Senior Human Resources Manager

Physicians for Human Rights

Posted: 9/23/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Human Resources/Recruiting

Primary domain: Advocacy/Social Action

City: New York

Postal code: 10018

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:

We work at the intersection of medicine, science, and law to secure human rights and justice for all. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is a U.S.-based nonprofit working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law to end human suffering, save lives, and secure justice and universal human rights for all. With a global network of thousands of medical, legal, and scientific experts, PHR uses the power of forensic expertise to document human rights and humanitarian law violations and prevent abuses, protect survivors, and promote justice.

This impactful work is led by a dedicated and talented team across the USA, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries that has been instrumental in the growth of the organization over the past few years and increased impact in the communities and countries they serve. This role represents a truly unique opportunity for a dynamic, experienced, and entrepreneurial senior human resources manager to lead the HR function, bringing PHR to a new level of excellence in talent management and organizational development and provide a balance of strategic and tactical leadership in response to changing needs throughout the organization.

The ideal candidate will be a leader who is committed to human rights and social justice, with deep knowledge of best practices and values-based approaches to recruit, assess, grow, and retain top-quality, diverse talent and foster an equitable, just, and positive organizational culture. S/He/They will bring the capacity and experience to coach, mentor, and advise peers, senior leaders, and other people managers on best-in-class talent management practices. As the lead for the function, the senior HR manager will provide a vision and set the tone for all staff that is consistent with our organization’s mission, goals, and values. This leader will strengthen and build the HR function to best support the staff at this critical moment and oversee talent acquisition, diversity, equity, and inclusion, talent development and learning, performance management, total rewards, and employee wellness, as well as manage relationships with a professional employer organization and outside consultants.

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While no one candidate will possess all of the qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will embody many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
  • A deep commitment to advancing human rights and the communities affected by social injustice and human rights abuses.
  • Five to seven years of experience in human resources within a non-profit setting, with the ability to draw on experience and knowledge across many facets of the function, including employee recruitment and retention, compensation and benefits, employee relations, and personnel administration. Previous experience in an international setting and an aptitude across different cultures is considered highly beneficial.
  • Demonstrated success in developing, implementing, and continuously evaluating human resources policies and systems that support the mission and values of the organization and adhere with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Ability to be effective and comfortable in roles that require both strategic thinking and project management as well as tactical implementation.
  • Excellent communications skills with intuitive ability to tailor communication style to diverse audiences globally.
  • Experience building strong professional relationships, demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills, sound professional judgment, and high levels of integrity and accountability.
  • Proven ability to be sensitive to the needs of employees delivering critical assistance to extremely vulnerable populations and a work approach that demonstrates the empathy and patience needed to maintain a positive culture.
  • A high level of customer service, ability to work well in fast-paced environments, and ability to prioritize workload in response to dynamic contexts.
  • Responsive, solutions-focused, and results-oriented.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience. A master’s degree in human resources, organizational development, public administration, or another relevant field is a plus.


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How to Apply:

More information about Physicians for Human Rights can be found at

This search is being conducted by Whitney Herrington and Paola Peacock of the national search firm NPAG. Nominations and applications, including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and your resume (in Word or PDF format) should be submitted to: [email protected]. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit and hire without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status or age.

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