Lexington, KY

Human Resources Manager, United Way of the Bluegrass

The Organization

United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) works to create the opportunity for all members of our community to have a better life. We focus on the building blocks of a good life — a quality education, financial stability for individuals and families, and good health. The work of UWBG focuses on strategic initiatives, public education, advocacy, outcomes and evaluation, development and strengthening of partnerships/collaborations, convening, resource mobilization and investment as well as backbone and engagement strategies and activities. We bring together the voices, the expertise, and the resources to define, articulate and implement a common agenda for change for our region. That is what it means to “Live United” in Central Kentucky.

Position Overview

Reporting to both the Vice President of Finance & Administration and to the President and CEO, the Manager of Human Resources (MHR) manages all human resources (HR) functions and guides organizational culture in order to support the practices of a high-performing organization. Key responsibilities include recruitment, on-boarding, professional development, compensation and benefits, payroll, and legal/policy compliance. The MHR will establish partnerships with organization leaders to create and maintain a respectful, diverse, and energetic workplace culture. They serve as key advisor to managers on employee relations matters including legal and policy compliance. Our highest priority is a high-performing employee team achieving our goals with integrity and respect for all, especially co-workers.


  • Recruitment
    • Actively recruit a diverse candidate pool and manage complete recruitment process to maintain and build a team consistent with organizational mission and skill requirements
    • Ensure efficient use of management resources required to support the recruitment process
  • On-Boarding
    • Ensure initial introduction of new staff to organization is productive and welcoming
    • Address organization-wide learning requirements and support department-specific learning requirements
    • Support building of team focused on mission and culture as well as necessary skills
    • Enroll new employees in medical, vision, and dental insurances and provide information regarding benefits, answering any questions the new employees many have
  • Staff Professional Development
    • Ensure staffing skills and levels are aligned with needs and available resources of the organization
    • Conduct training for all staff and individual coaching
    • Address professional development appropriate for continued progress of staff in their career path
    • Manage development of team to support contemplated organization needs and succession planning
  • Organizational Culture and Performance
    • Partner with the President/CEO and other senior leaders to define and drive workplace culture, and share the overall responsibility for overall organizational performance
    • Create a respectful, diverse, energetic workplace culture
    • Create and implement programs to enhance engagement, morale, and team building
    • Drive diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
    • Perform exit interviews
    • Conduct and analyze satisfaction/engagement surveys
  • Compensation, Benefits and Payroll
    • Oversee compensation programs and practices
    • Administer job descriptions
    • Administer and improve performance management process
    • Conduct internal/external salary benchmarking, and pay equity
    • Oversee the administration of benefits, benefits renewals, and plan designs
    • Negotiate optimal benefits for employees, then negotiate with vendors to achieve the optimal cost for these benefits
    • Oversee payroll management and processing
    • Manage relationship with 401(k) provider, monitor new enrollment periods for staff reaching one year of employment of 1,000 hours, and providing enrollment package and information to qualifying staff.
  • Ensure Policy and Legal Compliance
    • Ensure internal HR policy administration and best practice development
    • Oversee unemployment/worker’s compensation insurance administration
    • Maintain personnel files
    • Maintain background checks when necessary
    • Distribute annual notifications as required
    • Maintain Employee Handbook and update, as necessary


    • The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 2 years’ HR experience, along with superior communication and organizational skills
    • Strong written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills
    • Solid computer skills (MS Office – Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
    • Strong analytical and organizational skills
    • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently
    • Strong follow-up/through skills
    • SHRM certification or willingness to pursue same


The employee is regularly required to communicate clearly, in oral and written formats, with others in person, over the phone and via other devices. The employee must be able to transcribe, read extensively, prepare, and analyze data and figures, operate a computer and other standard office machinery. The employee is required to travel regularly to locations outside of UWBG facilities to set up displays and presentations in both physical and electronic forms. The employee must have the ability to lift, carry, push, and/or pull objects weighing up to 15lbs.

The position is full-time and exempt, with full benefits.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

How To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@uwbg.org

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