• Director, Human Resources

    Job Locations US-AL-Montgomery
    Req No.
    Human Resources
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Founded in 1971, The Southern Poverty Law Center is an internationally recognized leader in advancing civil rights and seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. The SPLC organizes its work in six programmatic priorities: Hate and Extremism, Children at Risk, LGBT Rights, Immigrant Justice, Economic Justice, and Teaching Tolerance.


    Our lawsuits have toppled institutional racism and stamped out remnants of Jim Crow segregation; destroyed some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups; and protected the civil rights of children, women, the disabled, immigrants and migrant workers, the LGBT community, prisoners, and many others who faced discrimination, abuse or exploitation. Our Intelligence Project is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups and other domestic extremists. Our Teaching Tolerance program produces and distributes – free of charge – anti-bias documentary films, books, lesson plans and other materials that reduce prejudice and promote educational equity in our nation’s schools.


    We also built and maintain the Civil Rights Memorial and its interpretive center, the Civil Rights Memorial Center, in Montgomery, Alabama, the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement.


    All of the SPLC’s work is provided free of charge.


    This is a full-time position located in Montgomery, AL.


    Southern Poverty Law Center is looking to hire a dynamic, mission-driven Director of Human Resources who will provide overall strategic HR leadership to the organization. Reporting to the President & CEO, the Director of Human Resources is responsible for managing the development and implementation of human resources policies, programs, and services, including recruitment, selections, retention, professional development strategy and execution, legal compliance, employee benefits and compensation, employee relations, employment practices and procedures, employee communications and employee events. This is a tremendous opportunity for a motivated human resource professional with strong leadership skills to join the leading civil rights organization.


    The Director of Human Resources at Southern Poverty Law Center will be responsible for the following:
    • Responsible for evaluation of the human resources organization structure and team plan for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the department (in regard to programs, policies, practices, and processes) as well as providing HR staff with professional development
    • Develops and monitors Human Resources annual budget
    • Oversees and manages the work of the Human Resources staff
    • Encourages the ongoing development of the HR staff
    • Ensures that the Center is compliant with Federal and State labor laws and regulation.

    • Partners with leaders in program and administrative departments to develop effective recruitment strategies that attract talented and deeply committed staff at all organizational levels. Work closely with managers in all phases of hiring to attract and screen candidates efficiently and effectively
    • Develops workforce planning strategies that embrace and advance diversity at all levels in the organization.

    Compensation and Benefits:
    • Develops and implements compensation strategies and structures that align with Center goals.
    • Ensures the provisions of cost-effective benefits plan; monitor benefits environment for cost savings.


    Performance Management:
    • Plans, develops, implements and administers programs, procedures, and guidelines to help align staff with the strategic goals of the Center.
    • Manages and improves the performance management process.


    Training and Development:
    • Develops and implements training and development initiatives to address current capabilities and future training needs, including management development, new hire orientation and onboarding.
    • Assists Directors/Department Heads with the selection of external training programs and consultants.
    • Monitors the spending of the Center’s training budget.


    Employee Relations:
    • Provide coaching and consultation on employee relations issues. Work with managers and employees on performance and/or conflict matters. Consult with management on organization and employee effectiveness
    • Establish credibility and trust throughout the organization with management and employees in order to be an effective problem solver of people issues.


    Organizational Development:
    • Designs, directs, and manages an organization-wide process of organization development that addresses issues such as talent acquisition, succession planning, workforce development, key employee retention, diversity, organization design, and change management.
    • Manages employee communication and feedback through such avenues as employee surveys, newsletters, employee focus groups, one-on-one meetings, and Intranet.


    Education and Related Work Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration or related field from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree preferred.
    • Certification as Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) highly desirable.
    • A minimum of 10 years of progressively increased experience in human resource management including 5 years of responsible supervisory experience. Experience must include hands-on responsibility for the full scope of human resources activities.


    Knowledge, skills and abilities:
    • Experienced HR leader who possesses a progressive HR mindset and has high ethical standards and values.
    • Strong knowledge of Federal and State labor laws and regulations, EEO, FMLA, ADA, and FSLA, as well as strong employee relations skills.
    • Strong business acumen, facilitation, conflict resolution and communication skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage a team of HR professionals as well as multiple clients.
    • Strong business partnership: able to establish credibility and rapport with department heads and managers.
    • Project and process management skills, demonstrated track record of delivering results.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, strong client-support orientation, and the ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization and with a wide range of clients, individually and in groups.
    • Proven influencer; demonstrated ability to coach and counsel both employees and executive-level management.
    • Takes ownership; ability to set a strategy and motivate others to achieve necessary deliverables.
    • Proven track record of excellent follow-through and execution.
    • Able to deal effectively with conflict and manage difficult employee relations situations.
    • Effective communicator: keeps all stakeholders apprised of relevant information, status of deliverables.
    • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and balance numerous priorities in a deadline-oriented environment.


    The Southern Poverty Law Center has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Liz Lombard here.


    The Southern Poverty Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.


    About Koya Leadership Partners:
    Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visit www.koyapartners.com.


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