Raphaelle Sondak named Episcopal Church director of human resources

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Raphaelle Sondak has been named the Episcopal Church director of human resources, a member of the presiding bishop’s staff.

“I was very impressed with Raphaelle’s background in employee relations and leadership development,” said the Rev. Geoffrey Smith, Episcopal Church chief operating officer. “I’m excited at the prospect of collaborating with her as we develop our strategies for talent development, compensation management, and the important work on culture change we’re all engaged in.”

“I am honored to be joining the staff of the Episcopal Church,” Sondak said. “The staff is known for its dedication and talent, and I look forward to being a member of a competent, energetic team.”

In her new position, Sondak will report to the chief operating officer and will be responsible for providing organizational development strategies and directing the human resources department in partnering and supporting the mission and ministry goals of the Episcopal Church.  She will be responsible for managing and overseeing the talent acquisition process and ensuring compliance with federal, state, and in-house regulatory requirements and procedures; benefits administration, and compliance with internal personnel policies and procedures.

Sondak has extensive experience in human resources. Currently, Sondak is the human resource director at Catholic Guardian Services, a social services agency in the New York region. Previously she served as director of human resources at Visiting Nurses Association of Hudson Valley, the American Institute for Foreign Study and HELP, USA.

In addition, she has been an adjunct professor teaching human resources management at Mercy College and has also served on the Board of Directors at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in human development from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and a master’s degree in human resource management from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

She begins her new position on May 1. Sondak’ s office will be located at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City; as of May 1 she can be reached at rsondak@episcopalchurch.org.

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