Global HR Business Partner

United States- Arlington, VA
Aug 06, 2018
Aug 22, 2018
Full Time


Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. 


Conservation International (CI) is seeking an experienced HR professional to support our globally diverse organization. Reporting to the Vice President, Global Human Resources, this position will provide guidance in all human resources related matters and driving organizational effectiveness in the areas of staffing, development and training, employee relations, and separations to their individual client groups. This position will also support our globally mobile staff, ensuring that expatriates and third country national transfers are effectively and compliantly managed to serve the strategic needs of CI.

The successful candidate will lead, implement and facilitate the development of a highly effective, strategic HR function to ensure the organization has the right structure, culture and talent needed to deliver on its objectives.  The HR Business Partner will provide strategic and proactive input on high risk/complex issues, organizational design, and talent management and ensure comprehension and compliance with relevant internal and external policies, laws and regulations. 

The HR Business Partner will have a unique opportunity to leverage skills and a global mindset to participate in the development of organizational tools, resources, and processes and then lead the implementation of these on the ground.  The successful candidate will leverage expertise in employee relations issues, local labor law, compensation and benefits, recruitment, and training and development to support our international programs, ranging from teams in both US and Europe, both remote and in-person.  S/he should thrive on supporting a dynamic work place, contributing to team projects, and leveraging their HR skills, talents, and expertise to effectively partner and bring HR into strategic discussions and decision-making processes.  


  • Serve as a strategic partner to determine workforce needs, identify human resource and competency gaps, and drive the development of a staffing plan to promote staff development and retention.
  • Review and approve job position requests, job descriptions and make recommendations for ensuring accuracy and consistency.
  • Advise and assist in recruitment and selection and orientation processes, ensuring that policy, statutory and best practice requirements are satisfied. This may include leading select recruitments and participating in selection panels as necessary.
  • Manage the introduction of new or revised policy, annual programs and processes to include delivery of workshops, ensuring that staff and managers are appropriately equipped and supported.
  • Manage non-national staff contracting process including work permit acquisition, documentation, renewal, relocation resources and collaboration to ensure full compliance with local immigration, labor, benefits and tax statutes.
  • Manage US expatriate community, ensuring full compliance with U.S. requirements, taxation and immigration.
  • Support the annual performance management and talent management processes.
  • Carry-out daily HR-related administrative duties such as updating contracts, generating employee reports and executing compliance-related activities with all existing legal and government reporting requirements.
  • Manage employee relations which may include acting as an impartial mediator in disciplinary procedures and ensure it is administered in an equitable and fair manner and meets all legal and labor regulations and requirements. 
  • Deliver critical trainings to ensure employees, managers, and teams have resources, tools and support development needs. Partnering with Learning and Development, conduct development needs assessments. Support the identification of network of regional trainers, workshops, consultants and other professional development resources to meet these local development needs at limited cost.
  • Work hand-in-hand with Learning and Development team to ensure that global learning opportunities are available, aligned and integrated with talent management processes. 
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to travel as needed, not to exceed 10% of time.
  • Ability to work alternative hours to meet, consult and advise staff in multiple time zones.
  • Ability to work extended hours to meet deadlines.



  • A bachelor’s degree and 7-10 years of Human Resources experiences in international setting or any similar combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of multiple human resources disciplines including staffing, workforce planning, recruiting, employee relations, compensation practices, performance management, and relevant employment laws in international setting, spanning US and Europe. 
  • Working knowledge of U.S. immigration law and expatriate management.
  • Experience in managing globally mobile employees including immigration, taxation and relocation.
  • Persuasive and engaging communication, presentation, training and facilitation skills to clearly convey objectives to diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Ability to consult and partner with internal clients across various teams and countries.
  • Experience in solving complex issues through analysis, defining a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Ability to make quick decisions, to be diligent with responses, and work to find solution driven conclusions and work collaboratively across many audiences.  
  • Highly organized and self-directed.   Proven ability to set priorities and meet critical priorities. Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and under minimal supervision. 
  • Excellent and persuasive oral and written communications skills; professionally assertive with ability to influence without formal authority and capable of managing conflict and conflicting views.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Demonstrated ability to work, manage, and meet competing deadlines in a fast-paced, high volume environment and on deadline; aptitude for problem solving and decision making needed.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and ability to learning and successfully navigate in collaboration tools such as SharePoint.


  • Strong working knowledge of HRIS systems.
  • SPHR, GPHR, CIPD or other HR professional certification preferred.
  • Experience working in an international non-profit organization.

To apply please submit your resume and cover letter.

Conservation International is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer of minorities, females, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  It is the policy of CI to afford equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. CI offers reasonable accommodation in the employment process for individuals with disabilities.  If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time.  If you require an application accommodation due to a disability, please e-mail your request to and include "accommodation" in the subject line.

CI Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms. 

Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.

Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.

Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.

Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.

Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.

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