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Compensation Manager

Alzheimer's Association

Chicago, Illinois
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About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. We’re the largest private funder of Alzheimer research and the premier source of information and support for the estimated 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers.

At the Alzheimer’s Association we are the brains behind saving yours®.  Many of us who work for the Alzheimer's Association have some connection with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. It's what drives us to make the extra effort in the daunting task of modifying a disease that currently has no cure. With 78 million baby boomers entering the age of greatest risk for Alzheimer’s, we need passionate, hardworking people committed to helping the Association meet the increasing demand for care and support and fund vital Alzheimer’s research.

Why join us? We have been recognized as a Best Nonprofit to Work For by the Nonprofit Times seven consecutive years and offer a great mission, excellent benefits and a positive, engaging work culture

The Opportunity

As a result of our growth, the Association is looking for a sole practitioner to manage the compensation function.  Areas of responsibility include merit pay, performance/incentive awards, market evaluation and market pricing activities to ensure internal equity and external competitiveness, while adhering to the Association’s total rewards philosophy. The manager will provide analytical expertise, guidance and program interpretation to the HR managers and senior leaders. There may be project planning components related to compensation program development, alternative reward design and incentive program implementation and communication. This role may support the VP HR with executive compensation initiatives of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors.

This position will report to the VP, HR and will be located in Chicago, IL.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Administer compensation policies and guidelines and provide support to the HR Managers and recruiters as well as line management and senior management as required.
  • Prepare market pricing analysis; establish standards. Activities include the matching of internal positions to external data using standardized surveys for purposes of making recommendations to management regarding base salary levels, appropriate grade assignment, total compensation opportunity, and/or hiring ranges for a given position.
  • Participate in various compensation-related projects which involve revision, development and/or re-design of existing compensation programs.
  • Ensure that the administration of various compensation programs are in compliance with established guidelines, processes, and procedures. This may include executive compensation, incentive compensation, annual merit review cycle, geographic differentials, etc., as well as federal, state and local laws.
  • Work closely with the benefits function to ensure that the total compensation and rewards programs are complimentary and meet the unique needs of the National Office and Chapters. This includes at least annual reviews of programs and requirements, identification of gaps, recommendations for improvements, and cost-benefit analysis.
  • Conduct and participate in compensation surveys or special compensation studies for purposes of maintaining the Association’s competitive position within the market place. This may require creation of market-specific surveys, establishment of target audience, communications, data collection, analysis, and feedback on results.
  • Partner with the Director HR Operations and HRIS Specialist to ensure that compensation plan implementation is secure and the HRIS database is current.  This would include timely and accurate payment processing and documentation. 
  • Prepare and or support the creation of comprehensive job descriptions, as needed.  Maintain master database of job descriptions.
  • Maintain credentials and membership with professional associations to keep current of trends within the market regarding compensation issues and legislative or regulatory trends.


  • Bachelor’s degree with concentration in Human Resources, Business, Economics or Finance.
  • Certified Compensation and/or Benefits Professional desired.
  • 5 - 7 years of progressive, relevant compensation analyst experience.
  • Additional experience in a human resource department or related position other HR specialist experience a plus.
  • Sound understanding of current state and federal wage laws, employer/employee rights and general employment laws.
  • Superior verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, to interface with all levels of staff and leadership. Excellent presentation skills and an ability to engage audiences with credibility.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with others to reach mutually agreeable outcomes.
  • Professional, self-motivated, and results oriented. Effective time management skills to meet deadlines.
  • Professional presence with highest commitment to confidentiality, and a strong history of trustworthiness and approachability. Ability to multi-task and shift priorities in a changing environment.
  • Minimal travel.
  • Superior Excel/worksheet skills required.  ADP Workforce Now, Google platform/Gmail, Word, PowerPoint desired


The Alzheimer’s Association offers comprehensive compensation, benefits, retirement savings and paid time off plans.  We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, or military status. This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the jobholder.

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