Vice President of Talent and Equity
Company: First Place for Youth
Posted on: November 22, 2021
JOB SUMMARY: The Vice President (VP) of Talent and Equity is an
experienced, results oriented, and strategic Human Resources
leader. Reporting to the Chief Impact and People Officer, the VP of
Talent and Equity will oversee the talent/human resource and equity
work. They will be responsible for the organization-wide strategy
and systems need to attract, select, develop, and retain top
talent, to fulfill our strategic goals, and to create and manage
the performance-based culture essential to achieving those
objectives. They will also lead the organizations intentional use
of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) principles in the
on-going development of First Place staff.
Essential Duties and RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other
duties may be assigned.
Strategy and Organizational Leadership
The VP of Talent and Equity will ensure that talent is supported
with an appropriate benefits structure, a positive working
environment and compliance with all federal and state workplace
laws and regulations. The VP of Talent and Equity will be a trusted
resource and expert, promoting an organizational culture that is
aligned with the values of FPFY and position the organization as a
best-in-class employer in the sector.
Serve as a knowledgeable and wise steward of First Place's
resources, bringing proactive leadership and guidance to the
organization as a whole. Provide expertise in all matters, working
with the Leadership Team to ensure a thorough consideration of the
financial, risk, and regulatory implications of pending decisions.
Actively participate in regular schedule of leadership meetings,
agency staff meetings, and supervision with the Chief Impact and
People Officer, providing recommendations regarding various courses
Professionally and effectively represent the agency in external
meetings, conferences and speaking engagements to build visibility
and increase credibility for First Place's administrative
Talent and People
Oversee development and implementation of a multi-year Talent Plan
that aligns with the overall mission and strategy of the
organization, resulting in innovative, best practices and policies
that will service the full range of First Place's talent needs and
help build a high-performing culture of success, accountability,
transparency and collaboration.
Hire, manage, develop and supervise staff. Lead team members in
setting work goals and maintaining accountability for goal
achievement. Ensure that staff are resourced with individual
professional development plans.
Provide leadership to First Place's HR workstream, ensuring that
staff are properly on-boarded, trained, supervised, recognized and
equipped to maximize their contributions as valued employees. Work
to continuously improve HR systems and processes, leveraging the
latest technology, so that they are consistent with the highest
professional standards. Support efforts to make First Place an
increasingly desirable place to work with a high degree of employee
Oversee and evaluate yearly compensation benchmarking, informed by
sector and market trends.
Oversee the strategic design and implementation of key talent
initiatives by the department and utilize staff data and feedback
to ensure adoption and proper execution of such initiatives.
Work to align people/Talent/DEI workstreams with a strategic eye
for a long-term infrastructure to serve the organization's growth
Ensure effective management of personnel files and proper
progressive practices and documentation to ensure professional
development or termination of employees as appropriate.
Ensure effective hard records filing with standardized procedures
for systematic retention, protection, retrieval, training, storage,
transfer and disposal of records.
Cross-functional and inter-organizational collaboration
Ensure highly-functional avenues for internal communication between
all internal departments within First Place.
Collaborate with the Finance, Program and Development Teams to
ensure accurate and timely payroll and benefit information is
Actively advance diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all
facets of work including organizational culture. Monitor the growth
and maintenance of a transparent organizational infrastructure that
includes equitable organization-wide performance improvement
Work to build organizational culture based on DEI principles
through execution on equitable recruiting, hiring and onboarding,
monitoring DEI benchmarks, ensuring that deliverables from the
equity plan are being incorporated into the organizational workplan
on an annual basis.
Participate on the DEI Steering Committee and Employee Engagement
Committee, to ensure progress on the organizational Equity Plan.
Support training and implementation of equity practices in the
hiring, on-boarding, training, and staff evaluation processes. Lead
meetings to support implementation of the organization's DEI Plan,
including on-boarding and development of the Emerging Leaders
Engage in long-term planning discussions around the oversight of
the Equity Plan and make recommendations for infrastructure based
on the Equity Plan deliverables and evaluation of benchmarking.
Other duties as needed and assigned.
Position Competencies and Qualifications:
LEADERSHIP - 8-10 years of experience in general full-cycle talent
management and human resources, with at least several years in a
leadership role, preferably in a multi-site environment;
demonstrated experience in the core aspects of talent management
and organizational development (e.g. recruitment, onboarding, and
performance management, professional development, retention,
culture building.) Bachelors degree required.
IMPECCABLE ETHICAL INTEGRITY - Values-based leadership. Highest
levels of personal and professional integrity with an ability to
maintain confidential information concerning personal, financial,
or medical matters.
COMMITMENT TO CULTURAL COMPETENCY AND DIVERSITY - Deep commitment
to social justice and systems change that addresses barriers based
on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Extensive experience creating transparent, collaborative, and safe
work places for all employees. Continued learning and integration
of the latest research-based methods to address issues of
diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization and
PEOPLE, PROJECT AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT SKILLS - Exemplary people
management skills, strategic leadership abilities, and the ability
to link the development of people with achievement of
organizational outcomes. Effective team leadership skills.
Cross-functional collaborative capacity. Ability to either take
direction or work independently as the situation requires. Strong
supervisory skills and proven success supporting staff development
and empowerment. Demonstrated experience organizing, managing and
evaluating events, campaigns or productions.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS - Exceptional oral and written communication
skills including the demonstrated ability to research, assimilate
and analyze information, compose documents, and present data in a
clear and concise manner to appropriate personnel, including
ability to effectively present information to top management,
program staff and/or Board of Directors.
FINANCIAL FLUENCY - High facility with numbers. Capacity to
communicate financial information with ease and to be a financial
management resource for all departments within the organization.
Strong financial analysis and budget.
RISK MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE - Ability to recognize, assess, and
address areas of vulnerability for the organization. Proactive
attitude and demonstrated ability to mitigate areas of potential
risk. Ensure effective programmatic and human resources
standardized policies and procedures that balance needs and rights
of youth and staff with the interests of the organization.
POSITIVE TEMPERMENT - Professional, friendly demeanor. Adaptable
and able to get along with a broad range of people. Habit of
remaining peaceful and positive in a highly demanding work
AVAILABILITY for occasional evening and weekend work.
Managerial Competencies - required at First Place for those who
SYSTEM-WIDE THINKING - Builds vision guided by the Strategic Plan
and the needs of youth being served - Uses role to champion First
Place's strategic vision internally and externally - Strategizes
and implements rather than just completes tasks.
TEAM LEADERSHIP - Recognizes and hires the best people - Creates a
strong sense of job satisfaction and passion within each staff
person and team - Invests in staff using both collaboration and
guidance - Models desired behaviors --- Embodies DEI principles
---Transparent communication ---Builds on strengths and facilitates
growth in areas of weakness --- Seeks input, assesses risks and
makes decisions --- Creative approach to challenges --- Creates and
communicates vision and then empowers team to carry out that
PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT - Sets clear goals with staff and uses data
to evaluate progress towards goals --- Facilitates other people's
realization of their maximum potential --- Proactively addresses
performance issues by diagnosing problems, developing solutions and
monitoring progress --- Celebrates accomplishments.
TIME MANAGEMENT - Concentrates efforts on First Place priorities
--- Ensures staff are focused on the right things --- Develops
efficient systems, processes and tools - Effectively and
efficiently uses their own and other people's time and
Core Competencies - required of all staff for successful
performance at First Place.
RELENTLESS PERSUIT OF EXCELLENCE - Intentional use of data to
improve performance --- Possesses strong drive, initiative and
motivation ---Detail and Results orientation --- Demonstrates good
work habits --- Resiliency in persisting through setbacks ---
Demonstrated success, with the ability to think strategically while
executing tactically within a resource-constrained environment.
STRATEGIC THINKING - Seeks and utilizes resources to inform and
contextualize own work --- Thinks interdependently, framing the
goals of one department/project within the entire vision ---
Synthesizes information to make astute recommendations and/or
decisions --- Prioritizes goals for success.
INVESTMENT IN OTHERS - Creates an environment that maximizes the
return on investment in others --- Collaborates to set and achieve
goals that comport with First Place's mission, strategic plan and
desired measurable outcomes --- Creates and utilizes development
opportunities to address individual needs and capacity to
accomplish performance objectives --- Creates and identifies
opportunities for recognition of success --- Provides supportive
environment to learn from mistakes.
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION - Courageous, strategic, clear and direct
communication that resolves discrepancies and overcomes challenges
and obstacles to organizational success --- Ability to respectfully
ask questions, challenge, and communicate both positive and
difficult messages to subordinates, superiors, peers and youth ---
Sound judgment regarding the appropriateness of guarding
confidentiality to protect the privacy rights of colleagues or
youth --- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
COURAGE - Asks questions in order to learn and encourage dialogue
--- Willing to make mistakes and to be accountable for own work ---
Speaks about issues truthfully and without blame --- Leads by
example, displaying behavior that respects the mission, youth and
First Place --- Holds high expectations for self, one another and
for our youth.
The physical demands described here are representative of those
that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the
essential functions of this job.
Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for
light objects (up to 20lbs); close visual acuity to prepare and
analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a
computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; ability
to communicate and exchange information; ability to move about the
office to access file cabinets and office equipment; and the
ability to remain stationary and work at a computer for extended
periods of time as a primary job function. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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