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. In 2019, Metra had more than 74 million passenger trips and its 2021 operating and capital budget is $1.87 billion.  Metra is a large, complex organization consisting of more than 2,800 employees of which approximately 2,200 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
Reporting directly to the Chief Human Resources Officer, this hybrid position (three days in office/two days remote) provides executive leadership over a team of five employees responsible for compensation, benefits, and the human resources information system.
  • The Director of Compensation, Benefits and HRIS primary duties include the development, implementation and monitoring of compensation policies, programs and objectives that align with agency goals, attract and retain qualified employees and comply with employment laws; manage and oversee the development of job descriptions; provide leadership and strategic direction in the procurement and administration of the Agency’s health benefits and retirement plans and direct the development, maintenance, enhancement, integration and optimization of the Human Resources Information Systems.
  • The Director of Compensation, Benefits and HRIS is a key member of the Chief Human Resources Officer’s executive team and must be adept at presentations to senior leadership, employee organizations and other Agency executives.
  • Candidates may have a bachelor’s degree in human resources or related field OR in lieu of a bachelor’s degree, a combination of education and experience that equals four years in compensation and/or benefitsIn addition, candidates are expected to have an additional eight years of compensation and/or benefits experience. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree must have eight years of compensation and/or benefits experience.
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate innovative and creative problem-solving skills that include incorporating data and relevant metrics into decision making processes.  Collaborative leadership skills with the ability to develop and maintain productive relationships both internally and externally are a must.
Starting salary range is $107,000 – $134,000 depending on qualifications and experience — full range goes to $161,024. Metra offers an excellent benefits package including pensionsand 401k/457 deferred compensation optionsResidency in the City of Chicago is not required. Position is open until filled with ongoing review of resumesSubmit resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references online to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road #225, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3240. 
Metra is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Posted: 2022-11-18

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