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Director of HR

Maryland, United States
$125,000.00 - $135,000.00
Closing date
Mar 6, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Human Resources
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details




FairVote, headquartered in Takoma Park near the metro, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is associated with FairVote Action, a 501 (c)(4) advocacy organization.  Our focus is electoral reform that gives voters a greater choice, a stronger voice, and a more representative democracy. Since 1992, FairVote has been the national leader in developing and distributing the educational tools and analysis necessary to increase public appreciation of the value of ranked-choice voting (RCV). We value nonpartisanship and wish to attract candidates who can work across the political and ideological spectrum to advance FairVote reforms.

FairVote, the nation’s preeminent advocate for ranked choice voting to strengthen democracy, is experiencing dynamic growth due, in part, to a surge of interest in its mission, with new resources that position us for significant growth and impact. We are doubling down on our effort to encourage the adoption of RCV in national elections while supporting movements and campaigns in states and cities. With new senior leadership and attention to building a healthy and robust organization with real potential to transform American democracy. 



A dynamic organization of 30+ employees, FairVote seeks a Human Resources Director to administer and manage its human resources function and collaborate with professionals at all levels across the organization to ensure the FairVote is an outstanding place to work.  The position reports to the EVP and COO. 




Oversee recruitment and hiring process of all employees to ensure a talented, diverse, engaged workforce committed to the organization’s mission.  Analyze employment needs in the organization, support the development of job descriptions, develop, and implement proactive recruitment strategies that build diversity, guide and support hiring managers in interview and selection, prescreen applicants, conduct employment verifications, and provide support and analysis in the development of employment offers.  Conduct research and analysis to measure the effectiveness of the recruitment and hiring processes.  

Develop and lead a comprehensive onboarding program that includes outreach and support to new employees both before employment and during the initial months to ensure a smooth transition into the organization, formal training and orientation programs for new employees, and guidance and coaching to supervisors on their role and responsibilities in helping new employees succeed.    

Evaluate, develop, and administer a comprehensive program of employee benefits, including life, health, dental, disability and retirement plans, to ensure that programs are progressive, competitive and in compliance with legal requirements.  Recommend improvements and additions to the benefit program to help keep them among the best in the sector.  Coordinate brokers, insurance carriers, vendors, contractors and other outside resources.

    Investigate and provide guidance and support to employees, supervisors and senior managers to resolve employee relations and performance.  Partner with senior management and legal counsel to resolve complex issues. Evaluate existing system of performance management and develop recommendations to improve its effectiveness.  Responsible for ensuring that the system is implemented well and takes into account the differing needs of employees at all levels of the organization and at varying points on their career development paths.  Train and coach supervisors in effective employee performance management.

Develop, implement, proactively communicate, monitor and evaluate written HR processes, procedures and policies to ensure consistency and excellence in a range of Center HR tasks including such areas as recruitment, hiring, promotion, performance management and onboarding.  Conduct research and analysis on a range of HR issues and practices using both Center data and benchmarking with other organizations.

Ensure compliance with all Federal and State Employment Laws and Regulations. Represent the organization in unemployment or Labor Relations hearings, when needed.   

Support the EVP & COO in a range of organizational development initiatives including increasing diversity of FairVote’s workforce, expanding employee training and development, increasing leadership development for the Leadership Team, and development and review of cross-cutting organizational policies.  Lead and/or support cross-organizational working groups and teams on key issues.   

Keep abreast of current trends and best practices in human resources, especially in the nonprofit sector.  Represent FairVote through active engagement in local and national human resources organizations, sharing learnings with the organization as a whole. 

In partnership with the COO, oversee the FairVote’s organizational health dashboard


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    Bachelor’s Degree in a related field required; Master’s degree, PHR or SPHR certification preferred. 8+ years of experience as an HR professional required, with broad generalist experience in all areas; experience within a nonprofit organization, collective bargaining and labor relations is very strongly preferred. A demonstrated track record of recruiting diverse employees for a range of positions throughout the organization. Outstanding interpersonal skills required, with extensive experience in coaching and guiding employees at all levels to build trust and resolve problems.   An excellent ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally.  Experience conducting and presenting research, analysis and policy proposals on HR issues.   Extensive knowledge of employment trends, innovations, best practices, laws, and regulations in a multi-state environment.    Ability to exercise sound judgment, work independently as well as collaboratively, manage multiple competing demands from a variety of sources, build credibility and demonstrate personal integrity.   Working knowledge of technology and software applications necessary to perform responsibilities of this position.



The office is located in Takoma Park, MD. This position is based in Takoma Park, MD.



This is a full-time, exempt position. FairVote offers a competitive benefits package for all full-time employees.  The salary range for this position is $125K - $135K.


How to Apply

Resume and Cover Letter required. Applications must be submitted through the FairVote website. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Due to the volume of applications, we will unfortunately not acknowledge receipt of all applications. No phone calls, please.

FairVote is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. FairVote places a high value on fostering an inclusive workplace, and we are committed to building a team as diverse as the American people. We do not make hiring or advancement, or other employment decisions based on race, religion, gender, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, political affiliation, pregnancy, disability, or any other status protected by law. Individuals from across all spectrums who are passionate about fixing our broken political system are strongly encouraged to apply.


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