Human Resources Senior Vice President

Chemonics, Washington, United States

Skill Required:, HR and Admin
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th February, 2018

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a senior vice president of Human Resources to provide vision, leadership, staffing, and management for the Human Resources division. S/he will develop and manage annual business strategy and budget for quality results and growth, while creating a work environment that motivates staff and promotes teamwork, and contributes to the successful operation, management, and industry reputation of the company as a whole. The division has a dynamic strategic plan that includes rolling out a new performance management system and corporate bonus structure, supporting the design and deployment of Microsoft Dynamics 365 and the InDepth learning platform, providing leadership to diversity and inclusion (D&I), and operationalizing the global workforce. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide vision and leadership in Chemonics’ achieving its mission, goals and objectives, with particular focus on human capital management and development of the global workforce; ensure that all projects and teams in the division are meeting technical objectives and making lasting contributions to the corporation
  • Responsible for operational and financial management of division, including home-office and field office human resource operations; representation of same before the President and CEO, vis-à-vis other internal work units, and externally in the development assistance community at large
  • Support and provide input to the priority outcomes: connecting our global operations, which includes the enterprise resource planning (Dynamics 365); connecting our global workforce, which includes  the InDepth learning initiative and staff mobility; and client diversification
  • Serve as a member of the Core Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Council and provide leadership for D&I programming at Chemonics including dotted-line supervision over Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Director, promoting D&I programming to other leaders throughout the organization, and overseeing HR partnership
  • Establish a culture committed to outstanding performance management and client service and develop methods and integrated solutions to meet corporate needs
  • Develop annual division business strategy and budget, allocate resources and manage budget to achieve programmatic and financial goals; develop effective approaches to reduce variance, meet resource needs, hold staff accountable for achieving targets, and maximize corporate profitability
  • Negotiate contracts, subcontracts, and modifications strategically and competitively to achieve the best outcome for Chemonics; lead division and apply sound management policies and procedures, and proactively respond to complex employee performance and client satisfaction issues
  • Travel to offer strategic guidance and develop direct connections to countries, projects, clients and other key players in areas of leadership and knowledge
  • Encourage the development of technically versatile staff within the organization, particularly across HR functions of recruitment, benefits and compensation, international HR, employee relations and staff care, and employee records administration; lead staff and projects/activities toward developing globally appropriate interdisciplinary approaches and tools
  • Lead division in defining, developing, refining, and streamlining quality standards to meet evolving global requirements in the division and in the corporation in HR functional areas; hold staff accountable for performing to these high standards and promote consistently high standards across the company
  • Develop and implement policies and practices that ensure integrated geographic and cultural knowledge, understanding, and performance that contribute to departmental and corporate success; review all personnel policies to assure minimum corporate liability and integration of all operational concerns
  • Serve as consultant to two Board committees: the Compensation Committee and the Leadership and Succession Committee
  • Oversee parts of the administration of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) that include coordinating the overall time with the third party administrator, ERISA counsel, and the Finance and Accounting division
  • Serve on the ESOP Administrative Committee in a fiduciary capacity
  • Assume leadership roles in proposal development such as czar or technical writer, provide quality control for the technical and cost proposal, teaming arrangements, etc., and perform proposal reviews and read-throughs to ensure RFP responsiveness and winning strategies
  • Build long-term, strategic partnerships among clients and beneficiaries in the HR space, and work to influence policy and programming priorities that advance Chemonics’ growth and contribution to international development
  • Serve as a thought leader and key spokesperson in international and human resources development, internally and externally; lead efforts to capture and diffuse innovations, best practices and lessons learned, and create opportunities and incentives for knowledge sharing across the company in HR
  • Define staff requirements and recruitment strategies; deploy and manage staff resources to ensure division readiness and achieve corporate goals; motivate staff performance and professional development, develop skilled managers and mentors, and exercise sound judgment in the hiring, promotion, transfer and termination of staff
  • Actively advance Chemonics’ leadership position in international development; model and advocate strong leadership principles in the home-office and overseas, promote continued learning and knowledge sharing, and proactively engage in effective problem-solving on behalf of teams, clients, and beneficiaries
  • Establish a workplace environment that values teamwork and fosters collaboration, acknowledge and reward staff contributions, and develop strategies to enhance synergies between field and home office staff as well as between in-house regions and departments; demonstrate Chemonics’ values and practices by utilizing effective management and leadership principles
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 12 years of project and staff management experience within the field of international development required; foundational HR knowledge preferred, in particular in HR business processes and global workforce issues
  • Prior work experience with Chemonics required
  • Thorough knowledge of company’s main clients and their operations
  • Demonstrated understanding and fluency in Chemonics’ financial statements and financial and accounting systems and procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to solve all facets of extensive complex, multi-faceted managerial and operational issues which require extensive knowledge, varied experiences, access to multiple talent/resources and independent judgment
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership, vision, and management of assigned division, manage annual budgets, resources and deliver quality results, contribute to new business efforts and contribute to the successful operation, management and industry reputation of the company
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise staff assigned and provide oversight of multiple project teams and new business efforts
  • Ability to conceptualize, outline, perform, and direct research and writing of technical documents (reports, proposals, professional articles) of at least twenty-five pages, following Chemonics’ style and best practices
  • Recognized by others as an expert in international development and a leader within the firm
  • Ability to travel and work overseas
  • Prior experience serving in a long-term position (e.g. COP, team leader, component leader) in the field preferred. In lieu of this, extended short-term assignments with senior management-level responsibilities are acceptable
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in foreign language preferred


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