Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

CMAP is our region's comprehensive planning organization.

The Director of Human Resources provides executive-level leadership and guidance to the organization’s human resources operations. They are responsible for setting, enforcing, and evaluating legally compliant human resources policies, procedures, and best practices, and identifying and implementing long-range strategic talent management goals.

Compensation: Starting salary range of $119,703 – $146,636, DOQ.


Collaborates with executive leadership to define the organization’s long-term mission and goals; develops and implements human resource strategies and programs to support the mission through talent management.
Develops key performance indicators for the organization’s human resource and talent management functions; assesses the organization’s success and market competitiveness based on these metrics.
Provides guidance and counsel to management on human resource initiatives (e.g., organizational design and development, employee engagement, performance assessment and evaluation)
Ensures compliance with employment, benefits, insurance, safety, and other laws, regulations, and requirements.
Facilitates successful payroll processing ensuring timecards are submitted and approved timely in collaboration with the Finance Team.
Ensures maintenance of employee records in HRIS system are updated and accurate.  Runs various reports regarding employee metrics that aids in decision making.
Manages employee benefits and facilitates annual open enrollment process.  Partners with insurance brokers and vendors on robust benefit offerings and competitive renewal rates. Supports employees in accessing and utilizing benefits.
Designs, implements, and manages talent acquisition and onboarding processes.
Manages the agency’s compensation structure, pay practices, and performance management processes and makes recommendations for enhancements.
Manages employee relations activities to include, disciplinary actions, coaching, and investigations.
Leads training efforts for the agency through the use of external and internal resources.
Develops, implements, and communicates human resources policies and procedures in compliance with appropriate regulatory agencies.
Manages a team of human resources professionals ensuring excellent customer services is provided.  Provides coaching, training, and development opportunities to the team.
Collaborates with managers to lead and support diversity and inclusion initiatives and agency trainings through team member working groups.
Leads agency efforts in human resources technology projects.
Maintains knowledge of laws, regulations, and best practices in employment law, human resources, and talent management.


Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, business or a related field or the equivalent amount of experience. Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum of seven years’ experience in human resources management with experience on all functional areas of HR.
Minimum of three years’ experience leading and managing a team of human resources professionals.
Previous experience implementing and managing human resources technology systems
Advanced Human Resources certification is preferred.


Well organized, detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task while having the ability to prioritize assignments.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and knowledge of basic office equipment.
Demonstrated professional interpersonal skills, both oral and written.
Ability to build and sustain relationships and interact effectively with people at all levels of the organization.
Demonstrated ability to negotiate and bring parties to a consensus.
Excellent conflict management skills, analytical and problem-solving skills.
Ability to assist staff in a remote environment.
Demonstrated proficiency in human resources technology.


Supervises Human Resources Generalists

Certifications/Licenses and Association Dues
Deferred Compensation (457 Plan)
Dental Insurance
Employee Assistance Program
Flexible Spending Accounts
Health Insurance
Life and Disability Insurance
Long-term Disability Insurance
Parental Leave
Personal Days/Floating Holidays
Retirement Savings Plan
Short-term Disability Insurance
Sick Leave
Tuition Reimbursement
Vacation Leave
Vision Insurance

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