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Senior Director, Human Resources

Job Location

Chicago, IL

General Summary

The Senior Director of Human Resources is responsible for directing all of the people functions of the Alzheimer's Association. The incumbent will also be responsible for the strategic human resource planning to provide the company with the best people talent available and to position the company as the Employer of Choice.

Lead the Association's human capital efforts to ensure that the organization has the right talent pool in the right jobs at the right time to move the mission forward.  Develop and implement human resources programs and strategies that assist managers to develop and evaluate their human capital to optimize their contributions to the Association's performance.  Oversee human resources functions such as benefits, recruiting, and compensation.  Advise national office and chapter leadership on human resources issues.

Serve as compensation consultant to the Chapter network.  Staff the National board Compensation Committee and manage the internal executive compensation program.

Manage the Human Resources and Payroll staff to ensure compliance with all state and federal laws and to maximize employee engagement. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate the organization's human resource function and performance.
  • Translate the strategic and tactical business plans into HR strategic and operational plans.
  • Develop staffing strategies and implementation plans and programs to identify talent within and outside the organization for positions of responsibility. Identify appropriate and effective external sources for candidates for all levels within the Association.
  • Develop progressive and proactive compensation and benefits programs to provide motivation, incentives and rewards for effective performance and to provide programs which utilize an employee and Association partnership for the short and long-range health and welfare protection of the employees.
  • Provide assistance, as needed, in the Chapter Compensation Committee Program.
  • Staff the National Board of Directors Compensation Committee.
  • Continually assess the competitiveness of all programs and practices against the relevant comparable VHA organizations, industries and markets.
  • Establish credibility throughout the organization with management and the employees in order to be an effective listener and problem solver of people issues.
  • Enhance and/or develop, implement and enforce human resources policies and procedures of the organization by way of systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the Association. In particular, manage the human resource information systems database and necessary reports for critical analyses of the HR function and the people resources of the organization.
  • Coordinate the activities, programs and strategic HR plans throughout the Association.
  • Manage the budget and other financial measures of the Human Resources Department.
  • Continue improving the programs, policies, practices and processes associated with meeting the strategic and operational people issues of the organization.
  • Evaluation of the human resource department structure and team plan for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group as well as providing individuals with professional and personal growth with emphasis on opportunities (where possible) for individuals.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying new and existing legislation; anticipating legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; and, advising management on needed actions.

Minimum Requirements

Human Resources generalist experience with broad knowledge of employment, compensation, organizational planning, employee relations, and training and development.

  • General understanding of the latest human resources information systems and technology applications
  • Technical knowledge of alternative human resources programs and processes and their potential impact
  • Proven ability to apply analytical tools and techniques to determine business needs
  • Ability to identify human resources implications of specific business needs
  • Proven ability to modify existing or develop new human resources programs and processes to meet business needs
  • Ability to resolve complex and/or ambiguous situations and problems that could have legal implications for the Association
  • Ability to influence peers in choosing the best course of action when dealing with employee issues
  • Knowledge of employment and benefits federal, state, and local legal requirements


An experienced leader and human resource executive with appropriate industry experience. An energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image. A strategic planner with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment and strong operational focus. A well-organized and self-directed individual who is "politically savvy" and a team player. An intelligent and articulate individual who can relate to people at all levels of an organization and possesses excellent communication skills. A good educator who is trustworthy and willing to share information and serve as a mentor. An excellent facilitator who is experienced in resolving conflicts between different parties to a dispute. A decisive individual who possesses a strategic focus as well as an operational, implementation and detail oriented perspective.

Diverse experiences in managing a range of administrative areas of responsibility.

Master's degree (MA) or equivalent; or ten to fifteen years' related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex human resource related documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to employee groups, management at all levels of the company and occasionally to the Board and outside organizations.

Effective public speaking skills.

Expected travel: 25%

To Apply On-line (prefered method)


Or mail resume and cover letter to:

Send resume to:
Alzheimer's Association, National Office
225 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60601

We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and we appreciate your interest in the Alzheimer's Association.




Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.