Human Resources Director

The Human Resources Director will manage the HR processes of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action.

The Human Resources Director will manage the HR processes of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action. The Director will manage the HR team and assist with labor relations, gathering, collecting, and maintaining documents and records required for contract and policy development, investigations, and negotiations. The HR Director will ensure that FWW hires and retains the most effective staff to accomplish its mission and is in compliance with labor law in multiple locations. A diverse staff is key to FWW effectiveness. Thus, the HR Director will be responsible for promoting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization.

The HR Director is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation. The HR Director provides strategic leadership by articulating HR needs and plans to the executive management team.                 

This position has Supervisory duties and will supervise one HR Generalist. The supervisory responsibilities include the following:

  1. Responsibility for work done by the person/people you supervise.
  2. Responsibility for developing work plans for person/people you supervise and to use independent judgement in making sure those plans conform with the overall strategy of our campaigns.
  3. Responsibility for doing reviews of people you supervise and have the power to initiate and provide input into disciplinary action including termination.
  4. Responsibility for initiating and providing input into hiring processes for open positions you supervise.
  5. Responsibility to upper management to ensure that your direct reports are fulfilling their job duties.

Office Location: This position is approved for temporary remote work due to COVID-19, but is based out of the main office in Washington, D.C.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Supervises all HR activities, communications, reports, requests, and documents created and received by the team.
  • Handles labor relations and human resource inquiries related to policies, procedures, and bargaining agreements.
  • Support, guide, train supervisors to help maintain effective working relationships with BU members.
  • Assists with preparation of documents and records required for contract negotiations, meetings, and negotiations with employee and labor organizations.
  • Collects information and data to assess cost and policy implications of negotiations and disputes. This may include management and union proposals, pay scales and wages, benefits, working conditions, and other mitigating circumstances.
  • Serves as the initial contact and liaison for intake and assessment of employee complaints.
  • Conducts initial interviews and gathers information for employee relations matters such as harassment allegations, work complaints, or other concerns; informs appropriate staff when additional investigation is required.
  • Strategically develops a workforce plan that promotes a mission-driven culture of diversity, equity, inclusion.
  • Leads training and develops knowledge capacity of staff on fair employment practices and DEI.
  • Leads development of key metrics to track progress of HR initiatives and DEI strategies.
  • Ensures pay bands across the organization are up-to-date and equitable.
  • Interfaces between staff and health insurance broker to assist staff in resolving questions.
  • Manages employee onboarding and offboarding.
  • Responsible for record keeping related to hiring, termination, leave, transfer, and promotion particularly as related to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and diversity initiatives.
  • Collaborates with senior leadership to understand the organization’s goals and strategy related to staffing, recruiting, and retention.
  • Creates recruitment plans, interview schedules and evaluation standards in accordance with HR methodologies and labor laws.
  • Research compensation standards set by industry and governing bodies to create salary structures and administer employee benefits.
  • Maintains knowledge and understanding of laws and regulations related to EEO, collective bargaining, unions, labor relations, and human resources.
  • Prepares plans, policies, documents, and reports including EEO-1, organizational charts, labor agreements, and employee handbooks.
  • Monitors and ensures the organizations compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • SUPPORTING OUR CULTURE OF PHILANTHROPY: All staff must assist in fundraising and development for the organization. All staff must demonstrate an understanding that our members and supporters make our work (and our salaries) possible and should provide the highest level of customer and member services to people outside the organization. While your job position does not require you to raise any particular amount, you are expected to always be an “ambassador” for FWW/FWA and our work. All staff are expected to help with and participate/attend events and other activities as appropriate that are organized for our supporters and donors. All staff are expected to be cognizant of fundraising opportunities and to share contacts and information that will help build and sustain FWW/FWA.

To perform this job successfully, the person in this position has a high degree of contact with other staff; a moderate degree of contact with vendors and a low degree of contact with volunteers and donors.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.      

Essential Qualifications
  • Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations, Business, or related field required. A minimum of five years progressively responsible, professional experience in collective bargaining and labor relations activities, including two years supervisory experience.
  • Computer Skills: An individual should be able to work in a computerized environment and have adequate knowledge of word processing, email, internet, and spreadsheet software.

Click here to apply. Please include your resume, cover letter and three professional references to be considered.

We will review your application and if we feel that your knowledge, skills and abilities are potentially a good match for our organization, we will be in contact with you. Please include a Cover Letter with your submission. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch (FWW) strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Food & Water Watch (FWW) is committed to the health and safety of its staff members. Moreover, FWW, as an organization, promotes science-based policy. Science clearly shows that unvaccinated populations drive the spread of the coronavirus and the emergence of new variants, and that unvaccinated people are more likely to contract COVID and experience severe symptoms. Effective immediately, prospective new staff members are required to provide proof of vaccination or request a waiver as a condition of their offer of employment.

Contact Email: [email protected]

Post Date: 12.09.21

Job Type: Full Time

Office Location: Washington DC

Department: Human Resources