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Chief People Officer

The Chief People Officer (CPO) will serve as a key member of the leadership team and is responsible for evaluating, developing, and executing human resources strategies across the organization. The CPO provides strategic vision and leadership in directing the organization’s human resources functions including talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, employee engagement, training and development, total rewards, succession planning, and culture initiatives. The CPO also serves as the leader and champion of DEI, ensuring that operations and programs are equitable and inclusive, and the overall organizational culture is a supportive environment.

The Chief People Officer reports to the Chief Executive Officer. This position is located in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently remote.


  • Champion a culture of passion around the mission.
  • Partner with CEO and Leadership team to develop and implement a phased, multi-year talent strategy, reflecting organizational capacity and ambitious growth over the next 3-5 years.
  • Develop, mentor, and grow the HR team to support the organizational growth.
  • Develop and implement human resources strategies which enable the organization to attract, retain, develop, and motivate a highly skilled and productive workforce.
  • Research current and emerging developments and trends relative to DREI and collaborate with senior management to incorporate practices into existing and future strategies focused on the workplace, workforce, and community.
  • Collaborate with executive management to establish career development programs that support a sound plan of management succession that meets the organization’s current and future needs.
  • Develop promotion processes and career matrixes that will grow internal pathways for employees.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive compensation and benefit plans that are competitive and cost effective.
  • Manage benefit and payroll compliance and accuracy.
  • Closely coordinate with Accounting/Finance and other teams to ensure alignment and compliance with all HR functions.
  • Design and develop training programs, tools, and resources for team members that will increase education about and enhance understanding of DEI issues; facilitate training sessions and ongoing learning experiences.
  • Serve as the team liaison for the DEI Committee, ensuring development of a DEI strategic plan that is reviewed, monitored, and updated on a consistent and periodic basis.
  • Design and implement key performance indicators, metrics, monitoring, and reporting systems to effectively benchmark organizational progress in key areas of HR, including but not limited to retention, engagement, and DEI.
  • Identify and comply with legal requirements and government reporting regulations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources or a related field required, advanced degree preferred
  • 20+ years of experience in a human resources leadership position
  • The ability to manage, mentor, and grow an HR team
  • Experience leading HR functions in a company with 200-500 employees
  • Strong experience with recruitment, employee relations, and performance management tools
  • Experience at a high-growth nonprofit organization or in an entrepreneurial environment is preferred
  • Advanced human resources certification, such as SPHR, preferred
  • Ability to work effectively in an organization that has recognized its own issues related to equity and is seeking to be more representative of the entire community
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with experience in facilitation/presentation, as well as strong organizational skills and acuity with detail
  • Proficient in latest version of Microsoft Office products and HR software

Organization Description

We design and implement programs that reduce costs, protect people and the environment, and ensure the benefits of clean and efficient energy use reach those who need them most.

At Elevate, the greatest asset of our organization is the kind of people we attract. Elevate employees co-create our energetic and collaborative environment, where constant learning and service to others take priority. We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of innovation and we seek dynamic, hardworking team members who are inspired to work with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Every day we make a difference by placing our team, clients, and community partners first. From our mission to our focus on staff wellbeing and career development opportunities, there’s no better place to grow your career than Elevate.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Elevate is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or marital status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

To Apply

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume through our candidate portal at Search for “Chief People Officer” to find the position listing.

Please note that Elevate will only contact candidates via an email address. We will never ask a candidate for payment of any kind as part of the hiring or onboarding process or send payment to any candidate prior to completing the hiring and onboarding process.

No phone calls please.

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