Executive Vice President of People and Culture

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YMCA of the North


Minneapolis, MN 55402

Job Description

The Executive Vice President of People and Culture will oversee Human Resources and partner with the Equity Advisory Council and Social Responsibility to ensure progress continues to be made in making the YMCA of the North a place where all team members can grow, are welcomed and feel their voices are heard. The Executive Vice President of People and Culture will also help navigate the Y through this unprecedented time of health and economic crisis, social injustice and political landscape changes. Change management and a clear strategic vision will be crucial for the Executive Vice President of People and Culture to ensure the Y thrives amidst the challenging times 2020 has been. The Y’s commitment to our equity and inclusion action steps are paramount.The Executive Vice President of People and Culture will focus on making significant progress on our equity goals with strong leadership and support as a top priority.

As the Executive Vice President of People and Culture, you will be an influencer, thought leader, and agent of change. Your leadership, contributions, and strategic initiatives will strengthen our community, as well as our vision of a more inclusive workplace and culture where all can thrive. This position is unique because it requires a blend of skillsets. As a member of the executive team the Executive Vice President of People and Culture role will oversee executing human resources strategies in support of the overall strategic direction of equity and inclusion.

The YMCA of the North's commitment to equity, anti-racism and anti-oppression is evolving and is working on a multi-year plan of reinvention and restoration. The YCMA of the North has been working on reviewing our procedures, policies and practices through an equity lens. To continue those efforts, we are seeking a strong Executive Vice President of People and Culture.

The primary objective of the Executive Vice President of People and Culture will be to build partnerships and relationships to influence change and support diversity and inclusion throughout the community. The exemplary candidate will have a proven track record in building strong partnerships internally as well as externally within the community. The Executive Vice President of People and Cultureis responsible for working collaboratively with the senior leadership team and Human Resources team to achieve outcomes, attract diverse talent to the association and developing, implementing, and managing strategies that will promote an inclusive environment.


1. Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Human Resources, Organizational Development or equivalent, Master’s Degree Preferred.
  • YMCA Organizational Leader certification or Senior Human Resources certification (SPHR or equivalent) preferred.
  • Minimum ten (10) years progressively responsible executive management experience in all areas of human resources management and organizational development, YMCA or non-profit experience preferred.
  • Strong leadership experience in diversity, inclusion and equity bringing a high degree of cultural intelligence and technical mastery of diversity and inclusion strategy.
  • Previous visibility as thought leader and/or scholar in diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and delivering outstanding human resources management including effectively managing talent acquisition, retention, and management, diversity and inclusion, organizational development, training and leadership development, employee relations, assistance, and communication, career development, total compensation and reward management, and succession planning.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with community and government officials, volunteers, Board of Directors, senior leadership, operations staff, and all levels of employees.
  • Current knowledge and understanding of regulations, industry trends, current practices, new development, and applicable federal and state legislation and requirements regarding human resources.
  • Proven success building strong, productive relationships with people and teams across a broad, diverse organization
  • Unquestionable personal integrity, fairness, and credibility, and the ability to gain the trust of teammates at all levels
  • History of proven, measurable results for managing growth and aligning human resource processes and tools to support strategic business priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship skills including conflict management and collaboration.
  • Excellent communication skills: written, oral, and presentation.
  • Strong analytical and technical skills.
  • Experience working effectively within a matrix, mission orientated, and diverse business environment.

2.Work Conditions:

  • Travel locally to various locations to attend meetings and special events.
  • May be required to travel nationally or internationally for meetings and special events.
  • Ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time.

Essential Functions

1.Job Summary:

The Executive Vice President of People and Culture serves as a member of YMCA of the North’s senior leadership team and is responsible for developing and executing human resources strategy in support of the mission, business plan, and strategic direction of the Association by ensuring there is a focus on equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in all internal policies, processes, and practices.The incumbent will partner with senior leaders and team members to create a psychologically safe and dynamic culture. This role is responsible for holding the organization accountable for being multicultural, anti-racist and anti-oppressive. Additionally, the EVP of People and Culture proactively seeks partnerships with individuals and organizations working to advance opportunities and social justice for people of color.

The incumbent oversees the development and implementation of policies, programs, and services in the areas of organizational development, talent acquisition, equity and inclusion, succession planning, “best practice” employment practices, organizational and performance management, training and development, compensation and total rewards, team member relations and communications, and legal compliance. The incumbent is responsible for articulating people and equity needs and plans to the senior leadership team, stakeholders and to the Board of Directors and for positioning the YMCA as an “employer of choice.”

2. Essential Functions:

  • Participates in strategic planning for the organization. Provides leadership and consulting support to executives and management on matters of reinforcing culture, equity, diversity and inclusion, setting goals, developing policy, and implementing strategic objectives. Establishes and implements Human Resources efforts that effectively communicate and support the Association’s mission and strategic vision.
  • Contribute to the development of the Association’s multi-year operational plans and programs as a strategic partner with a perspective on the impact on people and equity.
  • Build culture and connection to amplify our core values and create opportunities for team member connection; keeping our team informed, engaged, and inspired.
  • In partnership with the Equity Innovation Center, foster a multicultural, anti-racist and anti-oppressive work environment; drive development and delivery of a range of equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the organization and across the employment life cycle.
  • Provide overall leadership and day to day management of the Human Resources function by effectively leading and managing talent acquisition, retention, diversity and inclusion, organizational development, training and leadership development, employee relations, communication, compensation and total rewards, and succession planning.
  • Function as a strategic partner and business advisor to executive and senior leaders regarding key organizational and management issues with a commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Champion short and long term organizational mission growth for the Association through effective and collaborative development and management of the Association culture. Partner with executives and management to improve organizational effectiveness, problem solving and renewal processes. Support efforts for life learning and development, team member engagement, organizational capacity for change and improvement to increase the effectiveness and viability of the Association.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of comprehensive and competitive talent attraction, recruitment, retention, and management programs to meet the human capital needs of the Association. Works with operational and senior leadership to develop and implement a sound management succession plan that corresponds to the strategy and objectives of the Association.
  • Oversee the development, implementation, and management of comprehensive total reward policies, plans and programs that are competitive and cost effective for the Association. This includes job descriptions and classification, compensation structure and adjustments, performance appraisal and management, executive and incentive compensation, alternative reward and retention systems, and benefit and retirement program management.
  • Work directly with assigned committees of the Board (i.e. Human Resources, Executive Compensation, Succession Planning, Diversity and Inclusion) to build volunteer relationships, develop policies, oversee policy implementation, and meet the related needs of the Board.
  • Oversee the assessment and evaluation of training and development needs at all levels of the Association and the development and implementation of effective programs to meet them.
  • Partner with Accounting on the management of Human Resources information management systems to ensure accuracy, legal compliance, and improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the organization.
  • Remain current with employment laws and regulations relating to all YMCA operations. Maintain an effective program of compliance with laws and regulations related to Human Resources and manages relationships with compliance agencies and YMCA legal counsel. This includes the timely and accurate submission of data requested by the EEOC, YMCA of the USA, Department of Labor, etc.
  • Effectively hire, retain, and manage the Human Resources department team required to achieve strategic and operating plan goals. Establish working priorities and prepares and manages associated budgets.
  • Represent the Association as a member of the kindred group of YMCA leaders with the YMCA of the USA.


This position reports to the President/CEO who reports to the Association General Board of Directors. The incumbent interacts with the Human Resources and Executive committees of the General Board and is a member of the President/CEO’s senior leadership team. The incumbent directly supervises the HR leadership team and oversees the entire HR department. The incumbent represents the Association with external auditors, government and legal representatives, General Board members, volunteers, YMCA of the USA management staff, potential team members, other Associations, and community organizations.

4.Additional Notes:

In addition to the accountabilities above the incumbent represents the Association and may participate in initiatives with the YMCA of the USA. This job description represents the major functions of the position but is not intended to be all-inclusive.

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Resumes Accepted Until

Dec. 31, 2020

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