Associate Director of Human Resources, Compensation, Benefits & Systems

Associate Director of Human Resources, Compensation, Benefits & Systems

Sierra Club

Oakland, CA   |   May 15, 2020

 About Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. We amplify the power of our 3.8 million members and supporters to defend everyone’s right to a healthy world. Our work focuses on championing solutions to the climate crisis; working for clean air, safe water, land protection and a vibrant natural world; fighting for environmental and social justice; and getting people outside to enjoy the outdoors. We have 800 employees located in offices and working remotely across the country. Sierra Club’s employees are changemakers whose work is rooted in our Equity, Inclusion, and Justice values. We are guided by the Jemez Principles to build just relationships with and uplift communities towards a clean energy future. This position will play a key role in ensuring that these values are echoed in theHuman Resources structures and systems that support our staff and the organization.

Sierra Club is comprised of a national entity and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer – with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.

About the Role – Associate Director of Human Resources, Compensation, Benefits & Systems

Sierra Club is seeking an experienced Human Resources and Project Management professional to lead the Benefits, Compensation & HR Systems team. This newly created Associate Director position will report to and collaborate closely with the Director of Human Resources, Kerry O’Donnell, to translate the department’s strategic priorities into a well-articulated sequence of department activities and plans.

The Associate Director of HR manages and administers organization-wide compensation programs, human resources information systems, and employee benefits. Our Human Resources Department is a committed and (growing!) team of 15. This role will lead a team of five within the department and will work closely with the full Human Resources department, enabling the Sierra Club to recruit and retain a highly competent and engaged workforce.

The Associate Director of HR will help to ensure optimal use of department resources, timely execution of projects and day-to-day operations, high-quality service delivery, and consistent attention to opportunities to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of core HR services. This position is responsible for a broad range of technical and administrative functions within the HR Department, including oversight of systems, automation of processes, and monitoring the budget.

Additional responsibilities will include

  • Oversees compensation philosophy, policies and administration
  • Thoughtfully and effectively manage a service-oriented team within the Human Resources Department responsible for:
    • Administration of all employee benefits, including health insurance, disability, 401(k) plan, etc. and build staff awareness/usage of benefits
    • Providing day-to-day support for employees with inquiries regarding benefits, payroll, and employment questions
    • Ensuring that all Human Resources systems (including our HRIS, Applicant Tracking System, and communication platforms) are effectively maintained and well-leveraged to support the organization
  • Directly supervise up to three team members, establishing goals, managing performance, providing mentoring, coaching and development opportunities
  • In partnership with Human Resources team members and organizational stakeholders, review processes and services that support the full employee life-cycle with a particular focus on streamlining and updating our systems and practices
  • Ensure high levels of communication with internal stakeholders regarding service delivery expectations, deadlines, and changes in procedures

Duties will normally require access to and to maintain confidential information that is used to contribute significantly to the development of management positions with respect to employer-employee relations and/or labor relations.

Qualifications and Requirements

This unique role requires a combination of skills grounded in HR Systems, compensation analysis, and team leadership, in addition to fluency in diversity, inclusion, and racial equity concepts and practices. Ideal candidates will be passionate and compelling advocates for creating human resource systems that meet the needs of all team members.

Who You Are:

  • An Effective Collaborator. You’ve successfully worked across cultural lines on a dispersed team and you have the ability to operate in complex situations. You can easily gain trust from team members and are known for supporting them to ensure they are set up for success.
  • A Strategic Decision Maker. You thrive in a rapid growth environment where you can press forward quickly with big ideas, though you understand this often requires recognizing when to take a step back and create proactive strategic plans that empower your team members. You understand how relationships drive the implementation of new systems.
  • A Humble Leader; You are an approachable active listener who inspires trust and confidence from others. Your ego is secondary; you lead by example, embodying the notion of personal responsibility and encouraging others to build on your ideas, challenging them, and expanding them. You approach challenges as learning opportunities.
  • Efficient and organized. You can take in a range of events at different levels of urgency and importance, formulate responses, and keep progress going on many fronts at once.
  • Tactical Thinker – You are analytical and structured in your thinking. You love to build and maintain well-oiled systems and processes. You are a quick study, synthesizing diverse sources of information and able to discern from them a recommended course of action. You are aware of all mission-critical projects and able to connect the dots across the organization.
  • Emotional intelligence; You are self-aware and perceptive. You nurture relationships and can work and communicate well with all kinds of people. You are optimistic, empathetic, flexible, curious, and well-respected by all who work with you, irrespective of title.

What You’ll Need:

  • 7+ years of relevant work experience in the Human Resources field.
  • Direct experience designing and managing systems and processes to support the employee life cycle from talent planning through recruitment, management, development, and retention. PHR or SHRM-CP certification is a plus.
  • Deep project management experience with a demonstrated track record of planning and managing multiple simultaneous projects, facilitating cross-functional teamwork, and leading internal change and improvement efforts.
  • Demonstrated experience managing staff and/or a team of staff.
  • Knowledge of current employment laws and regulations, wage and hour laws, ERISA and tax law regulations for pension/401k plans.
  • Passion for Sierra Club’s mission and vision.

The salary for this position starts at $115,000.

Sierra Club employees enjoy a comprehensive benefits program including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, employee assistance program, short and long term disability insurance. A 401(k) Plan is available to save for retirement with a match and a generous employer contribution that increases with service time. Vacation, holiday and leave of absence policies prioritize work-life balance for Sierra Club staff. Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) organization.

The Application Process

Sierra Club has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. To apply, please create a Basic Profile using this link or click the Express Interest button. The process takes no more than 5 minutes and all you need is your resume.

Individuals who complete the profile by Friday, May 29th will be given priority; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon!

When you apply, we kindly ask you to remove your schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume and you may leave your degree (e.g. “B.A. Economics”). Just remember to remove any undergraduate and graduate school name references where possible. This “bias blind” process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates; reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g. where you went to school). Lastly, we intentionally do not ask for a cover letter so we kindly request that you not send one in your application

This evaluation process will follow best practices shown to reduce bias in decision making and may be different from other application processes you have experienced.

The overall evaluation process will look to follow this anticipated timeline:

  • Late May: Selected candidates asked to complete short answer questions.
  • Early June: Phone interview with Sierra Club staff.
  • Mid-June: Finalist candidates will be asked to complete a timed trial assignment.
  • Late June:  Finalists will participate in a multi-team member group interview day via video conference. (*due to COVID-19, we will be conducting all interviews remotely for the near future) Candidate references will also be checked at this step.
  • Early July: Offer extended.

If you have any questions about the opportunity, please feel free to email [email protected].