Chief People Officer (CPO)

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Chief People Officer (CPO)


Atlanta, GA

Full Time

Full Time



A leading non-profit organization focusing on life-changing trauma-informed behavioral health services and wraparound support to children, adults and families that empowers them to change the direction of their lives. 

The organization was established in 1981 and has offered an array of individualized programs through Family Services which includes: Behavioral Health, Safe Homes & Environments, Strong Communities and Education & Training. Our ambition is to be Georgia’s go-to place where every vulnerable child or traumatized youth discovers how to unlock their potential.

Position Summary:

The Chief People Officer (CPO) functions as a business partner with the CEO and an integral member of the Executive Leadership Team, making recommendations for continuous improvements in policy and processes to increase efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness.  The CPO leads the HR team in the implementation of workforce planning, onboarding, performance management, training, leadership development and acceleration, succession planning, employee relations, organizational culture, ethics and compliance. The CPO works across multiple departments and works in collaboration with clinical leadership and programs to provide guidance and solutions at all levels of leadership. 

Key Roles and Responsibilities: 


  • Lives and works by the organization’s Values and Code of Ethics in accordance with the company’s mission
  • Provides leadership as a member of the executive management team, participating in planning,innovation, and reorganization efforts
  • Operates effectively within the organizational structure and participates in strategic and long-range planning. Thinks proactively to manage the department and the organization.
  • Develops and implements a reporting structure that creates human resource dashboards/ scorecards for monitoring, evaluation and review by CEO and Board
  • Assists the CEO and program/ownership teams in developing long and short-term staff development/succession plans, including management and leadership training
  • Represents the organization to HR partners, donors, foundation executives, and public officials
  • Collaborates with CCO, CFO, and others on Executive Leadership team to strengthen management systems

Human Resource Information, Strategy and Reporting

  • Develops and executes an overarching human resource and staff development strategy
  • Ensures compliance with all licensing, accreditation standards and reporting requirements
  • Ensures timely daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly reporting with a focus on recruitment, hiring, retention and staff development to maximize mission impact
  • Maximizes positive impact of Human Resource Information System
  • Manages benefits, payroll, 403b and 457 plans and reporting in collaboration with CFO
  • Develops and operationalizes key human resource policy, procedures, and systems that support current and future growth
  • Oversees all human resource procedures, including recruitment, hiring, onboarding, whistleblower line, exit surveys and provides monthly and quarterly reporting to management
  • Oversees and participates in training for program managers and hiring directors in hiring, supervision and termination processes and legal guidelines
  • Evaluates HR functions and systems for efficiencies and effectiveness and develops recommendations for improvements as the organization grows and expands
  • Other duties as assigned with a focus on implementing strategic plan goals.

Supervision and Oversight

  • Recruits, hires, and supervises talent within the HR Department to meet the values of the organization, to ensure strong customer service and to support a strong service-oriented HR Department
  • Ensure HR staff provide appropriate customer service and information to effectively facilitate the process for the recruitment, hiring, onboarding and retention of employees
  • Supervises, evaluates, and augments the human resources team, as needed
  • Oversees HR compliance and accreditation compliance
  • Manages vendor relationships

Board Relations and Reporting

  • Liaison with Board Human Resources Committee and ensures timely board reporting
  • Ensures timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of HR reporting to inform operations, as required by federal and state funders and for the organization’s Board of Directors

Functional Background & Experience:

  • Seasoned and mature leader with at least 12 to 15 years’ experience in a nonprofit environment
  • A minimum BS in Human Resources – SHRM certification a plus
  • Proven skills as a team player and collaborative leader
  • A track record of building, managing, and mentoring high-performing teams
  • Innovative in problem-solving, idea generation, and management style
  • Experience in behavioral health, child welfare and nonprofits a plus
  • Experience managing HRIS software packages – experience with Paylocity a plus
  • Knowledge and understanding of HR audits and requirements
  • Superior communication skills and ability to identify and bring forward issues and opportunities
  • Proven skills in multitasking in a fast-paced, pressure-packed environment

Other Requirements:

  • Demonstrates trustworthiness and responsible behavior
  • Attendance and responsiveness are critical to this position, requiring punctuality and dependability
  • Ability to work additional hours when needed
  • Must be able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside of the company
  • Must be willing to continually learn in the area of expertise
  • Must be proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

The ideal CPO will possess the following:

  • Technical expertise that enables well-informed decisions, usage of available tools and resources, and training to execute job responsibilities
  • Initiative and accountability for work that is completed accurately and in a timely manner
  • Ability to collaborate with other staff to ensure best practices and sound decisions
  • Ability to communicate appropriately when corresponding verbally or written
  • Ability to adapt and adjust course and be open to new ideas
  • Ability to manage workload through a clear understanding of task/project and ability to set realistic timelines and goals
  • Commitment to our mission, vision and values demonstrated in the work

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