The Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA) is one of the largest private, nonprofit Community Action Agencies in the country, serving residents throughout Cook County, Illinois. Visit CEDA online to learn more about their mission and services.

It is CEDA’s mission to work in partnership with communities to empower individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life. In order to achieve its mission, CEDA has established numerous community partnerships and collaborations as part of its service delivery.


The HR Director role is the lead point of contact to executive leadership on all issues related to human resources including: talent acquisition and management, compensation and benefit plans, organizational development, employee relations, and HRIS administration. This position works closely with the CEO to ensure accurate, responsive, high-quality human resources support in a customer service-focused environment. 

The Director takes a lead role in developing strategic human resources goals, objectives, and systems and assists in the development and evaluation of company-wide programs.  As a change agent, the Director recommends new initiatives, approaches, policies, and procedures to effect continual improvements in functional effectiveness and efficiency. 

The Director supervises two full-time staff: HR Generalist and HR Coordinator.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Establishes and implements HR efforts that effectively communicate and support CEDA’s mission and strategic plan. 
  • Functions as a strategic business advisor to the executive leadership team and senior programmatic management regarding organizational and employee issues. 
  • Develops comprehensive strategic recruiting and retention plans to meet human capital needs and deliver organizational results.
  • Partners with executive leadership in the annual review and administration of the organization’s compensation program.
  • Develops and implements comprehensive benefit plans that are competitive and cost-effective for the organization. 
  • Implements HRIS in alignment with organizational and departmental needs.
  • Effectively handles complex employee relations coaching and counseling. 
  • Identifies trends in terminating employee feedback and recommends improvements to human resources programs where appropriate.
  • Maintains responsibility for organization compliance with federal, state and local regulations includingFLSA, FMLA, COBRA, ADA, EEO, OSHA.
  • Establishes and implements organizational and employee policies and procedures, in alignment with HR best practices and applicable federal, state and local regulations.
  • Recommends, evaluates and participates in staff development for the organization.


  • Relationship Management & Consultative Approach.
  • Leadership & Navigation.
  • Cultural Awareness.
  • Communication.
  • Critical Evaluation.
  • Ethical Practice.
  • HR Expertise.
  • Business Acumen.

Required Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) and a minimum of ten (10) years of progressive Human Resources Management experience; Master’s degree in HR or J.D., preferred.
  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) or SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) credential preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in principles and practices of human resources management.
  • Demonstrated leadership and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to serve as a trusted advisor to the executive team on cultural, workforce and business issues. 
  • Active collaborator and relationship-builder with key business and functional partners.
  • Outstanding customer service orientation to include a demonstrated understanding of the nonprofit sector; experience working in the nonprofit sector strongly preferred.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills including ability to communicate orally, write effectively, and present effectively and concisely to diverse audiences including leadership, management, and staff.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with all MS office applications and experience with HRIS, preferably ADP Workforce Now.

How to Apply

Please send resume and your value proposition with salary requirements to:  Nonprofit HR, Yvonne Rivera, Director, Talent Acquisition,  Please include the position title in the subject line.

CEDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer