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Human Resources Director

Save the Chimps, Inc.

Fort Pierce, Florida 34945
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Job Details

Save the Chimps is seeking a Director of Human Resources to join our team.  We are a well-established organization with a 20-year history and are seeking a seasoned human resources professional who is passionate about our cause and who can add value to our senior leadership team.  This is a newly-created position that has been developed in response to our organizational strategy and our desire to enhance the quality of the work life for our 60+ employees.

Organizational Mission and History

Save the Chimps operates the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in the world.  Located on nearly 200 acres on the Treasure Coast of Florida, the Sanctuary provides lifetime care and enrichment for chimpanzees rescued from research laboratories, entertainment, and the pet trade.

Save the Chimps was established in 1997 and is home to nearly 250 chimpanzees.  The work of the organization is accomplished by a nonprofit board of directors, more than 60 full-time employed staff, and a number of community volunteers.  The organization’s operating budget is approaching $6M annually.


The Role of the Director of Human Resources

The Director of Human Resources will serve as the chief personnel officer for the organization.  This individual will be directly responsible for the overall administration, coordination, and evaluation of the human resources function.  The Director of Human Resources will also provide strategic support and advice to the senior leadership team and the Board of Directors on all matters relating to personnel management.  

The Director of Human Resources is a member of the Senior Leadership Team which reports directly to the Executive Director and works effectively together to achieve collective results that are necessary to the execution of the organization’s business strategy and to the accomplishment of organizational priorities and goals.

Primary Duties

The primary duties of the Director of Human Resources include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Annually reviews and makes recommendations to senior leadership for improvement on the organization’s policies, procedures and practices related to personnel management 
  • Develops and maintains a user-friendly employee handbook, and effectively communicates information and clarification about policies and procedures to employees 
  • Conducts employee climate surveys and makes recommendations to senior leadership for ways to improve the quality of work life for our 60+ employees
  • Develops and implements recruitment and retention strategies 
  • Assists senior leadership in the annual review, preparation and administration of the organization’s wage and salary program
  • Administers the employee benefits program and annually reviews and makes recommendations to senior leadership for the improvement of this program
  • Assists the senior leadership team in carrying out their responsibilities with regard to personnel management and actively coaches them on the resolution of personnel management issues within each of their functional areas
  • Coordinates and conducts exit interviews to understand the reasons for separation
  • In collaboration with the senior leadership team, assesses and addresses staff development needs for the organization
  • Develops and maintains a human resources information management system that meets the needs of the organization 
  • Maintains knowledge of industry trends, employment legislation, applicable regulations, etc. and ensures that the organization is in compliance with best practices and mandated requirements
  • Establishes benchmarks and maintains a dashboard to monitor key performance indicators relative to the quality and success of the human resources function
  • Supervises the staff of the human resources department


The successful Director of Human Resources candidate will have the following experience and attributes:


  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study is required; a master’s degree and SHRM certification (or the equivalent) are strongly preferred.
  • A seasoned professional with at least 10 years of human resources experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise in salary and wage administration, compensation and benefits, employment law and regulations, personnel management best practices, positive coaching, relationship management, hiring and firing, and organizational structure and theory.
  • Ability to develop short- and long-term plans and strategies that will enhance the quality of work life for the 60+ employees of the organization.
  • Strong knowledge of IT in terms of personal proficiency with MS office and a solid familiarity with human resources information systems.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and to communicate (both orally and in written form) effectively with senior leadership colleagues, all employees, volunteers, and the Board of Directors.
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills and successful experience working within and across organizational teams and functions.
  • Essential professional and personal characteristics include demonstrated leadership skills, a collaborative approach to problem-solving, cultural awareness and flexibility.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently and productively, with excellent time management skills.
  • High ethical standards and integrity.
  • Must possess a passion for the organization’s mission.
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