Vice President of Human Resources and Risk Management

Working at the New Canaan YMCA provides an opportunity to strengthen our community and change lives.  
Job Description

Position Summary:

The New Canaan Community YMCA is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Vice President, Human Resources and Risk Management.

Working at the New Canaan YMCA provides an opportunity to strengthen our community and change lives.  Every Y employee plays a role in empowering young people, improving the health and wellbeing of our members, and inspiring good works.  The Vice President of Human Resources and Risk Management supports over 150 employees in their efforts to make our community stronger and healthier.    

General Function:

The VP HR/Risk Management serves as a member of the Senior Staff and oversees the development and implementation of talent management/human resource policies, plans and services, including recruitment, selection, legal compliance, employee benefits, compensation, employee relations, employment practices and procedures, employee communications and events.  


Bachelor’s degree and five years Human Resource experience

Superior written and oral communication skills

Proficiency in ADP and Excel

Ability to drive risk and safety improvements

HRCI Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or SHRM Certified Professional SHRM-CP certification at minimum

Essential Functions

Human Resource Management

Direct and oversee all aspects of the Association’s day-to-day Human Resources functions, including payroll, compensation and benefits, training, development, hiring and recruiting, employee relations, human resources information systems and volunteerism

Develop, communicate, and enforce staff Handbook, Human Resources policies, procedures, and programs to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws

Develop and communicate the Association’s Salary Administration Plan and Job Descriptions for exempt and non-exempt employees

Coach and train managers in their communication, feedback, recognition, and interaction with employees including instructing in the development of performance standards and procedures for conducting performance evaluations

Guide, monitor and support managers and supervisors with the Association disciplinary procedures and expectations, up to and including terminations, and conduct investigations in response to employee complaints or concerns  

Maintain accurate, complete, and organized personnel records for all employees to ensure hiring, benefits and separation are properly administered  

Conduct job posting and recruitment efforts for all full-time personnel, provide employment verification services including reference and background checks and schedule and conduct new staff orientations

Organize and assure completion of and staff trainings, i.e., sexual harassment and child abuse prevention

Oversee payroll processing including time/attendance equipment and reports, with high level of proficiency in ADP and Excel

Attend HR trainings as appropriate and necessary to maintain/secure certifications

Determine and implement practices necessary to establish a positive employer-employee relationship, support employees as appropriate, and promote a high level of employee engagement and morale

Operate within an approved budget.  Develop and propose budgets for future operations

Communicate regularly with the Executive Director on all issues related to employees and human resources, and monitor and evaluate reports, decisions, and results of human resource department in relation to established goals.  Recommend new approaches, policies, and procedures to effect continual improvements in efficiency of department and services performed

Serve on HR Committee and seek Board of Directors’ input and approval when necessary

Maintain an atmosphere of responsible HR advice, guidance, and motivation for employees regarding career-oriented issues

Risk Management:

Develop and implement all aspects of the Association’s Risk Management and Safety efforts

Administer Emergency Alert system as necessary for communicating to members and staff

Manage the Association's worker’s compensation program, including claims, return-to-work program, and mandated reports, assure the Association’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Guide the Association in policies, procedures, and training to prevent child abuse and sexual harassment

Monitor training for staff and volunteers to help prevent losses, improve the quality of programs, and provide assistance and guidance to departments to ensure a safe environment for all involved parties

Maintain current certificates of liability and contracts for independent contractors and facility use

Prepare annual reports as required for compliance with federal and state labor programs and laws

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, long term disability, and life insurance; retirement fund, 32 days of PTO, 9 holidays, and a YMCA Family membership.  Salary commensurate with experience.

Required Certifications

HRCI Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or SHRM Certified Professional SHRM-CP certification at minimum