Vice President of Human Resources & General Counsel

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Overview & Essential Job Functions

Position Summary:


The VP of Human Resources & General Counsel is responsible for directing all of the people functions of the organization in accordance with the policies and practices of the company, the ethical and social consciences of business and society, and the laws, regulations and administrative rulings of governmental organizations and other regulatory and advisory authorities and organizations. The incumbent will also be responsible for the strategic human resource planning to provide the organization with the best people talent available and to position the organization as the employer of choice by being aware of policies, practices and trends within the industry.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Plans, develops, organizes, implements, directs and evaluates the organization's human resource function and performance.
  • Participates in the development of the organization's plans and programs as a strategic partner, but particularly from the perspective of the impact on people.
  • Represent the company and employees in full range labor and employment matters, workers compensation, meditations, etc.
  • Translates the strategic and tactical business plans into HR strategic and operational plans.
  • Work with the executive team on reviewing, executing, and updating all municipal franchise agreements.
  • Reviews, monitors, and owns the Company’s outside legal counsel activities and budget.
  • Counsel HR and management regarding drafting, implementing and enforcement of personnel policies and procedures, and handle arbitration and litigation along a full range of employment and labor relations law issues.
  • Evaluates and advises on the impact of long-range planning of new programs/strategies and regulatory action as those items affect the attraction, motivation, development and retention of the people resources of the organization.
  • Develops staffing strategies and implementation plans and programs to identify talent within and outside the organization for positions of responsibility. Identifies appropriate and effective external sources for candidates for all levels within the organization.
  • Develops progressive and proactive compensation and benefits programs to provide motivation, incentives and rewards for effective performance.
  • Develops programs to allow the organization to embrace applicants and employees of all backgrounds and to permit the full development and performance of all employees.
  • Develops human resource planning models to identify competency, knowledge and talent gaps and develop specific programs to fill the identified gaps. Areas of activity will include talent management through proper succession planning programs for key contributor and management positions, training and development programs for preparing employees for more significant responsibilities, and general business development programs to enhance employee knowledge and understanding of the business of the company and the software industry.
  • Continually assesses the competitiveness of all programs and practices against the relevant comparable companies, industries and markets.
  • Establishes credibility throughout the organization to be an effective listener and problem solver of people issues.
  • Develops appropriate policies and programs for effective management of the people resources of the organization. Included in this area would be programs for employee relations, affirmative action, sexual harassment, employee complaints, external education and career development, among others.
  • Enhances and/or develops, implements and enforces HR policies and procedures of the organization by way of systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the organization. In particular, manages the human resource information systems database and provides necessary reports for critical analyses of the HR function and the people resources of the organization.
  • Coordinates the activities, programs and strategic HR plans of other HR departments throughout the corporation.
  • Maintains knowledge of domestic HR policies, programs, laws and issues.  
  • Provides technical advice and knowledge to others within the human resource discipline.
  • Manages other areas such as relocation, employee communication, employee safety and health, and community relations.
  • Manages the budget and other financial measures of the HR department.
  • Continues improving the programs, policies, practices and processes associated with meeting the strategic and operational people issues of the organization.
  • Evaluates the HR division structure and team plan for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group as well as for providing individuals with professional and personal growth opportunities.

Qualifications & Environmental Demands

Required Qualifications: 

  • Master’s Degree in Human Resources or a related field
  • 10+ years of proven experience as VP of HR  or other senior HR role
  • 3+ years of legal counsel background
  • Experience in strategic planning and implementation
  • Deep knowledge of HR functions (employee relations, talent management, talent acquisition, etc.)
  • Ability to use metrics and analytics to help provide solutions to issues
  • Advanced knowledge of implementing HRIS/ATS/HCMS and other HR technology
  • Well versed in working with benefit brokers and negotiating new benefits plans
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal labor law
  • Advanced knowledge of Contract , Administrative, Transactional, and Corporate Law
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to be an effective positive people leader
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word/Excel/PowerPoint)
  • Aptitude in communicating and public speaking
  • Well-organized with excellent partnership skills with executive leadership
  • Ability to perform physical requirements of the position with or without reasonable accommodations


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Juris Doctorate in Corporate Law
  • Experience in labor relations and negotiating collective bargaining agreements
  • SPHR Certification 

Physical/Environmental Demands: 

  • Physical:
    • Sitting, seeing, hearing, & smelling continuously.
    • Problem solving, oral/written communication, analytical ability, calculating, concentration, & interpersonal abilities continuously.
    • Eye/hand coordination, fingering (typing), handling, & wrist motion continuously.
    • Bending, reaching, stretching, standing, & walking occasionally.
  • Environmental:
    • Exposure to dust, smoke, fumes, odors, & noise occasionally.
    • Exposure to grease, oil, chemicals, & wet conditions occasionally.
    • Works inside only. Position considered office only.



  • Competitive wages
  • Comprehensive benefit package Medical, Dental, Vision
  • 401K
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Time
  • Career plan
  • Recognition programs
  • Professional development learning
  • An exceptional work environment


Athens will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance and any other applicable state, federal or local laws. EEO/M/F/disability/veteran


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