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The HR Director is a critical member of New America’s operational leadership, with responsibility as a strategic advisor and driver of talent and culture initiatives to deliver measurable results. Functions will include industry compliance, performance management, org-wide recruiting, employee engagement, employee relations, career and capability development, workforce planning/analytics. The role reports to the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Scope of Work / Job Functions
Determine the human capital plans required to deliver the function’s strategic and operational goals, including recruiting, development, engagement and annual talent assessment processes. • Lead key HR processes and initiatives, leveraging and partnering with COEs. • Provide organization development and effectiveness strategies and solutions which respond to a dynamic and evolving business organization.
Lead executive recruiting efforts.
Ensure that a global mindset is brought to the work and team, understanding and respecting the local markets that our teams operate and win in.
Manage employee relations, partnering with key stakeholders to develop strategies and mitigate risk.
Define and achieve functional excellence in human resource programs and corporate-driven HR initiatives.
Benchmark against HR best practices and implement innovation and continuous improvement in support of a dynamic, evolving business organization.
Oversee the HR agenda and budget, ensuring that individuals, teams and the organization have the career and capability development required for current and future success.
Represent the function in the development and implementation of enterprise policies and practices that improve the company’s ability to recruit, develop, and retain talent.
Organize, staff, motivate and lead a highly effective HR team that delivers value to the organization with expert recruiting, training and development, succession planning and other human capital activities.
Annually reviews and makes recommendations to executive management for improvement of the organization's policies, procedures and practices on personnel matters.
Maintains knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation and ensures organization's compliance.
Maintains responsibility for organization compliance with federal, state and local legislation pertaining to all personnel matters.
Communicates changes in the organization's personnel policies and procedures and ensures that proper compliance is followed.
Assists executive management in the annual review, preparation and administration of the organization's wage and salary program.
Coordinates or conducts exit interviews to determine reasons behind separations.
Works directly with department managers to assist them in carrying out their responsibilities on personnel matters.
Recommends, evaluates and participates in staff development for the organization.
Develops and maintains a human resource information system that meets the organization's personnel information needs.
Participates on committees and special projects and seeks additional responsibilities.
Manages the contract administrations function as it relates to maintenance/operations; client, project and consultant contracts.
Oversees and coordinates development of Fellowship and Intern contracts
Develops and coordinates delivery of all general training for employees—personal, professional, team development.
Represents organization at personnel related hearings and investigations.
Manages all activities (either personally initiated or through subordinates) related to the maintenance of the facilities, office equipment and systems.
Key Qualifications / Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management or Human Resources discipline
7+ years of experience at the director/executive level, with team leadership in a complex progressive environment along with a strong track record of personal achievement and advancement
Experience and proven competency as an influential member of a middle or senior level leadership team
Exceptional leader coach
Broad understanding of management styles, HR polices, compensation, legal, and employment issues globally
Strong strategic agility, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills – proven high learning agility
Decisive, yet highly collaborative and inclusive
Demonstrated experience working in a fast paced setting; enthusiastic about the potential strategic options facing New America; well-grounded in pragmatic approaches to structuring options available
Experience working in the context of a large, complex, global organization where working across boundaries and leading through influence are keys to success
Experience in driving change to deliver business results – knows what it takes to transform an organization
Excellent presentation and communication/skills, and overall business acumen
Strong interpersonal skills along with exceptional influence skills – ability and credibility to establish a strong network and align with functional peers and business leaders across a globally matrixed organization
Ability to move seamlessly between execution and strategic thought, development and alignment
Master’s or MBA
Diverse industry and client group experience (esp. multinational)
Proven thought leader in the HR/Talent field
Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills
BA or BA equivalent in a relevant field
Advanced degree preferred, but not required
Direct experience in a similarly sized organization
Strong analytical skills
Strong communication and customer service skills, and ability to exchange information with others clearly and concisely
Ability to work with a minimum of supervision, but knowing when to seek additional assistance
Ability to work harmoniously and effectively as part of a work team, responding to frequent demands of multiple customers (internal and external.)
Ability to manage time effectively and efficiently to meet multiple deadlines within regular cycles of activity
Ability to communicate by phone or by e-mail with people for whom English is not their first language.
Working conditions are a general office setting with significant time working at a computer, reading from computer screen, entering data through computer keyboard & mouse, retrieving documents from printer, standing at copier or fax machine, and frequent attaching and removing staples • Year-end archiving activities involve repeated lifting and bending • Physical, Emotional and Intellectual Demands: Busy office setting • Equipment used: Personal computer (desktop or laptop), calculator, printer, fax, and copier
All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. Individuals may be required to perform any other job-related instructions as requested by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation. This position description is not all-inclusive and is always under review.
All candidates are subject to legal background checks in the United States. New America is an equal opportunity employer. We conduct hiring without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, marital status, parental status, membership in any labor organization, political ideology, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law, including a disability of an otherwise qualified individual.
The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.
Submit a cover letter and resume. No phone calls, please. Generous salary package commensurate with experience; excellent benefits. The New America Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.