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Human Resources Director | Head of People Strategy & Culture

Human Resources Director | Head of People Strategy & Culture

​We're partnered with a leading renewable energy project developer in their search for a Director of HR, People Strategy & Culture to join the team. The firm having an impressive solar development portfolio and the business is scaling quickly. This role is based out of the Chicago HQ.

As the Director of Human Resources you will partner with the CEO and departmental leaders to recruit, retain, evaluate and retain top talent and help build an effective organizational culture while ensuring compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.


The principal duties of this role are:

  • Establish and grow HR function

  • Champion the firms unique, inclusive culture and values

  • Function as a strong partner to the CEO and build strong relationships with the leadership and employees

  • Create initial HR strategy and implementation plan in support of the company business plan and strategic direction; elements to include:

  • Talent Acquisition (role definition, recruiting, onboarding, Employer Value Proposition)

  • Culture Stewardship (innovative employee engagement, internal communications, and DEI goals & metrics that differentiate the company)

  • Goal Setting & Performance Management (system decision, framework decision, input into KPI development and measurement, performance expectations, etc.)

  • Training & Development (training and learning, career development, leadership development, succession planning)

  • Compensation (develop and implement compensation and benefits plans that are competitive and cost-effective and values-aligned)

  • Recognition (identify and establish levers to recognize employees in a variety of ways)

  • Employee Relations (promptly respond to employee concerns and lead management response to HR issues)

  • Determine appropriate systems and processes to support the HR strategy and plans, leveraging a data-driven and efficiency lens

  • Maintain company policies (e.g. employee handbook, travel & entertainment policy, paid time off policy) that reward performance & comply with local, state & federal requirements

  • Build and maintain an annual HR Budget

  • Build a lean HR function over time and manage, inspire, and develop the HR team to deliver excellent results and grow their impact

Professional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated human resources management experience in a fast-growing organization

  • Experience assembling high performing teams with inclusive team culture

  • Ability to shift between strategic and hands on work

  • Agile, flexible, and fast fail mindset well suited for a fast-moving and dynamic environment

  • Demonstrated ability to listen, accept feedback from and collaborate with leaders, employees, and stakeholders

  • Familiarity with compensation plans appropriate for private investor-backed business

  • Working knowledge of HR-related software and systems (HRIS, ATS, perf management)

  • BA or equivalent degree preferred

  • SHRM certification preferred