Client success story – Positive Education Program Cleveland

Client success story – Positive Education Program Cleveland

By on Apr 6, 2021 in Best Practices, Blog, Compensation Consulting, HR Consulting, Non Profit, Success Stories |

We recently completed a project helping a local non-profit with its unique compensation needs.

As one of Ohio’s largest non-profit agencies committed to children, PEP provides services – both direct and consultative in nature – for children with severe mental health and behavioral challenges, their families and the professionals who support them. PEP is committed to understanding and overcoming the significant trauma and chronic stress experienced by many of the children they serve. Programs include six PEP Day Treatment Centers, PEP Connections, PEP Early Childhood Plus and PEP Assist.

As an education-based organization, PEP’s base compensation programs had much in common with other educational institutions. Over the years, their particular system was not able to address the needs of today’s workforce, and so they contact OA to help them develop new strategies for managing their staff compensation.

We worked with the Chief Human Resources Officer, Jessica Sawyer, Human Resources Manager Linda Gruss, and project leader Kathleen McConnell, Recruitment and Retention Specialist, on this project. They said:

We were seeking a consultant that would help us modernize our compensation programs to be more competitive. We also needed assistance with knowing what best practices are available to help us administer our programs more effectively.


OA has deep experience designing compensation plans for numerous types of organizations. Their experience with non-profits was important…but we also wanted to know what other sectors do when it comes to compensation.  While many of our positions are specific to the work we do, we also compete with everyone else for professionals outside our core services, such as Finance, IT, Facilities, and others.


What is unique about OA’s approach is that they bring the sensibility of having not only designed programs, but also the responsibility of their ongoing administration. Meaning, they propose solutions that are practical and workable. They also provide tools to make ongoing program management easier, and a willingness to collaborate to find novel solutions.


There work has been tremendously helpful in our compensation planning and we plan to use them again in the future as we implement our new programs.

Our diverse experience in Human Resources includes non-profit organizations, as well as public-sector entities and private companies.  We serve our clients in many ways:

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