Vice President, Human Resources/ Chief of People and Culture
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Type: Full Time
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is the largest and most interactive science museum in the Western Hemisphere. MSI exposes guests of all ages to awe-inspiring exhibitions that spark curiosity and bring science to life. Our mission – to inspire the inventive genius in everyone – is realized through world-class exhibitions and engaging guest experiences. The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and medicine.
MSI’s program priorities and workforce have gone through substantial change over the last year under the leadership of a new CEO and President, Chevy Humphrey. MSI has developed a 5-year strategic plan with four strategic goals: modernize exhibits and visitor experience, strengthen relationships with the community, leverage educational programs for greater sustainability, and build capabilities and align talent with strategy. With these goals in place MSI is well positioned to expand on its mission to inspire the inventive genius in everyone.
The Vice President of Human Resources, Chief of People and Culture reports directly to the Sr. Vice President, Chief Culture Strategist and is a critical member of MSI’s leadership team. This person will serve as the architect for creating a culture that helps nurture and cultivate how MSI’s diverse employees live our vision, mission and brand. This includes, but is not limited to, engagement, talent management, internal communications, diversity inclusion and equity, coaching, and labor management.
They will be a relationship builder, a team builder, and a leader of continuous improvement at every level of the organization. They will understand and proactively embrace the diversity of the workforce and the power of MSI’s brand to ensure the organizational culture and working environment is inspiring to all.
Based on this, MSI is seeking a candidate who will:
Oversee the key functional areas of the Human Resources division including HR Operations, Benefits and Compensation, Talent Management, Internal Communications, Professional Development and Training, Employee Engagement and Labor Management.
Facilitate and promote a culture of coaching and development for leaders at all levels of the organization.
Set strategy through a long-term view of the overall landscape, creating an HR function that attracts, nurtures, and retains the best guest-focused, talented, creative, and innovative workforce by using practical and effective talent management strategies.
Proactively stay current with the significant cultural changes in attitudes and values that are transforming today’s workforce and the strategies and tactics to best adapt the work environment and culture of MSI to recruit and retain the most effective workforce possible.
Demonstrate results with a mission-focused staff and talented leadership team.
Lead through effective partnership with the other members of the executive team, aligning the culture with the business needs of Museum.
Build strong relationships as a ‘trusted advisor’ behind the scenes while also making external connections and providing context in shaping the organization.
Flexibly tailor HR policies, practices and procedures to various departments’ needs within MSI and analyze Museum-wide policies that will allow the organization to stay nimble and cutting-edge.
Perks and Benefits:
Ability to work in a hybrid environment
An attractive compensation package
Executive coaching option
Employer provided 401K match
Robust benefit offerings for medical, dental and life effective first day of hire
Progressive Wellness Program
Free onsite parking
Qualified Candidate Profile:
15+ years leading diverse human resource teams is required. Experience leading in high-growth organizations is a plus.
JD strongly preferred with an understanding of labor and employment laws and a proven ability to manage labor relations
Demonstrated success in setting strategy, executing for results, leading teams, building internal and external relationships, using influence, and operational agility
Broad knowledge of human resources disciplines, including employee relations, performance management, talent acquisition, compensation, and benefits required
Strong business acumen with an operational efficiency focus
Strategic understanding of leveraging data in decision-making
Brings a nuanced and sophisticated approach to the HR function and organizational leadership
Proactive, creative thinker with a keen ability to execute efficiently; excellent organizational skills needed to stay on track and pursue solutions
Highly effective communication skills with the ability to synthesize ideas and present them in a poised & polished manner
Ability to coach at all levels
Embodies all of MSI’s leadership competencies: Collaborative, Communicative, Decisive, Inclusive, Innovative, Solutions-oriented, and Trustworthy
Please note that The Museum of Science and Industry requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, following all applicable legal requirements and considerations.
The Museum of Science and Industry is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, which includes providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is the largest and most interactive science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) exposes guests of all ages to awe-inspiring exhibitions that spark curiosity and bring science to life. MSI’s mission – to inspire the inventive genius in everyone – is realized through its world-class exhibitions and engaging guest experiences. The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and medicine.