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YMCA of Silicon Valley

General Information


Job title: Chief Talent Officer
Job location: San Jose Bay area, CA 95126 United States
Requisition code:
Date posted: 03/20/12
Job type: Full-Time
Compensation: Competitive pay range and a generous benefit packet. Relocation assistance may be available.

Job Classification

Job Category:VP of Human Resources

Job Description

Job description:
General Function:
Under the supervision of the CEO, the Chief Talent Officer is a member of the President/CEO’s executive leadership team, providing strategic leadership to attract, develop and retain the best talent available and to position the YMCA as an “employer of choice.” She or he must be a champion for workplace excellence and putting people first. Develops innovative strategies and implements systems designed to meet the goal of being a well-managed organization that provides exceptional services to our members. This position oversees the development and implementation of talent management/ human resources policies, plans and services, including recruitment, selection, legal compliance, employee benefits, compensation, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, employment practices and procedures, and employee communications.

It is no accident that the YMCA of Silicon Valley is a leading edge nonprofit, committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Our mission is to strengthen our community by improving the quality of life and inspiring individuals and families to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body.

As one of the 10 largest YMCA associations in the U.S. and the 11th largest not-for-profit organizations in Silicon Valley, we serve nearly 190,000 members from Redwood City south to Gilroy and from the Pacific Coast to Milpitas.

With more than 200 programs locations across the Silicon Valley, there are 11 full facility branches and YMCA Camp Campbell, a spectacular recently rebuilt camp nested in the redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. One of the branches is a partnership with the City of Morgan Hill to operate health and fitness programs for all ages and a senior center at the Centennial Recreation Center.

Our Y has a presence in 200 schools throughout the Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, providing childcare, after school programs, health and fitness activities, and initiatives to engage adults with youth in positive experiences. We also collaborate with nearly 100 other community organizations to help children and adults live healthier and become more active.

This Y is leading the way in program innovation, outreach to underserved communities, people policies and financial management. Despite the new wealth created in the Silicon Valley, there are challenges to families and kids that the Y is tackling head on.

With the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility as our guide, we believe that lasting personal and social change can only occur when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. We welcome everyone, regardless of age, income or background, engaging in opportunities to learn, grow, connect and thrive. Our Y members don’t just join -- they belong to a community of men, women and children who strive to be healthy, confident, hopeful and secure.

Thousands of dedicated and competent staff and volunteers make a meaningful, enduring impact on every child and adult who belong to this diverse and dynamic organization. The YMCA led a countywide initiative to create Project Cornerstone, now a department of the Y that has created a framework with schools, cities and non-profit organizations to help all adults become asset builders for youth in a powerful and effective way.

Donors take great pride investing in an organization that thoughtfully and deliberately works side-by-side with hundreds of community organizations to make Silicon Valley the best place for kids to grow, one of the healthiest places to live, resulting in a stronger, more vital place to work, live and play.

We would be delighted if you would explore the possibility of joining this dynamic and innovative staff, board and community.

Job Requirements

Education, training, experience:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated competence in and/or experience with:
• Senior-level strategy.
• Extensive knowledge and proven track record in human resources including planning and policy, talent management, selection, compensation, benefits, training and staff development, employee relations, and performance management.
• Leadership style is approachable, genuine, and solution oriented.
• Current knowledge and understanding of regulations, industry trends, current practices, new developments, and applicable laws regarding human resources.
• Proficiency in business and human resources related computer applications, which may include talent management systems, time and attendance systems, etc.
• Excellent negotiation skills.
• Exceptional written and oral communication and presentation skills.
• Understanding and experience with change management in a complex organization.
• Ability to attract, retain, lead and motivate quality staff and volunteer leadership. Understanding of the nature and purpose of the YMCA and the respective roles of volunteers and staff.
• Must have commitment to the mission of the YMCA and uphold its values and ethics.
• Experience working in diverse communities preferred.

Education and Experience:
• Bachelor's degree in business, human resources or equivalent.
• At least five years in a senior level leadership and human relations management position, or,
• An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities have been acquired.
• Working knowledge of the criteria for becoming one of the “Best Places to Work”.

Core Competencies:
• Mission Advancement – advancing the Y’s promise to strengthen community
• Collaboration – working with, understanding, and developing others
• Operational Effectiveness – ensuring relevance, effectiveness and sustainability
• Personal Growth – developing continually to adapt to new challenges
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