Director of Human Resources

EMPATH - Boston, MA2.5

30+ days agoFull-time


Co-located in Boston, Massachusetts and Brighton, Massachusetts, Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) is an innovative non-profit organization with a dedicated and talented workforce of 118 employees. We implement and evaluate upward mobility programs and work directly with low-income families and in low-income communities throughout the state, nation, and world.


EMPath is a highly innovative organization in the forefront of poverty disruption in the United States. Diverse intellectual talent acquisition, staff advancement, and engaging retention practices are the spine of our organizational success---a success heavily reliant on continuous learning and collaborative action. The HR Director's strategy for finding talent in new ways, for current and future needs, is critical.The HR director is thus a strategic force, trusted expert, and advisor within EMPath and reports to the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Astute and timely talent acquisition
  • Careful assessment of extant staffing patterns, staff planning, and performance management
  • New Hire Benefits Administration
  • Use and management of ADP to create efficiencies
  • Ensure the performance management process is consistent, effective and enhanced
  • Make and evaluate strategic recommendations for compensation structures
  • Participate in the development of hiring managers
  • Ensure certain workplace standards are met, and that employee concerns and requests are addressed
  • Develop interactive onboarding systems
  • Participate in and offer strategic leadership in retention
  • Serve as an astute information resource to both employees and senior management
  • Work with leadership to solve challenges related to health and safety needs

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Focus on the thoughtful but timely identification of new talent to fill key organizational roles
  • Acquire an excellent understanding of how EMPath operates
  • Reduce hiring lag from posting to staff orientation
  • Management of HR direct report
  • Adhere to reporting requirements, including EEO and OSHA, among others
  • Periodically update Personnel Handbook and Job Descriptions
  • Review Exit interview data and synthesize findings by department
  • Periodically communicate findings of Exit Interview data to E-Team, COO, VPs, directors, etc.
  • CORI policy/implementation
  • Administration of FMLA
  • Review of job classifications
  • Work closely with legal counsel as necessary
  • Provide support for aspiring professionals



  • BS or BA degree is required--MA is preferred; HR Certification is required.


  • At least five to ten years of job experience in Human Resources with significant recruitment management and supervisory experience.

Key Skills and Competencies:

  • Good problem solving and sound decision making skills
  • Self-awareness and capacity to serve as an exemplar
  • Evidence of urgency and capacity to hire diverse talent and help cultivate a healthy workplace culture.
  • Keen awareness of and respect for the EMPath mission and brand
  • Highly collaborative and trustworthy
  • Conciseness and correctness of expression in oral and written English Communication
  • Strong Analytical Skills
  • Advance Use of Computer (Microsoft Excel and Graphics)
  • Knowledge of Data Systems Integration and Data Analysis
  • Knowledge of ADP is preferred
  • Unimpeachable Integrity
  • Working Knowledge of Employment Law
  • Collaborative Personality
  • Working Knowledge of Spanish (desirable)


Requires prolonged sitting, some bending, stooping and stretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, photocopier, telephone, calculator and other office equipment. Work is performed in an office environment. Travel within Boston area locations may be required.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Senior Human Resources Management: 5 years (Required)
  • working in non-profit setting: 1 year (Preferred)
  • recruiting: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • human resources certification (Preferred)


  • Spanish (Preferred)