We are seeking an experienced Human Resource professional who can lead HR policies, possesses extensive knowledge of multi-state human resource compliance, and can execute day-to-day human resource operations. In addition to position-specific expertise and competencies, candidates must possess strong leadership and management skills, problem-solving know-how, and effective interpersonal and communication capability.

The Human Resources Director will oversee and execute the day-to-day operations of the Human Resources (HR) department. Reporting to and working collaboratively with the Chief Operating Officer, the HR 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 talent and culture strategies.

Location: Preference for Washington, DC metro area but remote work is available for qualified candidates.

Compensation: Anticipated annual salary for this position is $125,000 – $155,000, based on location.

Food & Water Watch is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. As we seek to fill this position, we highly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Food & Water Watch (FWW) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. FWW develops campaigns using a sophisticated blend of policy expertise/advocacy, legal tactics, strategic communications, and grassroots organizing to address threats to our most essential resources and make our democracy work for people, not powerful corporations. In short, FWW’s work is based on our analysis that it takes a movement of educated and engaged people to overcome the overwhelming power of money in our political system. While all elements of an advocacy campaign are important, grassroots and community organizing are at the heart of our work as we focus on protecting our climate, food, and water resources.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Labor Relations

  • Ensures organizational compliance with collective bargaining agreements by interpreting and implementing articles of agreement.
  • Participates in collective bargaining negations process and labor management committee meetings.
  • Participates in and/or provides advice on grievance or disciplinary matters.

Compensation, HRIS & Recordkeeping

  • Oversee the effective and efficient management and maintenance of all employee and HR-related data and files in critical systems including the organization’s payroll/HRIS system (Paycor) and shared drive, so that all relevant data is cleanly and easily accessible to the HR team on a consistent basis.
  • Have or develop by cross-training with the HR Generalist, expertise in managing the Paycor HRIS/payroll system; serve as a main point of contact for troubleshooting and working with Paycor on system improvements.
  • Responsible for ensuring the overall integrity of data within the HRIS.
  • Ensure data and records integrity by creating and utilizing SOPs related to naming functions and storage practices, conducting periodic file audits, and training and supervising HR or other relevant staff on SOPs.
  • Review and work collaboratively with the HR and legal teams to keep up to date and follow the organization’s document retention policy.

Change Management

  • Collaborates with senior leadership to understand the organization’s goals and strategy related to talent recruitment, management, and retention.
  • Plan, develop, lead, and implement policies, processes, training, initiatives, and surveys to support the organization’s human resource compliance and strategy needs.
  • 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.


  • Recruits, interviews, hires, and trains new staff in the department.
  • Oversees the daily workflow of the department.
  • Provides constructive and timely performance evaluations. Assists Managers with employee performance and behavioral matters as needed.
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees in accordance with employment laws, the CBA, and organizational policies.
  • Works closely with COO to develop and implement departmental budget.

People Management

  • 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; recognition and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.
  • Develops and executes best practices for hiring and talent management.
  • Monitors and ensures the agency’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Facilitates professional development, training, and certification activities for HR team and works with Managers to develop professional development plans for direct reports.
  • Performs other position-related duties as required.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of human resource management experience required.
  • Experience in a unionized workplace strongly preferred.
  • SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP highly preferred.

Required skills and abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Ability to adapt to the needs of the organization and staff.
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
  • Proficient with Google Suite and Mac operating systems.
  • Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn the organization’s talent management system (Paycor).

Physical demands and work environment

  • Travel will be minimal.
  • Must be comfortable working and navigating scheduling across several different time zones.
  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee will regularly be required to:
    • Sit for extended periods.
    • Look at and work from a computer screen for extended periods.
    • Talk, hear, and exchange information over the telephone, virtually, and in person.
  • On occasion may be required to lift/move items of approximately 15-20lbs.

COVID-19 Considerations

  • All employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

This position is a management role and as such is not included in the union-represented bargaining unit, FWW/FWA Workers’ Union, affiliated with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union/IFPTE Local 70.

Click here to apply. Please include as one combined document your resume and cover letter to be considered. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not 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. 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.