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Senior Director, Compensation & Benefits

International RescueCommittee

New York, New York 10168
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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Job Overview/Summary: The IRC seeks a talented, results-oriented Senior Director, Compensation & Benefits to lead this key function in support of IRC strategy and mission.  As an integral member of the IRC’s HR leadership team, the Senior Director will oversee the execution of IRC’s global compensation & benefits strategy, ensuring the organization remains competitive, equitable and proactive in the design and implementation of compensation & benefits programs and policies to drive impact across our large, diverse and global organization.  

The senior director will have specialized experience with all aspects of international compensation and benefits, global mobility and duty of care, including expertise working on the integration of international and US programs, contributing to the design of compensation and benefits philosophy and programs. The director will possess strong analytical and project management skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to operate with minimal direction.  The director will stay abreast of trends in the US and international markets, network with other compensations and benefits professionals, and provide thought leadership regarding progressive practices to attract and retain the right talent for IRC.

Major Responsibilities: Manage the IRC’s compensation and benefits, global mobility and duty of care programs, including base salary pay ranges in multiple international geographies and the U.S.  Proactively ensure that leaders and employees understand both the philosophy and mechanics of our programs and processes.

  • Develops and maintains an understanding of all aspects of IRC business: vision, mission, values, business objectives, economic drivers, organizational structure and culture. Ensures compensation and benefits, global mobility and duty of care programs are aligned
  • Possesses a deep understanding of progressive international compensation and benefits, global mobility and duty of care practices, including benchmarking, job mapping, compensation & benefits administration
  • Drives annual review and documentation of salary planning, working with country directors, executives and Finance to ensure plans are aligned with business objectives and are easy to administer
  • Drives the design of the benefits plans, working with CHRO, CEO, CFO and Leadership Board
  • Owns the management of compensation programs and benefits, including the recurring processes that support those programs
  • Builds and maintains base salary pay ranges in multiple international geographies within and outside the U.S. that allow us to attract, retain and reward for performance.  Benchmark the ranges externally.
  • Owns the annual compensation and benefits administration process, working with HR Partners across the organization 
  • Owns mapping of internal job titles with external markets aligned with external surveys
  • Owns the company’s job tables (i.e., job titles), with an eye on simplicity and scalability
  • Ensures job titles reflect correct market codes and work with HR Partners to ensure all employees are mapped accurately in various systems
  • Owns annual submission of data to external survey groups
  • Conducts annual benchmarking of pay ranges in each geography and recommend changes
  • Makes recommendations for raise pool as appropriate, including financial impact analysis across the organization   
  • Takes proactive steps to ensure that leaders and employees in all geographies understand both the philosophy and mechanics of our comp and benefits programs and processes
  • Develops and delivers programs to educate the Compensation Committee, executives, leaders and employees on programs and processes throughout the year and reinforces company culture in our compensation and benefits programs
  • Owns all global mobility policy, practice and process ensuring that we are effectively moving talent around the globe, delivering appropriate assignment benefits and services and using IRC funding appropriately across all global locations.
  • Owns the development, implementation and ongoing delivery of the IRC’s duty of care strategy including the establishment of baseline, minimum standards that the IRC should aspire to over time.
  • Other job related duties as assigned


Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Chief Human Resources Officer

Position directly Supervises: Senior Compensation Specialist, Senior Manager Benefits, Global Mobility Officer and Duty of Care Program Manager, two indirect reports and an outsourcing benefits service center

Indirect Resources:

  • Human Resources Partners
  • Staffing

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

  1. Regional Directors, Country Directors and other regional and national leadership
  2. Executive Directors and other US Programs leadership
  3. Leadership Board members and others senior leaders
  4. Finance, General Counsel, and IT
  5. Global HR organization
  6. IRC employees, incentive workers and volunteers
  7. Vendors, consultants, and external resources
  8. Employment candidates

Job Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Preferred, PHR/SPHR and/or CEBS certification preferred 

  • 12-15 years HR experience including at least 10 leading a substantial compensation & benefits team in a global environment
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate, problem-solve, develop strong relationships, influence significant decisions and manage change
  • Excellent business acumen and analytical skills
  • Outstanding integrity and confidentiality
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Professional maturity
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to prioritize effectively
  • Aptitude to learn quickly and perform well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven proficiency in related software and database management
  • Previous experience with global HRIS systems required, Workday preferred
  • Must be able to initiate and work effectively through others with limited supervision to drive results
  • Experience with international compensation & benefits in a non-for-profit/ NGO environment preferred
  • Experience with compensation and benefits working in multiple international geographies within and outside the U.S.
  • Executive presence and ability to build strong relationships with senior leaders; exposure to an executive compensation committee. 
  • Experience leading or supporting global mobility practices


Language Skills: English, French a plus

Travel: Approximately 10% travel required (domestic and international) 

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