Chief Human Resources Officer

Website OakPark97 Oak Park Elementary District 97

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)


12-month Position


Human Resources

Primary Reporting Location:

District 97 Central Office

260 Madison St

Oak Park, Illinois


Senior Leadership Team


Commensurate with experience

Date Available:

On or before July 1, 2024

About the Role

Responsible for the design and execution of the district’s broader human resource strategy and outcomes as outlined in Board Policy 7:12: Ensuring Racial and Educational Equity, the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) leads key strategic areas of work including succession planning, talent management, change management, performance management, training and development, and compensation.

Key Professional Competency Standards:

Personnel and Benefits Administration – The CHRO understands and implements human resource management procedures for non-instructional personnel as evident by the following:

  • demonstrates appropriate skills related to the recruitment, selection, orientation, evaluation, and assignment of non-instructional personnel, including the creation of job descriptions.
  • analyzes and demonstrates procedures for bidding, selecting, evaluating, and managing fringe benefit programs.
  • applies the legal procedures for the recruitment, selection, orientation, assignment, and termination of non-instructional personnel.
  • leads subordinates in understanding the expectations for the implementation of all board policies, as well as State and federal laws related to personnel.
  • analyzes the legal requirements and tax consequences of fringe benefit programs, using federal and State codes.

Staff Development – The CHRO understands and implements staff development procedures for non-instructional personnel as evident by the following:

  • identifies staff development priorities.
  • identifies models for the program and completes cost analysis of staff development programs.
  • identifies appropriate procedures for the management of staff development programs.
  • incorporates the major components of adult learning into the creation of an effective, sequential process for staff development.
  • applies the appropriate skills for the administration of a comprehensive staff development program for non-instructional staff.

Management Information Systems – The CHRO understands and utilizes management information systems as evidenced by the following:

  • applies current technology in regard to the storage, analysis, and communication of data
  • evaluates the benefits of producing information in relation to costs.
  • develops a records management system, using appropriate technology, that complies with all legal requirements.
  • assists in the development of a long-range technology plan for a school district.
  • assists in the evaluation of computer hardware and software for use in the Human Resources Department.

Labor Relations/Collective Bargaining – The CHRO understands and addresses labor relations/collective bargaining issues as evident by the following:

  • analyzes board of education policies and state statutes regarding collective negotiations.
  • applies appropriate procedures for the development of the board of education’s negotiation team and strategies for conducting negotiation sessions.
  • applies appropriate procedures for improving the relationships between management and district employees.
  • develops salary schedules and fringe benefit packages.
  • analyzes models for assessing the costs of salary and fringe benefit proposals.

Organization and Administration – The CHRO understands and demonstrates various organizational leadership models as evident by the following:

  • utilizes methods of assigning personnel and resources to accomplish specific goals and objectives.
  • uses scheduling techniques to coordinate tasks to maximize personnel and resource use.
  • exhibits skills in identifying problems, securing relevant information, and recognizing possible causes of conflict.
  • exhibits skills in questioning techniques, fact finding, categorizing information, and retention of relevant data.

Communications – The CHRO understands and demonstrates communications procedures and comprehends effective communication strategies and techniques related to mass and interactive communications (oral, aural, written, and nonverbal) as evident by the following:

  • articulates ideas clearly, concisely, and effectively.
  • develops a plan for a positive school-community relations program for the Human Resources Department.
  • develops procedures for the management of public information programs and departments that relate to business services.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position is directly responsible for leading the Senior Director of Human Resources and other managers in the department.

Additional Role Responsibilities:

  • Develop HR plans and strategies to support recruiting, onboarding, and retaining a diverse workforce that is committed to universal student success
  • Develop systems which make organizational expectations clear to all employees
  • Provide managers the tools to effectively support the implementation of organizational expectations
  • Oversee the development and monitoring of annual performance evaluation processes
  • Provide leadership development of short and long-range talent development plans
  • Prepare professional materials (e.g. staffing projections, employment trends, interpretation of rules/regulations, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities and issues, meeting compliance requirements, providing supporting materials for requested actions, and/or addressing district objectives.
  • Assist in the analysis, preparation, and dissemination of information and recommendations regarding confidential personnel matters, collective bargaining policies, positions, and information as appropriate for labor relations purposes.
  • Facilitate meetings that frequently involve a range of issues (e.g. employment procedures, regulatory requirements, requests from outside agencies, cross-functional workflows, etc.) for the purpose of communicating information, identifying appropriate actions, developing recommendations, and guiding staff.
  • Foster effective and collaborative relationships with District 97 labor groups and union representatives.
  • Work cross-functionally with instructional and operational leaders to execute the Chief School Business Official standards as outlined in the Illinois School Code.
  • Perform additional job functions as outlined by the district and other duties as assigned.

Content Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical, systems-building, and solution-seeking skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • Knowledge of effective supervisory methods and practices, including performance appraisal of staff
  • Excellent organizational and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of laws and legal standards pertaining to employee relations and human resource management.
  • Knowledge and understanding of payroll processing.

Leadership Qualities:

  • Champions the vision of the school district.
  • Leads with an unrelenting commitment to serve ALL students.
  • Embraces the connection between public school leadership, student learning, and equity.
  • Aspires to the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
  • Models a forward-thinking and innovative mindset.
  • Stewards public funds with a high sense of responsibility.
  • Balances a drive to lead with an awareness of the cross-functional nature of district work.
  • Demonstrates the ability to organize teams to achieve common goals.
  • Generates a culture of care for, learning with, and service to the community.
  • Demonstrates a passion to work in collaboration with a culturally, racially, and linguistically diverse district team of administrators, educators, and staff in all roles.
  • Actively seeks feedback, including critical feedback intended for professional growth.
  • Courageously addresses adult behavior that does not meet professional expectations.

Education, Credentials, and Experience:

  • A BS/BA degree from an accredited college/university; MBA or MA/MS in human resources or a related field preferred
  • A minimum of five years of HR experience, with at least three years of executive HR experience
  • Earned industry credentials such as SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM – SCP) or AASPA Human Capital Leaders in Education (pHCLE or eHCLE)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Human Resources functional operations and experience working with Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) required

Physical Requirements:

This position requires the performance of light work—which requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects. The position includes close visual acuity, frequent talking, hearing, walking and standing, occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling, some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling, and significant fine finger dexterity. The job is performed in non-hazardous environments and a clean atmosphere. The position requires indoor and outdoor supervision during varying temperatures and climatic conditions.

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