HR Director - Americas

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience




2300 Southern Boulevard
New York
United States


The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. In addition to its global conservation programs across 50 plus countries, WCS manages five zoos, including the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Aquarium. WCS envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.

WCS Global Conservation Program is implementing a regional HR structure in support of 50+ country programs around the world. We are currently recruiting for a HR Director for the Americas to be based at our Headquarters in NY (Bronx). This is a newly created positions for which we would like to recruit a seasoned HR professional with extensive work experience in both Latin America and the USA.

Job Opportunity:

Job Title: HR Director - Americas    

Employment Type: Full time

Location: Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY 

Position Reports to: 

VP HR with a dotted line relationship to the Continental Director

Working Relationships:

Works with HR staff at Headquarters, senior regional staff from various departments, such as Finance and Administration, Office of the General Counsel, IT, and the country office senior team as well as HR staff or those with HR responsibilities at the country level.

Position Summary:

The HR Director will act as a strategic business partner that supports the Americas Programs and works directly with regions and countries within these programs. The focus of the role is to provide hands-on operational HR support to programs while assessing the need for resources and HR capacity building going forward. The HR Director will work with the regional and country teams to execute on global and regional HR strategies and initiatives. He/she will participate in the development of global HR tools, policies and procedures and facilitate the implementation at the country level.

Key Responsibilities:

•Develops regional HR strategies that support organizational strategy and regional/country program goals and objectives. Leads organizational HR initiatives for the Programs such as workforce planning, HR capacity building, learning and development, performance management, recruitment support etc. to ensure the right talent at the right time. Identify and facilitate development and implementation of operating standards, tools, and resources. Devise and implement HR metrics. 

•Evaluate HR functional capacity and facilitate HR operational support for the regions and country programs. Build HR knowledge, expertise, and capacity leveraging internal and external resources. Direct development and delivery of training and other capacity building efforts. Oversees compliance with local labor laws within the region. Works with offices and staff in region on employee relations issues. Ensures local compensation and benefit practices are in alignment with organizational rewards strategies.

•Ensure that HR issues are given full consideration in all decision making and are in compliance with the spirit and intent of local labor regulations and requirements as well as donor requirements where applicable. Solicit feedback and recommend improvements where appropriate.

•Provides hands-on technical HR support to Country Programs and serve as a strategic partner providing advice and counsel to the senior team at country, regional and continental level. As needed, serve as primary point of contact for all HR matters. Coordinates, as required, with colleagues from Global HR, Finance and Administration, Office of the General Counsel and IT.

•Perform other duties as assigned and contribute to the development of the global HR function for WCS.

Professional Experience and Skills:

•Relevant Bachelor or Master’s degree, minimum 15 plus years of progressive HR professional experience with a minimum of 5 years as a regional HR manager or director or equivalent education and experience

•Demonstrated success as an HR generalist supporting employee groups in multiple locations within the region or global environment.

•Demonstrated success in supporting key senior management and building relationships.

•Capable of managing conflict and conflicting views. 

•Broad knowledge and experience in recruitment, compensation and benefits, employment law, organization development, employee relations, and training and development.

•Experience in managing international hired employees including relocation, benefits, and other critical employee relations issue.

•Strong collaborator with effective interpersonal and analytical skills who is able to work seamlessly across countries, cultures, and organizational units.

•Demonstrated ability to work, manage, and meet competing deadlines in a fast-paced, high volume environment; aptitude for problem solving and decision making needed

•Must have work experience in both Latin America and the USA

•Excellent English and Spanish verbal and written communication skills required.


•Ability to travel extensively

•SPHR, GPHR, CIPD or other HR professional certification preferred


WCS is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process.

The organization provides equal employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. The organization does not discriminate for employment based on age, color, disability, gender identify, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by laws and regulations.

EOE/ AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled


401k, Pension, Medical, Dental, Vision and more!

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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