• Vice President Human Resources

    Job Locations US-WA-SEATTLE
    Posted Date 2 months ago(11/29/2018 12:11 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Human Resources
  • Overview

    Awarded World’s Best Small Ship Cruise line, Windstar Cruises is known for intimate yacht style experience and unique voyages to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Its three sailing yachts and three all-suite yachts carry just 148 to 310 guests and cruise around the world.


    The Vice President of Human Resources is responsible driving and executing HR strategy, initiatives and goals to meet Company objectives. This position is responsible for all human resources functions for both the corporate office and fleet including: talent acquisition, retention and career development, HR administration, learning and development, employee relations and recognition, and payroll administration. This position is also a key and valued member of the Executive Leadership team.


    Work Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

    HR Strategy:

    • Develop the HR Strategy including long-term and short-term goals to drive performance in both the corporate office and Fleet. Prepares annual HR plan.
    • Collaborate and provide ongoing coaching with the Executive Leadership Team to optimize their success and changing HR/business needs.
    • Partner with external stakeholders and maintain effective relationships (parent company, manning agencies, and vendors) to achieve HR objectives.
    • Successfully mentor and lead the HR Corporate Office team to execute strategic and tactical initiatives and standards.
    • Identify and utilize HR metrics to evaluate and anticipate potential business challenges.



    Talent Engagement:  

    • Understand the talent needs of the business and develop workforce planning initiatives and proactively identify talent strategies including acquisition, retention, and career development.
    • Execute employee branding initiatives through career website development, social media, applicant tracking system and other communication vehicles.
    • Oversee recruitment and selection process for all corporate and applicable fleet positions to ensure a positive candidate experience and effective & timely process.



    HR Administration:  

    • Oversee the administration of all programs including benefits, compensation, performance management, onboarding and ongoing employee file maintenance both at the corporate office and the fleet.
    • Manages relationship with international unions and negotiates contracts.
    • Identify opportunities for improvement to process and implement best practices.
    • Manage the implementation and compliance of HR policies with corporate office employees and fleet officers and crew.
    • Oversee time and attendance and payroll administration for both the corporate office and fleet.
    • Ensure compliance with all employment and labor laws, safety, environmental and other company policies.
    • Prepare and monitor administrative budgets.
    • Manage lease and external vendors associated with Seattle office.



    Learning & Development:

    • Ensure training standards are being properly executed.
    • Partner with operations leaders to identify training needs and create& implement training content.



    EE Communication & Recognition:

    • Develop and establish engagement initiatives, communication and recognition programs.
    • Embrace Windstar’s culture and promote the Company Mission, Vision, and Values and standards to internal and external stakeholders including development of ongoing training on company values
    • Ensure any open door policy and manage employee relations issues and investigations.




    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    General office environment


    Physical Demands:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Regularly required to sit and occasionally required to stand. Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.  Some stress may occur, especially during monthly closing and budget cycle periods. 


    Skills & Experience:

    • 15 years of Human Resources generalist experience, including a minimum of ten years in a management role. 
    • Prior experience in the Cruise or travel/hospitality related industries in human resources, preferably in a senior management position. 
    • Experience in growth environments preferred.
    • Bachelor’s degree required. SPHR preferred.
    • Knowledge in both U.S. and foreign employment law.
    • Ability to establish strategic and tactical goals, holds others accountable, and achieves results.
    • Role model in personal behavior and actions exemplifying the Company’s values and standards.
    • Can effectively manage confidential matters and information.
    • “Hands on” management style with the ability to motivate and inspire others
    • Strong relationship and communication skills with the ability to convey ideas effectively to a variety of audiences.
    • Demonstrated systems proficiency including HRIS, Time & Attendance Systems, and Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and Word skills.  Knowledge of Lawson and Adonis preferred.
    • Ability to perform essential job functions


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