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Chief People Officer

Financial Health Network
Chicago, Illinois 60603
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
The Chief People Officer is a newly created position that will serve on the leadership team, report to the Chief Executive Officer, and be a key strategic advisor for senior leadership.  The goal is to create an organization that attracts the best people, ensures that they are highly engaged in the mission, work and culture of the organization, develops them in their careers and abilities, and maximizes their contributions.  The Chief People Officer will ensure that this vision is executed through policy and practice and will work closely with the CEO and the leadership team to fully align the HR vision with the overall organizational strategy and values.
The Chief People Officer will have oversight of the following:
Serve as a strategic advisor to the organization on all talent and HR related topics
  • Execute and continually refresh a talent and HR strategy that is aligned with, and supportive of, the Financial Health Network’s overall vision and goals; ensure buy-in to the HR strategy across the organization through transparent, regular internal communication
  • Advise the leadership and staff and serve as a strong advocate for issues relating to DEI, talent and HR
  • Ensure the existence of a positive workplace environment that supports staff engagement, work/life integration and optimum productivity
  • Recommend and implement forward-thinking policies and structures designed to maximize employee engagement and experience
Serve as an active voice for diversity, equity and inclusion
  • In partnership with leadership, provide vision, leadership, coordination and strategic oversight regarding equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Lead internal work on diversity, equity and inclusion and implement systems and ongoing training designed to encourage sometimes hard but necessary conversations
  • Ensure that the Financial Network’s commitment to DEI is reflected, not only in our internal practices, but in our external work as well. 
Build and manage an HR function aligned with the organization’s values and objectives, reflecting best and emerging practices
  • Motivate and provide leadership to an empowered HR team that serves as an important resource, sounding board and support to the staff at the Financial Health Network
  • Design, recommend and implement service delivery strategies, including systems, staff responsibilities and outsourcing opportunities
  • Manage relationships with key external HR service providers and partners, assessing performance and value received 
  • Ensure compliance with relevant employment laws and regulations
  • Identify and apply best practices and innovations to our workplace
  • Manage HR policies and maintain our Employee Handbook 
Manage the organization’s employment life-cycle processes with the purpose of recruiting and engaging a diverse workforce that lives our values and who collectively will achieve our mission
  • Apply a DEI lens to all job design, recruiting, staffing and transition processes and ensure that all systems support the organization’s goals in these areas
  • Ensure that staff learning, effectiveness and development programs are best-in-class and seen as high priorities for the organization
  • Develop, manage and continually improve the organization’s performance management process
  • Oversee the organization’s total compensation policies and practices, including external benchmarking and calibration
Play a lead role in the organization’s high-performing, results-oriented culture
  • Work with leadership and staff to set performance goals that align with the organization’s goals and priorities, and the individual and team attributes essential to achieve them
  • Design and nurture practices and systems for evaluating and strengthening the individual and team attributes vital to achieving these goals
  • Work with staff to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion are primary in all decision making


The Chief People Officer will be forward-thinking, deeply connected to the mission of the Financial Health Network and have a goal of creating a best-in-class organization that recognizes talent as its most important resource.  Successful candidates will have at least 10 years of relevant, progressive experience in human capital/talent development.
The ideal candidate will also have the following personal competencies and characteristics:
Experienced Talent Management and Human Resources Leader:  The Chief People Officer will be a proven leader with a strong acumen for all human resources and talent management functions. This person will have managed a human resources team within an organization and will thrive in collaborative environments that are seeking innovation and are deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.  They will have the proven ability to establish progressive systems and structures designed to support the development and engagement of staff and overall organizational goals.
Experienced Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader: Charged with helping the organization to realize its vision around diversity, equity and inclusion, the Chief People Officer will work to nurture a transparent and compassionate culture where staff feels able to bring their full selves to work, supported and cared for both personally and professionally and able to productively and openly engage in dialogue about power, privilege and implicit bias.  This person will uphold the values of equity and inclusion in all systems and policies of the organization.
Relationship Builder and Collaborator: Critical to success in this role, the Chief People Officer will be skilled at building and sustaining excellent relationships across the Financial Health Network.  S/he will be a natural partner with demonstrated ability to connect, build bridges and work collaboratively. This person will be a culture carrier who models passion for the mission, a respect for people and a commitment to moving the organization forward. Through leadership and example, this person will position the organization and division as a trusted, solutions-oriented source of support for all employees.
Adept at Change Management:  The Chief People Officer will bring a background of managing significant organizational change and staff development, with a thorough, detailed and wide-ranging perspective on the impacts of these changes on the culture of an organization. They will have practical experience in communicating change to executive leadership and staff within the organization. 
Erin Reedy and Christy Farrell of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
The Financial Health Network believes deeply that diversity is an asset to, and of, the organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+  applicants.
Koya Leadership Partners is a retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that partners exclusively with mission-driven clients, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our clients and ensuring they have the strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.


Posted: 2019-08-12 Expires: 2019-09-11

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