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Senior Director of Human Resources

Nixon Peabody LLP

Any US-Based NP Location
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The Senior Human Resources Director (SDHR) is responsible for the management and administration of human resources programs, policies and activities in compliance with federal, state and local legislation. The SDHR serves as senior human resources advisor to the functional leadership of the firm.

A career at Nixon Peabody is the opportunity to do work that matters. It’s the chance to use your knowledge to shape what’s ahead. To share, to innovate, to learn at a firm that taps the power of collective thinking. At Nixon Peabody, our priority is to attract, retain and promote talented individuals who have an array of racial, ethnic, social, economic, religious, professional, personal, and other backgrounds. Therefore, we encourage talented individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

We’ve created a dynamic, energizing environment that promotes success for our clients and each other. We offer fast growth, connectedness and training in business as well as law. And our rigorous standards assure you are part of a diverse team of top talent at every turn.

If you’re someone who’s looking toward the future, we’d love to hear from you.

Location: Any US-Based NP Location


  • Direct strategic planning and execution of the firm’s human resources function and programs, ensuring strong alignment with overall firm objectives.
  • Manage, mentor, and develop staff and ensure all functional resources are in alignment with the firm’s vision. Provide guidance and support to direct reports, working closely with benefits, professional development, training, and career management.
  • Participate in building a culture that is team-oriented and committed to professional excellence.
  • Oversee aspects of non-partner recruiting
  • Cultivate and foster strong relationships with partners and other leadership – educate and instill awareness of the strategic offering and overall capabilities of the HR function.
  • Assist with employee relations and human resources functions for partners and counsel firm-wide in conjunction with Professional Personnel Partner.
  • Continually monitor the firm’s policies and compensation structure to ensure competitiveness with comparable firms and industries.
  • Consult with firm’s legal counsel to ensure that firm policies comply with the laws and regulations of all jurisdictions in which the firm operates.
  • Monitor current trends and innovations in human resources practices; make recommendations and implement new programs and policies as appropriate.
  • Other duties and special projects as required.


  • A minimum of ten (10) years of broad-based, progressively responsible, human resources leadership experience with highly sophisticated, dynamic, multi-office professional services organizations.
  • An undergraduate degree in human resources, business, or a related field is required. Professional Human Resources (PHR or SPHR) or an advanced degree (Master’s, MBA or JD) is preferred.
  • Experience managing an innovative and strategic operational organization.
  • Demonstrated success in planning, developing, and implementing innovative human resources strategies, programs, and practices.
  • Proven success recruiting, mentoring, managing, and developing staff.
  • A motivated and motivational leader who can engage his or her team in the pursuit of the highest level of work and productivity.
  • Ability to lead as well as serve as a team member of cross-department initiatives.
  • Demonstrated high level of confidentiality, diplomacy and excellent judgment in navigating sensitive issues.
  • Ability to champion and effectively educate and communicate strategic capabilities of the human resources function.
  • A consultative, collaborative, and service-oriented approach to human resources management.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills; poise, gravitas, and the ability to lead through influence rather than control, creating consensus-based support for business strategies and decisions.
  • Superior presentation, writing, and verbal communication skills; the ability to interact credibly and diplomatically with all levels in an organization.
  • Expert understanding of all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulatory guidelines pertaining to human resources issues.
  • Excellent critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills.

Nixon Peabody LLP is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer: Disability / Female / Gender Identity / Minority / Sexual Orientation / Veteran. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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