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YMCA of Greater Seattle Sr. Human Resources Director – Employee Experience in Seattle, Washington


Our Commitment to Equity

The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.

Under direction from the SVP/Chief HR Officer, the Senior Human Resources Director – Employee Experience is responsible for providing leadership to employee relations to include corrective action, labor relations, leaves of absence, and ADA administration. In addition, this role will provide leadership in development and implementation of employee strategies and programs that align with and support a comprehensive program of employee onboarding, recognition, engagement, retention, talent management, and learning and development.

The screening process of this role will begin on January 19th, 2021.


  • Provide expert advice to HR, managers and employees about YGS employment policies and processes

  • Ensure employee relations processes comply with state and federal laws and that all employee relations concerns are thoroughly and appropriately investigated, including complaints of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other work-related issues

  • Review investigative documentation, including interview notes and summary of findings and recommend next steps to CHRO; review summary information with President/CEO and YGS Legal Counsel as appropriate.

  • Ensure that all appropriate investigation and reorganization data and documentation is prepared, tracked, and maintained; review all requested investigatory materials before distribution

  • Partner with internal employment counsel, risk management, other HR functional teams to effectively manage employee relations issues/investigations

  • Ensure YGS compliance with all state and federal laws regarding employee notifications, leaves, ADA accommodations, unemployment, and workers compensation

  • Lead the development and implementation of a full year onboarding process for all YGS positions

  • Direct employee surveys (annual, pulse, onboarding and off boarding, cultural, etc.). Partner with appropriate leaders to develop and monitor improvement strategies.

  • Lead the revision of a YGS recognition system

  • Build and implement a system of support for YGS employee life cycle to include supports for career growth and development

  • Oversee the performance review process for all YGS employees to include goal setting, mid-year reviews, final performance reviews, and personal growth plans.

  • Create insights from data to inform process and improvements to drive a culture consistent with YGS values

  • Lead Labor Relations initiatives, contract negotiation, grievance review management and resolution to create a positive atmosphere necessary to achieve business objectives.

  • Remain current on legal environment and labor law updates and educate YGS staff, as appropriate.

  • Manage team’s operating budget, according to YGS budget guidelines.

  • Leads team to ensure appropriate training and developmental resources. Effectively matches developmental needs to growth experiences and opportunities. Helps team flawlessly execute Performance Management, Performance Management for People and Training & Development initiatives.

  • And other duties as assigned.


Key Skills and Abilities

  • High degree of initiative; must be able to work independently and be a self‐starter as well as a strong team player with a commitment to collaboration within and outside the HR team

  • Emotional intelligence and the ability to quickly access and compose oneself in stressful or tense situations is a must.

  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Very strong organization skills are essential as well as highly established analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent presentation skills and be able to appropriately and effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.

  • One should have strong leadership skills with a personal commitment to integrity, teamwork, achievement of departmental and business objectives.

  • Customer focused and dedicated to exceeding the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and manage highly confidential information

  • Sense of urgency and business orientation combined with customer service skills

  • Excellent problem‐solving and interpersonal skills

  • Strong analytical skills to create, measure, and scale program metrics

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to present and communicate data to various audiences.

  • Ability to delegate and manage staff with varying skills and needs.

  • Ability to lead by influence and not just position.


  • BA/BS degree in human resources, business, industrial psychology, or other related discipline required. Other applicable education, training, and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered.

  • MA/MS preferred

  • 7-years of progressive HR leadership experience.

  • Labor relation or legal experience required.

  • Knowledge of State and Federal employment laws.

  • Strong knowledge of employment law, practices and investigation techniques


  • SHRM-CP/SCP, PHR/SPHR, or related/similar certifications preferred

  • Experience of Washington State employment laws

  • Knowledge of and previous experience with diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.).

  • Ability to speak any language in addition to English.

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. We also believe in supporting the wellbeing of our employees and offer a free Y membership as a benefit of employment.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities.

“YGS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran , or any other status protected by local, state , or federal law.

We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on the results of a background check and (on applicable jobs) drug screening, including screening for marijuana. We participate in the Federal E-Verify system.

If you need assistance of any kind with the application process, reach out to or the HR department at 206.382.5082.”


Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.


  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Honesty

  • Caring

  • Passion for Excellence

HR Director, leadership, human resources, federal employment law, SHRM-CP/SCP, PHR/SPHR, employee relations, performance management, employee strategies, employee programs, onboarding, recognition, engagement, retention, talent management, and learning and development.

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (1/5/2021 6:34 PM)

ID 2021-11006

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 1

Location Association Office

Category Human Resources

Address 909 4th Avenue

Minimum compensation USD $88,722.00/Yr.