Job Description
Job Title Vice President, Human Resources
Job ID 751912
Begin Date 9/25/13
Location Washington,  DC 20005
Other Location New York, NY 10001
Description Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals.  Over its 35-year history, Human Rights First has earned a reputation for pragmatic, results-oriented advocacy that is politically astute, grounded in facts, and driven by sophisticated legal and policy analysis.  Human Rights First has a track record of success in delivering change that has made a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

The organization is led by President and CEO Elisa Massimino.  A lawyer and activist with more than two decades of experience in the field, Massimino has been recognized as one of the top 20 public advocates in the country.  Human Rights First is a non-profit, non-partisan organization staffed by talented and committed activists based in New York City and Washington, D.C.  Human Rights First’s Board of Directors is a diverse, highly esteemed, and accomplished group of global human rights champions who are leaders in industry, law, media, the arts, and education.


The Vice President of Human Resources (VP) is responsible for devising human resources strategies that will best enable the organization to deliver on its mission.  The VP directs all human resources functions of the organization, in accordance with its established policies and objectives, business ethics, laws, regulations, and rulings of governmental and other regulatory authorities. The VP is responsible for recommending and implementing strategies to ensure that Human Rights First hires, develops, and retains employees with the knowledge, expertise and skills required to fulfill its mission and to take advantage of growth opportunities.

The VP is a member of the senior management team and consults with senior management on human resources policies and programs to ensure alignment with the organization’s mission, goals and objectives. The VP has lead responsibility for labor relations and serves as the liaison between management and labor relations’ representatives. He/she is responsible for recommending, planning, developing,  implementing,  directing, and monitoring programs and policies in human resources functions that include: recruitment; talent management; training and development; performance evaluation; compensation administration; employee services; and data management.

  • Serves as part of the senior management team and ensures that the organization hires and develops staff with the requisite skills to meet its objectives and operational requirements
  • Develops the organization’s human resources through recruiting, professional development, training, and compensation/benefits administration
  • Represents the human resources goals and objectives of the organization and provides the support to management and staff to ensure the organization is—and is viewed as—an excellent, equal-opportunity employer that supports career and staff development
  • Ensures that recruiting processes are consistent, streamlined, and targeted toward the  optimal applicant pools for the organization’s mission and objectives
  • Establishes and manages a comprehensive training program to educate employees regarding organizational policies and procedures, staff tools, and job-specific training opportunities
  • Plans, develops, organizes, implements, and evaluates human resource functions that promote a high level of commitment to the organization’s mission, increase employee engagement, foster employee retention, and result in improved productivity consistent with the organization’s objectives
  • Supervises those responsible for recruitment, talent management, hiring and exit strategies, labor relations, benefits and leave administration, payroll processing, and data management
  • Serves as the senior point of contact regarding human resources policies and procedures
  • Leads the collective bargaining negotiations and partners with labor relations representatives to foster effective working relationships based on ethical and fair policies and practices
  • Partners with senior management, staff, legal counsel and labor relations representatives to resolve employee issues fairly, consistently and expeditiously;  facilitates and documents administrative components of personnel issues
  • Implements and manages the annual performance management and compensation programs; reviews job descriptions; conducts salary surveys to ensure competitive position; monitors and revises these programs
  • Provides day-to-day performance management guidance to line management (coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions, etc.)
  • Maintains an in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, thereby reducing risks and ensuring regulatory compliance
  • Participates actively in senior management meetings and strategic planning forums and regularly incorporates information, continuing education and feedback into on-going responsibilities
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: BA/BS college degree required; MS degree and PHR or SPHR certification preferred

  • The majority of this job is performed in an office environment in an office set up for confidentiality and privacy.
  • Anticipate 30% travel, primarily between the NYC and DC offices
ANNUAL SALARY:  Competitive with comprehensive benefits package

START DATE: Immediately      

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  October 8, 2013Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


Please complete the online application found at our website under ABOUT US / JOB OPPORTUNITIES links.

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  • Cover letter (secondary upload*)
  • Names and contact details for three (3) references (enter online)
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Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington DC. We build respect for human rights and the rule of law to help ensure the dignity to which everyone is entitled and to stem intolerance, tyranny, and violence.

Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff across all programs and departments from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTI people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.
Required Skills •An experienced human resources executive with at least 10 years of experience managing a human resources department at increasing levels of responsibility

•Demonstrated ability to take initiative, prioritize duties, and work independently while functioning under pressure and as a member of a senior management team

•Proven effective supervisory/management skills and ability to work effectively with diverse groups at all levels of the organization

•Eight to ten years of experience in the resolution of complex employee relations issues

•Previous experience working with union and labor relations issues

•Working knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines including compensation practices, change management, employee and union relations, diversity, training and professional development, and performance management in compliance with federal and state employment laws

•Demonstrated proficiency with applicable laws and management theories including policy/procedure development and labor union activities

•A well-organized and articulate individual who is self-directed and a team player and is viewed as a professional with high ethical standards

•Demonstrated ability to develop trusting relationships in order to gain support and achieve results

•Strong conflict management, interpersonal, and negotiation skills

•Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to make effective presentations to senior management team, staff, and the board

•Knowledge of a variety of computer software applications, specifically: PeopleTrak or similar human capital tracking databases; BrightMove or comparable recruiting software; MS Office (Internet Explorer, Outlook, MS Word XP, Excel, PowerPoint)

•Interest in human rights and experience working in an NGO setting a plus
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