organization’s people decisions to avoid unnecessary adverse risk and lawsuits

Collaborate with Y-Benefits on benefit plans

Direct the professional development and college tuition reimbursement funds to serve as a learning tools as well as in the pursuit of our leadership certification programs

Foster and manage state-of-the-art human resource initiatives and programs that align staff resources and policies with the strategic direction of Y-USA

Serve as a partner in the EthicsPoint investigations and reviews

Upgrade and maintain the human resource management system and implement infrastructure initiatives designed to transform job structures, compensation programs, performance management, and career development

Attend and participate in trainings that provide up to date knowledge of employment law

Create and add rewards and recognition programs to engage, retain and provide enjoyment to Y-USA staff

Connect with local human resources organizations to insure YUSA is known to those who in the community as an employer of choice

Continue learning process to retain organizational leader status and human resources certification

Plan and guide the implementation of our annual All Staff Meeting

Serve as Chief Human Resources Officer for Y-USA, resource/advisor to the National Board of Directors, and staff liaison to the Executive Compensation Committee of the National Board

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

 Values.Demonstrates in word and action the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility and a commitment to the Y’s mission, in all matters at all times.

Inclusion.Values all people for their unique talents, and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence.

Relationships.Builds authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performance to support the Y's work.

Influence.Employs influence strategies that engage, inspire, and build commitment to the cause and overall Y goals.

Communication.Listens and expresses self effectively and in a manner that reflects a true understanding of the needs of the audience.

Developing Others.Recognizes and acts on the need to continually develop others’ capabilities to attain the highest level of performance possible.

Decision Making.Integrates logic, intuition, and sound judgment to analyze information to identify greatest opportunities, make sound decisions, and solve problems.

Change Capacity.Leads self and others through change by navigating ambiguity appropriately and adapting well to new situations, obstacles, and opportunities.

Emotional Maturity.Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills.

Quality Results.Demonstrates and fosters a strong commitment to achieving goals in a manner that provides quality experiences.

Innovation.Participates in the generation, experimentation, and implementation of new approaches and activities that improve and expand the Y’s mission and work

Required Certifications

Attainment of SPHR certification preferred

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