Senior Vice-President, Human Resources

Bethany Christian Services
April 13, 2018
Grand Rapids, MI
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified



Please submit an up-to-date resume with cover letter. In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  • Why would you like to work for Bethany Christian Services?
  • Why is this position an important career move for you?
  • What work accomplishment are you most proud of to date?


Our mission at Bethany Christian Services is to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children and families through quality social services.


The Senior Vice President, Human Resources, oversees a team of 15 human resources (HR) professionals with four strategic HR leaders as direct reports. Bethany staff includes more than 1,400 U.S. employees and more than 30 international employees.


We’re looking for a trusted, senior-level advisor to provide guidance and direction to the Senior Executive Team as it supports the agency’s overall mission and strategic imperatives.

The Senior Vice President, Human Resources, leads the HR team by promoting a culture of learning, excellent execution, and best practices that support Bethany’s unique needs. This role also directs Bethany’s ongoing training and development process. This includes creating an advanced learning academy and platform to enrich and support Bethany’s managers and leaders.

In addition to leading all areas of employee branding and communications, the Senior Vice President, Human Resources, integrates all areas of HR (total rewards, employee engagement, people analytics, talent management, employee relations, diversity and belonging, change management) to support and enhance our people-focused culture.

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to balance both domestic and global business needs with legal requirements (EEO/AA, federal, state, and local laws) and accreditation requirements (Council on Accreditation, Hague, State Licensing).


At this point in your career, you have 12–15 years of HR experience, ideally in the non-profit sector. You have a minimum of five years of demonstrated leadership with an emphasis on setting direction, executing goals, and providing coaching to inspire success. You have a successful track record of working in a highly matrixed, complex organization and effectively serving as a member of the senior leadership team. You have ideally lived and/or worked abroad and bring a high level of cultural sensitivity to the organization.

You have the following specific qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in human resources, organizational leadership, industrial/organizational psychology, or business administration.
  • PHR or SHRM-CP credential required; SPHR or SHRM-SCP highly preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (including SharePoint) and HRIS systems.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and relationship building skills with the ability to professionally and enthusiastically interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrable commitment to excellence, accountability, integrity, and ethical behaviours.
  • Ability to successfully manage multi-departmental projects, priorities, and timelines with minimal supervision.
  • Subscription to and integration of the agency statement of faith, mission statement, and cultural diversity commitment.


Founded in 1944, Bethany Christian Services is a global, nonprofit organization with 120 locations in 35 states. Our top priority is strengthening families for the well being of children. Our services include adoption, foster care, and pregnancy counseling. We also provide family counseling, assist refugees and immigrants resettling in the U.S., and partner with more than 15 countries to help keep families together. The work we do equips families to be the answer for children in need.

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