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Senior Human Resources Manager

Open Society Foundations

New York, New York 10019
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Job Details

The Human Resources (HR) team, comprised of 35 members, sits in our Budapest, London and New York offices but supports OSF staff across the global network of foundations, in over 40 countries. The team is comprised of generalists spanning the North America, Latin America, Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, Africa, South West Asia, and Asia Pacific regions, as well as HR specialists comprised of Talent Development, Human Resources Information System (HRIS), Compensation & Benefits, Diversity and Inclusion, and Recruitment.

Job Profile

We are seeking a highly efficient, collaborative and motivated Senior Human Resources Manager to lead the Human Resources operations of Open Society Foundations Offices in the US (520 employees in New York, Washington, DC and Baltimore). The Senior HR Manager holds both global and local responsibilities. As the head of HR operations in the US, they oversee the provision of HR services to US employees, including payroll, benefits administration and labour relations. As a member of the global HR generalist function, they are responsible for fully supporting the HR relationship with one or more OSF Program(s), they collaborate closely with the Human Resources Partner in New York, as well as OSF’s global community of HR Managers and HR Partners. In addition to these Human Resources operations responsibilities, the Senior Human Resources Manager will be responsible for fully supporting the HR relationship with one or more OSF Program(s), and will collaborate closely with the Human Resources Partner in New York, as well as OSF’s global community of HR Managers and HR Partners. The Senior Human Resources Manager reports to the Deputy Director of Human Resources and manages a team of five. Essential duties and responsibilities will include:

HR Operations - US Offices

  • Develop the HR function in the US into a highly responsive and efficient generalist function that provides timely and accurate services to US employees and to other HR colleagues;
  • Develop strategies and activities to ensure HR in the US connects, communicates and listens to employees and managers’ needs;
  • Advise managers and HR colleagues on local employment practices and compliance with local, state, and federal employment law; maintain up-to-date knowledge of emerging employment legislation and codes of practice;
  • Oversee the implementation and ensure compliance to human resources policies and procedures in the US; develop local policies and processes as needed;
  • Oversee the administration of the US payroll, benefits program, and immigration processes, including maintenance of compliance of employee files and other pertinent employee information;
  • Oversee the management of labor relations, grievance procedures and the compliance with the union negotiated contract in the New York and Baltimore offices.

HR Partnership and Support – Specific Program(s)

  • Act as a single point of contact for the employees and managers in the programs and departments they support specifically, developing a trusting and consultative relationship with all levels of managers and employees;
  • Provide leadership on the complete range of Human Resources activities including employee relations, performance management, benefits and compensation, full employee life cycle, inclusion initiatives, learning and development, workforce planning, organization structure, etc.;
  • Responsible for data integrity in our human resources systems for the programs they support;


Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have at least 10 year experience in human resources, with 4+ years’ experience leading and managing HR generalists and operations.

They will need:

  • Experience with building a strong and responsive HR generalist function in a complex, global environment
  • Capacity to build trusting and collaborative relationships with employees and managers at all levels
  • Proficient knowledge of US employment and immigration laws and regulations
  • Experience streamlining and integrating human resources systems and processes, and leading local implementation of global initiatives
  • Experience in HR transformation and building inclusive work environments, experience in non-profit is a plus
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-changing, fast-paced, yet consultative environment.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, follow projects through to completion, and make decisions with limited information
  • Unparalleled organizational, communication, leadership, and customer service skills
  • BA is required; Master’s degree in human resources preferred
  • The candidate must be able to travel monthly to the Baltimore and Washington DC offices, some international travels are also expected every year

Work Environment and Physical Demands: Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations, and we welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

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