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Global Human Resources Director, US

Washington, DC, USA
Closing date: 
Until filled

IWPR is seeking a Global HR Director who will be responsible for all strategic and operational activity related to personnel for the employment life cycle, including contracting of consultants. The Global HR Director will monitor morale, motivation, culture, and attitudinal development in IWPR's offices around the world. S/he will manage a small team of human resources professionals, as well as the Security Manager, IT vendor, and building services. The Global HR Director will serve as a member of the Executive Management Team.

In this role you will:

  • Plan, develop, and implement a global strategy for HR management and development, ensuring compliance with HR policies in all countries of operation. 
  • Ensure quality management, health and safety, legal stipulations, and general duty of care for the full life cycle of employees globally.
  • Manage recruitment, leading interviewing process for home office staff and expats.
  • Identify corporate, management, and skills-based training to assist staff in their professional development, and deliver training in person, electronically, or through trainers.
  • Manage the performance management process.
  • Administer health care, pension, and other benefit schemes for all home office and expat staff. Oversee the development of health care and insurance packages for field staff.
  • Develop and maintain country specific Addenda to the Global Employee Handbook that reflect the local employment laws, ensuring that staff and managers are compliant with the appropriate global and local legislation.
  • Maintain HRIS and ensure its usage in home offices and the field. Utilize HRIS to ensure that systems and processes are in place to address the full life cycle of all employees.
  • Develop salary structures for each country that reflect the market and IWPR’s compensation philosophy.
  • Advise managers on employee relations issues; undertake investigations as necessary
  • Ensure a work environment that is non-discriminatory and promotes open dialogue on gender-related and culturally sensitive issues.
  • Manage assigned operation(s), activities, and staff
  • Plan, organize, distribute, and coordinate the flow of work.
  • Make recommendations concerning personnel actions.
  • Ensure adherence to Global Employee Handbook and other corporate and applicable policies, procedures, and schedules.
  • Recommend, approve, and implement operation’s policies, procedures, and schedules within limits of authority.
  • Prepare the operation’s budget and monitors operations throughout the year to ensure adherence to budgetary controls.
  • Ensure that protocols are followed to assist with the safety of staff and property.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management or related field. SHRM or HRCI certification a plus; minimum five years of experience managing the human resources function within an international NGO including running organization-wide initiatives/projects. Experience managing a Human Resources team preferred; an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proven strong working knowledge of employment law in USA/UK, with understanding of the differences in laws in every country of IWPR operation, and the ability to apply these laws to various situations.
  • Awareness, sensitivity, and understanding of cross-cultural issues particularly in representing an international organization.
  • Strong written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write required documents in a clear, concise, well-organized manner.
  • Strong verbal communication skills, as necessary to work effectively with people at all levels of the organization on complex and/or sensitive issues.
  • Strong presentation skills, including experience in the design and facilitation of training programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and lead the work of others and to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment, in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, and deadline pressures.
  • Demonstrated ability to make significant decisions on complex issues to achieve long-term results and strategic objectives.
  • Ability to demonstrate confidentiality, tact and discretion when dealing with people.
  • Creative thinker able to devise low/no cost solutions to range of resourcing issues.
  • Advanced computer skills in an Apple-based environment including Google docs, Word and Excel.
  • Ability to travel 10% of the time to various field offices and home offices.
  • Proven ability to influence senior managers, build strong relationships and drive an HR strategy.
  • Has a good overall understanding of company finances and uses this information to push back and support managers in resource and succession planning.

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Principals only. No calls please. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. Only those who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.

This position description is not an exhaustive list of all functions that the incumbent is expected to perform, but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included in this position description. IWPR reserves the right to revise position descriptions at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities. Staff will be informed of any changes to their job responsibilities.