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Senior Manager, Human Resources

Requisition Number: 
Human Resources
Job Status: 
The senior manager of Human Resources will provide leadership and support in the execution of strategic HR initiatives across the Chicago Botanic Garden. The senior manager will assist employees one on one with any HR-related needs. They will partner with management as a coach and confidante on topics including talent management and development, performance management, benefits, and employee relations with a strong focus on talent acquisition, onboarding, and compensation.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Act as an advisor and provide technical expertise and analytical support in all aspects of the human resources function as directed by the vice president of  Human Resources.
  • Work with functional leaders to manage talent acquisition activities; coordinate recruitment efforts from job scoping activity through the offer phase. Develop strategies to enhance quality, depth, and diversity of the talent pipeline.
  • Provide real-time interview processes and best-practice training to hiring managers in order to ensure a consistent and effective selection process.
  • Advise on market compensation requirements. Develop and administer job evaluations using relevant market data as needed to maintain competitiveness; rewrite job descriptions as necessary; complete salary surveys and analyze compensation.
  • Support the performance management cycle, advising and coaching in areas of goal setting, midyear feedback activities, and annual performance reviews.
  • Provide guidance and support on day-to-day general employee-relations issues.
  • Organize and conduct all new hire orientations; create a positive first impression of the Garden and serve as a role model for the Garden’s service values.
  • Champion diversity and inclusion plan. The Garden’s commitment to diversity means providing a work environment for all employees that is welcoming, inclusive, respectful, and engaging, with opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • File EEO-1 annual report; maintain other records, report and log to conform to EEO regulations.
  • HRIS: Become an expert user of the Human Resource Information System (currently ADP). Prepare regular and special reports using HRIS. Be backup to inputting employee data in the HRIS system such as hires, promotions, transfers, performance reviews, and terminations.
  • Assist in analyzing trends and making proactive recommendations. Lead for creating HR monthly metrics/dashboard.
  • Prepare employee communication documents including FMLA notices and related documentation.
  • Work with third-party providers (currently SuccessFactors), as directed by vice president of HR to modify performance-review process.
  • Maintain knowledge of legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting human resources functions and ensure that policies, procedures, and reporting are in compliance. Active role in development of affirmative action plan within the division. Ensure compliance with required legal postings on bulletin boards.
  • Identify training needs; recommend appropriate instructional procedures or methods.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of HR-related remedial training or programs/initiatives; this may be in a group or one on one session (e.g. performance management process & system, FMLA).
  • Work closely with benefits manager; understanding of all benefits and the ability to communicate benefit package to employees and applicants.

Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired

  • Ability to make independent decisions.
  • Has good judgment and discretion with highly confidential business and employee information.
  • Shows compassion and patience, genuinely cares about people and is ready to help; must possess the understanding that though an issue may seem small, it is important to those we serve.
  • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
  • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
  • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
  • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
  • Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
  • Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
  • Is welcoming of new hires.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree required; preferably in human resources, business, or psychology.
  • At least seven years of HR generalist experience required, experience in a nonprofit setting preferred.
  • Three years of compensation-evaluation experience.
  • Affirmative action plan experience required.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) required.
  • ADP and SuccessFactors experience a plus.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus.


To Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter, your résumé, Employment Application, and Federal Affirmative Action Questionnaire to and include the job title in the subject line of the email. A copy of your application may also be submitted via postal mail and sent to:

Attn: Aida Giglio, Vice President Human Resources, Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL 60022

Physical Demands: 
Office setting. Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, listening, speaking, and keyboarding. Use of office equipment including computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, and fax machines. Some requirements for lifting, pushing, or pulling items less than 15 pounds.
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call (847) 835-8264 to contact our Title IX coordinator should you have questions or concerns.