Vice President of Human Resources

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)

Posted: 8/15/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Human Resources/Recruiting

Primary domain: Other

City: Washington

Postal code: 20005

State: Washington, DC

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +


Mission statement:

Ensuring that no child appears in immigration court without high quality legal representation;Advancing laws, policies, and practices that ensure children’s protection and uphold their right to due process and fundamental fairness; andPromoting in countries of origin, transit, and destination durable solutions to child migration that are grounded in the best interests of the child and ensure that no child is forced to involuntarily migrate. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Vice President of Human Resources—a member of the Operations Team—manages all aspects of the employment life cycle for KIND’s 180+ nationally dispersed workforce.  The individual is responsible for leading, developing, managing, and continuously improving the Human Resource function in accordance with the policies and practices of KIND, the ethical and social consciences of business and society, and the laws, regulations and administrative rulings of governmental organizations and other regulatory and advisory authorities and organizations.  In collaboration with the Executive Vice President, the individual will also be responsible for the strategic human resource planning to provide the organization with the best people talent available and to position the organization as the employer of choice by being aware of policies, practices and trends within the industry.  Based in KIND’s Washington, DC and headquarters the Vice President of Human Resources serves as a member of the senior management team.


Leadership and Talent Management

  • Participates in the development of the organization's plans and programs as a strategic partner, but particularly from the perspective of the impact on people.
  • Directs the development and implementation of organizational programs including recruitment strategies, employee orientation and training programs, benefits program, policies and guidelines, equal opportunity employment programs, and employee records and documentation policies.
  • Ensures that organizational talent acquisition and management including recruitment and retention programs are innovative and competitive in the market.
  • Designs and implements integrated talent management solutions including, coaching, performance reviews, and leadership development.
  • Translates the strategic and tactical business plans into HR strategic and operational plans.
  • Advances existing talent development strategies and initiatives in a manner ensures/tracks the quality of assessment, dialogue and follow-up across all levels of the organization.
  • Builds a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy and builds diversity and inclusion as a capability throughout leadership and in the organization.
  • Guides and monitors progress of high potential employees and identifies positions that provide quality developmental opportunities; fosters a culture that integrates succession planning across the organization.


Workplace Culture Management

  • Develops, directs and monitors strategies aimed at maintaining a healthy workplace culture including strategies, programs and initiatives related to employee communications, engagement and relations across and inclusive of all of the organization’s programs and offices. Proactively drives effective employee communications in partnership with the leadership team.
  • Establishes credibility throughout the organization to be an effective listener and problem solver of people issues.
  • Proactively and effectively addresses components of workplace culture that impede organizational and individual effectiveness in a manner consistent with the organization’s values.
  • Serves as employee relations leader with a commitment to guide the organization’s people decisions to avoid unnecessary adverse risk and lawsuits.
  • Fosters a culture of accountability, trust, recognition and results among staff at all levels consistent with the short and long-term objectives of the organization.


Other Human Capital Management Responsibilities

  • Advises the leadership team on the full range of human capital management and effectively implements strategies/action steps for new or improved programs, policies, and processes to affect defined organizational outcomes and mitigate risk.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and local employment laws including, but not limited to EEO, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, ERISA, workers’ compensation, etc.
  • Leads efforts to streamline human capital management workflows, data collection and analysis, communications and reporting to increase the efficiency of the function.
  • Guides the design, implementation and testing of all human capital related technology in order to achieve improvements in established goals and outcomes. Directs the execution of standard and customized data analysis and reports useful to senior management.
  • Provides active, intentional leadership to the human resources staff; provides timely positive and constructive feedback; monitors the accomplishment of team and individual goals and objectives; fosters an environment of continuous learning consistent with the needs of the organization, team and the individual staff member.
  • Lead in the planning and implementation of our annual virtual all staff retreat.
  • Performs other duties as required.


Work is generally performed within the office environment and includes regular interaction via phone and email with KIND’s national team.   



Position requires regular travel to KIND field offices throughout the year.



A minimum of 10-15 years’ of proven human resources experience with a minimum of 5 years in a senior level role and preferred emphasis in employee relations in a nonprofit environment; a bachelor’s degree in human resources or business management; master’s degree in business, human resources, or related concentration and SPHR certification is strongly preferred; SHRM-SCP certification or ability to obtain certification within 12 months of hire. 



  • Possess a strategic approach to human resource management and ability to maintain progress towards established goals and objectives;
  • Business acumen and the ability to work across organizational components to integrate human resources functions;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build rapport with staff at all levels within the organization;
  • Experience with federal contract compliance as it relates to human resources functions;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to work on multiple projects in a deadline-oriented environment;
  • Experience and familiarity with payroll processing and management;
  • Strong technological skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office.


KIND offers a competitive benefits package including: medical, dental, and vision insurance; short and long-term disability; life insurance; flexible spending accounts for medical and transportation; 403(b) with organizational match; as well as voluntary benefits, including prepaid legal services and pet insurance. In addition, KIND offers generous leave benefits including paid vacation and sick days, paid holidays, and paid parental leave. 


KIND places great emphasis on providing employees the ability to balance their professional and personal responsibilities. Flextime, telecommuting, parental leave, and wellness activities are some of the benefits that promote this value—and we are consistently searching for ways to support our staff’s ability to enjoy successful and fulfilling careers while taking care of themselves and their families.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, salary requirements and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted online at: that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work. The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.


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