Human Resources Manager

Position Overview:

The New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy is a nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank in Washington D.C., working to enhance U.S. foreign policy based on a deep understanding of the geopolitics of the different regions of the world and their value systems. The Institute’s portfolio of work covers a wide range of topics of interest to U.S. policy makers, the Institute’s primary audience. The Institute prides itself in having a body of staff, fellows, interns and contributors who come from a multitude of professional and cultural backgrounds, forming the core of the Institute’s strength.

The Institute is seeking a seasoned Human Resources (HR) Manager to join its team and lead the Institute’s HR function. The ideal candidate is an empathetic leader with extensive experience setting up policies and procedures, guiding and supporting multi-cultural teams and engaging with leadership, preferably within the Nonprofit and Think Tank sectors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting directly to the President, the HR Manager will work across the organization to foster a respectful, inclusive, and productive organizational culture anchored in DEI principles. The HR Manager will further ensure that all staff have adequate guidance and support to perform their organizational responsibilities while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Specifically, but not exclusively, The HR Manager will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Work directly with the President to setup/ update and maintain the Institute’s salary and benefits structures based on relevant sector norms and standards.
  • Manage the Institute’s recruitment and selection process in coordination with respective hiring managers, and ensure effective and efficient staff onboarding and retention.
  • Develop, update and maintain ownership over the Institute’s Human Resources Manual covering all relevant policies, procedures and guidelines, and facilitate relevant training for staff.
  • Work with the Institute’s leadership team to set up and roll out the Institute’s performance review system, and set up and maintain all other HR systems and processes.
  • Maintain the Institute’s pay plan and benefits program, and manage all relationships with relevant vendors, including ADP and the Institute’s insurance brokers.
  • Ensure that the Institute is in full compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Work with leadership and staff to assess and address ongoing staff learning and development needs in light of the Institute’s strategic priorities and goals.
  • As needed, work with the Institute’s President and leadership team to develop and implement general HR strategies, programs and initiatives to strengthen organizational cohesion, staff engagement and recognition, and overall productivity and well-being.
  • Perform other relevant functions as the Institute’s work expands and as directed by the president.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Human Resources or a relevant field.
  • Post-graduate training and certification in relevant human development and change management disciplines. Particularly strong candidates with a bachelor’s degree coupled with relevant HR certification, including SHRM-SCP, SPHR, etc. may be considered.
  • 8-12 years of progressively advancing experience in Human Resources, preferably within the Nonprofit sector. Experience with Think Tanks and/or educational institutions is a plus.
  • Demonstrably active membership in professional (local and/or international) HR bodies (e.g. professional associations, communities of practice, etc.).
  • Hands-on experience setting up and implementing performance management systems.
  • Experience setting up and maintaining organizational records, policies and procedures.
  • In-depth knowledge of U.S. labor law and HR best practices.
  • Hands-on ADP experience. Expertise with ADP Workforce Now is preferred.
  • Expertise with full-cycle recruiting, on/off boarding, training and orientations, benefits administration.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills with strong ability to establish priorities, multitask, and work within tight timelines.
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and experience working in multi-cultural teams and/ or within different cultural contexts is a must.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, including report writing and presentation skills.
  • Confident with all MS Office applications. Expertise with reporting and data visualization tools is a plus.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Conversational level proficiency in other languages is a plus.
  • Previous supervisory experience is desirable.

This is a full-time salaried position with benefits. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is based in Washington DC with the possibility of tele-commuting (20% of the time). Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

The New Lines Institute celebrates and supports diversity in the workplace. The New Lines Institute does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.