Global Human Resources Director

Job Title:  Global Human Resources Director (GHRD)

Location:  New York, NY

Reports to: Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 170 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to

The Role:

Are you an entrepreneurial, collaborative, and seasoned senior HR Business Partner, with proven abilities to drive forward the full range of HR initiatives including: HR strategy development, organizational design, workforce planning, organization-wide change management, learning development, talent mobility solutions, talent management, HR policies, practices & procedures, employee relations, HR risks & compliance, and performance management?

The Center seeks a seasoned Global Human Resources Director, who will be based in its New York City headquarters. This role will serve as a partner to the Chief Human Resources Officer, to envision, implement, and coordinate an innovative and ambitious People Agenda that will transform the Center’s global work culture, systems, processes, procedures, and talent capabilities to “best in class,” allowing the Center to achieve its strategic goals and drive the desired impact across the world.

The GHRD will supervise a team of eight staff in managing global human resource services with emphasis on the following: HR strategy development, organization design, workforce planning, driving forward the necessary organizational change and work culture shifts, overseeing HR policies and procedures, creating global mobility solutions, managing reward management as well as staff & leadership learning/development ,and oversight for employee relations. A close partnership and collaboration with management and employees in all the Center’s offices is a key attribute for this role.

The GHRD will have the benefit of the Center’s many strengths:

  • A compelling global human rights mission and an outstanding reputation for quality and excellence that has won the respect of policymakers, legal, governmental, and NGO partners, opinion leaders, journalists, and clients.
  • An organization dedicated to strategic growth, impact, and global presence, with a commitment to utilizing cutting edge approaches and best practices, including recruiting and investing in its top-flight staff.
  • An organizational philosophy that supports innovation, transparency, and accountability as well as a commitment to monitoring and evaluating impact to ensure the highest program quality and effectiveness.
  • A strong balance sheet and funding base, with 7 straight years of budget growth.
  • An engaged and experienced Board of Directors.
  • Investment in enterprise information systems and platforms and forward-thinking management of processes, technology, and data.


This position will ensure HR best practices and initiatives are developed, customized, and implemented across all Center offices. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Partner with CHRO to ensure organizational strategy and goals are being supported by HR strategy, organizational development, programs and practices.
  • Develop and manage a “smart” HR team of 8 that is tailored to drive the Center’s People Agenda.
  • Manage the design and implementation of the employee value preposition and the supporting reward philosophy, including best practices, benchmarking surveys, and a fair and equitable approach to compensation at the Center.
  • Develop workforce plans that align to the Center’s strategy with a clear capability heat map and appropriate talent acquisition approaches.
  • Support organizational design & development and drive its needs assessment and execution.
  • Manage talent mobility, including relocation services.
  • Provide HR leadership in organization-wide compliance & risk management programs
  • Manage the employee engagement survey, including data analysis and communication. Lead the establishment of improvement action plans and support managers in achieving improved employee engagement.
  • Lead the design and delivery of organization-wide employee and leadership learning and development programs.
  • Develop & implement ER strategies to foster a positive employee/employer relationship and promote a high level of employee morale, productivity, and engagement while ensuring compliance with labor regulations and practices.
  • Develop and lead the annual organization-wide talent review effort, including partnering with various stakeholders to effectively promote and utilize the performance-management process to drive excellence, as well as employee development and growth.
  • In consultation with the CHRO and the CSOO, lead, develop and manage the organization’s succession-planning process and work closely with managers and department heads to develop career paths for existing staff and positions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or as may be necessary.
  • Oversee talent management including on-boarding & off-boarding process and advise the CHRO on employee retention strategies and make recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • In consultation with the CHRO and the CSOO, lead, develop and manage the organization’s sucession- planning process and work closely with managers and department heads to develop career paths for existing staff and positions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or as may be necessary.

The Center recognizes that each candidate brings a unique set of skills/area of knowledge. The candidate we are looking for should have a good combination of the following:


Must have a strong foundation in HR with at least 10 years of working experience. The successful candidate must have:

  • Significant knowledge of principles, practices and procedures of global Human Resources Management- specialty areas should include workforce planning and analytics, employee mobility solutions, change management, leadership and staff learning and development, reward management, and HRIS.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in partnering with and influencing business leaders
  • An understanding of priority-setting, resource management and the bridge- building required to develop enduring working relationships
  • A professional HR certification (required) and a master’s degree with concentration in Human Resources Management (a plus)
  • Highly developed and effective interpersonal and communication skills, verbal and written; able to communicate sensitively and compellingly with individuals as well as large groups across multiple culture and languages.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality; strong ethics, integrity, and judgment.
  • Strong conceptual thinker who can drive quickly to a clear and concise synthesis of even the most complex issues and concepts.
  • Prioritization skills and ability to manage multiple projects in a resource-constrained setting
  • A high-profile HR leader with a solid global network of contacts and resources.
  • A collaborative and team-oriented leader who can take charge, build support, act decisively, and affect change.
  • Emotionally mature and confident, with good judgment and a sense of humor.
  • Be a champion for innovation who responds to people problems and challenges by applying new perspectives and exploring a variety of relevant possible solutions.
  • Team player who is willing to get their hands dirty and wear different hats, while working with and patiently aligning diverse stakeholders who maintain their individual autonomy and decision-making.
  • Track record of working with and building teams of diverse nationalities and cultural background.
  • Ability to travel 20 percent of the time.
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in second language, particularly Spanish or French, a plus.
  • Experience with U.S. 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations a plus.

Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this role.  It is encouraged to include these application materials as attachments.Please submit all of your materials as a single PDF under either the cv/resume or cover letter upload option.

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

 Please note that all genuine Center openings must be applied through the Center website.  The Center does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process (application, interviews, or selection). Nor does it request any medical examinations or bank account information as part of this process.  If someone contacts, you on behalf of the Center requesting payment for your application, please notify before taking any further action. 

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