Human Resources Director

The Society for Science seeks an experienced full-time Human Resources professional to serve as Director of Human Resources for the Society. They will support the Society’s mission and operations by planning, implementing, and evaluating employee relations and human resources policies, programs, and practices to include benefit administration as well as regulatory compliance.  This position will work closely with the Society’s executive office and senior management to promote and enhance a culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) throughout all facets of the organization as it relates to personnel.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned and mature manager with at least ten years of human relations experience, and will be well-versed in each of the human resources disciplines such as compensation, payroll and benefits, employee leave programs, whistle blower and conflict of interest policies, organizational policy compliance, training and development, employee relations, and recruitment and selection. Core competencies include solid communication skills and decision-making capabilities based on analytical tools and critical thought processes

Primary Responsibilities

Personnel Management

  • Create strategies and function as lead for all HR disciplines, including policy and procedure recommendation, development, documentation, and implementation.
  • Guide, manage, and communicate the Society’s compensation and benefits practices and procedures.
  • Develop strategic solutions to meet Society workforce needs; oversee the recruitment and selection processes of new employees and counsel managers on candidate selection.
  • Work with senior management to assist in the development of departmental succession planning strategy, including considering opportunities for employees who demonstrate aptitude and desire for upward mobility.
  • Manage the Society’s work structure by updating job requirements and job descriptions for all positions.
  • Manage the employee onboarding process and coordinate with all departments to ensure employee orientation is properly completed for all new employees.
  • Execute termination processes, including conducting and analyzing exit interviews.
  • Monitor turnover and develop strategies to maintain/enhance morale and retention.
  • Serve as primary contact for staff, management, vendors and legal counsel related to employee services, benefits, counseling, grievances, discipline actions, risk mitigation and personnel related litigation.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Leadership  

  • Work with CEO and other members of senior management to develop goals, plans and performance benchmarks, and responsible for the implementation of all, to ensure a diverse Society workplace with equitable management and inclusive opportunities for all Society employees and applicants.
  • Manage and coordinate training, education programs and a digital platform related to improving DEI for Society employees and applicants.

Personnel Training & Advancement

  • Ensure planning, monitoring, and appraisal of employee work results by training managers to coach and discipline employees, and administering the Society’s employee performance review and improvement program. 
  • Coordinate with senior management to assist with employee training and development including: leadership training and professional development seminars and workshops opportunities for staff.
  • Coordinate management training in interviewing, hiring, terminations, promotions, employee goal setting, performance review, safety, and sexual harassment and discrimination prevention.

Payroll & Benefits Administration

  • Manage employee benefits programs and inform employees of benefits; study and assess benefit needs and trends; recommend benefit programs to management; obtain and evaluate benefit contract bids; 
  • Manage the annual process for benefits provider renewal and employee open enrollment.

Regulatory Compliance

  • Ensure a positive work environment that is safe, fulfilling, respectful, free from discrimination and harassment, and promotes overall well-being.
  • Ensure that all federal and municipal personnel and payroll reports and filings are made timely and accurately.
  • Ensure legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable human resource federal and state requirements.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Manage a staff of one Human Resources Specialist.

Required Education and Experience

  • At least ten years of related human resources experience, with at least 3 years in a human resources leadership position, preferably in a nonprofit or association environment
  • Experience developing and leading organization wide diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in a related discipline
  • PHR Certification preferred


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite of applications, including Excel modeling skills as related to salary and benefit costs.
  • Highly attuned ability to operate in sensitive, confidential matters.
  • Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to communicate and present results to different audiences at various levels throughout the organization.
  • Solid knowledge of federal and municipal employment labor laws.
  • Collaborative and flexible leader, with a strong commitment to developing best human resource practices at both the staff and organizational levels.
  • Hands-on manager with integrity and a desire to work in a dynamic, mission-driven environment.
  • Team player committed to enabling the success of Society mission, programs and publications.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office setting. Our office is located near the Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro stations.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to operate a computer and other office equipment.

Position Type and Expected Hours

This is a full-time, exempt position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday during normal office hours of the Society. 

How to Apply

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 To be considered for this position please submit a professional resume and cover letter.

The Society values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

EEO Statement

The Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Society for Science & the Public is committed to equal employment opportunity. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, the Society does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis, including but not limited to: veteran status, race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin, disability, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, age and/or any other categories protected by the laws of the United States or the District of Columbia.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover every duty, responsibility and activity that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.