Human Resources Director (NWIRP)


At this critical time—amidst countless attacks against immigrant rights—we seek a passionate and talented Human Resources (HR) Director who is eager to administer and lead the varied aspects of NWIRP's human resources needs. In this role, you will work closely with the unionized staff and management team to support NWIRP’s culture of justice, equity, diversity, and representation during one of the most dynamic times in our history. We bring our core values of fairness, self-determination, and inclusion into all aspects of our work, and seek you, an individual who can build an inspiring HR program intentionally grounded in NWIRP’s values and principles.

As our ideal candidate, you have a combination of strong personal, interpersonal, and organizational competencies. You are collaborative, self-aware, values-based, and an avid learner. You are an engaged listener, open and articulate, and have well-honed relational skills that enable you to develop and maintain trust with your colleagues. You are adaptive.

Since 1984, people on the NWIRP team have provided direct legal representation and assistance in immigration matters to thousands of people with low incomes who come from over 130 countries and speak over 60 different languages. We proudly challenge unjust policies through high-impact lawsuits and advocate for laws and policies that respect the rights of immigrants. We are also trusted providers of immigration-related community education for immigrant communities and social service providers. We are over 100 employees strong and have an annual budget of over $12 million.

We anticipate you will work from our Seattle office, but we welcome candidates with an interest in working from our offices in Granger, Tacoma, and Wenatchee. Regardless of your location, you will occasionally travel within the state to each office.

Commitment to Inclusivity, Equity and Representation

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a diverse staff, board, and volunteer base reflective of the communities we serve and that enhances our ability to create a vibrant environment where all members of the NWIRP community thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants (including individuals who were formerly detained, undocumented, or who have navigated the immigration legal system), women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBT community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

It is the policy of NWIRP to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination. NWIRP is committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. NWIRP does not discriminate on the basis of class, race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability. Excepting any undue hardship, NWIRP will provide reasonable accommodations upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Job Responsibilities

You will thrive in this position if you are deeply committed to justice, equity—especially racial equity—diversity, inclusion, representation, and staff wellness when fulfilling the responsibilities of: Recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and offboarding; administering benefits; providing staff support; furthering union-management collaborations; and ensuring best practices in organizational policies and procedures. You will report to either NWIRP’s Executive Director or Administrative Director, depending upon your experience level.

Required Character Traits

Above all, you must have significant and deep experience with the communities NWIRP serves and be committed to immigrant rights and our social justice mission, vision and values. You demonstrate cultural competence and cultural humility when working with underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. You communicate clearly and concisely in writing and verbally. You have excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills. You exude high personal integrity and professional maturity, including openly accepting feedback on your performance. You always maintain confidentiality. You tenaciously carryout assigned projects to their completion.


Required Technical Qualifications

You have at least 5 years of experience in a human resources—or equivalent—role. You have a proven track record of growth and achievement in talent and human resources functions, focused on building and supporting just, equitable and collaborative cultures. You are skilled in the use of personal computers and an array of information management platforms.

Required Organizational Competencies

You are experienced with and committed to working in multilingual environments. You deeply understand nonprofit sector personnel practices and applicable federal and state laws regulating hiring and collective bargaining matters. You are committed to a "continuous improvement" approach to systems and tasks. You are sensitive to the dynamics of organizational, union, and political intersections.

Preferred qualifications include HR professional experience in a unionized workplace, possession of one or more HR certifications, and supervisory or director-level experience.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time management position that is overtime exempt and excluded from the Union. Salary is dependent wholly on relevant experience. 2019 beginning salary for candidates with no relevant director-level experience is $74,550 (2020: $77,175), while someone with ten years of relevant director-level experience is $93,124 (2020: $96,403). NWIRP offers a generous benefits package, including excellent health, vision & dental plans; 3% employer retirement contributions; paid vacation, parental, and health-related leave; subsidized transit pass; disability/life/AD&D coverage; and 4 weeks of paid sabbatical after six years of employment.

How to Apply

Please apply online by submitting your cover letter and resume in a single PDF via email to [email protected]. In your cover letter, please describe (1) your particular interest in NWIRP and this position, (2) how your professional and life experiences inform your approach to equity work, and (3) how a publication you’ve encountered informs your approach to HR work. All applications are given serious consideration as soon as they are received. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by September 2, 2019 for priority review.

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