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Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Location:Baltimore/Washington, D.C., MD
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Human Resources

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and IMA World Health (IMA) are seeking an Associate Vice President (AVP) for Human Resources (HR). The AVP for HR is responsible for ensuring that LWR and IMA support, maintain and recruit the talent and expertise needed to support our collective mission of reducing poverty and promoting healthy communities by addressing health and development issues with an integrated approach. The AVP will oversee the HR department to include; recruitment, compensation & benefits, compliance, and ensure the day-to-day work in the US and overseas are managed efficiently and in line with the organization's strategies. The AVP oversees the HR team and ensures that the HR strategies being utilized support LWR and IMA World Health needs. S/he coordinates with the Vice President for Human Resources on strategic issues, including the setting of departmental priorities. This position may be located in Baltimore MD or Washington D.C.




 1. Work closely with new business development staff to ensure that appropriate staffing structures are in place at the time of proposal development and support the HR needs throughout the proposal development process.
2. Provide leadership for a comprehensive, fully-integrated HR program and oversee operations for domestic staff for our joint HR department which includes the following:
• develop and lead a team of HR professionals to deliver high-quality HR services;
• provide leadership in critical areas of training, for example supervisory training, recruitment and hiring training, salary administration, compliance issues and benefits;
• Develop, manage and administer all personnel policies;
• Serve as internal consultant and advisor for employee conflict situations;
• Administer a performance management system;
• Develop and maintain a creative and cost-effective recruitment strategy that will enhance the agency's ability to attract a diverse pool of highly competent employees;
• Make recommendations for and manage all employee benefits including healthcare, dental, vision, life, STD, LTD, life, AD&D, FSA etc.
• Advise management on all employment related issues including terminations, layoffs, restructuring, to ensure compliance with all laws and protect the organization against potential litigation etc.;
• Develop and implement an employee orientation program that emphasizes the critical importance of the agency's mission, vision and core values;
• Oversee personnel record keeping ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws; and
• Remain current on all compliance issues and advise management accordingly.
3. Provide assistance with responding to the growth in overseas offices; to include, contributing to the initiative to develop comprehensive HR recruitment, strategy and programs for all overseas staff. Serve as subject expert and key contributor to the development of global policies, policies and practices that allow for scaling up quickly and retention practices that will enable the organization to attract and retain highly competent staff overseas.
4. Oversee the development and maintenance of Employee Country Office Handbooks for each of the overseas offices (currently 24).
5. Ensure the HR team is providing support to overseas staff and maintaining accurate data and records.
6. May assist with country specific HR compliance checks and monitor follow-up actins from country office to ensure compliance. Oversee review and update of local employment contracts to ensure compliance with local law and tax codes.
7. Provide support with the development of comprehensive policies and systems for Expat and TCN staff.
8. Provide leadership and oversight to maintain a global compensation structure and salary administration policies.
9. Actively participate in professional organizations such as SHRM and InsideNGO.
10. Engagement in ongoing professional development.
11. Engagement in agency -wide activities and initiatives including all-staff meetings, working groups or task forces and implementation of strategic initiatives.

1. Deep commitment to LWR and IMA's core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners.
2. Bachelor's degree in human resource management, organizational development or a related field required. Master's degree in related field strongly preferred.
3. At least 10 years of experience in leading all aspects of a human resource program and team;
4. Demonstrated hands-on experience with innovative recruitment strategies to fill difficult positions in a timely manner to match the needs of a growing and dynamic organization.
5. Demonstrated experience creating, launching and maintaining HR programs to a global workforce.
6. Understanding of and experience with new business development proposal process, and USG rules and regulations.
7. Professional certification by the Society for Human Resource Management strongly preferred.
8. Mastery of US human resource law required.
9. Familiarity with international employment law and at least 5 years of international HR experience required.
10. Experience in non-profit organizations required.
11. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, including ability to resolve disputes and maintain confidentiality required.
12. Ability to negotiate conflict and maintain constructive working relationships with people at all levels, sensitivity and compassion in counseling a diverse staff.
13. Excellent oral and written communication skills, to make the complex simple, and communicate policies so that they are judged fair, applied consistently, and override individualized solutions that are driven by emotions.
14. Demonstrated training skills and experience in training pedagogies that address multiple learning styles and cultural differences.
15. Ability to resolve problems creatively and logically, to synthesize material and focus quickly on the essence of any issue and the means to address it, and to translate the ideas into action with a strong results orientation.
16. Ability to meet competing deadlines, accomplish work in order of priority, and professionally maintain composure and effectiveness under pressure and changing conditions.
17. Ability to learn new duties and adjust to new situations encountered on the job within a reasonable amount of time.
18. Commitment to wise stewardship of agency resources.
19. Fluency in either French or Spanish strongly preferred.
20. Willingness to travel domestically and internationally, at least 25% of the time. Travel may be to countries that are experiencing political instability and have poor infrastructure including poor road conditions, limited amenities and poor housing accommodations. In addition, the travel may be to countries where infectious diseases or vector-borne diseases are present. Travel may be required to locales that experience extreme temperatures (either hot or cold) and high altitudes.
21. Overseas work experience strongly preferred.

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