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Operations & HR Director

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Company Name ForestEthics
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The Operations & HR Director is responsible for leading ForestEthics’ human resources, operations and information technology programs and systems. The Operations & HR Director will create and implement organization wide policies and procedures that align with best practices in the field, comply with applicable laws and regulations and fully support the organizational culture of ForestEthics. This is a full-time, exempt position. Compensation includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience and an excellent package of employee and health benefits. This position provides an exciting opportunity to join a world-class team of environmental leaders.


Human Resources

Responsible for creating and maintaining HR policies and procedures that align with and support ForestEthics’ culture of feedback and authentic communication
Direct all recruitment, hiring, termination, and performance review processes
Understand labor laws in each of our regions and ensure compliance
Review and update employee handbook on a regular basis
Create a comprehensive supervisor handbook
Responsible for ensuring that all human resource-related matters are handled appropriately and in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal regulations and laws
Responsible for ensuring all employee personnel files are complete, accurate and up to date
Provide leadership and direction to refine comprehensive compensation philosophy and program
Review and update professional development policy and implement initiatives for all staff members
Draft and approve all contracts for new employees and contractors
Direct, manage and administer all benefits programs, including FSA, health plans, COBRA, pension plans, vacation and sick accrual program (in partnership with our professional employment organization, TriNet)
Direct all new hire orientations
Act as 401k Plan representative, including answering questions, handling all aspects of enrollment, changes and rollovers, and acting as point-of-contact for distribution requests from former staff
Provide leadership and direction to department heads and staff on personnel matters and processes
Manage all insurance coverage, serve as liaison with insurance broker, and administer worker’s compensation and unemployment claims
Direct employee relations program, including mediating disputes, gaining cooperation and reaching consensus among the staff; and analyzing and recommending constructive solutions to performance/personnel issues
Process payroll and prepare employee separation notices and related employee status change paperwork

Supervise office-based administrative staff
Authorize all office purchases, policies, outside vendor contracts, equipment, rentals and leases
Manage and negotiate leases for all offices
Oversee the development and implementation of plans and policies in the areas of operations and systems
Responsible for the creation and management of department budget
Provide direction on organizational legal matters and arrange outside legal counsel (pro bono preferred) as needed
Negotiate and secure insurance coverage, including certificates of insurance, keeping inventory of covered assets, processing all requests for insurance coverage changes, and securing annual property, D&O, and liability insurance
Direct IT service providers and draft and manage contracts for IT and related to services
Develop and execute a strategic technology development plan for FE, including identifying and overseeing implementation of systems and performing periodic needs assessments

Commitment to and/or strong interest in the mission of ForestEthics
3 or more years leadership and supervisory experience in Human Resources and/or Operations (non-profit preferred)
Bachelor’s Degree or higher
Very high level interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to navigate and negotiate nuanced and complicated situations with confidence and authority
Demonstrated ability to manage highly sensitive information and maintain confidentiality
Proven ability to think strategically and tactically while also managing details
Strong time management skills
High degree of organization
Ability and willingness to operate across a continuum of activities, from the strategic to the routine
Intermediate math skills as demonstrated by the ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages; and apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry
Very high reasoning skills as demonstrated by the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
Highest language skills as demonstrated by the ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents; ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints; ability to make effective and persuasive presentations to management, public groups, and/or boards of directors
Computer proficiency in basic computer applications, including spreadsheet, word processing and internet
Comfortable working in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment
Personal Characteristics

Confidence and creativity
Maturity of judgment and operating talent to achieve credibility and influence with senior management team members, the Board of Directors, staff members, and peer organizations
Committed to the values of diversity, open communication and inclusiveness
A sense of humor and ability to find joy in engaging with a dynamic team
Please send a resume and cover letter to OpsHrDirector@forestethics.org with your name in the subject line and on each attachment.  No phone calls, please. Only those who will be interviewed will be contacted.

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