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Vice President of Talent and Equity

Company: First Place for Youth
Location: Oakland
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

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 of action.
Professionally and effectively represent the agency in external meetings, conferences and speaking engagements to build visibility and increase credibility for First Place's administrative expertise.
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 satisfaction.
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 strategy.
Risk Management
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 provided.
Addressing Equity
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 activities.
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 program.
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 program services.
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 environment.
AVAILABILITY for occasional evening and weekend work.
Managerial Competencies - required at First Place for those who manage others
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 vision.
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 resources.

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.

Physical Requirements
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.


Keywords: First Place for Youth, Oakland , Vice President of Talent and Equity, Accounting, Auditing , Oakland, California

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