At the Vermont Foodbank, we spend our days taking care of our neighbors in need, ensuing that Vermonters have the resources they need to live healthier lives. Well, today on the blog, we’re interviewing a staff member who spends her day ensuring that Foodbank staff have the resources we need. 

Francine Chittenden

Francine, far right, with the FTHR team

Francine Chittenden is Director of Human Resources at the Vermont Foodbank and she’s been with us for more than 6 years. The Vermont Foodbank Blog had a chance to sit down with Francine and ask her a few questions, and here’s what we learned. 

VFB Let’s start with the basics: What’s your job title and department?

FC My title is Director of Human Resources. I work in FTHR (finance, technology & human resources).

VFB Tell us what you do on the daily. 

FC The director of human resources position is responsible for a high level of accuracy in accounting for payroll, human resources, employee benefits, safety and health. I represent the employee needs in conjunction with the goals and demands of the Vermont Foodbank. I am also responsible for supervising and as back up for accounts receivable and accounts payable as well as being responsible for bi-weekly payroll, and all payroll related functions.

Other items that I am responsible for are:
– Maintaining all employee personnel files, medical files, and workers’ compensation files.
– Conducting searches and recruiting for any open positions.
– Reporting workers’ compensation injuries including maintaining files & working with insurance company and company physician within the 72 hours’ time frame.
– All human resource functions including but not limited to staff training.
– Chair the safety committee.
– Backup for A/R and A/P.
– Update and make changes to any personnel related policies and manuals.

VFB Wow, that’s quite the list. When did you start working at the Foodbank?

FC I began working at the Foodbank in April, 2009.

VFB Where do you live, where are you from?

FC I live in Waterbury Center, Vermont where I have lived since 1976. Although I was born in Canada, my family moved to Vermont when I was 3 years old and have lived here ever since. We had a dairy farm in Coventry (northern VT) until I was 13, and then moved to the town of Shelburne where I spent my teenage and college years.

VFB Can you tell us a little more about yourself, personally and/or professionally?

FC I am the 5th of a family of 8 children (2 girls, 6 boys). I studied at the University of Vermont.

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