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Director of Human Resources

The Position

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 through policies, and systems that support the staff of the Law Center. The Director will build an organizational culture that reflects our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. This position will lead recruiting efforts, employee and labor management relations, benefits plans and administration for the entire organization, and participate in internal change management projects including those related to adapting to a hybrid work environment. In addition, the Director will play a key role in ensuring 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. This position will lead a significant line of work developing and implementing systems and processes to ensure compliance with NWLC’s first collective bargaining agreement with NWLC United and play a key role in general labor-management relations.

The Organization

The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice—in the courts, in public policy, and in our society—working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.

We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us—especially women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.

For almost 50 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women. Find out more at

Responsibilities

HR Strategy, Policies, and Systems:

  • Maintain knowledge of employment trends and regulations to ensure adherence to federal, state, and local legal requirements, and advise management on needed actions, ensuring policies and procedures reflect best practices and compliance with existing laws affecting employees, including labor law. Create and/or update policies, procedures, guidelines, and provide supervisor training as needed.
  • Work closely in partnership with the Vice President for DEI and Belonging ensuring all HR policies and processes foster both diversity & inclusion within the organization and are continuously evolving with the current agreed upon strategies.
  • Create objective measures and standardize reporting to help leadership understand trends that affect the employee experience in the organization, including but not limited to retention, training, performance, compensation, and working in a hybrid environment.
  • Lead efforts to build and implement systems and processes ensuring compliance with NWLC’s first collective bargaining agreement, including establishing and serving on the labor management committee, providing training and coaching for supervisors, and working closely with the Vice President for Administration and Finance and other leaders.

Talent Management, Employee Relations, and Workforce Planning:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of robust recruitment, hiring, and onboarding processes that yield a diverse pool of candidates and strong hires. Develop and lead orientation programs, including those related to CBA compliance.
  • Establish and maintain processes for updating job descriptions regularly, ensuring those for NWLC United members comply with the CBA.
  • Facilitate talent planning across teams.
  • Coach employees on leadership and performance development plans, compensation matters, and career growth. Actively support employees during organizational change initiatives.
  • Develop and implement performance management processes in compliance with the CBA and in partnership with DEIB; lead efforts to adapt these as the Law Center grows.
  • Be the primary point for contact for grievances, harassment, and discrimination complaints.
  • Ensure supervisors develop their management skills and provide proactive guidance to supervisors and employees on employee relations issues within their teams and across the organization.
  • Partner with internal stakeholders to implement strategies for employee engagement and retention. Continue to test and iterate on strategies for employee engagement in a hybrid work environment.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Oversee annual design of benefit plans, negotiations with benefit carriers, and regular reviews of benefits offered; oversee development and distribution of employee benefits packages, and materials and notices to NWLC United.
  • Work closely with the Vice President for Administration & Finance and the VP of DEIB to coordinate with outside consultants and contractors (as requested) in the review and design of compensation structure, periodic compensation review , and pay equity reviews.
  • Provide support and training to people managers to expand their understanding of compensation and benefits, confirm effective communication at all levels, verify staff understand how to access benefits, and maintain CBA compliance.
  • Oversee annual open enrollment communications and elections process, including changes to enrollment throughout the year.
  • Complete Cafeteria and 403b testing annually.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate must possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree specifically in Business Administration, Human Resources or other related field.
  • At least fifteen years of strategic human resource leadership experience, including leading an HR team.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the 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 trust and 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.

Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

  • Professional of Human Resources Certification (PHR).
  • Experience in a unionized workplace strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated success centering equity and inclusion in human resources work, collaborating effectively with those leading these efforts to conduct comprehensive needs analyses, create organization design and development initiatives, and implementing change models – including intentional efforts to transform organizational culture – while proactively driving ongoing work.
  • Strong working knowledge of applicable federal and state employment laws and of best practices for risk mitigation.
  • 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 Vice President and General Counsel and the Vice President for DEI and Belonging. The HR Director will lead a team of five staff.

Compensation & Benefits

A minimum salary of $158,104 will be provided to the successful candidate who has at least seven years of experience directly relevant to this role, consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation

The Center offers a comprehensive benefits package, and four weeks of annual vacation.

NWLC is a non-profit organization whose headquarters and staff are based in Washington, D.C., with our office located in historic Dupont Circle. However, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, all NWLC staff are temporarily working remotely. We continue to monitor public health guidance and keep safety, science, and flexibility top of mind as we evaluate what reopening looks like for our team.

How To Apply

To apply for this position, please forward a resume and cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications. Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment. Please send application materials via e-mail to: [email protected]and include the position title in the subject line. Electronic submissions are preferred. 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 and sexual orientations; people of color; and veterans.

Reasonable Accommodations

If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Nonprofit HR is committed to fostering and maintaining a work environment where diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are fully integrated into everything we do for the benefit of our employees and the clients that we serve. To fully realize our goal, we prioritize our understanding of the complexities of DEI within our workforce to inform our approach to talent management. We believe that this guides how we do our work, advise our clients to operationalize DEI and position our content and educational opportunities help strengthen the talent management capacity of the social impact sector.