Brooklyn, NY

Human Resources Specialist, Ms. Foundation for Women

The Organization

Since our founding in 1973, we have had a history of supporting the birth and growth of social justice movements in the U.S.—from women’s safety and reproductive justice, to economic justice, child care and the re-building of the Gulf Coast. The Ms. Foundation has consistently pioneered and supported cutting-edge strategies within and across feminist and social justice movements. We have been willing to take risks to support emerging issues, identify gaps in resources, and inform the fields of philanthropy and social justice to create inclusive and sustainable social change for all. Our grants — paired with skills-building, networking and other strategic opportunities — enable organizations to advance women’s grassroots solutions across race and class, and to build social movements within and across three areas: Economic Justice, Safety and Women’s Health. We strive to promote organizations committed to feminist movement-building.

Our mission is to build women’s collective power In the U.S. to advance equity and justice for all. We achieve our mission by investing in, and strengthening the capacity of women-led movements to advance meaningful social, cultural and economic change in the lives of women.

Our vision is a just and safe world where power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or age. We believe that equity and inclusion are the cornerstones of a true democracy in which the worth and dignity of every person are valued.

We accomplish our mission and make our vision a reality by actively living our core values and holding each other accountable for them:

Integrity: We believe in holding ourselves responsible and accountable for all that we say in order to build an aligned, principled and powerful movement for gender equity.

Trust and respect: We believe in the truth that comes from those we work with and those most impacted by the issues affecting their communities. We believe in honoring their voices and supporting their leadership.

Interconnectedness: We believe that by achieving equity for women of color, we achieve equity for all. Given the complexity of the issues we face, we are committed to addressing issues holistically, understanding that we need to build power and alignment across multiple movements and sectors to win the battles we are facing.

Social justice: We believe that structural changes are needed in order to increase opportunities for those who are least well off politically, socially and economically.

Position Overview

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.


Performance Management:

·         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 terminations

 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

How To Apply

Applications should include your résumé and a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and where you learned of the position. Please submit these materials to:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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


The Ms. Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status.

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