Chief Human Resources Officer

The Marine Mammal Center

Posted: 8/1/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Human Resources/Recruiting

Primary domain: Animal Related

City: Sausalito

Postal code: 94903

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available


Mission statement:

The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.


Position Details:

Job Description:



The Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) is a newly created position resulting from a recent organizational re-design process.  Representing a workforce of 90+ employees and more than 1,300 volunteers, this role is responsible for developing and executing human resources strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation. Additional areas of responsibility are leading and executing a comprehensive Internal Communications strategy and planning and implementing a safety awareness and training program for both staff and volunteers.  This position reports to the CEO and will be a member of the senior leadership team that drives the overall strategy for the organization. The CHRO provides strategic leadership by articulating HR needs and plans to the senior leadership team, employees, volunteers and the board of directors.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides overall leadership, guidance, and continuous improvement to the HR and volunteer functions
  • Develops a people strategy for both employees and volunteers that aligns with and enables achievement of the business strategy
  • Establishes, implements, and trains all staff on HR and volunteer management processes which effectively communicate and reinforce the mission and strategic vision
  • Functions as a strategic business advisor to the head of each department regarding key organizational and management issues; enable the leadership team and senior leadership teams through ongoing coaching, development, and facilitating alignment
  • Develops comprehensive recruiting, compensation and benefits, employee and volunteer engagement, learning & development, and retention strategies
  • Provides HR operations support to both staff and volunteers, including recruiting, onboarding, training, and conflict resolution
  • Manages employee and volunteer relations with a clear and consistent process, documentation and investigations to enable employee and volunteer success and minimize legal risk
  • Conducts workforce planning to ensure appropriate staffing levels to meet organizational strategic plan
  • Oversee the ongoing implementation of the Center’s Volunteer Engagement Strategic Plan
  • Manages internal communications as a driver of employee and volunteer engagement, providing clear and consistent messaging that links back to the people strategy and the organization’s strategic plan; ensures close partnership with all departments and alignment with external communications & marketing messages
  • Manages a comprehensive internal safety awareness and training program applying best practices in workplace safety, to mitigate risk and ensure compliance among employees and volunteers
  • Leads with data, and uses workforce data to guide both HR decisions and guidance to the leadership teams
  • Enables organizational growth through a strategic HR and organization development approach to organization design, change management and integrated talent management, including strong processes in performance management, succession planning, leadership development, and employee engagement
  • Ensures the Center’s employee and volunteer programs are compliant with all applicable laws, regulations and policies Attracts, develops, coaches and retains high-performance HR team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility and performance



  • A BS/BA degree from an accredited college/university required.MS in HR Management, Organization Development or other behavioral science preferred
  • A minimum of 10 years HR experience, with demonstrated experience in managing an HR department.Non-profit experience a plus
  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR or SPHR) and/or SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) certification preferred


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

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