Human Resources Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 July 2020
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Job Description

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) works through a robust network of staff, pro bono attorneys, and law students to fill a major gap in access to legal aid for refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced people. At a point of tremendous organizational growth to respond to this global need, and the need for creative solutions to adapt to new ways of working, IRAP is now seeking nominations and applications for the position of Human Resources Director.

As fear, division, hatred, and economic uncertainty persist in the global consciousness and manifest in discriminatory policies, speech, and actions, individuals across the world must respond by demanding and upholding commitments to justice. IRAP is leveraging its volunteers and resources to fight back and ensure that, as a society, we espouse the humanitarian tradition of welcoming those who need refuge. Since its founding in 2008, IRAP has used legal aid, litigation, and advocacy to protect and advance the rights of refugees, both domestically and internationally; IRAP is also committed to developing the next generation of human rights attorneys through its work with law students. The global turn against refugee resettlement coupled with IRAP’s highly effective model has led to a period of rapid expansion to meet new levels of demand. In the past two years, IRAP’s annual budget has increased from $2 million to $9 million, and over the past six years, its staff has grown from ten to seventy-five. This is an opportunity to start and lead a human resources department that will support a different kind of non-profit – one that endeavors to provide for its staff the same excellent quality of life that the organization fights for on behalf of its clients.

IRAP seeks a dynamic, experienced and entrepreneurial professional to serve as its first Human Resources Director and lead the organization’s efforts to recruit, assess, grow, and retain top-quality, diverse talent and foster an equitable, just, and positive organizational culture.

The ideal candidate will be a leader who is committed to social justice, who views all things through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and who sees talent management as a key lever for improving internal culture. She/He/They will bring several years of experience in human resources-related functions, including in talent management, recruitment, benefits, and organizational development improvement practices for domestic and international staff. An understanding of the opportunities and challenges inherent to an ambitious and growing organization is critical. Additionally, she/he/they will bring a human-centered approach to HR and a labor union-friendly perspective to engage and motivate IRAP’s very committed and passionate staff. The candidate will be dedicated to building and maintaining an anti-oppressive organizational culture in a dynamic environment. She/He/They will have the ability to coach, mentor and advise a direct report, peers, and senior leaders on best in class talent management and organizational development practices.

This position is located in New York, NY, but will be remote until 2021.


The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to IRAP’s mission and will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • An approach to human resources that prioritizes the well-being of staff, and recognizes that staff who are valued and supported are better able to fight for justice for their clients and themselves;
  • Significant human resources experience in roles of increasing responsibility in a similarly complex organization;
  • Experience supporting teams that span US and international offices is preferred;
  • Prior experience encompassing employee relations, talent management, HR risk and compliance, learning and development, management coaching, and strategic advising and data management;
  • Commitment to and experience in successfully employing an anti-racist/anti-oppression lens to foster a diverse, equitable working environment and creating diverse teams that reflect communities served;
  • A high level of emotional intelligence and ability to thoughtfully and accurately assess and solve highly complicated people problems;
  • A systems thinker with the ability to translate ideas into action, and a creative and resourceful problem solver;
  • A collaborative, collegial style and a proven track record and commitment to mentoring and coaching staff and building internal leadership. A management style that fosters respect, teamwork and innovative approaches;
  • Highly organized and flexible; able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload; excellent time management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to understand and handle sensitive and confidential information;
  • Comfort with ambiguity and working through solutions with creativity and innovation;
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and oral communication skills;
  • Fluency in oral and written English required; additional languages are a plus;
  • Must be based in New York City (or willing to relocate in 2021).

For a full position description, please visit:

The salary range for this role is expected to be $130,000-$150,000 per year, with actual salary commensurate with experience. IRAP offers an excellent benefits package, including healthcare and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation and sick leave.

More information about IRAP may be found at:


This search is being conducted with assistance from Whitney Herrington, Callie Carroll, and Allison Kupfer Poteet of NPAG. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: 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.

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.

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