Director of Human Resources

Washington D.C.
Dec 27, 2018
Jan 31, 2019
Human Resources
Law, Nonprofit
Full Time

The National Women’s Law Center seeks an experienced, strategic, and hands-on Director of Human Resources to guide and direct its human resources function, with an intentional focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.  This position will lead recruiting efforts, employee relations, benefits plans and administration, and professional development programs for the entire organization, and participate in internal change management projects. In addition, the Director will play a key role in ensuring that the Law Center’s human resources policies and practices comply with applicable federal and state employment laws, are regularly benchmarked against peer organizations, and are aligned with the Law Center’s external workplace justice advocacy.

The Organization

We are passionate champions of national and state policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential throughout their lives- at school, at work, at home, in their families, and in their communities. We are committed advocates who take on the toughest challenges, especially for women who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and women who are low-income – and we make change happen. We are proud to have been on the front lines of virtually every major advance for women since 1972, benefiting women, their families, their communities, and the nation. The Law Center has a staff of more than 80 and an annual budget of more than $18 million. Guided by the organization’s strategic plan, the Law Center is growing in size, influence and impact, and making significant changes internally in systems, processes and culture to support this growth. For more information on the Center, visit

 Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the development of robust recruitment, hiring and onboarding plans and implementation of activities such as placing ads, advising on how to attract a diverse pool of candidates, reviewing resumes, conducting screening interviews, administering tests or KTI evaluations, conducting reference and background checks, and delivering staff orientation programs.
  • Create and develop accurate written job descriptions with clear job accountabilities, reporting structures and career paths, and establish and maintain processes for updating these regularly. Collaborate with senior staff to facilitate talent planning initiatives across teams.
  • Develop performance management, career pathway, and feedback processes, leading efforts to adapt these as the Law Center grows and to advance equity goals. Coach supervisors in developing their management skills and provide proactive guidance to supervisors and employees on employee relations issues within their teams and across the organization.
  • Coach employees on subjects such as career, leadership and performance development plans, and compensation matters, and actively support employees during organizational change initiatives.
  • Design professional development plans and programs; oversee the organization of training sessions, workshops, and activities.
  • Oversee design of benefit plans, negotiations with benefit carriers, and regular reviews of benefits offered; oversee development and distribution of employee benefits packages, handbooks, and materials.
  • Develop and implement data tools to support the Law Center’s equity goals, such as staff diversity dashboards and a staff climate survey, leveraging outside consultants and other resources as needed.
  • Work with the Vice President for Administration & Finance to establish and administer salary guidelines for each position that ensure equity.
  • Work with the Vice President for Administration & Finance, the General Counsel and Senior Advisor for Education, and the COO & Chief of Staff to ensure that human resources policies and practices comply with federal and state employment regulations, are regularly benchmarked against peer organizations, and are aligned with the Law Center’s external workplace justice advocacy; recommend and implement changes as these evolve.
  • Directly supervise the HR Manager for Talent and Senior Benefits Manager.

    Qualified Candidates Must Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • At least seven years of strategic human resource leadership experience.
  • Proficient working knowledge of the ADP Workforce Now HRIS, or similar system.
  • Demonstrated success in all human resources functional areas within a collaborative, fast-paced, and diverse staff environment and an evolving culture.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, problem-solving, and mentoring skills.
  • Demonstrated success in working with and gaining the respect of multiple constituencies including senior executives and staff at all levels, managing projects from idea to outcomes; strategic thinking; innovating; and navigating nimbly and effectively through changing and ambiguous situations.
  • Track record of handling confidential and sensitive matters with utmost discretion.

    Ideal Candidates Will Also Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree specifically in Business Administration, Human Resources or other related field, and a Master’s degree.
  • Professional of Human Resources Certification (PHR).
  • Demonstrated success applying an equity lens to human resources work, conducting comprehensive needs analyses, creating organization design and development initiatives, and implementing change models – including intentional efforts to transform organizational culture – while proactively driving ongoing work.
  • Knowledge of organizational effectiveness trends and best practices for advancing equity in nonprofit organizations.
  • Strong working knowledge of applicable federal and state employment laws.
  • Knowledge of and passion for gender justice and advocacy.

    Key Relationships

    The Director will report directly to the Vice President for Administration and Finance and will work across the organization, including with the COO & Chief of Staff and the General Counsel and Senior Advisor for Education. The Director will supervise the HR Manager for Talent and the Senior Benefits Manager. 


    A minimum salary of $121,500 will be provided to the successful candidate having a Bachelor’s Degree and seven years of relevant experience.  Compensation will be both competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.


    To apply for this position, please forward a resume and a substantive cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications via e-mail to: and include the position title in the subject line. Electronic submissions are preferred. Hard copies may be addressed to: Human Resources Department, National Women’s Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. Applications accepted until position is filled.

    The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce.  We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities; people of all gender identities; people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals; veterans; and LGBTQI individuals.


    As noted above, NWLC welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at or you may send the request by mail to:

    National Women’s Law Center

    ATTN: Human Resources Manager - Talent

    11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800

    Washington, DC 20036

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