Head of Human Resources

ORGANIZATION:

In 1993, NFL owners unanimously selected the Carolinas as the 29th NFL franchise and the first expansion team since 1976. As a result, the Carolina Panthers began play in 1995 with their first game in Canton, OH in the annual AFC-NFC Hall of Fame Game. Over the last 25 years, the Panthers have been a highly successful team on the field, winning multiple NFC South Division titles and playing in two Super Bowls.

Since 1996, Bank of America Stadium, located in uptown Charlotte, has been home to the Panthers. The 75,525-seat, privately-financed, open-air, natural grass stadium was specifically designed for football. Bank of America Stadium currently serves as a self-contained headquarters for the Panthers, and includes training facilities, practice fields, and administrative offices.

Equally successful off the field, the Carolina Panthers organization is a highly respected, well-regarded, professionally managed sports franchise. Since their beginning, the Panthers have been known for providing customers/fans with superior service. The Panthers are recognized as an excellent employer and an outstanding corporate citizen and community partner.

The Panthers organization is also in the process of transforming itself into a broader sports and entertainment company. Initial steps include hosting and co-producing music concerts, festivals, additional sporting events, meetings and conferences – building on its current base of college football games and international soccer games. Additionally, the Panthers are actively pursuing an expansion franchise from Major League Soccer to call Charlotte and the Carolinas its home, and to play its games at Bank of America Stadium.

Recently, the Panthers have announced a plan to purchase approximately 200 acres of land in neighboring Rock Hill, SC. As part of this plan, the Panthers anticipate breaking ground later this year on a state-of-the-art sports complex that will feature a new team headquarters, a sports medicine facility, and two practice facilities, including an indoor one with up to 10,000 seats. The Panthers plan to move their operations to the site by early 2022. However, the team will continue to play its home games at Bank of America Stadium.

For more information, please visit www.panthers.com.

REPORTS/RELATIONSHIPS:

The Head of Human Resources reports to the President and leads a team of two HR generalists. The HR department supports an employee base of approximately 230 full-time employees (not including players who are covered by the NFLPA). During the season, the addition of more part-time employees increases the total number of employees to approximately 1,300.

BASIC FUNCTIONS:

The Head of Human Resources is responsible for developing and executing a human resources strategy in support of the Panthers’ mission, specifically in areas of training and development, talent management, acquisition and retention, organizational design, change management, organizational cultural development and performance management, diversity and inclusion, and compensation.

Specific duties will include, but not necessarily be limited to:

• Commit to the development of leadership at all levels of the organization, including onboarding and succession planning.
• Direct and supervise all aspects of professional development for staff at all levels, working collaboratively across departments to develop and deliver these opportunities.
• Drive an HR strategy that builds and fosters a culture that enables staff to do meaningful, impactful work at the highest level.
• Provide leadership and direction to the HR team, including opportunities for improvements in efficiency, effectiveness, and organizational design as needed; provide team members with opportunities for professional development and growth.
• Specific functional components include, but will not be limited to, developing/ implementing: recruiting, development, and retention initiatives/strategies; competitive compensation and benefit plans that help provide motivation and reward effective performance; diversity and inclusion initiatives that build an employee base that includes a broadly diverse group of employees; team building initiatives; and human resources policy/procedures review, recommendations, and enhancements for the benefit of employees and the organization.
• Successfully utilize data and predictive modeling to advance HR strategies and initiatives.
• Gain the trust of others and consistently act with integrity with all stakeholders across the organization; lead and model an authentic, open, and honest character that represents the same expectations of others within the organization.
• Protect the organization from financial impairment and reputational damage by ensuring that the organization complies with all relevant state and federal HR policies and laws; consult with the organization’s legal counsel, as necessary and appropriate, to make decisions and assess and manage operating risk.
• Utilize the HRIS system and processes to maximize efficiencies and use of organization resources.
• Attend appropriate professional conferences to remain current on industry best practices.
• Maintain the departmental budget to ensure efficient and effective use of financial resources.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Progressively responsible HR experience, relevant senior management/leadership role preferred.
  • Innovative, creative, human capital strategist with demonstrated success as an HR business partner; seen as a credible leader and thought partner by management peers and the entire organization.
  • Ability to work with a small team to build the HR strategy and provide hands-on leadership and execution while remaining flexible, nimble, and adaptable in a rapidly growing and changing environment.
  • Clear, organized, and timely communicator; excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Well-rounded HR generalist experience with expertise in training and development and workplace culture building initiatives.
  • HRIS system experience.
  • Ability to support an employee workforce in multiple locations spanning two states.
  • Experience managing legal, regulatory, and compliance issues required by local, state, and federal laws; knowledge and understanding of employment laws and regulations; ability to assess risk.
  • Undergraduate degree in Human Resources, Business, or closely related discipline required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Professional Human Resources certification preferred.

COMPENSATION:

Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a competitive base salary and competitive benefits package.

The Carolina Panthers are an equal opportunity at-will employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Ken Carrick, President
Janny DeLoache, Consultant
6101 Carnegie Blvd., Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28209
704.377.0362