Vice President of Human Resources

New York, NY

Who We Are: 

CareerWise is a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization that creates life-changing opportunities for the youngest generation of America’s workforce. We build industry-led, student-centered, modern youth apprenticeships through classroom and on-the-job learning providing flexible, alternative pathways to economic mobility. We have hundreds of CareerWise apprentices in the workplace, charting new paths to academic and career success. In addition, workforce and education leaders from across the country have visited CareerWise to learn about our youth apprenticeship model. As a result, our programs have launched in multiple states, leveraging our institutional knowledge, technology, and infrastructure.

Who We’re Looking For:

We’re looking for someone who is a highly competent and experienced Human Resources leader who can provide executive-level leadership and guidance to CareerWise’s HR operations.  You have extensive understanding of compliance and employment law in a variety of contexts.  You are a strategic thinker, able to both build and implement HR systems. You have a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as exceptional interpersonal and change management skills that allow you to build trust at all levels of the organization. We have an awesome team of smart, fun people that rolls up our sleeves and gets stuff done!

Job Summary:

Reporting to the CEO, the VP of Human Resources will serve as the organization’s top HR executive. This position will support approximately 100 staff members who are primarily based in our flagship markets of Colorado and New York City. You are responsible for setting, enforcing, and evaluating legally compliant human resources policies, procedures, and best practices, and developing and implementing strategies to build a diverse, effective and engaged team of employees.

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT  | You will lead all human resources strategy and activities for our growing, diverse and geographically dispersed workforce, including talent acquisition, upskilling, performance management, employee relations, benefits administration, coaching and development, compensation, HR compliance and company culture initiatives.
  • SYSTEMS ALIGNMENT | Our teams in New York City and Colorado currently have different approaches to HR policies, procedures and systems. You will assess the current state, identify the appropriate opportunities for alignment, and lead the transition of systems where needed, including guiding a change management process for staff.
  • DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION (DEI) LEADERSHIP | You will lead the advancement of our organization’s strategies, policies and practices to promote diversity and inclusion, ensuring fair and equitable opportunities for all employees.
  • EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT | You will be the organizational lead for promoting a strong organizational culture that promotes positive employee engagement, wellness and success
  • COMPLIANCE | You will be responsible for ensuring compliance with all federal, state and local employment laws and regulations across the organization. 
  • ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP | You will collaborate with other members of the executive team to define the organization’s long-term mission and goals and then identify and implement opportunities to support this mission through organizational development and talent management. You will lead change management processes to support employees through organizational transitions.
  • TEAM LEADERSHIP | You will provide guidance and leadership to the HR team; supporting the resolution of questions, concerns, and issues related to employee relations, compensation, benefits and other HR matters.

Key competencies to be successful in this role:

  • Operates with the highest level of integrity 
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) and experience advancing these principles in the workplace
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others and develop trusting relationships with staff at all levels
  • Demonstrated experience in building and implementing effective HR policies, procedures and systems
  • Demonstrated experience leading change management processes
  • Dynamic team leader that can thrive in a rapidly changing environment
  • Deep experience and knowledge of employment law and compliance
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Additional proficiencies:

  • Law degree and/or deep experience in employment law and compliance
  • Experience as a nonprofit leader
  • Experience leading teams located across multiple locations
  • Experience with merging organizations

The above statements are intended to describe the essential functions of the job being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  The duties listed are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.  All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.  With the evolution of the organization and this role, the responsibilities of this position may change at any time.


CareerWise is a hybrid workplace. This position will be based out of New York City with three days per week in our Midtown office.


The starting salary range for this role is: $140,000-$180,000; this role is not covered by the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the FLSA. CareerWise offers a generous benefits package including group medical, dental, and vision plans, short-term disability, 100% vested 401k plan with a 3% employer contribution, and flexible time off.

Interested? We look forward to hearing from you!

In your cover letter, please answer these two questions when you provide your resume:

1: Why are you interested in joining CareerWise?

2: What can you bring to this position?

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals are encouraged to apply. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at: 

Working conditions and physical requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Usual office environment with frequent sitting, walking and standing. Frequent use of eye, hand, and finger coordination for use of standard office equipment. Oral and auditory capacity required for interpersonal communication as well as communication through automated devices such as the telephone and online video conference platforms (like Google, Zoom, MS Teams, Webex, etc.)