Director of Human Resources

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The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative -- to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.

LDF seeks an experienced and innovative Director of Human Resources (HR), who will play integral role toward building capacity within such that the organization can accommodate their anticipated expansion plan.  The Director of HR will build an organizational culture that supports the advancement of LDF’s mission and the execution of its strategic plans. Accountable for the entire HR function, the Director serves as a business partner to senior management team. The partnership will entail leading and creating initiatives, policies and procedures, legal compliance, systems, and best practices to recruit, develop, and train a diverse and high-performing workforce. The Director of HR will work to achieve greater efficiencies, through automation, and to provide quality support to all other departments of LDF. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Director of HR will lead and develop a team of three HR staff members.

Subject to LDF’s prior approval, this position may have the option to be remote until Friday, December 31, 2021. Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, any candidate selected should be prepared to report to work in the office location assigned to this position.

Responsibilities include:

·        Partner with the leadership team to formulate, develop, implement and evaluate a Talent Management Strategy to achieve the organization’s vision, mission and goals, and to create value to its stakeholders;

·        Create systems to attract talent, identify critical talent needs, develop core competencies and corresponding development opportunities, as well as engage leadership in succession planning;

·        Communicate regularly with the COO, executive leadership regarding critical HR matters;

·        Serve as a strategic business advisor to the executive/senior management team of each business unit or specialty group regarding organizational and HR management issues;

·        Oversee recruitment efforts to ensure the organization is effectively and efficiently sourcing and

selecting qualifying candidates inclusively;

·        Develop workforce planning strategies to ensure staffing is aligned with LDF needs;

·        Identify ways to increase staff retention and productivity, including action plans to enhance employee

engagement, leadership and staff development;

·        Solicit periodic feedback via employee engagement surveys, focus groups toward promoting a coherent and sustainable organizational culture that reflects LDF’s values, mission and unique role in society as a legacy civil rights organization;

·        Lead onboarding process, to effectively connect new employees to LDF’s mission and values, while providing clarity for all employees and their respective roles in relation to the organizational vision;

·        Lead the performance management process, ensuring managers are equipped to engage in constructive feedback and year-round coaching, thereby collaborating effectively when co-managing staff, and encourage them to actively participate in developmental areas while identifying where performance gaps exist;

·        Ensure collective bargaining terms are followed, while preparing the organization for and participate in collective bargaining negotiations. Facilitate and model effective communication and foster relationships between management and unionized staff;

·        Mitigate legal risk to the organization through proactive training and education, clear systems and

processes for managing conflicts with and between employees, handling and investigating complaints of harassment/discrimination and other common policies;

·        Maintain current knowledge and application of all relevant employment laws and regulations at the local, state and federal level to ensure compliance;

·        Educate and advise managers and senior leaders on HR-related legal and regulatory matters and while ensuring HR programs, practices and policies are aligned;

·        Securely maintain to ensure employee files and records are properly stored;

·        Design and implement a competitive compensation system and benefit package to attract and retain staff;

·        Partner with leadership periodically to review compensation and benefits trends, monitor pay practices and proactively address issues, manage benefit broker resources and benefits enrollment process; manage leave administration and the payroll function;

·        Design and implement a strategy to optimize and integrate HR technology, enabling managers and

employees to easily perform people-related transactions (e.g. benefits enrollment and renewal), facilitates delivery of effective HR services, securely stores employee data, and supports people-related decisions; and

·        Other responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications include:

·        Bachelor’s degree is required;

·        A minimum of 7 years of HR generalist experience partnering directly with senior leadership to develop, align and implement HR and organizational development strategies;

·        Commitment to the racial justice mission of LDF;

·        HRCI and/or SHRM Certification required or attained within two years of hire;

·        A nimble HR practitioner who can operate effectively at the macro and micro levels;

·        Experience in supervising and developing staff;

·        Experience partnering with 3rd party vendor implementing action plans and systems for talent management, compensation and benefits, and HR technology;

·        Strong business acumen and core leadership abilities;

·        Working knowledge of employment laws and compliance trends in multiple states;

·        Active listener and inquisitive to probe and distill the underlying needs and/or root cause of an issue;

·        Ability to provide thoughtful, progressive and strategic guidance;

·        Strong analytical, critical decision making, project management, and process improvement abilities;

·        Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills, including proficiency in developing and delivering presentations;

·        Demonstrated ability to anticipate and solve practical problems as well as functioning effectively within an ambiguous environment;

·        Ability to identify, influence, and collaborate with key stakeholders to achieve desired organizational outcomes;

·        Outstanding judgement, sensitivity and high discretion;

·        Experience working at a law firm, legal services organization and or non-profit experience is a plus;

·        Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and HRIS applications; and

·        Must be able to travel to satellite office locations in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia as needed.


This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time

Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment, unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons

To Apply:

This position is open until filled.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

If submitting via email, please include your name (last name, first name) in the email subject line.


Solade Rowe

Managing Partner

Jobplex/DHR International

280 Park Avenue

New York, New York 10017

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S…

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Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
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