• Project Director, HR Business Partnership

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(6/29/2018 4:08 PM)
    Job ID
    Human Resources
    The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Overview

    The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.


    We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.


    Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.


    With offices in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


    Position Overview
    Reporting to the vice president, human resources, the project director leads the human resources business partnership (HRBP) team to ensure its objectives and performance are closely aligned with the needs of the organization. The HRBP team serves as a strategic HR partner to all departments of the organization, providing guidance on individual, team and organizational performance and HR matters.  The HRBP team works with internal customers on a range of areas including strategy, staff development, organizational structure and design, workforce planning, employee matters, and performance management. The HRBP team works closely with all areas within HR to ensure the successful implementation of HR initiatives, including compensation and benefits, recruitment, training and development.


    The project director sets overall strategy and direction for the HRBP work, consistent with HR department and organizational goals.  This includes prioritizing work that is critical to the organization, aligning resources with business needs, and setting short- and long-term goals and workplans.  On a day-to-day basis, he/she will own customer relationships along with overseeing a team that regularly interfaces with staff at all levels of the organization.




    • In collaboration with the Vice President, HR, set strategies, design new initiatives, benchmark best practices, create policies, and establish success metrics and monitor results.  Ensure the HRBP function’s work is aligned with other HR areas in support of overall HR objectives and business needs.
    • Manage and direct the day-to-day activity of the HRBP staff; coach and mentor development, provide opportunities for growth and career development. 
    • Establish a productive business partnership with internal clients to provide support as the first point of contact in all areas of human resources. Liaise with management and staff to understand the team’s work business and to help support the department’s objectives from conception to completion.
    • As a member of the human resources leadership team, collaborate with colleagues to help set strategy for human resources programs and processes, plan for implementation, and support or manage ongoing rollout.
    • Provide expertise including leadership consultation, coaching, reviewing organizational structure and design, and providing guidance on when and where to seek support and input from HR colleagues or from other internal resources.
    • Provide internal strategic consulting to program and operations managers in support of policies, practices and procedures across all areas of human resources and staff performance and retention strategies.
    • Liaise with legal department on a regular basis, to ensure HR practices are aligned with the changing legal landscape, and for partnership on sensitive matters.
    • Lead and manage internal investigations, provide guidance on disciplinary actions, and collaborate to address performance concerns and employee complaints. Provide guidance and recommendations for problem resolution; ensure proper documentation and closure consistent with organizational policies and practices.
    • Manage and oversee HR department special projects, including assimilation of new hires, workforce planning, and other special projects as assigned.
    • Other duties as assigned.




    • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
    • A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible HR experience, including at least 8 years of HR generalist/HRBP experience.  Demonstrated ability to lead teams and projects. 
    • At least 3 years of management experience, providing performance feedback and proven ability to motivate and engage employees to achieve maximum performance.
    • Strong business orientation. Focused on key business priorities and deliverables while balancing short-term needs with longer term strategic intent.
    • Ability to gain credibility and influence decision making. Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships at all levels, establish trust and provide counsel to staff in a thoughtful, sensitive and timely manner.
    • Excellent oral communication skills with prior experience in positions requiring communication with a broad and diverse audience.
    • Excellent written communications skills; proven skill in tailoring messages to audiences that range from staff to leadership to Board.  Able to convey technical information to layperson audiences.
    • A high achiever with leadership track record.
    • Initiative to develop and implement new ideas, projects or process improvements.
    • Experience across a range of industries/fields required with some prior experience in the nonprofit space preferred.

    Compensation  and Benefits  

    We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.        



    The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.



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