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Job Title: Human Resource Leader
Reports To: ​Director of Finance & Administration
FLSA Status: Exempt, 40hrs/wk
Date Last Approved: June 2017

Summary: ECHO’s mission is to educate and delight people about the E​cology, C​ulture, H​istory, and O​pportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO is a dynamic, nationally acclaimed, science center and lake aquarium committed to engaging diverse public audiences and providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences for all our guests. ECHO employees are expected to contribute to a productive, respectful workplace by modeling humor, communication, collaboration and accountability to our colleagues, animals and guests that is consistent with the institution’s mission of promoting and enhancing stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin, and beyond.

The Human Resource (HR) Leader will advance the recruitment, retainment, and development of ECHO’s team, which includes full, part time and seasonal employees as well as interns and volunteers. This key leadership position will recruit, hire and retain a team of well trained, motivated employees and volunteers, develop and implement strategies to support professional development, create a positive, engaging workplace culture that embraces lifelong learning and establishes fair and equitable organizational policies that clearly communicate and integrate our mission, vision, and core values into our daily practice.

Supervisory Responsibilities: The HR Leader does not have direct reports but works closely with all employees, individually and collectively to support collaboration and communication across departments, advise senior management to provide support and guidance to create a professional, welcoming and engaging workplace.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  Talent Recruitment & Retainment: ​Coordinate, facilitate and implement culturally competent recruiting and hiring practices. Facilitate volunteer and intern placement across departments. Attend recruiting events. Serve on senior management team to represent staff needs and create leadership development goals. Plan and implement appreciation events and ways to celebrate individual and collective efforts and accomplishments.
  Professional Development & Training​: Provide on-ramping training for new employees, volunteers and interns. Lead organizational trainings integral to all employee positions, provide professional development opportunities for employees to successfully carry out their position at ECHO as well as build on their desire for continual life long learning.
  Employee Systems Management: Provide on-ramping training for new employees, volunteers and interns. Lead organizational trainings integral to all employee positions, provide professional development opportunities for employees to successfully carry out their position at ECHO as well as build on their desire for continual life long learning.
  Organizational Development:​ Lead efforts to assess organizational strengths and areas of growth. Build unity and open communication across leadership and between employees and supervisors. Promote a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Create systems to promote workplace values and improve collaboration that will focus the strategic direction and create pathways for success for all employees.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations maybe made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Education and Experience:
  Bachelor's Degree in related field
  Five years of leadership experience in the areas of human resources, talent management, organizational development and compensation planning
  Diversity & Equity training and/or experience
  Experience using a strengths-based approach to organizational development
  Familiarity with best practices in volunteer coordination

Essential Job Skills:
  Lead talent recruitment and retainment
  Manage compensation planning system
  Facilitate new employee orientation and training
  Guide performance management process
  Manage volunteer, intern and employee recruiting database
  Mentor employees, volunteers, interns
  Provide professional development opportunities
  Plan and implement employee and volunteer appreciation events
  Coordinate organizational development needs
  Create and update employee handbooks and training manuals
  Lead employee performance evaluation process
  Maintain compliance with federal and state employee laws and regulations
  Manage reciprocal benefits
  Serve on senior leadership team

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

The duties of the Human Resource Leader are performed both in, and not in, a regular office setting. The position should expect to attend off site meetings, work some weekends, holidays, and weekday after-hours.

Application Instructions: ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes resumes from individuals who will contribute to our diversity. Send resume and cover letter to jobs@echovermont.org titled HR Leader.

Application Deadline: Friday, July 14, 2017