Associate Director of Compensation

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Purpose of Position

The associate director of compensation drives the short- and long-term strategic direction of the compensation program for the organization and oversees the design, implementation, and administration of pay programs. The associate director of compensation manages executive compensation programs, provides consultation and resources to network foundations, and maintains fundamental knowledge of other human resources disciplines and their interaction with compensation. The associate director of compensation will leverage his/her global compensation experience in an organization that places a high value on developing talent and will be expected to operate in a hands-on role at both a strategic and tactical level to assess and anticipate human resources–related needs, recommend solutions, and manage shared resources to deliver results.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The associate director of compensation is responsible for planning, implementing, and directing a compensation function that delivers the highest quality of service to departments and employees at all levels, ensuring that compensation is responsive, accessible, and visible to individuals and departments. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Developing the strategic direction for compensation programs, including pay programs and structures, and developing/preparing policies and procedures to achieve equitable and competitive employee compensation for multiple sites, recognizing the unique needs/markets for these entities;
  • Designing clearly defined models linking compensation plans with performance throughout the organization with specific focus that the plan design is equitable, competitive, and drives the desired behaviors;
  • Determining priorities, establishing long-term objectives, and developing a framework for compensation polices and strategies;
  • Creating a total rewards infrastructure in conjunction with the associate director of benefits;
  • Administering annual salary surveys with external vendors and providing analysis and recommendations for any changes to existing plans;
  • Understanding and interpreting industry and market developments and trends;
  • Designing the executive compensation program, serving as the primary compensation lead for interaction with executives and board members;
  • Partnering with senior management in the decision-making process and negotiation of choices;
  • Establishing a strategy and coordinating the development, implementation, and communication of annual and ongoing global wage programs to ensure they are competitive within the industry and other markets where appropriate;
  • Contributing to and supporting organization-wide strategies to support recruitment and retention, development of new programs, and the creation of a flexible workforce;
  • Overseeing and ensuring consistent application of compensation guidelines, policy and philosophy, job descriptions, job evaluations, classification decisions, and non-traditional pay approaches;
  • Analyzing organizational situations to determine appropriate measurement methodology and assessing the validity of data;
  • Evaluating programs to ensure customer satisfaction and quality;
  • Demonstrating a team approach within Human Resources.
Education / Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in finance, human resources, or related field;
  • 8 to 10 years of compensation experience with progressively increased responsibility, 5 to 8 years of management experience preferred;
  • Proven leadership, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills working with clients and Human Resources colleagues to communicate effectively, build consensus, and establish trust;
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and critically when solving problems;
  • Solutions-oriented project management skills including thinking and presenting ideas at a strategic level for input as well as ensuring outcomes are delivered and executed on a tactical level;
  • A strong analytical mindset with a detailed focus on presenting data that supports and measures best practices and company goals;
  • Operational management expertise with attention to process, execution, and delivery excellence to ensure strategic targets are achieved;
  • Good sense of humor, ability to laugh about oneself;
  • High competency in working with the entire Microsoft Office suite; Excel mastery is essential;
  • Solid experience and understanding of web-based HRIS systems, experience of Workday a strong plus;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to meet multiple deadlines in a changing environment;
  • Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to compensation in the United States, as well as knowledge of at least one European country (UK or Hungary preferred);
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
Work Environment and Physical Demands

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Application Instructions

Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: Include job code in subject line: HR-COMP.