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Director of Human Resources

Spitfire Strategies
Washington, District of Columbia 20037
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Part Time

Spitfire Strategies (Spitfire) seeks a part-time Director of Human Resources to ensure that all human resources (HR) operations are delivered and implemented smoothly, effectively, and in support of Spitfire’s culture and values. The Director of HR will support up to 50 total staff across three staffed offices and additional remote employees and will report to a Senior Vice President. This is a part-time (25 hours/week), exempt position. The desired schedule is at least three days on site each week with a combination of some remote work.

This position is responsible for guiding and directing the overall provision of HR services, policies, and programs for the entire company. The ideal candidate is an experienced professional with deep knowledge of HR matters who is comfortable balancing ongoing HR responsibilities with longer-term HR projects. This includes developing company-wide strategies around compensation, benefits, performance management and staff training/development, while providing oversight for day-to-day HR initiatives, systems, and tactics. The director of HR will also recommend and create strategies for performance evaluation, staffing, training and staff development.

The part-time nature of this role requires a hands-on HR aficionado who takes initiative, meets deadlines, and is highly motivated. We’re looking for someone who is an exceptional problem-solver, has superior time management skills, and is comfortable working independently. The Director of HR must be diligent with follow-through and understand the value of relationship management.

Applications for the Director of Human Resources are due by Monday, August 5, 2019.

A successful Director of HR demonstrates proficiency in the following areas:

Employee Engagement

  • Manage and foster an employee experience that emphasizes positive employee relations and contributes to an inclusive organizational culture.
  • Identify and implement opportunities to solicit and assess staff input and feedback regarding the employee experience, including periodic staff surveys; leverage findings to advise leadership on retention strategies.
  • Advise on recruitment strategies and support the recruitment and onboarding processes.
  • Guide Spitfire’s continuous journey to strengthen culture of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI); collaborate with and support Spitfire’s EDI committee regarding planned initiatives and employee feedback.

Policy Management and Compliance

  • Ensure compliance with internal policies and procedures and federal and state employment regulations; address policy violations and escalated grievances in collaboration with managers and leadership, involving outside counsel when appropriate.
  • Maintain personnel files and related employee information securely and in compliance with all federal and state laws.
  • Conduct a periodic review of the Employee Handbook and state-specific addendums.
  • Research, propose and develop new policies in line with Spitfire’s values and business objectives.

Performance Management

  • Manage core performance management and feedback processes, including annual performance evaluations, quarterly employee self-assessments, and quarterly project reviews.
  • Develop manager capability to engage in continuous performance management with assigned staff.
  • Collaborate with manages to plan, provide and/or allocate professional development opportunities for staff.

Strategic Guidance

  • Anticipate and resolve litigation risks.
  • Establish and track HR metrics and provide firm leadership with data analysis and recommendations.
  • Identify opportunities for increased effectiveness of current HR programs, and facilitate and support successful long-term HR projects and initiatives.
  • Provide strategic guidance related to performance management, staffing strategy, salary research, and employee engagement.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Administer all benefit plans (in partnership with plan providers) and serve as a resource to address questions, educate staff about plan features, and guide staff through enrollment/status change process.
  • Work with benefits consultant to manage annual benefit renewal and open enrollment process in accordance with all plan deadlines.
  • Work with CFO to conduct annual research and analysis to set and maintain competitive, market-based compensation ranges and benefits.

Vendor Relations

  • Manage relationships with external consultants and brokers who provide key HR services to Spitfire (payroll, benefits, legal).

As with all members of the Spitfire team, the Director of Human Resources aligns their work to the values of the firm and follow the policies described in the Spitfire handbook, deliver on the responsibilities of their job, are welcoming of their colleagues and create a positive work environment for everyone at the firm.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.


Applications for the Director of Human Resources are due by Monday, August 5, 2019.

Qualifications and Desired Attributes

  • 8+ years of relevant work experience in human resources, preferably as a director or senior-level generalist.
  • BS or BA in human resources, business administration, or related field; HR certification preferred
  • Thorough knowledge of HR management principles and best practices
  • Superior knowledge of benefits plans and compensation trends
  • Familiarity with federal and state employment laws and regulations
  • Positive attitude, with the ability to remain flexible in an evolving and fast-paced environment
  • Business acumen paired with attention to the human element
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Diligent and firm, with high ethical standards
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills


Posted: 2019-07-26 Expires: 2019-08-25

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