Vice President of Human Resources

Position Title: Vice President of Human Resources and Diversity

Department: Administration
Classification:  Full-Time
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Reports to CEO
Prepared By: Human Resources
Prepared:  November 2019


FareStart is recruiting a Vice President of Human Resources and Diversity to its Senior Leadership Team. This VP role will be responsible for planning and managing Human Resources strategy, while overseeing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging for FareStart. This position will report directly to the CEO.
FareStart’s VP will be driven by enthusiasm and passion for FareStart’s mission and excited by the opportunity to further the organization though inclusion. This role requires an authentic leader with strong interpersonal skills who can deploy fresh, supportive energy where needed. Strong emotional and cultural intelligence is crucial to communicate effectively and respectfully with staff, key stakeholders, board of directors, and the population FareStart serves, all of whom bring diverse racial, educational, and socio-economic backgrounds to the organization. The role requires a deep understanding of how the varied needs of these groups differ and intersect to foster an inclusive culture that prioritizes the needs of each audience without bias.
They will focus on departmental excellence. They will lead HR staff through the lens of a servant leader who considers people and their professional development as the top priority. They will manage and coach three or more direct reports, and be responsible for all aspects of HR including employee relations, staffing, compensation and benefits, and training.
This role will ensure inclusion is at the forefront of all FareStart business initiatives and that departmental efforts are aligned with each other, and the FareStart values. They will work to ensure all voices are heard within the organization, and systems, processes and policies support equity, as well as the attraction and retention of a diverse workforce.
The VP of HR and Diversity will set the stage for high performance, encourage personal initiative, accountability, and responsibility at all levels across the HR team, with direct responsibility for the Human Resources team and FareStart’s DEI&B strategy. They will ensure that FareStart is serving our mission, while providing senior level HR leadership and senior leadership to advance our comprehensive DEI&B strategy.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but not limited to:
  • Leadership and management of the HR team
  • Lead the strategic plan for diversity and inclusion across FareStart.
  • Coach and develop leaders to model and drive equity and belonging.
  • Develop and implement FareStart’s HR strategy, including Employee relations, staffing, benefits, compensation and training.
  • Continuously enhance Diversity practices by providing insights that increase awareness of market/industry trends and share new best practices to support an inclusive environment across FareStart
  • Promote inclusion within business and all processes and policies.
  • Ensure operational excellence of systems, processes and structure in the HR and Diversity work
  • Coach and development of staff
  • Manage budget effectively

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 may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

  • The ability to attract, retain and grow key talent.
  • Strong ability to lead through periods of ambiguity
  • Strong experience and training in cultural diversity
  • Experience leading a Diversity strategy for an organization
  • Experience leading Human Resources teams
  • Exceptional business acumen
  • A passion for FareStart’s mission
  • Demonstrated ability to affect change
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 10 or more years of experience in a related role or roles
  • 5 or more years managing and developing teams
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 these essential job functions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop; kneel, crouch, or crawl.