Chief Human Resources Officer

Due to an upcoming retirement, the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is searching for their next Human Resources leader. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer & Director of Legal Affairs, The Chief Human Resources Officer will play a crucial role in developing and leading human resource strategy for the organization. This individual will collaborate with other senior leaders as well as the human resources team to carry out WFAA’s mission by focusing on HR strategies including: talent acquisition and talent development; organizational development; compensation and benefits; and diversity and inclusion. The CHRO will emulate the organizations core values and culture of service while driving the evolution of strategic HR practices to achieve excellence. WFAA has 250 employees.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the development of the organization’s plans and programs as a strategic partner, particularly from the perspective of the impact on human capital management
  • Collaborate with and advise the CEO, senior management and the Board of Directors on matters of Human Capital. Recognize and identify external business realities, trends and opportunities, and adapt HR practices and resources accordingly
  • Provide direction in handling the Company’s personnel issues, serving as a trusted resource by being available to managers and supervisors to assist them in addressing employee issues
  • Provide a clear understanding of the human resource impact of operational and financial decisions under consideration and align HR investments with business goals
  • Analyze options and cost alternatives for providing employee benefits, recommend benefits program modifications and lead efforts in implementing changes
  • Oversee, develop and enhance integrated performance management systems to ensure a focus on business goals; development of employee capabilities and career potential; aligned reward systems; and retention of talent
  • Identify opportunities to increase the satisfaction and retention of staff; ensuring engagement and ongoing professional development with an emphasis on continuous improvement, learning and accountability
  • Direct a process of organizational development that addresses succession planning throughout the company. Develop staffing strategies and implementation plans to identify talent within and outside the organization
  • Serve as an active member of the leadership team and provide advice on strategic HR issues
  • Identify strategic trends and best practices in human resources and adopt those which support WFAA’s strategic objectives
  • Foster an environment of inquisitiveness, transparency, open communication, trust and teamwork
  • Collaborate with and advise the executive leadership team on organizational design, change management and alignment of the workforce with organizational goals
  • Oversee training in interviewing, hiring, terminations, promotions, performance reviews, safety and other HR/Employee program
  • Respond to inquiries regarding policies, procedures, and programs from all levels within the organization in a timely manner with proper care
  • Develop and manage the HR department’s annual budget
  • Partner with leaders in recruitment strategies to attract, retain and promote a diverse workforce
  • Review and manage human resource-related policies to maintain compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and to achieve and sustain a highly productive, motivated and engaged workforce

Experience, Attributes, and Education:

  • Practical experience and knowledge of current human resources processes, with a particular emphasis on the areas of competitive talent acquisition and workforce strategy, equity and inclusion, organizational change management, performance evaluation and compensation systems
  • A humble leader who is both visible and approachable; and portrays integrity, honesty, patience, enthusiasm, sense of humor, resilience, and a strong work ethic
  • Authentic personal alignment with and commitment to WFAA’s mission, strategic beliefs and values
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and compromise without losing sight of core values and objectives; seeks win-win solutions; embraces conflict and can successfully navigate the conversation to describe organization’s interests and find appropriate solutions
  • Significant breadth and depth of experience as a human resources strategist and manager at the executive leadership level
  • Knowledge of HR business processes, with a particular emphasis on the areas of workforce planning, organization design and change management
  • Demonstrated ability to enhance and/or develop and implement human resources programs and procedures to improve overall operations and organizational effectiveness
  • Expertise in designing and implementing proactive strategies to address business issues
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a healthy organizational culture by creating an environment characterized by high levels of engagement and high performance developed through teamwork and collaboration
  • Affinity for technology and automation in HR processes
  • Proven leadership and management skills, with the superior interpersonal skills to influence, inspire, and engage staff
  • Ability to be an impactful partner with the executive leadership team, other leaders within the University, providing vision and leadership
  • Demonstrated capability to develop and maintain effective relationships with all departments and employees in a collaborative environment
  • Detail oriented, logical, and methodological approach to problem solving
  • Exemplary integrity, serving as a role model in exuding trust and transparency, and maintaining the highest of professional standards;
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Human Resources or related field. Master’s degree preferred.  PHR or SPHR preferred.

Application and Selection Process

WFAA has retained The QTI Group to conduct the search for its new CHRO.  The QTI Group is a comprehensive human resources advisory services firm founded in 1957.  QTI is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin and has nine branch offices.

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process in mid-January, 2018. Qualified individuals interested in being considered for the position are invited to apply by visiting:  Please include a cover letter and resume in one document. Electronic submission of applications and correspondence is strongly preferred. Inquiries and nominations can be submitted to the search firm directors at the address or phone number listed below.

Theresa Balsiger and/or Kristin Dewey
Directors, Executive Search
The QTI Group
1010 East Washington Avenue, Suite 314
Madison, WI 53703
608-232-2650 /