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Chief Human Resources Officer

Posted on Nov 14, 2018 by YMCA

Evanston, IL 60201
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Chief Human Resources Officer

The McGaw YMCA in Evanston Illinois is looking for a Chief Human Resources Officer.




Evanston, IL

Job Description

The Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) is a member of the association's senior leadership team, reports to McGaw's President/ CEO and supervises two Directors. The CHRO is responsible for developing, implementing, assessing and modifying HR strategies, systems, policies and approaches to ensure that the McGaw YMCA develops a high-performing, mission-driven culture that attracts, develops, rewards and retains the best people to accomplish the YMCA mission.

The CHRO will:
  • Lead the development of a staff retention strategy with a focus on retaining high-performing staff
  • Focus on issues of access and equity in all 17 HR practice areas
  • Develop, recommend and implement effective Total Compensation strategies
  • Ensure that the approach to Benefits is family-friendly and supports health awareness in spirit, mind and body
  • Utilize the YMCA learning and development model, including competency development, as the basis for employee and leadership development and career management
  • Actively engage and challenge the senior leadership team to develop a culture of active learning throughout the McGaw YMCA
  • Regularly update the Board on HR issues, trends, challenges and opportunities


  • BS from an accredited college of university
  • MS in Human Resources Management is preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years HR experience
  • Experience in at least two HR specialty areas, including Benefits
  • Experience in supporting senior leadership teams
  • Demonstrated expertise in strategic HR management
  • SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) Certification is desirable

Essential Functions

Staffing & Employment
  • Develops a staff retention strategy with a focus on retaining high-performing staff
  • Establishes a written screening process that ensure all hires meet the YMCA's high standards, including child safety, and possess the core competencies for success in the positions at the YMCA
  • Utilizes a variety of practical, legal, and effective tools and techniques beyond a basic interview to assess candidate qualifications (this may include online tools, interview guides, phone screenings, etc.)
  • Employs YMCA competency models and best practices as a guide for determining the companies to assess when hiring and promoting employees
  • Uses YMCA Staff Development Best Practices to enrich the pool of qualified candidates with individuals who are already committed to the YMCA

Access and Equity
  • The McGaw YMCA seeks to represent the community we serve and this requires that we have a diverse, engaged workforce and an inclusive work environment and culture by:
  • Develops effective Diversity and Inclusion programs, plans, measurements, and training and regularly reports to senior staff team on progress
  • Designs and implements effective recruiting strategies to attract a diverse talent pool of qualified candidates for each open position
  • Ensures that all executive staff and board members participate in managing inclusion training
  • Building relationships is the primary purpose of every job within the McGaw YMCA. We strive to create and maintain a friendly, welcoming environment for all members, volunteers, donors, guests, and staff.

  • Communicates to all employees the value in dollars of their total compensation package
  • Holds supervisors and managers accountable to apply salary administration processes consistently to all staff
  • Maintain the association's "Hay Plan" salary structure, and must be able to evaluate and point" new positions based on know-how, problem solving and accountability criteria
  • Create employment offer letters; Create separation agreements and advise the
  • CEO on legal intricacies of the separation process

  • Develops, recommends and implements a board-approved total rewards program-including all intangibles as well as compensation and benefits-that is linked to the YMCA's strategic plan and reviewed annually
  • Ensures that the overall benefits strategy is family-friendly and supports health and wellness in spirit, mind, and body
  • Annually negotiate and obtain health, and dental insurance that balances benefits with the cost

Learning & Development
  • Utilizes the YMCA 70-20-10 model including competency development and best practices as a guide for employees and supervisors in determining the appropriate learning and development activities each year
  • Ensures that supervisors and managers are trained in effective orientation of new staff, coaching, staff development, and management
  • Actively engages and challenges the senior staff team to develop a culture of active learning throughout McGaw YMCA and throughout one's career
  • Maintains training records for all staff and recommends training opportunities for staff managerial growth opportunities

Performance Management
  • Implements a performance management process that ensures that all staff have written performance goals that are aligned with objectives of the strategic plan and that regular performance reviews (at least twice a year) are held between supervisors and staff
  • Train all supervisors and managers in effective performance management

Employee Relations
  • Develops and maintains an internal complaint process that ensures employees may easily and confidentially raise concerns and receive prompt responses and resolution
  • Conducts and analyses staff satisfaction/engagement surveys at least every other year; communicates results with staff; works with senior staff team on improvement action plans
  • Regularly educates the board about human resources issues, including current and future workforce challenges, HR metrics, compensation and benefits issues, and proposed policies and strategies


$100,000.00 - $120,000.00

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