Executive Vice President - Human Resources
Catholic Relief Services - Baltimore, MD

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Reports To: President, Catholic Relief Services
FSLA: Exempt

Since 1943, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the US Catholic community, has represented the compassion and good will of American Catholics and brought hope to the world. CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States and the Catholic people to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS's activities are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve, and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life; to foster charity and justice; and to embody Catholic social and moral teaching. CRS acts to:

  • Promote human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and
  • Educate and serve Catholics in the United States as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.
For the last 67 years, CRS has been an agent of help and hope for the poorest of the poor around the world. Over the past 20 years, the agency has done an impressive job of expressing and living its Catholic identity, and has effectively begun to engage American Catholics in living in solidarity -- via prayer, formation, education, giving, learning, and action -- with the people CRS has traditionally served overseas. CRS completed a Strategic Review in 2000 that set up the agency for a decade of achievement and phenomenal growth. CRS has quadrupled in size over the past 10 years and the agency has established a global footprint which is both broad (over 100 countries) and deep (extending to community level, rural areas, and conflict zones). CRS has a growing portfolio of advocacy, agriculture, education, emergency response, health, HIV/AIDS, peace building, social safety net, and food security programs. In addition to extending partnerships and investing in developing a wide array of partners at the community and country levels, CRS has also introduced new programmatic approaches, including implementing more participatory development methodologies and using innovative technologies to extend the reach and impact of CRS programs.

CRS employs a global and diverse workforce of nearly 5,000 people and is expected to soon surpass a $1 billion (USD) yearly operating budget. As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, CRS works with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race, or nationality. For more information regarding CRS please visit www.crs.org .

Primary Function:
The CRS Executive Vice President of Human Resources is part of the Executive Leadership Team and reports to the President/CEO. He/she is responsible for providing strategic leadership and overall management of the Agency Talent Management Strategy to ensure the Agency has the talent it needs to carry out its mission. The position is responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of all Human Resource policies and programs to include recruitment, on-boarding, employee relations, compensation, benefits, staff care and health, employee services, learning and succession planning. To accomplish these functions, he/she will partner with senior leadership to develop and build key initiatives and programs that are aligned with the Agency’s business plans and strategic objectives. In order to more fully incorporate the values of the Agency in Human Resource policies and programs, he/she must be a practicing Catholic, active in his/her faith, and display an understanding of church hierarchy and theological acumen. The successful candidate must be fully familiar with the Catholic Church’s teachings and have firsthand experience and knowledge of the working and living conditions in overseas areas where CRS works. The successful candidate must be able to work with a diversified workforce including domestic US, international and national staff. In addition to responsibilities associated with human resources, he/she will have direct oversight for the facilities and office services departments.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serves as a Senior Advisor to the President and Executive Leadership Team on all aspects of Human Resources, helping to ensure that the Agency has the talent and commitment necessary to achieve the Agency mission.
  • Partners with senior leadership to monitor and further define the Agency’s culture based on Catholic Social Teaching, focused on promoting an empowered and engaged workforce, delivering results and fostering positive staff morale.
  • Hires, develops and leads a strong team of Human Resource managers and staff.
  • Formulates and implements all Human Resource policies, services and programs in line with agency values and principles.
  • Develops, implements and evaluates programs and processes for succession planning, talent mapping, performance assessment, and leadership development.
  • Develops an on-going training program for all staff concerning Catholic Church structure, values, principles and social teaching.
  • Establishes wage and salary structures, pay policies, performance appraisal programs, employee benefit programs and staff care and health programs.
  • Establishes an effective approach to employee relations including staff communications, employee engagement, conflict resolution, and recognition and employee feedback programs.
  • Consults and advises unit leaders on highly confidential and complex human resources and employee relations issues.
  • Oversees the Facilities and Office Services Units.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal : President/CEO, Executive Leadership Team, Overseas and US Regional Directors, headquarters senior directors and in-house counsel.

External : CRS Board, HR executive staff from sister agencies (USCCB, Archdiocese of Baltimore, CARE, SAVE, Oxfam, Mercy Corps, IRC, etc.) and external legal counsel.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:
The Executive Vice President of Human Resources will be an exceptional strategic leader with hands-on operational oversight and broad-based business acumen, strategic insights, sound judgment and proven, in-depth leadership experience. The individual will possess the following:
  • Masters degree in business, human resources or related discipline (or equivalent experience).
  • Minimum of 10 years broad based human resource experience with a global focus for an international organization as a senior manager or higher.
  • Practicing Catholic, active in his/her faith who is personally and professional committed to Catholic Social Teaching.
  • High level of emotional intelligence.
  • Strong leader of people with well-developed teambuilding and influencing skills, unquestioned integrity, and the experience, confidence and stature to effectively address sensitive HR issues.
  • Strong decision-making skills and able to solve the most complex of problems.
  • A quick study who is able to utilize personal wisdom and experience to come to the best solution in uncertain circumstances.
  • Able to multi-task and use multiple problem-solving tools and techniques.
  • High level presentation and writing skills.
  • Positive in outlook, unpretentious, smart and able to assume this senior leadership role in a fast-paced, changing global environment.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates constructive
  • Relationships
  • Promotes Learning
CRS Leadership Competencies:
  • Shapes Strategic Direction
  • Thinks and Acts From a
  • “Whole-Agency” View
  • Empowers Staff to Excel
  • Inspires Trust and
  • Commitment
Foreign Language Required :
  • French or Spanish a plus
Physical Requirements/Environment:
  • Normal conditions for an office environment
  • Willingness and ability to travel overseas; Approximately 20% travel required
This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

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