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TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineOctober 31, 2019
College Degree Required?Yes


On behalf of our client, VPM, Warren Whitney is conducting a search for a Director of Human Resources responsible for the development and monitoring of HR programs and practices to support and advance the goals of VPM’s strategic plan. This role is a trusted partner and advisor in all areas of HR including, but not limited to: employee relations and culture building, organizational structure and development, succession planning, compensation, training and development, employee recruitment and retention, diversity and affirmative action, and supervisory consulting. Along with an HR Assistant, this department is responsible for performing advanced, specialized and administrative duties in all areas of human resources and requires active, hands on involvement in both day to day and long-term deliverables and other VPM projects, as needed. Reports to the President.

Job Duties

Summary of Job Responsibilities and Requirements
  • Develop, implement and administer human resources programs, policies and procedures including but not limited to: recruitment, selection, training and development, compensation and benefits, safety and security, HR related regulatory compliance, policies and procedures, and vendor management.
  • Plans, organizes and continuously improves all activities of the function. Participates in developing functional goals, objectives and systems. Evaluates reports, decisions and results of HR initiatives in relation to established goals. Recommends new approaches, policies and procedures to effect continual improvements in efficiency of HR and services performed. Decisions concerning strategic HR initiatives such as HR metrics, HR IT systems, HRIS/payroll systems, employee relations, etc.
  • Acts as an internal consultant, through solid practical and theoretical knowledge and by analyzing and recommending solutions to human resource issues (e.g., employee relations and culture building, organizational structure and development, succession planning, compensation, training and development, employee recruitment and retention, diversity and affirmative action, supervisory consulting, etc.) relating to the function.
  • Implements and annually updates the performance management process and compensation program; rewrites job descriptions as necessary; conducts annual salary surveys and develops merit pool (salary budget); analyzes compensation; monitors the performance evaluation program and revises as necessary.
  • Advises and works with management team to develop, revise and implement HR policies and procedures; Board approval, as needed. Develops, recommends and implements personnel policies and procedures; prepares and maintains handbook on policies and procedures.
  • Performs benefits administration to include claims resolution, change reporting, and is part of team for annual re-evaluation of policies for cost-effectiveness. Establish and maintain vendor/consultant relationships including contract negotiation.
  • Conducts recruitment effort for all exempt, nonexempt and temporary workers; writes and places advertisements; works with supervisors to screen and interview candidates; conducts reference checking; extends job offers; coordinate and oversees new employee orientations; monitors career-path program and employee relations counseling; conducts exit interviews.
  • Establishes and maintains human resources records and reports. Participates in administrative staff meetings and attends other meetings, such as seminars.
  • Ensures compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and all federal, state and local employment laws. Conducts periodic audits of human resource activities to ensure compliance with laws, policies and procedures. Develops methods and procedures for compiling and analyzing data for reports and special projects. Prepares and maintains special internal and external reports as needed. Decisions to involve legal counsel or other specialized consultants.
  • Works on special projects; May lead special and cross-functional project teams.
  • Coordinate resources (internal & external) and presents training sessions.
  • Demonstrates effective and proactive communications, coaching, training and development. Models a combined approach of collaboration and accountability against established performance goals.
  • Performs additional responsibilities related to the success of the organization.

Skills Required

  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or closely related area.
  • Current HR certified (e.g., SHRM-S/CP or HRCI S/PHR) or ability to obtain within 18 months of hire.
  • Minimum of ten years varied Human Resources experience with progressive responsibility.
  • Emphasis in recruitment / selection and staff training / development preferred.
  • Effective and proactive leadership, team communication, facilitation, problem solving, and decision making.
  • Effectively uses discretion and independent judgment, and without supervision.
  • Evidences the highest level of ethical behavior and practice; able to generate trust among colleagues, staff, and leaders.
  • Written and oral communication proficiency, consultation and relationship building.
  • Non-profit and / or public media industry experience highly preferred.
  • Maintains strict adherence to the organization’s policy on confidentiality in all matters and other business information about the organization.
  • Skilled with Word, Excel, and Outlook, as well as experience with standard office equipment.
  • Experience with automated systems, especially payroll systems including system implementation and integration experience; Dominion Payroll Services highly desirable.
  • Seeks and participates in continuing education or professional development related to the position, the organization, or both.
  • Typical work schedule is Monday through Friday; this full-time role is not a telecommuting opportunity. Minimal travel.
  • Successfully complete pre-employment background screening.

Additional Info

VPM is the largest locally owned and operated public media company in Central Virginia. As Virginia’s home for public media, VPM provides the best of PBS, NPR and locally developed programming coupled with a strong set of community-based programs and services designed to make an important impact in the areas of arts and culture, news, history, science and education. Each week, the stations are accessible to nearly 2 million people across Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. VPM has 100+ full time employees and a budget of $16+M. This non-profit organization offers a friendly, collaborative work environment and the opportunity to have a positive impact on their mission which is to use the power of media to educate, entertain, and inspire! Learn more at EOE M/F/D/V VPM reserves the right to alter, change, modify, and/or terminate this job posting at any time without notice, or obligation, to any party.