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Vice President of Human (Heart) Resources

Minneapolis, MN
Vice President of Human (Heart) Resources Northside Achievement Zone

kpCompanies is leading the search for a community-focused, collaborative professional to become the next Vice President of Human (Heart) Resources with The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ). The VP provides overall strategic direction for human resources and partners with organizational leaders in creating and sustaining a values-driven culture. The VP, who reports directly to the CEO, is committed to staff's well-being, namely the wellness of their hearts, minds, and bodies—at every level of the organization.


This position is an exceptional opportunity for a leader to join the organization at a critical strategic review time.


The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) is a bold and innovative collaborative effort to permanently close the achievement gap in North Minneapolis.

NAZ began in 2003 as the PEACE Foundation, which used grassroots organizing to reduce violence in North Minneapolis. By 2008, organizers and residents drew on the Harlem Children's Zone's inspirational results, and they pulled together to explore solutions to issues that continued to plague the neighborhood. Today, NAZ leads a collaboration among 40+ partners, including schools and nonprofit organizations that work together on a single goal—to end multi-generational poverty through education. NAZ has also become a recognized leader and shares our best practices within our region and on a national stage.

NAZ uses a data-driven, evidence-based, achievement-focused model where both children and their families move through a "cradle-to-career" ecosystem that provides comprehensive support to children and their families. NAZ operates as one integrated program across multiple partners, with NAZ families at the center. Together these partners assist families with an ecosystem of best practice supports from prenatal development through college and career. These elements build toward measurable academic outcomes for children, and the successes are driving positive change on the Northside.


Our mission is to end generational poverty and build a culture of achievement in North Minneapolis where low-income children of color graduate from high school college and career ready. We accomplish this through collaboration with parents, community organizations, and schools.

NAZ F.A.C.T. (Core Values)

Internal to NAZ, four core values are the touchstone of our unique culture, defining our leadership and employee behaviors, and shaping how we work, learn, laugh, and succeed together.

Focusing on Success for Our Children and Families

We commit to doing whatever it takes so that Northside children of color realize their unlimited potential academically and in life. We do this by partnering with schools demonstrating an ability to accelerate academic outcomes and community-based organizations that effectively provide whole family wrap-around supports. Parents support their children and actualize their families' dreams by receiving partner services in addition to NAZ coaching, parenting education, and leadership training.

Advancing Racial Equity for All

We commit to ending all forms of race-based disparities by first healing our own racialized trauma, understanding the impact of this type of trauma on others, ensuring equitable policies & practices, dismantling systems of oppression and privilege, and working towards wellness in our minds and bodies alongside our families, schools, and community.

Creating A Trusting Village

We commit to creating trusting relationships with all our parents, scholars, co-workers, and collaborative partners as a critical means of removing barriers and identifying opportunities for families and children to end multi-generational poverty. We earn trust by having integrity in all we do, being reliable in our follow-through, and exhibiting competency in the tasks at hand. We commit to breaking down silos, having transparent communications, resolving conflicts, fostering fun, giving grace to others, and striving for excellence in all we do.

Transforming Our Community Using Data and Learning

We commit to holding each other accountable to achieve breakthrough performance and results with children and families using data, innovation, compelling storytelling, ongoing learning, and continuous improvement strategies, measuring our shared success by the achievements and well-being of Northside children and families.


The Vice President of Human (Heart) Resources is a vital member of the senior leadership team and will work in partnership with the CEO and other leaders to create and sustain a vibrant NAZ culture focused on people's well-being and development to organizational effectiveness. The VP will focus on culture solidifying HR strategies and programming, including talent acquisition, development, and management; total rewards (benefits and compensation); coaching and performance improvement; succession planning; change management; organizational design; and effective internal communication strategies. Also, the VP will provide oversight for the HR Generalist.

  • Partner with organizational leaders in creating and sustaining a values-driven culture committed to staff's well-being, namely the wellness of their hearts, minds, and bodies—at every level of the organization
  • Enhance a values-driven climate that promotes goal achievement, collaboration across partnerships and ensures capacity for growth and development
  • Participate in the development of the organization's plans and programs as a strategic partner, particularly from the perspective of the impact on human capital management
  • Provide insight and advice on systems, practices, and structure to improve overall organizational effectiveness
  • Provide strategic HR and talent consultation/advice to the executive team
  • Lead the talent management process, including talent acquisition, employee onboarding, learning and development, performance management, and succession planning
  • Advise leaders on organizational design and change management initiatives 
  • Conduct annual compensation review and oversee benefit and payroll administration
  • Work with Internal Communications Manager to develop and execute the employee communications strategy and organization-wide meeting cadence
  • Visibly exhibit passion, compassion, enthusiasm, and pride in the workplace so that others are inspired and engaged in achieving excellence and meeting professional goals

The VP of HR reports to Sondra Samuels, President and Chief Executive Officer. Reporting to the VP of HR is a Human Resource Generalist. The VP of HR is a key member of the senior team and regularly interacts with the Board of Directors.

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, or related field required, with Master's degree in Human Resources or MBA preferred
  • PHR or SPHR certifications desirable
  • Ten years or more of relevant HR leadership experience with a strong background in Compensation, Organizational Effectiveness, and Talent Management
  • Experienced coach, confidant, and strategic business partner to senior leaders
  • Committed to the NAZ Mission, Guiding Beliefs, and Core Values
  • Team player who views leaders of NAZ as both partners and clients to be advised and supported in nurturing a healthy culture within their areas of responsibility across the organization
  • Experience in ensuring the core values of the organization appear in every aspect of decision making related to staff, staffing, and processes
  • A leader with high emotional intelligence able to enhance the well-being of the team and create the conditions for them to achieve measurable outcomes
  • Ability to quickly establish credibility and relationships; successful track record of working with a racially diverse team embracing a full spectrum of diversity at all organizational levels
  • Experience as a self-starter and multi-tasker; self-motivated, with a capacity to perform in a complex, evolving organization
  • Ability to communicate, influence, and persuade effectively across various settings and audiences through excellent communications and presentation skills
  • Proficiency in providing both strategic direction and tactical execution
  • Smart, courageous leader with executive maturity and presence

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations using the online application on the kpCompanies.com. You may also email aiesha@kpcompanies.com and copy: miquel@kpcompanies.com with questions.

All submissions are held in the strictest confidence.


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