Human Resources Director
Reports to Executive Director
The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, a nonprofit civil legal services program, is seeking an experienced HR Director. The position is located in our Albany, New York office. Legal Aid’s mission is to fight for fairness, dignity, and justice for those living in poverty and for a society that is inclusive and equitable for all. We transform lives, build community, and empower people by using the law to address individual and systemic wrongs and inequities. Our service area spans sixteen counties with six regional offices. For more information about our work, our staff, and our clients, visit www.lasnny.org.
The Human Resource Director will plan, lead, direct, develop, and coordinate the policies, activities, and staff of the Human Resource (HR) department, ensuring legal compliance and implementation of the organization’s mission and talent strategy. The HR Director will help build an organizational culture that supports the advancement of Legal Aid’s mission and strategic plan.
- Ability to travel both locally, within the service area in New York, and elsewhere as needed.
- Must have reliable transportation and driver’s license.
- Must have a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM®-CP) certificate, SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential or the equivalent.
Required Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required;
- At least five years of human resource management experience;
- Experience with DEIB initiatives and a commitment to a DEIB agenda; and
- Payroll and HR software experience.
Preferred Education and Experience
- A master’s degree in human resource management;
- Ten years’ experience working in human resources;
- Experience with Unionized Staff, CBA and grievance procedures; and
- Ability to speak Spanish.
- Recruits, interviews, hires, and trains new staff in the department.
- Oversees the daily workflow of the department.
- Provides constructive and timely performance evaluations.
- Handles discipline and termination of employees in accordance with company policy, and the CBA.
- Collaborates with senior leadership to understand the organization’s goals and strategy related to staffing, recruiting, and retention.
- Plans, leads, develops, coordinates, and implements policies, processes, training, initiatives, and surveys to support the organization’s human resource compliance and strategy needs.
- Administers or oversees the administration of human resource programs including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.
- Identifies staffing and recruiting needs; develops and executes best practices for hiring and talent management.
- Conducts research and analysis of organizational trends including review of reports and metrics from the organization’s human resource information system (HRIS) or talent management system.
- Monitors and ensures the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance.
- Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to upper management.
- Works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer/Race Equity Director (CDO/RED) in implementing DEI Program, policies, and initiatives.
- As requested, assists the CDO/RED in ensuring compliance with all federal, state and local employment laws.
- As needed, may assist the CDO/RED in investigating complaints under the unlawful harassment and discrimination policy.
- Mediates personnel disputes and assists, as requested, in the resolution of Union grievances.
- Implements and maintains Human Resource Management System (HRIS) to track critical data for recruitment, onboarding, and retention.
- Develops and implements departmental budget.
- Facilitates professional development, training, and certification activities for HR staff.
- Performs other duties as required.
Required Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
- Ability to adapt to the needs of the organization and employees.
- Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.
- Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
- Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn the organization’s HRIS and talent management systems.
This position operates in a professional law office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment and software and remote videoconferencing platforms.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Salary and Benefits
Please note that the salary is based on experience, between $85,000-$100,000, plus generous benefits.
At LASNNY we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. We strongly encourage applications from women, BIPOC, LGBTQ persons, protected veterans, applicants and recipients of public assistance, senior citizens and people with disabilities.
If you are unable to submit your application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at LASNNY and we will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.
Closing Date: January 30, 2023 or Until Filled
To apply, please:
- Complete the Application linked here, or the mobile-friendly application linked here
- Complete the Demographic Survey linked here