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Director of Human Resources

Howard Center

Burlington, Vermont 05401
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The Position:

Are you an experienced HR leader with a talent for strategic execution and operational excellence?

Become Howard Center's new Director of Human Resources. This leader oversees the HR team (currently 12 staff members) and is responsible for the development and execution of department strategies, objectives and metrics aligned with Howard Center's strategic intent. The HR Director oversees all aspects of Human Resources practice and process including compensation and benefits, recruitment and retention, training and development, employee and labor relations, policy development, and regulatory compliance.  Present priorities include ensuring all of these functional areas are aligned with and supportive of the agency's ongoing strategic integration of client service programs and the agency's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The HR Director provides strategic human resources advice and counsel to agency leadership and serves as liaison with external entities include other agencies, organizations, committees, task forces, etc.


About Howard Center:


Based alongside Lake Champlain in the outdoor playground of Burlington, Vermont, Howard Center is a human service organization with a long and rich history as a trusted provider in the community. Over more than 140 years Howard Center has led the charge for progressive, compassionate, high quality, and equitable care and treatment for those members of our community in need.


Today, as the largest of the 16 organizations in Vermont that comprise the state system of care, our staff of more than 1,500 provides services in 60 locations and serves more than 15,000 community members yearly.Howard Center's programs serve individuals at all stages of life and with a wide range of highly specialized needs. Please view the full list of Howard Center programs at




Howard Center's competitive benefits package can increase your total compensation by over 30%. Benefits for full-time employees include dental, medical, 401K, and generous time off starting at 36 days of combined time off per year. (Benefits pro-rated for employees in regular positions scheduled for 20 or more hours/week.)


Howard Center also boasts an award-winning workplace wellness program. HC4ME is a multi-year recipient of the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports award. The HC4ME Committee coordinates physical fitness groups for Howard Center staff, occasional activities such as on-site massage, and ongoing workplace wellness advocacy and education including a full-day annual wellness fair for staff.


Howard Center is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The agency's culture and service delivery is strengthened by the diversity of its workforce.  Minorities, people of color and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  EOE/TTY. Visit "About Us" to review Howard Center's EOE policy.


Required Experience:

  • 3 years in leadership position
  • 5 years HR experience in a similar role with similar degree of responsibilities for an organization of comparable size and complexity
  • Experience with a variety of HR disciplines including employee relations, performance management, recruitment, resource planning, compensation, employee engagement, benefits, and learning/development
  • A proven track record of effective decision making
  • Effective research and analytic skills with the ability to draw conclusions and provide solid recommendations
  • Experience engaging all levels of an organization in a collaborative and confident style that engenders credibility
  • Experience implementing strategic organizational change
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Bachelors degree in related field

Preferred Experience, Competencies and Education:

  • Union/Labor Relations
  • HRIS software
  • Master's Degree in Human Resources Management or related field
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