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HR Director

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Washington, DC, United States


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Published Date

Dec 14, 2021

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The Director of Human Resources is responsible for developing and implementing a human resources (HR) function that serves the needs and provides excellent service to a diverse and geographically dispersed workforce. The Director of Human Resources is responsible for developing and managing Defenders of Wildlife’s HR programs and initiatives, with a focus on diversifying Defenders’ recruitment pool, ensuring an inclusive organizational culture, and establishing equitable and inclusive initiatives and processes. This includes the development and oversight of recruitment and retention plans and processes, benefits administration, employee relations management, performance management, HR compliance, training and development, and systems and process improvements.


  • In collaboration with the Recruiting Manager, design and implement DEI-focused recruitment strategies, to include partnerships with community groups and educational institutions, targeted advertising and recruitment, active recruiting efforts, tracking applicant pools, and monitoring Defenders’ success against established metrics;
  • Design and implement staff training and development programs, to include new employee onboarding, leadership development, skills-based training, and compliance-related training;
  • Oversee the annual performance management process;
  • Employee relations and performance management, to include mediation, coaching, progressive discipline, and execution of performance improvement plans;
  • Establish and monitor HR-related metrics, develop and implement action plans based on the metrics;
  • Oversee the Benefits Manager in benefits administration, to include oversight of the open enrollment process, HRIS data maintenance and the joint administration with Finance of the payroll process, identifying process improvements as needed and ensuring data accuracy;
  • Keep up-to-date on all HR-related benefits and regulatory changes.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent

Experience: 8 years of relevant experience; 3 years supervisory experience

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.


Visit www.defenders.orgto apply.

All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Defenders requires employees who engage in in-person work activities, including business travel or onsite work, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An applicant (i) who is disabled or pregnant or who has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination or (ii) who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice may request an exemption from this vaccination policy. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with applicable law. Any medical information concerning an applicant's disability will be treated as a confidential medical record in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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