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Full Time



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United States



The Fair Labor Association (FLA) is a multi-stakeholder initiative that combines the efforts of industry, civil society organizations, and colleges and universities to promote and protect workers’ rights and to improve working conditions globally through adherence to international standards. The FLA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has offices in Geneva, Switzerland and Shanghai, China. For more information, visit

Position Summary

The FLA seeks an experienced professional to lead the organization’s global human resources policies and practice. The ideal candidate will be a creative professional with substantial experience working at a senior level for an international non-profit organization with an extensive field network. As an organization focused on improving working conditions in factories and farms around the world, we seek an HR Director that can bring the same passion our staff brings to its work into the management of our organization’s human resources. 

We are looking for someone with:

·     The skills and experience to create and lead excellent human resource practices across a global and diverse organization, including experience in change management;

·     Comprehensive knowledge of the human resources functions: strategic planning, recruitment, performance management, compensation and benefits, employee relations, policy management and compliance; and

·     Excellent operational skills.

The Director of Global Human Resources will be based in Washington, DC and will report to the to the President/CEO.


·     Create and implement an HR strategic plan to translate FLA’s mission, values, structure and goals into operational human resource goals and objectives.

·     Lead recruitment and retention processes for all staff and core consultants.

·     Design and implement global training/professional development plans.

·     Manage the performance management process, evaluate its suitability and consistency of application, and ensure it is linked to career development and succession planning.

·     Review compensation and benefits polices and structures for HQ and field-based staff, including position evaluation and classification; review of job grades, salary ranges and consultant contracts; oversight of negotiations of employee benefits programs; and implementation of equitable benefits and insurance plans for HQ and field-based staff.

·     Provide direct counsel to FLA’s senior management and staff on all HR issues including grievances, dispute resolution and terminations; design and lead appropriate practices.

·     Ensure coherence and compliance across our global network. This will include overseeing compliance with U.S., international, and local country employment laws and customs; developing and maintaining relationships with in-country labor attorneys; working closely with department leads to ensure compliance in the creation of field offices or projects; overseeing data integrity and confidentiality of the HRIS and other personnel information.

·     Lead and direct the work of the human resources staff and define further staffing needs; develop and manage the department’s budget.

·     Travel internationally as required.

·     Other duties as assigned by the President/CEO.


·     Graduate degree in Human Resources, Management, Law, Public or Business Administration.

·     SHRM Certification or an equivalent qualification desirable.

·     Minimum of 10 years general HR experience with at least 3 years’ experience at the senior level.

·     Experience creating, growing and sustaining human resource systems in a field-based NGO.

·     Strategic thinker with strong operational skills.

·     Demonstrated leadership and project management skills; change management and culture change experience.

·     Familiarity with current employment and labor laws and regulations.

·     Excellent analytical and budget management skills and experience.

·     Strong interpersonal skills and ability to foster collaborative relationships with employees from diverse cultural backgrounds.

·     Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to articulate position and persuade others effectively.

·     Fluency in English required (written and verbal)

·     Computer literacy required; must have a working knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

·      Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; experience with iOS preferred


Apply online at Careers at FLA

This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Fair Labor Association

1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 401

Washington, DC 20036

202-898-1000 (tel.)

202-898-9050 (fax)