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Vice President of Human Resources

  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Chicago, IL

This position has been filled.

About Muscular Dystrophy Association

Muscular Dystrophy Association is the #1 voluntary health organization in the United States for people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. For over 70 years, MDA has led the way in accelerating research, advancing care, and advocating for the support of our families. MDA’s mission is to empower the people we serve to live longer, more independent lives.

Here are the ways they are helping achieve these goals so families can live longer and grow stronger:

  • Innovations in Science: MDA takes a big-picture perspective across the full spectrum of neuromuscular diseases to uncover breakthroughs that accelerate treatments and cures.
  • Innovations in Care: MDA Care Centers offer families best-in-class, comprehensive care from a wide variety of health care specialists at one location on the same day, while their trained information specialists and educational resources are available to offer guidance and support through every step of the treatment journey.
  • Professional Education: MDA offers a series of educational programs developed for clinicians and specialists who manage and treat individuals with neuromuscular disease. The Medical Education team has partnered with the country’s top thought leaders and experts to create a series of educational programs including CME certified grand round webinars, peer-to-peer educational slide decks and case studies.
  • Community Education: MDA offers programs and resources to help educate all people about the fundamentals of neuromuscular disease.
  • Advocacy: MDA is dedicated to advocating for national policies and programs that support families with neuromuscular diseases by accelerating the development of therapies and cures, facilitating early diagnosis and treatment from day one, ensuring access to critical support, and promoting policies that safeguard independence for people living with disabilities.

Every year, 35,000 individuals, kids and adults, receive treatment at MDA’s nationwide network of more than 150 MDA Care Centers. These treatments are vast and far reaching including: assistance with durable medical equipment to help individuals maintain their independence, the MDA Young Adults Programs are focused on empowering a new generation of young adults who — thanks to medical and technological advances — are living into adulthood, and MDA’s 75 week-long Summer Camps for children living with muscular dystrophy. MDA also provides annual occupational, physical, respiratory and speech therapy consultations to countless individuals.

To learn more about the Muscular Dystrophy Association, please visit their website.

The Opportunity

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is seeking a top tier Human Resources professional to lead its HR function. The Vice President of Human Resources (VPHR) leads all human resources operations including talent acquisition, compensation, benefits, and internal communications related to HR activities for the organization. The VPHR provides strategic leadership and direction for all facets of HR management to ensure that HR programs and initiatives are integrated and effective in supporting the MDA’s vision, mission, goals and objectives.

As a member of the senior leadership team, the VPHR works directly with the President and CEO and collaborates with all members of the team to align the Human Resources agenda with the strategic objectives of the organization.

The VPHR will provide expert advice to the leadership team on human resource matters including but not limited to employee relations, recruitment, compensation, performance management, workers compensation, labor relations, human resources management information systems, team culture and morale, and equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. This position has broad responsibilities for developing human resources guidelines, policies, and strategies for recommendation to the President and CEO, as well as interpretation of applicable laws and compliance policies, and the administration and implementation of such.

In service of the 2022 strategic plan this leader will work to increase in total staff numbers to establish a solid infrastructure with a capacity both necessary and sufficient to achieve gross revenue and profitability targets for MDA.

The successful candidate will be a competent, confident and innovative leader who can serve as a guardian of MDA’s culture and who can translate its organizational strategy and priorities into workforce requirements and employment engagement strategies that create a strong talent leadership mindset that permeates throughout MDA. The VPHR will be a team player who is comfortable in a dynamic environment that embraces growth and change, where appropriate. The individual selected will have oversight for establishing people practices that position MDA as a career destination and employer of choice.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

An Expertise in Human Resources and Talent 

The VPHR will bring a proven track record of building and leading a best-in-class human resources function with a superior understanding of human capital and talent management strategies. The VPHR will thrive in an environment with open communication and a commitment to a “can-do” culture that embraces data-driven decision making and clearly defined processes in meeting strategic objectives. They will have the proven ability to establish progressive systems and structures designed to support the development and engagement of staff and overall organizational goals. With MDA’s financial and staff needs in mind, the VPHR will employ a comprehensive approach to forecasting progress and achieving sustainable, well-supported solutions. The VPHR will evaluate and advise on the organization’s policies and systems concerning human capital and will have the proven ability to foster and strengthen a culture of collaboration, excellence and initiative.

Relationship Builder and Collaborator

Critical to success in this role, the Vice President of Human Resources will be skilled at building and sustaining excellent relationships across MDA and will partner with senior leaders and other managers to evaluate and resolve employee-related issues. The VPHR will be a natural partner with a demonstrated ability to connect, build bridges and trust. This leader will play a key role in further establishing and upholding a culture of trust and communication within MDA. The VPHR will work to develop relationships, identifying efficiencies and leveraging opportunities for the benefit of the organization. Moreover, this leader will be a catalyst for action, helping staff execute on strategic initiatives and plans while continuously driving success. The VPHR will be inclusive, allowing for the building of consensus and recognition of teamwork, an engaging and supportive leader, they will have a track record of motivating and inspiring other to achieve impact through creativity and leveraging individual strengths to meet organizational goals.

Cultivating Culture and Inclusion

Charged with helping the organization continue to grow and diversify its talent while also developing a robust, dynamic and inclusive culture, the VPHR will work to nurture a transparent and proactive culture where staff feel energized about coming to work. The VPHR will come to MDA with a deep commitment to best practices around people and culture. Equipped with a multi-faceted understanding of the evolving HR landscape and best practices, the VPHR will enhance MDA’s culture that attracts, develops and retains talent. A resourceful coach and capable facilitator, the VPHR will uphold the values of equity and inclusion in the organization.

Passion for the Mission

The VPHR will embody the values and mission of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and as a result, will inspire and motivate others to push MDA’s vision forward in a collaborative manner. An empathic, confident leader, the VPHR will treat others with respect. The VPHR will lead by example, understanding that at times, empathy is an essential quality. The ideal candidate will understand the healthcare landscape and will have an eye consistently focused on the future and how to best adapt the organization to its changing environment. The VPHR will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.


The salary range for this role, as determined by the Board of Director, starts at $200,000 based on experience. Muscular Dystrophy Association provides competitive benefits including health, dental, life, and a 401(k) plan.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Marissa Delgado, Zack Reynolds & George Theotokatos are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please email All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. Koya does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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