Leadership

Director of Human Resources

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The Director of Human Resources plays a critical role in fostering Yellowstone Forever’s workplace culture and the recruitment, hiring, performance, and engagement of employees and volunteers. This position leads and proactively develops and manages initiatives, programs, and policies to measure and enhance staff performance, consistent with best practices. The Director of Human Resources closely partners with the President & CEO and senior staff to develop and implement programs, policies, trainings, and services to help enhance the staff experience, in order to attract, develop, engage, and retain the uniquely talented people required to achieve the mission of Yellowstone Forever. This position oversees recruiting, payroll/benefits administration, strategic plan, strategic work plan, staff performance oversight and management, staff engagement, workplace culture initiatives, staff relations, and legal/regulatory compliance around employment and benefits. Further, this position will lead recruitment and management of our volunteers, and related support. This position is a member of the senior leadership team of Yellowstone Forever and provides guidance on related matters to the President & CEO and other senior leaders.  The ability to direct multiple priorities with minimal supervision is essential. Success in this position requires outstanding organizational skills, initiative, deep knowledge of employment and volunteer practices, interpersonal relationship building, and proven leadership skills. The position also will require visibility in the workplace at YF’s two primary locations and in all park stores to build rapport with staff at all levels of the organization.

Pay Range: $70,000 - $95,000

Please attach a cover letter and resume to your application.

 

Full Position Description:

Position:         Director of Human Resources

Location:         Bozeman, Montana or Gardiner, Montana

Reports To:     President and CEO

Status:             Full-time / Regular / Exempt

 

Summary Description:

Yellowstone Forever (YF) is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. Our mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance Yellowstone National Park through education and philanthropy. YF connects people to Yellowstone through outstanding visitor experiences and educational programs and translates those experiences into lifelong support of the park and philanthropic investment in its future. Our educational programming and products help people enhance their understanding and appreciation of the wildlife, natural wonders, and cultural history of the park. YF’s operations include Park Stores in and around Yellowstone; the Yellowstone Forever Institute, which offers in-depth educational programing for people of all ages; and a supporter program which raises funds for priority park projects.

 

The Director of Human Resources plays a critical role in fostering Yellowstone Forever’s workplace culture and the recruitment, hiring, performance, and engagement of employees and volunteers. This position leads and proactively develops and manages initiatives, programs, and policies to measure and enhance staff performance, consistent with best practices. The Director of Human Resources closely partners with the President & CEO and senior staff to develop and implement programs, policies, trainings, and services to help enhance the staff experience, in order to attract, develop, engage, and retain the uniquely talented people required to achieve the mission of Yellowstone Forever. This position oversees recruiting, payroll/benefits administration, strategic plan, strategic work plan, staff performance oversight and management, staff engagement, workplace culture initiatives, staff relations, and legal/regulatory compliance around employment and benefits. Further, this position will lead recruitment and management of our volunteers, and related support. This position is a member of the senior leadership team of Yellowstone Forever and provides guidance on related matters to the President & CEO and other senior leaders.  The ability to direct multiple priorities with minimal supervision is essential. Success in this position requires outstanding organizational skills, initiative, deep knowledge of employment and volunteer practices, interpersonal relationship building, and proven leadership skills. The position also will require visibility in the workplace at YF’s two primary locations and in all park stores to build rapport with staff at all levels of the organization.

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Maintain an expert understanding of Yellowstone Forever’s desired workplace culture and work closely with the President & CEO and senior staff to create long-term strategies and drive key initiatives to promote and achieve a culture of excellence and employee engagement.
  • Monitor staff and volunteer feedback, relevant data, and metrics to share with leadership and identify areas for improvement.
  • Drive high levels of workforce performance and enrich staff engagement by developing, implementing, and overseeing employee and volunteer programs including recruitment, hiring, orientation/onboarding, organizational development and regular performance management.
  • Provide strategic and operational leadership in the design, development, implementation, administration, and communication of YF’s total rewards programs, including payroll/benefits management, in addition to management of employee and volunteer housing needs.
  • Partner with leadership to ensure appropriate staffing levels are achieved while managing the compensation program with consideration to internal and external equity.
  • Develop and manage annual department budgets and timelines.
  • Work with leadership and hiring managers to recruit and select talented employees and volunteers.
  • Lead YF’s commitment to and implementation of best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Coach supervisors on the handling of performance and disciplinary issues, including developing templates, trainings, and guidelines for performance documentation.
  • Maximize efficiency and effectiveness of programs that affect volunteers and employees.
  • Develop and maintain updated orientation and development programs, including developing regular trainings, which enhance employee performance and volunteer services.
  • Create, develop strategies to enhance, and ensure employee engagement, volunteer, and professional development opportunities.
  • Oversee, manage, and motivate HR and IT staff to achieve optimal performance.
  • Effectively and timely communicate relevant HR related information across the organization.
  • Maintain current knowledge and application of all relevant laws and regulations at the local, state and national level relating to employment and ensure organizational compliance.  Oversee tracking and fulfilling federal and state filing requirements related to employment, coordinating as needed with legal/finance.
  • Lead initiatives to periodically review and update the Employee and Volunteer handbooks, tracking and incorporating applicable developments in employment law and industry best practices.
  • Work closely with finance on retirement plan administration, including coordinating delivery of required communications to plan participants and lead the annual plan audit.
  • Lead review of employee concerns and complaints, coordinating as needed with legal, to address and mitigate potential risks.
  • Build and maintain a network of nonprofit HR professionals.
  • Represent Yellowstone Forever and its mission accurately and positively.
  • Foster a collaborative, team-oriented environment with YF employees, volunteers and partners.
  • Travel into Yellowstone, throughout the Greater Yellowstone area and other, as required.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the President & CEO or other designated leadership.
     

Basic Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and SPHR, SHRM-SCP, or other relevant certification.
  • Eight or more years of Human Resources Management experience.
  • Significant knowledge of local, state, and national employment laws, regulations, compliance standards, and best practices related to employment and volunteer management.
  • Experience with payroll and benefits administration, including ERISA retirement plan administration and annual audits.
  • Experience with managing employee relations matters, including internal investigations.
  • Experience with coaching leadership.
  • Team player with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Excellent supervisory competence.
  • Ability to direct multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, with initiative.
  • Proven ability to quickly learn and apply new systems, processes, and applications.
  • Demonstrated capability in process improvement.
  • Self-motivated with a sound approach to problem solving and timely task completion. 
  • Ability to occasionally work a flexible schedule, which may include nights and weekends.
  • Ability to represent YF in a courteous and professional manner.
  • This position involves driving YF vehicles, therefore applicants must hold and maintain a valid US driver’s license and maintain a favorable driving record for insurance purposes.
  • A satisfactory criminal background check are conditions of employment.

 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Human Resources Management experience in a nonprofit setting with both employees and volunteers.
  • Proven experience with building and implementing successful staff culture programs.
  • Experience and familiarity with Wyoming and Montana employment law.
  • Knowledge of Yellowstone National Park.

 

Compensation:

This is a full-time, exempt position, which will be based in Bozeman or Gardiner. Travel between the offices and throughout the park may be required. Salary is based upon experience pay range $70,000 – 95,000. Benefits of this position include knowing that your efforts directly benefit Yellowstone National Park and having the opportunity to work in one of the world’s premiere wilderness areas.

 

Yellowstone Forever is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, political beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.