Vice President of Human Resources

Location: Seattle

Company: NorthStar Energy

Employment Type: Full Time

Region: Pacific Northwest

Job Category: Human Resources

Publish Date: October 15, 2021

Company Description: With operations in Hawaii, Alaska, and California, NorthStar Energy understands that fuel continues to be a vital resource in some of the most complex and remote communities. It is up to us to deliver this commodity safely, ethically, and without harm to the local environment. We believe all businesses must commit to a cleaner future, investing in more efficient operations, products, and services. Our responsibility is to innovatively guide our customers to the future of fuel while navigating the complexities of remote geographies and economies.


  • Full Time
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NorthStar Energy

NorthStar Energy Overview

NorthStar Energy is a Seattle-based energy holding company in the Saltchuk family of businesses. NorthStar invests in fuel and energy distribution with a mission to be the vital link to the most reliable, best in class, integrated energy solution, guiding customers to the future of fuel. Our companies provide critical fuel and lubricants to residential customers, commercial fishing operators, the mining and construction sector, and the Department of Defense and Coast Guard. Our brands include Delta Western Petroleum, the largest petroleum and lubricant distributor in Alaska; Northern Oilfield Services serving the North Slope of Alaska; Alaska Petroleum Distributing, serving residential, commercial, and retail customers in Fairbanks, North Pole, and surrounding areas; Hawaii Petroleum, the leading independent fuel marketer on Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii; The Jankovich Company, a distributor of marine fuel and lubricants in the Ports of Los Angeles and San Diego and the largest Exxon lubricants distributor in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Our 500+ employees are committed to providing safe, reliable service for our valued customers in the markets we serve.


Management responsibilities

Ensure Company compliance with employment legislation and ensure HR policies and procedures are current and communicated broadly.

Oversee 401(k) program compliance at NorthStar energy, renew annual health and welfare benefits in coordination with broker and sister companies.

Update compensation program, including job descriptions, annual salary planning and budgets and evaluate program effectiveness.

Develop staffing strategies including job advertisements, assessments, interviewing, checking references and pre-employment processes.

Ensure regulatory reporting is completed including the Affirmative Action Plan, EEO1, Vets 100, Driver Qualification files, and board reports.

Coordinate FMLA leave of absences and ADA accommodation requests.

Coordinate workers compensations claims including contacts with appropriate regulatory industries and ensure safe return to duty

Manage the company Training Plan, Learning Management System, Ethics, and other related training.

Guide management in the appropriate resolution of employee relations issues. Assist managers in disciplinary matters or employee recognitions.

Serve as Labor Relations advisor, coordinating renewal of Collective Bargaining agreements and grievance responses.

Prepare and consolidate management and metric reports.


10+ years HR leadership experience in an environment that requires both strategic and hands-on expertise. Bachelor’s degree in business or related field; SPHR, MBA or related preferred.

Broad and deep experience in all functional areas of HR, including employee relations, performance management, recruiting, compensation, benefits, leader development, regulatory and wage and hour compliance, employee communications and management coaching.

Experience working in a union environment desired with knowledge of Collective Bargaining Agreements, record of resolving union and management issues and handling grievance meetings in conjunction with labor counsel.

Strong skills in HR systems, HR process implementation, and continuous improvement initiatives.

Outstanding business acumen skills including critical thinking and decision making.

Excellent communication skills, with an ability to partner with people at all levels, demonstrating integrity and credibility.

Experience in dynamic, growing organizations using resourcefulness in setting priorities and delivering results through people and systems.

Preference for using data driven HR business analytics and insights to provide HR recommendations.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including a solid ability to communicate well with all levels and personalities and deliver presentations to large and small groups.

Highly collaborative and effective at building partnerships.

What benefits does NorthStar Energy offer?

You’ll get market-competitive benefits aimed at supporting you and your family: medical, dental and vision plans, life insurance, and disability benefits. We also practice generous 401(k) company matching to help you save for your future.

All Saltchuk companies prohibit discrimination based on race; gender, gender identity, or gender expression; sexual orientation; geographic background; national origin; culture; age; disability; veteran status; economic status; marital status; religious beliefs; or genetics.

Excited for a new opportunity?

We'd love to hear from you! Send your resume and cover letter to: or 450 Alaskan Way South, Suite #708, Seattle, WA, 98104.


Leadership responsibilities

Vigilance in scanning the external environment to anticipate business and talent threats and opportunities

Critical thinking skills to work with the CEO and executive team to set strategy and direction

Cross-functional business understanding with a P&L orientation

Understanding of acquisition processes including due diligence and post-acquisition integration

The courage and decisiveness, to prioritize, to succeed – and to learn from mistakes and move forward

The conceptual skills to shape the organization to meet tomorrow’s demographic challenges

Financial competence to balance resources and understand the financial implications and trade-offs of investments in every aspect of the business, including talent

Technological savvy to drive efficiencies and to engage the workforce through innovations in technology solutions

Legal literacy to help ensure a culture of compliance and integrity across the organization

Operational ability to ensure that the transactional aspects of HR are well performed in a world of fast-moving and changing expectations

Unfailingly model the desirable attributes of the culture and passionately advocate them

Nurture a compelling employer brand from the inside out and the outside in with a strong marketing orientation

Align all aspects of the organization around a strong purpose to drive engagement

Innovate in talent management, engagement, and retention strategy

Reshape the organizational design and rewards structure to reflect the dynamics of the business environment

Develop a “mindful” culture to embrace change and refocus leadership development around change itself to produce agile leaders.