Director of Human Resources

United States
Full Time

Position Title: Director of Human Resources

Position Location: Remote within the US.

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action is seeking a Director of Human Resources.

About CPD + CPDA

The Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action (together, CPD/A) work to promote equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We work with nearly 50 affiliates in over 30 states and Puerto Rico to build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations that envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. We are a rapidly-expanding, changing organization that partners with organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.

About the Position:

We are seeking a Director of Human Resources to be a hands-on leader, manager, and decision-maker for the development and implementation of the core HR functions in the organization.  This person helps shape and operationalize HR initiatives to meet the evolving needs of staff and the organization. This person supervises and develops HR staff, is management’s lead on labor relations, ensures CBA compliance, and that personnel-related policies are equitable and implemented. They are responsible for managing implementation of compensation, benefits, performance management, hiring & onboarding, and implementing new HR initiatives. 

A successful candidate has an extensive background and understanding in HR/People Operations, experience operating within a mission-based nonprofit, and thrives on strengthening systems  aiming to produce better experience for all. This person has a strong grasp of HR practices and compliance.

Primary Responsibilities

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for:

  • Leadership of the Human Resources Team
    • Managing the hiring, training, professional development, and performance management of HR staff.
    • Actively coaching and developing the HR team to achieve goals - providing constructive feedback and guidance, creating opportunities to learn from both successes and setbacks.
    • Managing HR staff’s administration of payroll, benefits, HRIS & employee records, and compliance with employment law in 22 states and Puerto Rico where CPD/A currently has employees. 
    • Facilitating adherence to  CPD/A’s personnel manual and creating new policies, as needed.
    • Managing HR staff’s implementation of hiring & onboarding processes. 
  • Labor Relations
    • Managing the collective bargaining process with the union every 3 years. Driving the management side of collective bargaining, responding to union grievances, union relations. 
    • Ensuring  supervisor compliance with organization policies and the CBA. 
    • Liaising with employment attorneys on union matters. 
  • Management of complex employee relations matters
    • Managing and running equitable processes for personnel issues, including any investigations, grievances, and terminations. 
    • Consulting with counsel as appropriate to determine solutions to employment problems that are legally compliant, uphold CPD/A’s values, and minimize risk. 
  • Compensation
    • Facilitating consistent and equitable implementation of compensation and CPD/A’s salary scale across the organization.
    • Implementing compensation studies and equity audits. 
    • Evaluating and improving CPD/A’s compensation philosophy to ensure it is aligned with CPD/A’s values and hiring and retention goals. 
  • Performance
    • Improving  and implementing performance review processes including: annual performance reviews for all staff, mid-year reviews of supervisors, and annual 360’s. 
    • Supporting the development and implementation of greater training and support for supervisors. 
  • Organizational leadership & systems improvement
    • Serving as a thought partner to leadership & management on staff relationships, employment practices, department structures, and complex performance management issues. 
    • Liaising  with other teams/departments to promote a strong and equitable work environment.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

  • At least 12-15 years experience in nonprofit management, ideally in progressive movement/social change organizing or advocacy organizations, with at least 5 years experience in nonprofit HR/people administration and compliance;
  • An eye toward compliance, while still remaining grounded in a people-oriented, value-based approach to HR;
  • Previous experience representing management’s interests in a unionized work environment; 
  • Demonstrated experience in performance management, including providing actionable guidance to team leaders on leadership development, and retentionStrong history of coaching, developing and mentoring others to grow and achieve goals; able to build a high-functioning team in which the team members work well together to achieve a shared vision; comfortable planning and managing the day-to-day operations of the team; 
  • Demonstrated sound judgment, flexibility and patience;
  • Discretion in dealing with highly confidential and sensitive matters - both internally and externally;
  • Strong critical thinking skills required, as well as excellent interpersonal communication skills; 
  • Strong writing and editing skills, attention to detail;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Professional certification in Human Resources preferred.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a confidential position, not included in the Collective Bargaining Unit. Salary will be determined according to a salary scale which takes into account years’ experience, location, job category, and other factors, but is expected to be $115,000-$130,000. 

We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 15 vacation days your first year, 10 sick days per year, 13 paid holidays per year, and contributions to individuals’ 401K plans. 

CPD/A is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, womxn, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTIQAA+ community.



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