Company: Cannabis Control Commission

Job description:


The primary purpose of the job is to oversee a professional human resource operation and positive work culture at the Commission. The Chief People Officer directs and oversees the full scope of human resources, including recruitment, retention, classification, compensation, benefits administration, workers’ compensation, and employee engagement, and is responsible for planning, designing, developing, and evaluating human resource-related initiatives that support organizational strategic goals and operating priorities.

  • Establish comprehensive and inclusive plan to recruit, interview and hire employees;
  • Promote a productive work environment and establish policies and procedures that encourage diversity, equity and inclusion across the Commission;
  • Provide effective oversight, strategic planning, direction, and coordination of the full scope of human resources for the Commission;
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and the leadership team, develop and maintain a work environment that preserves employee wellness and promotes a dynamic and flexible workplace;
  • Originate and lead human resources practices and objectives that will provide an employee-oriented, high-performance culture emphasizing empowerment, equity, quality, productivity and standards, goal attainment, and the recruitment and ongoing development of a superior workforce;
  • Implement and continuously improve a training program, including Commonwealth required training and training and development unique to the Commission;
  • Ensure all Commission HR policies and procedures follow Commonwealth requirements and support the Commission’s mission, particularly on equity and repairing the harms of the War on Drugs;
  • Participate in the development of the agency’s plans and programs as a strategic partner from the perspective of the impact on people, translating the strategic and tactical business plans into human resource plans and actions;
  • Evaluate and advise the Executive Director and other leaders on the impact of long-range planning of new programs, strategies, and regulatory action as those items impact the attraction, motivation, development, and retention of human capital at the Commission;
  • Create and execute strategic plan for equity, diversity, and inclusion at the Commission;
  • Provide consultation to the Executive Director on strategic workforce plans, talent management, organizational development, wage and salary administration, benefits, professional development, budget, and employee relations;
  • Ensure compensation and benefit plans are competitive and cost effective for the agency;
  • Oversee employee programs promoting a workplace culture that enables employees to perform in accordance with the Commission’s mission and vision;
  • Oversee the Commission’s performance management system;
  • Enhance and/or develop, implement, and enforce human resources policies and procedures that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the agency;
  • Provide advice, guidance, and support in the design and establishment of organizational structures and staffing to achieve operational efficiencies through better use of resources;
  • Advise the Executive Director, Commissioners, managers, and supervisors in the application of sound human resources and human relations principles, including matters of supervision, teamwork, discipline, and performance management;
  • Provide guidance to Commissioners and employees on agency policies, rules, regulations and procedures to ensure the fair and uniform treatment of all employees;
  • Act as a liaison between employees and managers in personnel related areas;
  • Respond to urgent employee relations issues;
  • Manage the complaint process and serve as an investigator of workplace incidents when appropriate;
  • Evaluate human resource team structure and team plan for continuous improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the HR team as well as providing individuals with professional and personal growth.


  • Mediate internal disputes;
  • Maintain strong relationships with department managers to help them meet and exceed needs of the departments;
  • Specific projects as directed by the Executive Director and the Commission


  • Direct daily supervision of personnel.


  • Direct report to the Executive Director




  • General knowledge of various employment laws and practices, and applicable rules and guidelines covering the Commonwealth of Massachusetts paid leave and benefits, as well as other Commonwealth rules and guidelines;
  • Broad knowledge of strategic business management, workforce planning, organizational planning and development, employee and labor relations, professional development, risk management, worker compensation;
  • Knowledge of job classification and compensation methods;
  • Knowledge of technology and human resource information systems (HR/CMS) to support human resource activities;
  • Strong coaching, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop human resources staff members;
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a successful participant on the executive management team that provides company leadership and direction;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with senior leaders;
  • Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related discipline. Advanced degree preferred.

SALARY RANGE: $130,000 – $150,000
Benefits Package:

The Commission is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package to its employees. The specific components and eligibility may vary based upon position classification, hours worked per week and other variables. Therefore, specific benefits for this position may be discussed as part of the interview and offer process.

This position is non-civil service. This position is an exempt position.

The overall benefits available include: paid vacation, sick and personal leave time, health, dental and vision insurance through the Commonwealth’s Group Insurance, and optional pre-tax Health Savings Account plans.

In addition, the Commission provides employees the opportunity to elect life insurance, long term disability insurance, deferred compensation savings, tuition remission and pre-tax commuter account plans, along with other programs.

The Commission employees also participate in the Commonwealth’s State Retirement Plan, which can become a defined benefit plan for those that both vest and subsequently retire from State service. Follow this link for additional retirement information: of-retire/.
Commitment to Diversity:

The Commission is committed to building a diverse staff across its entire agency and at all levels. The Commission is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Application Process and Deadline: 

 The Commission encourages interested candidates that meet the minimum requirements for experience and skills to apply for this position. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume no later than April 4, 2023.

 Submissions are due by 5:00 pm (e-mail) on Apri1 4, 2023; late submissions may be considered solely at the discretion of the Commission.

Notice of Required Background Check – Including Tax Compliance: 

The Commission requires a background check on all prospective employees as a condition of employment.

Candidates should be aware of this requirement but should also know that such background check is not initiated until:

  1. A candidate is invited to a second or subsequent interview, and
  1. The candidate has signed the Background Check Authorization Form and related releases.

This background check includes a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, Federal IRS and Department of Revenue state tax compliance on all prospective employees as a condition of their employment.

Candidates with advanced degrees and professional licenses may have these credentials verified. Individuals other than those references provided by a candidate may be contacted while completing a full background and qualification check.

Those candidates invited to interview will be contacted by the Commission. Unfortunately, due to the anticipated high volume of applicants for this vacancy, we are unable to provide status updates to specific individuals.

Job type: Full Time

Fully remote: Hybrid

Salary range: $130,000 – $150,000

Location: Worcester, MA


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