10 yrs required
Huntington, NY, United States
Sep 25, 2021
Meet Gersh Autism:
Gersh has been changing the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families for over 30 years. Gersh Autism provides a full portfolio of services, including education, therapy, independent living skills, life plan management, residential services, vocational training, events, recreation, and much more.
In 1991, Kevin Gersh was inspired by one unique child who was struggling in one of his educational programs. This child’s spirit touched Mr. Gersh and sparked the realization that it was not the child that needed to change but rather the method of teaching this child that needed to change.
This child awakened a calling in Mr. Gersh and motivated him to redirect his energy toward children with special needs, and thus, Gersh Academy was founded. Gersh Academy is built on Mr. Gersh’s core belief that all children, with the right customized educational environment, appropriate instruction, and highly trained staff, can learn and thrive. His programs are based on that philosophy.
Since its inception in 1999, Gersh Academy has changed so many lives by bringing love, respect, and dignity to individuals on the autism spectrum. At Gersh Academy, we provide an environment where programs and services are customized around individual needs, allowing students to reach their highest potential.
The Gersh organization encompasses 11 programs across Long Island, New York, Washington State, New Hampshire, and Puerto Rico for both special needs and typical children.
Over the years, Mr. Gersh recognized the need for a similar program for emerging adults on the autism spectrum. In 2007, he opened The Gersh Experience. This post-secondary, residential-supported living program for students on the spectrum was designed to assist emerging adults struggling with the skills needed to navigate college life and/or independent living. The goal of the program is to move students toward independence in the areas of academics, employment, independent living skills, money management, and interpersonal skills. This program is located in Patchogue, New York.
In 2009, Mr. Gersh joined forces with his father in running West Hills Day Camp. Founded by Edward Gersh in 1954, West Hills has been owned and operated by the Gersh Family since its inception. Kevin Gersh literally grew up at West Hills Day Camp. In fact, it’s his joyful memories of those special summer days at camp that compel him to ensure that as many youngsters as possible get a chance to have similar West Hills experiences. During the summer of 2009, Mr. Gersh designed a camp program within West Hills Day Camp tailored toward children with special needs. This dynamic program has grown in size every year since 2009.
About the Chief People Officer:
Gersh Autism seeks an innovative leader to provide executive oversight of its human resource strategy as its Chief People Officer (CPO). The CPO will develop and execute HR strategies in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of Gersh Autism, specifically in the areas of talent acquisition and retention, culture building, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation. The CPO will lead in a fast-paced environment to effectively articulate human resource needs and strategies to the executive leadership team and key stakeholders.
The Chief People Officer Will:
Develop and implement a human resource strategy that effectively communicates and supports Gersh Autism’s mission and vision.
Execute staffing strategies that support the achievement of overall business objectives.
Collaborate with the Chief Executive Officer regarding key organizational and management issues.
Develop and implement strategic recruitment and retention plans to meet Gersh Autism’s staffing needs.
Provide executive leadership to Gersh Autism’s human resources function with oversight for talent acquisition, training, leadership development, retention, compensation, and benefits.
Effectively demonstrate a level of business acumen including organizational goals, mission, financial position, strategy, competition, and culture.
Lead the human resources staff in creating an inviting and cohesive employee experience resulting in a healthy team culture.
Act as a culture champion and change agent by anticipating employee-related needs and delivering value-added services for the benefit of all Gersh Autism’s team members.
Identify and anticipate human resource trends that could impact the organization’s objectives.
What You Bring:
Preference will be given to candidates with an MBA or MA/MS in Human Resources.
SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) or SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification preferred.
A minimum of 10 years of human resource experience or other commensurate experience with demonstrable advancement.
A minimum of 5 years of executive experience.
Preference will be given to candidates with international experience.
Experience with private equity firms and growth capital.
Travel as required.
Personal Characteristics & Expectations
The Chief People Officer will:
Understand and embrace the mission of Gersh Autism.
Exhibit the ability to make quick decisions while working in a fast-paced environment.
Thrive in a dynamic environment and have the ability to work on various projects simultaneously, requiring strong organizational and time management skills.
Practice outstanding interpersonal, coaching, and listening skills with the ability to communicate within all levels of the organization.
Practice ethical and considerate decision-making with professionalism and respect.
Demonstrate integrity and honesty.
Be a visionary, forward thinker, and consider cause and effect.