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Director of Human Resources (Employee Experience and Inclusion)

Rainforest Action Network
San Francisco, California 94108




Supervisor:  Deputy Executive Director


Status:         4 day/wk, 80% FT, with benefits


Location:     San Francisco




RAN strives to integrate values of equity and fairness into our work, which includes bringing an intentional racial justice analysis to our programmatic work and organizational structure. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage in this ongoing process and work with us to create a just and inclusive work environment and world. RAN provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities while also staying committed to providing accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. We encourage applicants of color to apply for this position.






This is a 4 days/week position based in our San Francisco office. Target salary range at 80% employment is intended to be between $72,000 - $80,000 with the final salary determination being based on candidate experience, overall qualifications and geographic location.  Benefits include full health coverage for the employee and their partner/family, an employer funded HSA, vision & dental insurance, pro-rated 4 weeks PTO (increases to 5 weeks after 2 years), and a Simple IRA retirement plan with a 3% fully vested employer match.  Additionally, after 5 years, staff are eligible for a 3 month fully-paid sabbatical.

For more than 30 years, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has campaigned to preserve forests, protect the climate and uphold human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through research, education, partnerships, non-violent direct action, grassroots organizing strategic campaigns and communications. We are committed to working with Indigenous and frontline communities directly impacted by profit-driven systems of injustice. In partnership with allies from around the world, RAN challenges corporations to stop destructive operations, respect human rights, and adopt policies that reduce their contributions to climate change. RAN is committed to doing what is necessary, not only what is considered politically feasible.


The Position:

The Director of Human Resources (Employee Experience, Inclusion and Operations) will be part of the RAN Leadership team and will report to the Deputy Executive Director. In collaboration with the Executive, Leadership and Administrative teams this position will oversee all employee relations matters in the organization. This is an outstanding opportunity for a seasoned Human Resources leader to apply their passion and experience in staff and leadership coaching, racial justice and equity, relationship building, dispute resolution and organizational development in service of protecting forests, fighting climate change and upholding human rights.


To be successful in this role, candidates should have demonstrable experience leading HR functions and building organizational effectiveness and management in a nonprofit institutional setting. RAN is committed to equity, inclusion, and justice in our work and within our organization. This position will play a key role in ensuring those values are echoed in support and guidance of staff and managers.


  • Specific duties-

Human Resources

  • Establish and maintain a collaborative, service-oriented team to deliver efficient, professional, timely and compassionate HR results through proactive and impactful employee support.
  • Guide and coordinate proactive employee relations and problem solving with a strong racial justice and equity lens
  • Mediate and resolve any complex conflict resolution relating to investigations and grievances to ensure consistent standards and timely resolution.
  • Oversee fair and consistent recruitment, hiring, retention and compensation practices
  • Coach staff and supervisors on ensuring integrity and consistency in hiring, performance reviews, promotion, termination and all other personnel decisions
  • Support HR administrator and hiring manager on developing job descriptions and compensation for vacant positions
  • Ensure quality and consistency in new hire onboarding procedures and in the implementation of all personnel policies
  • Review and update, as needed, employee handbook, staff policies, performance review systems, compensation guidelines to ensure compliance and fairness.
  • Develop and deliver trainings to support inclusive and equitable HR practices and for professional development of staff and managers.


Organizational Leadership and Planning

  • Serve as an organizational advocate for equity, inclusion, and justice, and in collaboration with RAN leadership and staff, help build and maintain a culture that reflects RAN's core values and aligns with our anti-oppression principles.
  • Promote a culture of high performance, feedback and continuous improvement that values learning, accountability and a commitment to equity.
  • Create and upkeep organizational systems of personnel policies and internal controls.
  • Prioritize and oversee special projects, such as geographic pay adjustments, salary benchmarking, PEO evaluation, office relocation, etc.


Management and Operations

  • Ensure and maintain legal compliance in all employee matters.
  • ○       Maintaining knowledge of industry trends and working with the HR administrator and PEO, ensure compliance with state and Federal employment laws and regulations, appropriate record keeping, and benefits administration.
  • Communicate changes in the organization's personnel policies and procedures to staff and ensure proper compliance.
  • Review and ensure HR information system meets the organization's personnel information needs.
  • Oversee organization-wide operations
  • Guide decisions on office space, including adequate interface for remote staff, lease negotiations, and real estate prospecting and disaster recovery plan
  • Oversee information systems administration by third party vendor to ensure maintenance and timely upgrades for technology
  • upervise HR Generalist and Office Manager and serve as back-up support for HR and office matters and when assigned staff are unavailable.


Knowledge and skills required:

●      Displays strong leadership capabilities, sees the big picture, and operates with perspective.
●      Proven track record of success in facilitating progressive and innovative organizational change and development
●      Must be able to work autonomously with high-level direction.
●      Strong commitment to creating a workplace culture grounded in the values of equity, inclusion and justice
●      A keen awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations, including comfort and flexibility in working with remote and international staff.
●      A leader in the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
●      A strong project manager with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, pushing to meet deadlines; must remain cool and calm under pressure.
●      Ability to diagnose and successfully handle organizational development issues.
●      Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills including negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution skills.
●      Excellent written and verbal communication skills - must be an articulate and persuasive communicator to all levels.
●      Ability to interface with PEO on current state and Federal employment laws, and guide the organization on appropriate record keeping requirements. Knowledge of HR systems and employment record keeping requirements.
●      Detail-oriented, proactive, excellent organization and time management skills, good collaborator.
●      A commitment to the environment and social change.
●      A good sense of humor.



●      Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human Resources or related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
●      10 plus years (progressive in nature) of work experience in the Human Resources field that includes managing HR professionals and Administrative teams.
●      Demonstrated ability to effectively manage complex employee relations issues and workplace investigations
●      Demonstrated ability to provide strategic guidance on building organizational effectiveness, staff development and performance management.
●      Demonstrated track record of developing effective relationships across all levels of the organization.
●      Prior experience building HR function/capacity within an organization preferred.
●      PHR or SPHR certification preferred.


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