Curriculum Vitae

Vice President of Human Resources/Compliance/Employee Relations

Resources Management | For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Entities | Labor Relation Issues Management | Employee Law

Internal and SOX audits | Road Mapping | Stock Options Administration | Personnel Development | Benefits Administration

Human Resources Policies, Processes, and Procedures | Training and Development Staff Recruitment and Retention

Mentoring and Motivation | Quality Performance Management | Payroll and Salary Structures

Qualifications profile

Multifaceted, growth-driven, and dynamic executive, with broad-based experience in human resources management within diverse and expansive workforce organization. Skilled in employee relations, union dealings, recruitment, and strategic planning and implementation. Experienced in employment and immigration laws and regulations. Proficient in Domestic and International labor laws and E-Verify. Highly commended for overseeing regulatory compliance, staff training, and corporate human resources operations. Excel at formulating and implementing innovative recruitment strategies and leadership development program to effect dramatic improvements in efficiency, productivity, and business processes toward successful attainment of organizational goals and objectives. Hands-on manager with outstanding leadership, interpersonal, problem resolution, and relationship-building skills. Enjoy challenges and capable to multitask in fiercely competitive and fast-paced environment. Fluent in German, Croatian, and English, currently studying Spanish.

Professional Experience                                                                                                                               

R.A.I.N. Total care INC, Bronx, NY

Vice President Human Resources & Compliance ▪ Jan 2016– Present

  • Supporting 4 entities (for profit and not for profit) under R.A.I.N. Total Care (holding Company) with close to 2600 employees
  • Reporting to the CEO with quarterly report to 4 different boards and/or board committees
  • Consolidated 4 entities with separate systems, policies and procedures under single unified HR platform with unified policies and procedures
  • Supporting Home Care, Senior Citizen Services, Senior Housing, Meals On Wheels across 16 locations
  • Managing significant HR budget
  • Managing training and organizational development initiatives
  • Serving as goto person for all HR related issues to all levels of management
  • Managing legal, compliance and payer policies, procedures and initiatives
  • Managing outside vendors and all organization insurance policies (benefits, liability, workman’s comp, unemployment, vehicles as well as managing OSHA process and reporting protocols
  • Managing all employee benefits
  • Managing team of 4
  • Ongoing heavy recruiting
  • Educated all levels management about new minimum wage, FMLA, FSLA

Career Accomplishments:

  • Developed and implemented first ever HR budget (organization is 60+ years old)
  • Consolidated 4 entities with their own payroll systems, policies and procedures and health benefits under single HR platform decreasing cost and increasing efficiency
  • Weekly hired 20-30 home care aides due to the Home Health Care line of business growth
  • Reduced workman’s comp cost by 34% improving reporting and review policies and procedures when submitting to the insurance carriers
  • Reduced unemployment insurance by 39% by improving documentation and reporting procedures
  • Developed and implemented first ever formal performance management system in the organization
  • Consolidated 4 company 401K, 403B into single retirement pension plan and platform decreasing cost to organization and participants increasing efficiencies and customer service
  • Established relationship with all local universities, trade schools and social service agencies to increase brand presence, create pipeline of potential candidates for vacancies as well as interns and volunteers

 

MHMC, Secaucus, NJ

Director/Vice President of Human Resources ▪ Feb 2010– Jan 2016

  • Work as part of the Hospital Acquisition Team, directly supervising a team of 4 while monitoring 2300 full-time and 500 per diem/part-time hospital employees
  • Serve as the main point of contact for all union-related matters; comply with established policies and procedures in managing union issues
  • Proactively manage all employee benefits plans and render assistance in coordinating human resource workshops
  • Directly deal with all employee-related issues as an integral member of the governing board
  • Provide guidance to all levels of management regarding the appropriate handling of all employee issues
  • Function as project lead for the annual performance and compliance reviews
  • Support and oversee the Evidence Based Management (EBM) implementation as one of the project leads
  • Show expertise in developing and maintaining $2M human resource budget
  • Cultivate strong working relationship with insurance brokers in negotiating HR-related service agreements with vendors, as well as with in-house and outside legal
  • Exemplify outstanding project management skills in handling employer-sponsored company events as well as various union arbitrations through direct collaboration with legal staff and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Carry out direct presentation before the Department of Health, Department of Labor, and NLRB
  • Offer professional support to various departments, including Sales and Marketing, Housekeeping (environmental), Dietary (kitchen), and Customer Service along with call center and facilities.

Career Accomplishments:

  • Successfully managed and closed high-profile sexual harassment cases
  • Generated $3.2M in annual savings by executing systematic evaluation of full-time employees (FTE) through collaboration with department managers and by supporting two Reduction in Force (RIFs) initiatives
  • Played an integral role in championing the negotiation of four Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs)
  • Spearheaded the establishment of two separate entities, which entailed extensive recruitment; enforcement of all HR policies and procedures; and management of extremely sensitive HR and union issues
  • Contributed in securing grants from Department of Defense through recommendation and implementation of hiring strategies for military veterans

 

Arkadin, Inc., Manhattan, NY

Director of Human Resources NORAM ▪ Aug 2006–Feb 2010

  • Played an integral role in working as part of a global HR management team, responsible for implementing global company wide initiatives
  • Performed extensive management of the Human Resources Department in five states and two countries
  • Served as member of the senior executive team, overseeing HR budget control and corporate-wide T&E compliance
  • Directed and handled three teams as well as acted as the go-to person for disciplinary actions
  • Worked well in handling several types of vendors and correctly administered all employee benefits plan
  • Directly collaborated with corporate in France on major global projects
  • Conducted expert handling of several budgets on top of HR operational expenditure (OPEX)
  • Oversaw the training, T&E, meetings, annual bonuses, and salary or merit increases
  • Functioned as one of the lead project managers who visualized the corporate values and led its global implementation
  • Acted as the go-to person of CEO, CFO and Country GM for all HR-related matters
  • Organized the global management meeting (GMM) in San Diego for 4 days, with 400 attendees

Career Accomplishments:

  • Decreased HR budget by %12.5 while increasing HR services and support
  • Reduced agency recruiting fees from $580K in 2005 to $320K in 2006 as well as $75K in 2005 while increasing head count
  • Sealed negotiation for a 7% only increase in benefits cost, which was lower than the initial proposal of 15%
  • Led the successful implementation of the Human Resources Information System (HRIS), on-line expense management tool, travel agency, and T&E policy which were nonexistent online performance reviews

 

Radvision, Fairlawn, NJ

Director of Human Resource and Organization-AMERICAS ▪ Dec 2002–Aug 2006

  • Administered new employee orientation, recruitment strategies and policies, and temporary housing for new employees
  • Directly collaborated with the Legal Department in arranging sponsorships, work visas, and student visas
  • Conducted constant updating of employee handbook and several outdated and incorrect policies
  • Directed and coordinated the quarterly and monthly management meeting and site management
  • Extensively handled 401(k) and benefits while complying with all local, state, and federal laws
  • Established, coordinated, and executed 401(k) provider change, which benefitted the organization and employees
  • Conducted organization and administration of various activities focused on improving employees’ well-being for the entire US operation in four offices
  • Partnered with Controller-Americas and GM Americas regarding daily issues, promotion, and salary increases when and if necessary
  • Assured active participation in quarterly sales meetings and presentation of going HR projects
  • Led the issuance of stock options upon board’s approval as well as guided employees through registering with options administrator
  • Functioned effectively as the “one-stop” shop for all employee grievances regarding benefits, performance, compensation, and personnel issues
  • Exemplified proficiency in creating and managing controller HR budget
  • Spearheaded the training, team building events, and town meetings
  • Completed the relocation of employees from Israel through collaboration with the CIS and the Legal Team

Career Accomplishments:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in creating the first ever comprehensive HR budget
  • Executed travel management and oversight of all travel cost to be approved by HR; brought major contribution in saving $30K over the last 4 quarters based on same time last year results
  • Significantly decreased the turnaround rate with great success by creating several retention policies and procedures
  • Successfully passed through several internal audits and SOX audit, with excellent results
  • Carried out presentation of corporate plan for the provision of 401(k) match, which minimized corporate expenses and drove employees retention

 

Earlier Career

SHINE, INC. QUEENS, NY

Director of Human Resources and Training ▪ Jul 2000–Dec 2002

Xerox Corporation, Morris Plains, NJ

Human Resources Manager ▪1994–2000 | Labor Relations Specialist ▪ 1995–1996

Education

PhD In Management ▪ WALDEN UNIVERSITY: Accepted, commence fall 2017

Specialization: Human Resources Management

 Master of Science in Human Resources Management ▪ Rutgers University, Newark, NJ: 2000

Key Courses: Labor Management, Business Management, and Project Management

Bachelor of Science in Human Resources ▪ University of Croatia, Zagreb, Croatia: 1994

Certification

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification

Global Professional in HR (GPHR)

Board Seats:

Eastwick College                – Termed Out

CarePlus NJ Foundation   – March 2018

Bronx Borough President Office LGBTG Policy Task Force Committee Member- October 2018

Volunteer Activities:

R.I.D.E.-RIKERS ISLAND DISCHARGE ENHANCEMENT-Career Counselor/Adviser

Mission is to reduce rearrests and re-incarceration of men and woman serving short sentences on Rikers Island. R.I.D.E.provides transitional planning and aftercare services, enabling them to access services immediately upon release as part of the Rikers Island Discharge Enhancement (RIDE) initiative of the NYC Department of Correction.
Serving as Career Adviser and Mentor To Recently Released Man and Woman

Big Brothers and Sisters on NJ-Newark

Mentor,Adviser,Counselor

Family Promise Of Bergen County-Volunteer/Mentor

Family Promise is transforming lives by combating the complex problems of poverty and homelessness. Family Promise uses a holistic integrated approach that helps working, homeless families meet their immediate needs and, through their high level of commitment and our high level of support, return to self-sufficiency.

 

 

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