The Center for Discovery (HR)

Chief Human Resources Officer

Monticello, New York

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Executive Summary

The Center for Discovery is an internationally renowned specialty center for the treatment of individuals with complex conditions, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and medical frailties. The Center, highly regarded for its innovation, biodynamic farming practices, and whole-body approach to care, has grown from its roots as a provider of services for children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) to become a magnet institution that draws individuals and families from around the State of New York and the world who seek highly advanced care and access to groundbreaking research and treatment.

Located on a multi-campus setting in the Catskill Mountains and with a satellite business office in Manhattan, The Center cares for an ethnically and demographically diverse population of children and adults through residential and educational programs, health and clinical services, and family support services. Its integrated and holistic approach to life-long learning enlists the talents of a dedicated team of nearly 1,600 highly trained staff who provide year-round support, 24 hours a day. Included are a medical staff of physicians and specialists, registered and licensed practical nurses, as well as classroom teachers and teacher aides, dieticians, occupational therapists, and many more.

To amplify the capabilities of its staff, and thereby the potential to assist more families, The Center for Discovery is seeking an insightful and mature human resources professional with deep expertise in talent management to serve as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Leading The Center’s HR strategy and day-to-day operations to ensure program sustainability and expansion, the CHRO will leverage talent and resources to transform, elevate, and amplify the impact of HR infrastructure and service delivery across recruitment and retention; talent management and development; leadership development; succession planning; employee engagement; compensation; benefits; compliance; and HRIS data, analytics, and reporting.

As the largest provider of care for children with significant disabilities in New York State, The Center serves more than 165 adults and 170 children ages 5 to 21 living in beautiful, universally-designed residences with access to advanced rehabilitation technology, adaptive physical education, music, and art therapy. The Center also provides special education services to school-age children, including 100+ day students from school districts throughout the region.

In 2018, The Center will break ground on a specialty hospital for children with ASD as well as those who are medically fragile, serving families from around the country and the world. The hospital will operate a three-to-six-month intensive assessment and intervention program. With the goal of helping children transition back home instead of entering lifelong residential placement, the hospital will equip each child with the necessary skills to engage with the world around them in more meaningful ways and support the child’s family to ensure stability and success.

The CHRO will serve as a strategic thought partner to the Board and Executive Leaders; guide the HR team to effectively support The Center’s expanding program areas and business operations; instill a shared sense of accountability between all team members that reinforces collaboration and an integrated approach to the work; and deliver HR programs that shape high-quality leaders who will positively influence the culture internally and amplify the work of The Center externally.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the CHRO will develop and implement a comprehensive human resources strategy and framework; create and oversee streamlined compensation and benefits programs; develop and deploy integrated talent management and development systems; create and launch tailored talent acquisition and retention strategies; build and lead a best-in-class HR service delivery team that strives to elevate all functions of the organization and promotes strong lines of communication; and design and implement policies, procedures, and systems to capture data and provide real-time reports that establish evidence-based outcomes and support predictive analytics.

The ideal candidate must have sound judgment to deal with confidential and sensitive information, and often act as a liaison between the CEO and other constituencies, both internal and external. This person must be able to understand, clearly articulate, and operationalize the CEO’s ideas, thoughts, and perspectives as they relate to the organization’s internal purpose and objectives. A dynamic, flexible and resourceful leader, the CHRO will be a strong coach and problem solver, diplomatic change agent, and an expert in understanding organizational dynamics. An inspirational style that compels others to perform at the highest levels, embrace change and self-reflection, and adopt a cohesive vision is essential. Excellent communication and negotiation skills are critical.

In addition to having knowledge in health and human services and a passion for serving children with complex conditions, the successful candidate will offer strong business acumen and a strategic sense of how to create and manage a human resources office that best serves The Center’s staff, functions, and goals. A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in human resources management, or a related field, plus ten to fifteen years of HR experience in complex and dynamic health and human services organizations is required.
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Adele Mezher  

Lisa Catapano