Position Title:Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Learning
Date Posted: December 14, 2017
Job Location: Milwaukee
Company Name: Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Contact: Mindy Lubar Price
544 East Ogden Ave., Suite 700-350
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 228-9860
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF) is part of a movement that started more than 100 years ago and has transformed philanthropy and communities worldwide. It all grew out of an idea that passionate and generous people can come together to make a difference and make their community into what they ideally want it to become. The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s work and decision-making is guided by the core values of integrity, service effectiveness, and inclusion. We share the same passion as our donors when they give and engage and as our community partners when they carry out their mission of serving others.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is proud to support donors and nonprofits in creating a vibrant region in many lasting ways, serving as a community leader on advancing racial equity, strengthening education, increasing economic opportunities and building strong neighborhoods. Over the past two years, the Foundation has been on a learning journey with our Board and staff toward building a more equitable culture that promotes measured risk taking and enhanced responsibility for decision making.
To learn more, please visit:  https://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/
Embedded in an already established community of practice, we are seeking a new Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Learning. Reporting to the President & CEO, this VP is responsible for formulating policies and managing all aspects of Human Resources and Organizational Learning. As a key member of GMF’s leadership team, the incumbent will ensure such activities conform to all applicable regulatory requirements and are conducted in an environment that effectively safeguards and grows the Foundation’s key assets - its people.
The Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Learning is responsible for driving strategic planning, organization development, staff training and coaching, human resources policies and practices, talent acquisition and management, and cross-team collaboration to create and sustain a high performing organization. The incumbent designs, leads and implements talent management and organizational strategies that support the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s mission, vision and values.
This position, along with the balance of the trained senior leadership team, ensures racial equity and inclusion are incorporated, in a meaningful way, into all aspects of the organization. This VP also aligns people, processes and policies with the Foundation’s values, culture and brand to create a learning organization committed to employee growth and continued organizational development.
  • Aligns talent acquisition, retention and development with the organization's values and goals.
  • Builds trust-based relationships within and outside of the organization.
  • Makes recommendations about policies, procedures and practices to advance the Foundation's core values.
  • Develops and implements ongoing strategies to ensure racial equity and inclusion are integrated into human resource practices, training and development, and all internal aspects of the Foundation's work.
  • Designs and sustains a process allowing for knowledge to be shared organization-wide.
  • Facilitates the integration of the values, brand and impact areas of the Foundation into all aspects of the organization.
  • Works across all functional areas to facilitate the implementation of the Foundation's work in racial equity and inclusion, both within and outside of the Foundation.
  • Communicates and collaborates effectively within the department as well as across departments.
  • Represents the Greater Milwaukee Foundation on various community committees, task forces and in public forums as appropriate.
  • Educates and influences key decision makers in the organization on the importance of breaking down silos and sharing knowledge to align departments with the organization's strategy.
  • Provides strategic leadership and alignment in the areas of organization development, talent acquisition/management, onboarding and retention, training and learning, organizational effectiveness, employee engagement, employee relations, culture development, inclusion, performance management, compensation, strategic benefits planning, health and safety, and human resources policies and procedures.
  • Provides thought leadership in the overall field of Human Resources, identifying needs and trends and shaping solutions.
  • Serves as an advisor and technical resource regarding organizational development, including the development and implementation of change strategies/management, organizational culture and process improvements.
  • Collaborates with the leadership team to design and execute development programs that motivate employees, contribute to their professional growth and connect them with the organization around common goals, vision and values. Ensures performance management is linked to development planning.
  • Works with the Human Resources Generalist to plan and implement overall human resources activities, including employment, compensation, benefits planning, health and safety, performance management and training.
  • Supervises assigned department personnel.
  • Creates succession plans and monitors the development of talent.
  • Provides strategic counsel to the leadership team and provides expertise in strategy development and execution, planning and facilitation.
Education & Experience
  • Minimum of bachelor's degree in related field; master's degree preferred.
  • Minimum ten (10) years of progressive work experience in organizational learning, inclusion, human resources and organizational development, including high level management experience.
  • Five (5) or more years of supervisory experience required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Ability to: support the mission, vision and values of the organization and abide by applicable standards of conduct, policies and procedures; interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds; maintain confidentiality; model and develop appropriate and effective work behaviors in others; have proven relationship building skills and ability to both lead and participate in work.
  • Broad knowledge of: racial equity and inclusion strategies and practices; human resources and organizational learning concepts and practices; charitable organizations, nonprofit management and the grant process.
  • Must have: proven track record of establishing and maintaining effective relationships with other management staff, employees and the general public.; experience in developing and implementing strategic human resources policies; proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications (i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint specifically), and familiar with the use of web-based applications and databases.
  • Must be: honest, dependable and able to meet deadlines; organized and able to handle multiple tasks; self-motivated and able to work independently.
To be fully considered for this position, all of the following materials must be emailed, combined into one document or put into multiple documents, to: GMFVP@leadingtranstions.com no later than
5:00 p.m. CT on Friday, January 5, 2018:
A.      A letter describing your qualifications for the Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Learning position, your specific interest in the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and a description of your salary parameters;
Attention:           Mindy Lubar Price
President  & CEO
Leading Transitions LLC
544 E. Ogden Avenue, Suite 700-350
Milwaukee, WI  53202
B.      A detailed and updated resume; and
C.      The names of, your relationship to, and contact information for, three professional references
Please note:
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Finalist candidates will be asked to complete a GMF employee application
  • References will not be contacted until a candidate has been notified
  • Background checks will subsequently be performed, with candidate permission
  • All inquiries and interactions with potential candidates are kept in strict confidence
Leading Transitions is committed to the future vitality of nonprofit organizations. The practice has been refined to provide the flexibility necessary to adapt to the intricacies and dynamics of any transition.
To learn more, please visit: http://leadingtransitions.com/

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