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Senior Director of Human Resources - Center for Reproductive Rights

About the Organization:

The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the global leader in using the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights. Headquartered in New York City, the non-profit, non-partisan organization has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Nairobi, and Washington, DC, and a staff of approximately 200 diverse professionals. The Center’s compelling human rights mission and reputation for excellence and cutting-edge legal work have powered its exceptional growth trajectory to an operating budget of over $40 million and won the respect of the world’s leading law firms, as reflected in the additional $25 million annually in donated legal services, representing the work last year of 820 lawyers in 46 countries. 

The overarching goal of the Center’s new Strategic Plan sets a high mark for impact: By 2030, half of the world’s population will be living under stronger protections for reproductive rights than they do today. The Center has a track record of success to back up this ambitious goal. Since its founding in 1992, the Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide on issues including maternal health, contraception, abortion, and assisted reproduction. It has won groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 60 countries and counting.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org.

About the Opportunity:

In this highly valuable leadership role, the Senior Director of Human Resources (SDHR) will have the opportunity to meaningfully shape HR practices at the Center during a time of unprecedented growth in reach, impact, and global activity, building upon the recently launched strategic plan. Reporting to, and partnering with, the Chief of Strategy and Operations, the SDHR is ultimately responsible for the entire employee life cycle and staff experience of the Center’s globally distributed workforce. This will require broad and deep HR expertise - including knowledge of HR best practices, systems, and global practices - positioning the SDHR to serve as a strategic organizational partner and trusted advisor who will ensure that all HR initiatives are aligned with The Center’s organizational values, mission and strategy. 

The SDHR will be based in NYC with some international travel required. Covid-19 vaccination is required for all US-based employees of the Center.

Areas of Leadership: 

HR Infrastructure

  • Taking organizational context and goals into account, structure, build upon, and develop the HR team, including codifying roles and expectations.
  • Build upon the existing systems, structures, and SOPs to create a best in class HR function that is viewed as a credible and additive function within the Center, and serves the diverse needs of globally distributed staff.
  • Ensure the accuracy and timeliness of all HR systems, including payroll, compensation, benefits, engagement surveys, and performance management for staff.
  • Ensure the organization remains compliant with applicable global, federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.
  • Manage the human resources information system to track and analyze human resource-related metrics.

Human Resources Strategy:

  • In partnership with the senior leadership team, envision, develop, and lead the implementation of strategies and practices that allow all employees to thrive and grow in their roles, creating the conditions that foster a culture of inclusion that is marked by high retention.
  • Develop, oversee, approve, and implement updates to organization-wide HR strategies, policies, and procedures.
  • Ensure that HR-related strategies and decisions are supported by data, communicated broadly, and implemented in a transparent manner that fosters buy-in and understanding.
  • Embed deliberate and intentional diversity, equity, and inclusion practices into all HR strategies, practices, and communications.

Human Resources Team Management:

  • Set the vision, goals, and measures of success for the HR Team, communicating and evaluating them regularly to align with organizational goals and track the progress of key objectives.
  • Provide leadership, training, mentorship, and support for the department, including directly managing and developing the HR team, ensuring goals are met.
  • Build a culture of trust and collaboration within the HR team and across departments.
  • Establish a strong partnership model for how other teams will work with the human resources team to advance the organization’s goals.

Key Qualifications:

Mission & Values Alignment: Commitment to advancing reproductive rights as human rights. Demonstrated fit with Center’s core values: globally inclusive, integrity, excellence, and impact. Possesses a global mindset and understands the contextual differences within the countries and core constituencies with which we work. Written and verbal fluency with Spanish is a strong plus.

HR Expertise: Minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible HR roles, with at least five years of experience managing staff, ideally in a global nonprofit setting. Strong expertise and direct experience in all aspects of the employee life cycle, including recruitment, employment and onboarding, performance management, compensation practices, and compliance with all federal and state regulations. Proven ability to lead strategic workforce planning, implement data-driven talent practices, and align planning, performance, learning, and daily management. 

HR Team Leadership Experience: Experience leading the HR practice as a hands-on senior leader, in an organization with global operations and diverse HR needs, directing enterprise-wide HR strategies, systems, and processes. Strong leadership, supervisory, and managerial skills. Exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building skills, including high emotional intelligence and outstanding coaching and mentoring ability. A strong track record of cultivating high-performing HR teams and fostering the team’s engagement, growth, and development. Experience effectively driving and leading through change, rallying stakeholders around a shared vision in a way that generates buy-in and adoption.

HR System & Process Design & Implementation Expertise: Ability to assess, navigate, and address structural issues in a globally inclusive manner. Willingness and readiness to build and sustain a new approach, particularly as related to the “nuts & bolts” of the HR function. Track record of driving strong implementation and adoption of HR systems and processes across all regions. 

Relationship Building & Collaboration: Demonstrated ability to cultivate, grow, and manage positive, mutually beneficial relationships at all levels of an organization. Outstanding interpersonal and relationship management skills, including the ability to identify and work through challenges, underscored by strong judgment and emotional intelligence. Proven collaborator, able to work with and through senior leadership teams, as well as across functions.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

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