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Human Resources Director

Kodiak Area Native Association

Human Resource Management


Contact: Allison Fong
Address: 161 Klevin Street, Anchorage AK 99508
Phone: (907) 743-1215
The Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation providing health care and social services for the Alaska Natives and our communities throughout the Koniag region.

Job Summary

Date Posted:   2 months ago Closing Date:   July 18, 2022
Location:   Kodiak, AK Salary: $130,000.00 - $170,000.00 Exempt; salary
Status:   Full-time
Benefits:
KANA provides generous benefits and relocation and is IHS, NHSC & SHARP loan repayment site eligible.
How to Apply:
To apply, email your credentials to KANAHRsearch@forakergroup.org Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing interest and qualifications. KANA is an Equal Opportunity Employment employer exercising Native preference in accordance with Public Law 93-638. When submitting application materials, please indicate if you are a qualified Beneficiary. For questions, contact Allison Fong, executive transition guide, at KANAHRsearch@forakergroup.org Communications will be treated in confidence and resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Resume reviews begin immediately. The search process will include a multi-step interview process. KANA is an Equal Opportunity Employment (EOE) employer exercising Native preference in accordance with P.L. 93-638. All offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of pre-employment screenings, including criminal background check and drug screen.

Job Description

Position Profile

Human Resources Director | Kodiak Area Native Association | Kodiak, Alaska

  

The Position: Human Resources Director

Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) seeks a strategically-minded human resource professional to serve as its next human resources director. The human resources director works collaboratively to support staff at all levels of the organization. The director serves as an advisor for the human resources team, as well as the broader KANA community who rely on their human resources expertise. The ideal candidate is a skilled and strategic professional well versed in the full breadth of human resources knowledge and skills including, but not limited to, employee relations and development, compensation and benefits, employment laws and best practices, talent acquisition and retention, and change management. The ideal candidate is an accessible leader with an inclusive approach that respects and values diverse life experiences and ensures that all voices are valued and heard.

  

The Leadership Opportunity

The KANA human resources director will be joining a vibrant Alaska Native organization that provides person-centered healthcare and community services and economic development activities throughout the Kodiak Island Archipelago. In alignment with its mission to elevate the quality of life of the people we serve, KANA serves the entire Kodiak Island community with a focus on Alaska Native Beneficiaries. This creates a unique and exciting environment to recruit, retain, and support staff across six communities and a variety of career fields.

 

The human resources director will lead and work alongside a team of four dedicated staff that consists of a human resources supervisor, a recruiter, an assistant, and a credentialing specialist. The director will guide and develop their team helping to grow their knowledge and abilities. As the human resources subject matter expert, the director serves as a coach and mentor to leaders at KANA, promoting knowledge and consistent execution of human resources strategy and policies.

 

KANA has experienced two years of considerable growth, pandemic response, and a CEO transition. Now poised to build on its growth and strengths, KANA is strategically evaluating its organizational chart to effectively maximize resources for continued growth.  The incoming human resources director will support organizational changes and be a stabilizing presence for their department, creating a culture of trust and cohesion while providing the highest level of customer service.

   

Strategic Priorities

KANA’s Board of Directors has set a vision for healthy, thriving communities organized on the principles of customer service, stewardship, and quality improvement. The Board, CEO, and staff pursue this vision with a focus on the following long-term priorities:

  • Facilitate effective communications with internal and external stakeholders to deepen relationships and to increase awareness of KANA’s activities, programs, and services.
  • Ensure organizational stability through Board and staff development opportunities including training, transition planning, mentorship, and recruitment.
  • Support stable and sustainable village economies by exploring innovative solutions to community needs.
  • Increase behavioral health and Elder services to meet community needs.
  • Ensure financial resources are available to support the organization’s operations and priorities.

    

Short-term Priorities for Human Resources Director

In support of KANA’s long-term strategic priorities and operational effectiveness, the human resources director will embrace the people, culture, history, and services of KANA, and focus on the following priorities over their first twelve to eighteen months:

  • Evaluate and refine human resources work flow and practices to more effectively partner with and support KANA staff. Ensure employee recruitment and retention is prioritized.
  • Innovate and creatively expand current recruitment efforts for 30 open positions. Establish a recruitment strategy to highlight the unique benefits and challenges of living in a remote island community.
  • Review and revise human resources policies and procedures, especially in light of remote-work trends.
  • Conduct a thorough evaluation of KANA’s salary structure inclusive of the organization’s pay philosophy, pay ranges, compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for exempt and non-exempt positions, salary administration guidelines, ensuring internal and external equity as well as identifying any gender pay gap disparities.
  • Strengthen knowledge and skills across the organization by coordinating management and supervisor trainings.
  • Support the organizational restructure, playing a support role in the planning, implementation, and communication to the wider employee audience.
  •  Establish rapport and trust with staff across the organization.

     

Key Responsibilities

  • The human resources director is responsible for planning and administration of policies relating to each component of human resources. The director may administer the policies themselves or oversee administration by HR staff. The human resources director currently reports to the CEO. This reporting structure will be evaluated as KANA undergoes a broader organizational restructure and is likely to change. Specific human resources director responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Support the organization’s mission, goals, and quality standards. Incorporate KANA’s core values of Courtesy, Caring, Respect, Sharing, and Pride in all activities and decisions.
  • Uphold KANA’s Code of Ethics by conducting professional activities with honesty, integrity, respect, fairness, and good faith in a manner that reflects positively upon the organization.
  • Ensure the organization complies with corporate values and federal, state, and local regulations by developing, implementing, and providing oversite compliance with corporate policies and practices.
  • Directly supervise and mentor the staff in the Human Resources Department.
  • Advise management in appropriate resolution of employee relations issues. Facilitate meetings with managers and staff to assist positive resolutions of concerns.
  • Administer performance review program to ensure effectiveness, compliance, and equity within organization.
  • Administer salary administration program to ensure compliance and equity within organization.
  • In collaboration with the Payroll and Benefits Administrator, evaluate and make recommendations regarding life, health, dental and disability insurance, pension plans and other benefit programs.
  • Commission wage and benefit surveys within the relevant labor market to determine competitive wage rates as well as ensuring a competitive benefit program.
  • Represent the organization at personnel-related hearings at local, state or federal hearings.
  • Receive employee concerns such as compliance, policy violations, and interpersonal conflicts. Conduct appropriate investigations as needed.
  • Coordinate or conduct management training on topics such as interviewing, hiring, terminations, promotions, performance review, safety, and legal compliance issues.
  • In partnership with the leadership team, design, implement, and execute complementary recruitment and retention strategies to identify, attract, engage, and retain personnel. In particular, develop an Alaska Native hire strategy.
  • Plan and conduct employee onboarding activities and employee separation activities to foster positive attitude toward organization goals.
  • Has corporate responsibility for the creation, on-going maintenance, and disposal of employee personnel records.

      

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the human resources director will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

   

Attributes

  • A confident and humble leadership style; culturally competent with the ability to connect with Alaska Native individuals, communities and organizations; willing to be part of community events and activities.
  • An inclusive approach that respects and values diverse life experiences and ensures that all voices are valued and heard.
  • An accessible leader with an unwavering commitment to high-quality customer service to meet the needs of the organization.
  • High emotional intelligence – a good listener who has strong awareness of self and connection to others and is able to build and manage relationships and act with integrity.
  • Takes a solution-oriented approach, is able to adapt to changing circumstances, and willing to actively engage in detailed work in order to meet an organization’s goals.
  • Able to thrive in a remote community, adapt to a challenging climate, and embrace KANA’s mission - To Elevate the Quality of Life of the People We Serve.

   

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required; an advanced degree is a plus.
  • PHR/SPHR or SHRM-CP/SCP certification required or working towards certification.

    

Skills and Expertise

  • Ten years of experience in Human Resources, with at least five years in a senior leadership position. Experience must include demonstrable success of strategic oversight and implementing and managing human resources policies, programs, and practices across the spectrum of Human Resources functions
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to communicate effectively and comfortably to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated organizational management experience, including coaching, managing, and developing high-performance teams.
  • Demonstrated experience with strategic restructuring, human resources process transformation and re-engineering of organizations.
  • Experience with the development and implementation of an effective recruiting and retention program.
  • Experience working within the Alaska economy, preferably with or for an Alaska Native entity; working in a healthcare work environment a plus.
  • Proven ability to nurture and sustain relationships within an organization; working effectively in collaboration with all members of staff.
  • Effective use of technology – familiar with technology for supporting management and communications, to include internet resources and applications; human resources information systems (HRIS), performance management application report writing and analysis; and the Microsoft office suite of products.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to remote communities in a small plane as needed.

   

    

The Organization: Kodiak Area Native Association

KANA is the inter-tribal consortium of the federally recognized Alaska Native Villages and Indian Tribes in the Kodiak Island Area that have authorized KANA to receive their Alaska Tribal Health Compact funding. KANA was founded as an Alaska nonprofit corporation in 1966 by the Tribes of the Koniag Region. Following passage of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, KANA greatly expanded its operations and now provides healthcare and community services, together with economic development activities, throughout the Kodiak Island Archipelago, including Kodiak and the outlying villages of Akhiok, Karluk, Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie and Port Lions.

 

In alignment with its mission to elevate the quality of life of the people we serve, KANA received Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status in 2013. KANA is dually funded by the Indian Health Service and the Health Resources and Services Administration to serve and prioritize the unique health needs of Alaska Natives, American Indians, and the Kodiak community. Additionally, KANA provides healthcare and other services for United States Coast Guard service members and their families, eligible military veterans, and all individuals in the outlying villages.

 

KANA’s team includes more than 250 dedicated individuals providing services in 10 locations. Annual revenue approaches $50 million. In 2020, KANA served almost 5,000 unique patients and clients through its health and community services. Through its economic development efforts, KANA works to build robust and sustainable communities through a variety of activities including job creation, business development, and community infrastructure projects.

 

Services and Programs

KANA provides integrated services with a commitment to cultural values, high-quality care, and excellent customer service. Services are provided to the entire Kodiak Island community with a focus on Alaska Native Beneficiaries.

  • Health Services are provided at KANA’s Alutiiq Enwia Health Center and four other healthcare facilities in Kodiak and at five village clinics. KANA is recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, and is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Health services include medical, behavioral health, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy and exercise, prevention programs, Women Infants & Children (WIC), and a Child Advocacy Center.
  • Community Services encourage and support individual career development and economic self-sufficiency, promote healthy families, provide Tribal support services, and promote safe communities on Kodiak Island. KANA’s programs include child and family services, education, employment and training, Infant Learning Program, Tribal operations, Tribal vocational rehabilitation, Elder support services, village public safety, and economic development.

  

About Kodiak, Alaska

The beautiful island of Kodiak is located 30 miles off the coast of southwest Alaska. Part of an archipelago stretching 177 miles long and encompassing nearly 5,000 square miles, Kodiak Island is the largest island in the group and the second largest island in the United States. Reachable by air and sea, Kodiak has been home to the Sugpiaq Alutiiq people for at least 7,000 years.

 

With a current population of more than 12,000 diverse residents, Kodiak is a supply, services, and transportation hub for the archipelago’s six village communities. Kodiak hosts an active US Coast Guard base, hospital, branch of the University of Alaska and is rich with history and cultural institutions. Known worldwide for its breathtaking wild beauty, Kodiak boasts tourism as part of its economy. As a hub for the maritime industry of Southwest Alaska, Kodiak is also home to a large and varied commercial fishing fleet. Residents and visitors alike are attracted to the numerous outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, hiking, and photography.

 

Kodiak is a beautiful emerald island. The rugged marine environment is heavily influenced by ocean currents and maritime conditions throughout the year. In the summer, temperatures are cool typically reaching highs of 62°F, while winter temperatures hover around 30°F. Kodiak experiences approximately 200 days of precipitation each year. Winds and waves shape the landscape, and rain showers support lush vegetation.

 

The ideal candidate will thrive in a remote community, adapt to a challenging climate, and embrace KANA’s mission - To Elevate the Quality of Life of the People We Serve.

   

   

Application Process

The annual salary range is between $130,000 and $170,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. KANA provides generous benefits and relocation and is IHS, NHSC & SHARP loan repayment site eligible.

 

To apply, email your credentials to KANAHRsearch@forakergroup.org   Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing interest and qualifications. KANA is an Equal Opportunity Employment employer exercising Native preference in accordance with Public Law 93-638. When submitting application materials, please indicate if you are a qualified Beneficiary.  For questions, contact Allison Fong, executive transition guide, at KANAHRsearch@forakergroup.org   Communications will be treated in confidence and resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Resume reviews begin immediately.The search process will include a multi-step interview process.  

 

KANA is an Equal Opportunity Employment (EOE) employer exercising Native preference in accordance with P.L. 93-638. All offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of pre-employment screenings, including criminal background check and drug screen.

 


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