Human Resources Partner

New York, NY, US
7 days ago
Full time role


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of ...

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Job Description


NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.


Position Summary

NRDC is looking for an experienced, motivated, and proactive Human Resources Partner to provide strategic HR consulting, as well as tactical HR guidance and support, to assigned internal client groups. The HR Partner works with executives, managers and team members as not only an HR subject-matter expert and a people champion, but also a change agent and a strategic partner. Together with management, the Senior Partner works on setting priorities, driving values, and delivering business results. 


The HR Partner carries out responsibilities in several functional areas of HR, including workforce planning, organizational design, talent management, employee relations, and policy interpretation / application. The HR Partner collaborates with other HR SMEs in the areas of talent acquisition, talent management, employee relations, communications, and compensation to customize HR solutions to meet client needs.


Under the guidance of the Director, the HR Partner:

  • Provides strategic guidance and tactical support to leaders on talent-related initiatives, including business unit restructures, workforce planning and succession planning; incorporates change management guidance and principles into work plans  
  • Identifies training and development needs for client groups and individual leaders; partners with Talent Management SMEs to develop, implement, and measure solutions aligned to business objectives  
  • Communicates with and educates clients -- both managers and team members -- on HR activities, processes, policies, and practices, ensuring that clients are well-informed of all HR initiatives. Communicates feedback, themes, learnings, and recommendations from clients back to the HR team  
  • Provides day-to-day performance management guidance to managers, including coaching, mentoring, counseling, career development, and disciplinary actions  
  • Leads and or supports rollout of annual HR cycle deliverables within client groups, including performance management, goal setting, and annual recognition 
  • Manages and resolves employee relations issues. Conducts effective, thorough, and objective investigations in collaboration with the Employee Relations & Compliance Director  
  • Collaborates with clients to understand their needs and partners with other HR SME’s including Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, Analytics, Compensation, and Communications to customize solutions 
  • Analyzes trends and metrics to gain insights and makes proactive recommendations to improve HR solutions 
  • Serves as a key contributor to organization-wide HR projects, including proactive, comprehensive project and stakeholder management  
  • Provides coaching and feedback to HR Generalists
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees to reduce legal risks and ensure regulatory compliance, partnering with the Employee Relations & Compliance Director as needed  


Education & Experience  

  • At least 7 years of progressive HR professional experience in several functional areas of HR, including strategic partnership, workforce planning, organizational design, talent management, employee relations, DEI, and policy administration. Experience in compensation is strongly preferred 
  • Experience successfully managing and executing HR projects is required 
  • Strong and broad knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines, including talent management, employee relations, compensation practices, organizational design, DEI, performance management, and federal and state employment laws 
  • Experience successfully serving as a strategic and tactical partner to executives and managers 
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required, or equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) or HRCI Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) credential is preferred 
  • Experience successfully coaching and developing executives, managers, and employees is strongly preferred 

Key Competencies 

  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values  
  • Proven client management skills and business acumen 
  • Strong interpersonal, relationship-building, diplomacy, and negotiation skills with the ability to empathize with others 
  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written, and presentation 
  • A strategic thinker who also has a strong commitment to quality and attention to detail 
  • A willingness to roll up your sleeves and dig in 
  • Ability to thrive in an ambiguous and rapidly changing environment 
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to handle competing priorities and meet deadlines  
  • Proven ability to effectively coach employees and management through complex issues 
  • Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply the appropriate sections of applicable laws, guidelines, regulations, ordinances, and policies 
  • Ability to acquire a thorough understanding of the organization’s hierarchy, jobs, qualifications, compensation practices, and the administrative practices related to those factors 
  • Understanding of and ability to use different HR analytics techniques, including how to read and interpret complex data, familiarity with qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, and how to track relevant metrics and KPIs 
  • Proven acuity in MS office suite, with strength in Power Point, Word, and Excel  
  • Proficiency in using HRIS to increase efficiency and drive business results 

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.


We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. For this position, the salary is $100,000 to $110,000. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer.


Our offices are open and we are operating in a hybrid model. We offer NRDCers flexibility, we ask them to come into the office and spend meaningful time there in collaboration with their colleagues.  We call this purposeful presence.


As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws.


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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of ...

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