Chattanooga, Tennessee

Human Resources and DEAI Senior Manager, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga

About Our Organization

For the past 60 years, the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga has strengthened the community by transforming generosity into lasting change. It exists to connect donors’ passions – their values – with purpose, so that they can have a meaningful impact on the community. The mission of the Community Foundation is that together with our community and partners, we transform generosity into lasting change toward a prosperous and just Chattanooga where all can thrive and achieve their full potential. The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga is a trusted community partner, serving at the intersection between ideas and action, needs and resources, donors, and non-profits. The Community Foundation currently has assets under management of more than $250M. The Foundation distributes over $20M a year in grants annually.

Position Overview

The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga (“CFGC”) is seeking a full-time Human Resources and DEAI Senior Manager (“HR & DEAI Senior Manager” or “Senior Manager”) to lead the human resources, talent, and Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion functions of a growing organization committed to making an impact in the Chattanooga region.  Reporting to the VP of Finance and Administration and collaborating closely with the President & CEO, the HR & DEAI Senior Manager will provide critical high-level support and partnership with leadership and other team members as we continue our focus on building a more diverse, equitable, accessible, inclusive and high- performance culture.

The Senior Manager must possess exceptional communication skills, a commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion, and a passion for advancing our mission and strategic goals.  This involves developing and effectively implementing strategies, systems, policies, and programs that support a culture of curiosity, trust and generosity.  The HR & DEAI Senior Manager will be responsible for providing guidance to leadership and other team members on CFGC’s policies and practices and how those policies and practices can be applied in an inclusive and equitable manner that advances organizational goals and mission.

The Senior Manager should have experience working within a fast-paced and growing organization and should be experienced in managing employee relations issues, documentations, and training. This new position will carry out the responsibilities in the following areas: recruitment / employment, onboarding / offboarding, benefits administration, training, performance management, policy implementation, grievance process, risk management, and employment law compliance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design and steward recruitment and candidate selection process. Identify and implement tactics that will attract talent from historically underrepresented groups. Coordinate scheduling, work with leadership to ensure an equitable and accessible recruiting, interviewing and selection process, and conduct background checks.
  • Lead new team member onboarding process. Update the process regularly, which should reflect CFGC’s values and mission and provide clarity and connection for all team members on their role in relation to the overall vision.
  • Overall provision of human resources services, policies, and programs in alignment with the CFGC’s values and goals, and in compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, making recommendations on the maintenance of employee data and information, compensation and benefits, organizational policies, and employee handbook.
  • Build a talent pipeline strategy by partnering with local organizations that are working with communities that have been historically underrepresented in philanthropy.
  • Maintain regular, consistent guidance, support and counsel leadership to improve organizational effectiveness.
  • Work with supervisors to ensure quality and consistency in how they manage, review performance, administer discipline, encourage collaboration within and across departments, manage internal conflicts, and how they can model and support team members to positively impact the culture of the CFGC and promote an equitable and inclusive work environment.
  • Work closely with team members to encourage personal and professional growth. Support supervisors in connecting organizational goals and CFGC’s strategic plan with individual work plans to encourage greater staff ownership and accountability over organizational achievements.
  • Plan and organize team building events and training. Steward the building of relationships, open communications, and transparency in and across departments.
  • Learn HR systems and processes already in place, take action to maximize their utilization and suggest improvements where necessary.
  • Administer the CFGC compensation plan and monitor the local, regional, national, and industry specific job markets to ensure wages and benefits are within the market ranges and remain competitive to attract talent.
  • Conduct exit interviews and work with leadership to identify opportunities for improvement.

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion

  •  Advance CFGC’s work by developing a comprehensive diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion strategy by integrating the work into all human resource systems, structures, professional development, and processes.
  • Identify gaps and provide input into organization-wide policies, procedures, and practices to ensure all efforts continue to support a culture of high performance, diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.
  • Keep current on external DEAI programs, developments, and trainings. Support continued opportunities for staff training and the development of tools and resources.
  • Work with leadership to create a DEAI committee of staff to help develop milestones and short- and long-term strategies and initiatives to meet those milestones.
  • Tracking and reporting on DEAI metrics, identifying strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement.
  • Partner with CFGC team to ensure CFGC’s programming, communications/marketing, and fundraising functions are culturally relevant, equitable, and inclusive.
  • Create learning opportunities for team around diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.

Skills Required

  • Attention to Detail

Excellent attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and the ability to work independently.

  • Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others’ reactions and seeking to understand why they react as they do.

  • Negotiation

Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

  • Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion
  • Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

  • Project Management

Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress toward goals, and track details, data, information and activities.

  • Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Work Conditions

  • Ability to complete tasks with reasonable accommodations.
  • Ability to remain at work station for long periods of time.
  • Operate a computer and other office machinery such as copy machine and printer.
  • Move about the office regularly to access files, office machinery, etc.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas so others will understand. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
  • Occasionally works in outdoor weather conditions.
  • May infrequently need to lift, carry or otherwise move and position objects weighing up to 25 pounds.


  • 5-7 years of HR leadership and talent development. Progressive diversity and inclusion professional experience.
  • Undergraduate degree is preferred (Human Resources or relevant concentration)
  • Must have a current HR Certification (PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP,  SHRM-CP, etc)

How To Apply

Please apply here-

Salary and Benefits

Salary Range $66,534 to $88,713

Excellent benefits including paid medical, dental and life insurance; 403b and generous leave time.

The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga (CFGC) is committed to the perspective of all voices and encourages diversity of applicants and within our organization. CFGC is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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