Director of Human Resources

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.




7 Hanover Square
18th Floor
New York
United States



Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The organization serves immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence victims, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBTQ community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need. The organization’s annual operating budget is over $30 million. Serving more than 87,000 New Yorkers annually, New York Legal Assistance Group maintains a paid staff of approximately 290, supported by 2,200 pro bono attorneys and other volunteers and interns. For more information, applicants are encouraged to visit



The New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers in need combat social and economic injustice. We address emerging and urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education.

Values that guide us

  • We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services. 
  • We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities.
  • We address our clients’ multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas.
  • We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers’ most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships.
  • We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone.
  • We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs.
  • We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.
  • We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.
  • We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.


Job Description:

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Human Resources is responsible for strategic human resource planning to provide NYLAG with the best, diverse talent available and to position it as an employer of choice by being aware of policies, practices and trends within the non-profit sector.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all of the people functions of the organization comprised of nearly 300 employees in accordance with internal policies and practices, state and federal laws, regulations and administrative rulings.
  • Participate in the development of the organization’s plans and programs as a strategic partner but particularly from the perspective of the impact on people.
  • Translate the organization’s strategic plan into HR strategic and operational plans.
  • In partnership with senior management, develop progressive and proactive compensation and benefits programs to provide motivation, incentives and rewards for effective performance.
  • Benchmark the competitiveness of all programs and practices against the relevant comparable organizations within the non-profit sector, with emphasis on legal services.
  • Enhance/develop, implement and administer human resources policies and procedures of the organization by way of systems that will improve its overall operations and effectiveness.
  • Develops and maintains a human resource information system that meets the organization's personnel information needs.
  • Works directly with managers to assist them in carrying out their responsibilities on personnel matters.
  • Consults with legal counsel as appropriate on personnel matters.
  • Recommends, evaluates and participates in staff development for the organization.
  • Participates on committees and special projects and seeks additional responsibilities.
  • Supervises the staff of the human resources unit.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Master’s Degree preferred
  • Professional certification (SHRM-CP or PHR) highly desirable
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector preferred
  • Relevant experience may be substituted for education
  • Preferred (or required) degrees or areas of study: Human Resources, Public Administration

NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply


Excellent benefits.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree