About Chicago Public Media
As one of the largest and most respected public media organizations in the country , Chicago Public Media is home to WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news source, and a wide range of popular and award-winning podcasts . WBEZ reaches more than 500,000 listeners a week across radio and digital streaming platforms , and more than a million people engage with our content on digital platforms. Chicago Public Media is supported by 86,000 members, and hundreds of corporate sponsors and major donors who believe in our mission : “ To nourish the public conversation by telling the stories that matter—stories that provoke thought, entertain, capture emotion and inspire action .”
Chicago Public Media believes independent journalism is essential to a well-functioning democracy and access to fact-based, objective news and information is a right of every citizen. They serve the public interest by creating diverse, compelling content that informs, inspires and enriches. They connect diverse audiences and help them make a difference in the community, the region and the world. They employ many who are inspired by their mission and who want to belong to an organization that inspires, supports, and challenges.
In addition to bringing nationally syndicated public radio news and talk shows to a Chicagoland audience, WBEZ’s award - winning newsroom desks cover education, criminal justice, politics and government, and race, class and communities . The newsroom also collaborates with our content development studio to create engaging and educational audio programs and podcasts such as Making Obama , Making Beyonce, Making Oprah, Motive; 16 Shots ; Public Official A , Curious City and Nerdette and has a proud legacy as the birthplace of iconic nationally syndicated programs such as This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me… , and the ground-breaking podcast, Serial.
Chief People Officer Job Description
Reporting to the President and CEO, the Chief People Officer will play a crucial role in building the human capital strategies Chicago Public Media needs to achieve its goals. CPM’s senior business leaders are committed to developing a long-term human capital plan that ensures the organization is building a diverse and inclusive workforce and one that is reflective of the community it serves. The CPO will bring vision and pragmat ism to a role that requires strategic thinking to achieve organizational goals , as well as the tactical skills necessary for the implementation of HR initiatives .
The CPO will serve as a trusted advisor, coach and colleague to the CEO and the executive leadership team , and will be a proactive partner and collaborator to support senior executive s in their ability to effectively recruit, deploy, grow and lead talent throughout the organization. In collaboration with the CEO, the CPO w ill advise the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors on compensation and benefit plans, including providing and discussing competitive analyses.
In this role, the CPO will provide leadership, vision, development, and overall management of all HR activities and staff including the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives ; learning and talent development efforts ; and reinforcement of the organization’s culture, values, and mission through the design and delivery of exceptional programs and services. These programs and services should facilitate the professional development and continuous learning of team members, particularly executives, front-line managers and emerging leaders.
The CPO will be a hands-on leader, who will facilitate the acquisition and retention of the most qualified talent available ; act as a catalyst and motivator for the continued development of a strong, open, community-centric culture ; advise executive leadership in the development of long-range goals and initiatives ; reprioritize existing resources to support strategic initiatives; and accurately and clearly communicate performance expectations, opportunities, and issues to support the business lines.
Advisor to CEO & Executive Leadership: Provide strategic thinking on the hiring process , organizational effectiveness, performance management, talent development and change management. Engage with the CEO and Executive Leadership team to support the organization’s mission, vision, values, goals, and key metrics by developing short- and long-range HR plans, strategies, and policies . Understand CPM ’s strategic business goals and develop robust HR strategies and tactics, including training and development programs that support and align with these goals
Human Capital Plan: Create an HR strategic plan that aligns with that of the organization.
Culture Development: Develop practices that foster an accountable, engaged and high-performing workforce that reflects the mission, values and culture of CPM .
Diversity , Equity & Inclusion: Create and implement the overarching company strategy for DEI as it relates to the mission, values and culture of the organization.
Learning & Development: Establish the learning strategy and oversee training and development curricula to ensure program goals align with CPM’s mission , values and vision .
Talent Acquisition: Develop a compelling employment brand and recruitment process for attracting, hiring and retaining the best talent.
Talent Review & Management: Create a talent review process that engages all managers in assessing and developing talent.
Performance Management: Implement a performance management program that emphasizes performance, collaboration and integrity, as well as CPM ’s values, and empower s employees to manage their own development and career trajectory.
Develop and Coach HR Team: Build internal consulting competencies so that the HR team functions as credible business partners, culture & change agents , capable talent managers, organizational consultants, strategic thinkers, impactful coaches and responsive solution providers .
Compensation Strategy: Create a competitive, structured compensation plan that attracts , motivates , and retains talented staff , based on an assessment of current market conditions and aligned a goal of maintaining and enhancing a competitive position. Ensure immediate and long - term compensation plans are aligned with the strategic plan of the organization .
Stay Current: Proactively see k knowledge and expertise in the HR field, as well as stay abreast of general business trends and practices.
The CPO will be a strategic leader with a strong business acumen and with proven experience in building collaborative teams and relationships across all levels of the organization. Specifically:
You will have experience implementing best-in-class HR practices, ideally in a non-profit and/or union environment .
You will have expertise in talent review, talent management, change management and developing high performance work cultures .
You have developed competitive compensation plans with specific emphasis on developing short- and long-term incentive plans aligned with the company ’ s strategic focus and objectives .
You have driven, measured, and delivered results by establishing key HR performance indicators .
You have played a significant role in leading initiatives around company culture, diversity & inclusion, learning & development , within organizations experiencing change .
You have managed employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
A Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration, or related field. An MBA or Master’s degree and SPHR certification is preferred. A combination of education and professional experience will be considered.
Due to current COVID restrictions, you must be able to work remotely at your own designated location with internet access and also must be willing and able to work at our Navy Pier offices, if needed. As of present, the majority of our workforce is working remotely.
Our associates are in service of our mission. Our full-time employee population hovers around 150 people, and approximately half of our team is represented by SAG-AFTRA. We work at our newly renovated open and collaborative space at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. We know it is imperative that our workplace reflects our community so we can, in turn, provide content that connects people. We are committed to having a workplace that thrives by creating a place of belonging where everyone can contribute their talents. If you share our passion for public service news and information, join us! Check out our LinkedIn page for further details: https://www.linkedin.com/company/chicago-public-radio/?viewAsMember=true