Chief Human Resources Officer

Chicago, IL – Metra is a nationally recognized commuter rail system serving the City of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The system operates 242 stations on 11 rail lines and is the fourth busiest commuter rail system in the United States. Metra is seeking a progressive, innovative, experienced leader in human resources to serve as its next Chief Human Resources Officer. This position is a key member of the executive team and leads a comprehensive range of human resources services for a workforce of more than 2800 employees. This person will lead all of Metra’s human resources programs including, but not limited to talent acquisition and retention efforts, compensation and benefits administration, workforce/succession planning, employee development and diversity and inclusion initiatives. All labor relations and collective bargaining duties are handled by a separate department.

• Metra is a large, complex organization consisting of more than 2800 employees of which approximately 2200 are represented by 17 collective bargaining agreements in 14 unions. Metra has a diverse workforce and is committed to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organization. Like many agencies, Metra also has an aging workforce, with 21% of its workforce eligible to retire by 2023.

• The position directs Metra’s full complement of human resources services. The department has an $8.4 million budget and includes 36 human resources professionals. Direct reports to the Chief Human Resources Officer include: Executive Administrative Assistant, Director for EEO and Diversity and Inclusion, Director for HR Operations and Director for HR Administration. The Chief Human Resources Officer reports to the Deputy Executive Director of Administration.

• Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or in lieu of a degree, any combination of education and experience that equals four years of human resources experience may be substituted for the required degree. In addition, candidates must have at least eight years’ experience in human resources management and five years of supervisory experience. Possession of a master’s degree and SPHR or SHRM-SCP credentials are highly valued.

Starting salary range is $160,000 – $175,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package including pension, 401k and 457 deferred compensation options. Residency in the City of Chicago is not required. Submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by August 3, 2020 to to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3243.

Metra is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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