HR Specialist (MFW)


The Ms. Foundation for Women’s mission is to build women’s collective power in the U.S. to advance equity and justice for all.  We seek to achieve our mission by investing in and strengthening the capacity of women-led movements, particularly by women and girls of color, to advance meaningful social, cultural and economic change in the lives of all women and girls. We do this by focusing our grantmaking on women’s safety, health and economic justice (SHE).  We provide flexible, general operating support to grantee partners to ignite change, amplify the least heard voices, and create collaborations across issues that address the interconnected nature of women’s and girls’ lives. 

Since 1973, the Ms. Foundation has invested more than $70 million into building the power of women in social justice fields, serving as a conduit to the philanthropic sector as an intermediary funder investing in women and girls.  Our vision is to create a just and safe world where power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or age.  Please see this link to the strategic plan:


Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Finance & Operations, the HR Specialist is responsible for supporting the Foundation’s Human Resources programs and activities. The HR Specialist will be instrumental in driving the Foundation’s culture and values alignment. Serving as both an internal and external ambassador to the Foundation, the HR Specialist oversees employee satisfaction and productivity, ensuring that the workplace is operating efficiently.


    • Oversees all aspects of the Foundation’s performance management program
    • Provides management and employees support throughout the process, as needed
    • Recommends, tracks and monitors employee performance actions
    • Supports the leadership team and managers with regards to disciplinary matters
    • Monitors and manages the performance improvement process for non-performing employees
    • Assists with employment terminationsPerformance Management:

    Learning and Professional Development:

    • Coordinates trainings associated with compliance and safety of the organization, such as harassment training and orienting staff with the employee handbook and other personnel manuals
    • Manages all aspects of the learning and professional development program
    • Identifies learning needs and offerings
    • Administers and organizes trainings
    • Evaluates the effectiveness of training programs



    • Leads and executes the Foundation’s recruiting strategy
    • Works with hiring managers to determine staffing needs
    • Provides support in creating job announcements and advertises positions
    • Reviews, screens, and interviews candidates
    • Chairs the hiring committee and recruitment meetings


    Employee Relations and HR Legal Compliance:

    • Oversees the implementation and refinement of human resource policies and procedures
    • Conducts a thorough and systematic review of all practices, policies and systems
    • Partners with leadership to communicate HR policies, procedures, programs and laws
    • Administers employee relations practices that support collaboration, productivity, and a high level of morale and motivation
    • Provides manager support, assisting managers with communications, feedback, and recognition tools needed to manage and build highly productive teams
    • Investigates and address employee claims as they arise


    Benefits Administration and Operations:

    • Administers the Foundation’s benefits program
    • Works closely with the Director of F&O to identify high quality and cost-effective options
    • Plans and coordinates benefit orientations and trainings
    • Supports the identification of additions and changes to the benefits package that best meet the needs of a diverse team
    • Assists employees with HR and benefits related matters
    • Process all HR transactions
    • Maintains all personnel files



  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field, alternatively 5 years or more of post-secondary work in the HR or business field in lieu of a Bachelor’s degree will be considered
  • A minimum of 3 years in an human resources position or general business experience
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to listen and communicate the needs and expectations of both the Foundation and its employees
  • Ability to maintain a positive demeanor throughout even the most difficult situations
  • Proficiency in HR systems and strong working knowledge of technology
  • Ability to maintain discretion and respect confidentiality of the Foundation and its employees
  • Exercises sound judgment and remains diplomatic


Institutional Values Alignment:

  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and vision and to working with diverse communities toward women’s safety, health and economic justice
  • Demonstrated commitment to, and accountability around actively living the Foundation’s values of integrity, trust and respect, interconnectedness, and social justice – throughout internal and external communications and relationships, work, and decision-making
  • Ability to build collegial, productive relationships with team members, grantees, donors, peer funders, volunteers, and institutional partners, through the lens of our organizational values


The annual salary range for this position is $50,000 to $65,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. We also offer a generous and comprehensive range of benefits.


Applications should include your résumé (in Word format) and a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and where you learned of the position. Please submit these materials to: [email protected]. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To learn more about the Ms. Foundation for Women, please visit:

The Ms. Foundation for Women is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training and promotions. We shall continue to adhere to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity to ensure that all applicants and employees are considered for hire, promotion, position status and other employment actions without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, socio-economic status, marital status, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

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