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Director, Human Resources

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization working to build a future in which nature is protected and biodiversity flourishes, where farmers, workers, and communities prosper, and where sustainable land use and responsible business practices are the norm. We envision a world where people and nature thrive in harmony. In January 2018, the Rainforest Alliance merged with UTZ, a global program and label for sustainable farming.

Position summary:

The Director, Human Resources provides strategic planning, leadership and oversight of organizational-wide HR activities. S/he oversees all HR activities for over 450 staff in more than 14 countries (65% overseas staff). This includes, but is not limited to, organizational development, employee relations, compensation and benefits, administration and compliance. S/he provides leadership in the deployment of HR initiatives and develops and implements human resource policies, practices and programs consistent with, and in support of RA’s objectives, vision and mission.

Responsibilities:

Talent Acquisition:

  • Directs a process of organizational planning that evaluates structure, job design, and human capital needs throughout the organization;
  • Oversees a global HR team in the development and implementation of policies, programs, and practices to ensure the Rainforest Alliance attracts and retains the highest caliber talent;
  • Provides management coaching to senior level staff regarding talent gaps and develops programs and guidance to address gaps; and
  • Develop and manage policies and programs to ensure effective succession planning.

Performance Management

  • Leads the implementation and oversight of the organization’s performance evaluation and goal setting processes;
  • Overall oversight of building a robust performance management system either internally or using a vendor;
  • Collaborates with SVP and Board of Directors to administer the President’s annual evaluation;
  • Plays an active role in building and keeping current, trainings in various formats, related to performance management topics; and
  • Ensures promotion process is fair and equitable in its evaluation of promotion nominees.

Employee Relations:

  • Formulates and recommends HR policies and objectives with regards to employee relations, ensuring HR practices and policies are aligned with the Rainforest Alliance’s culture, strategy, objectives and standards;
  • Plays an active role in resolving employment legal disputes; and
  • Protects interests of employees and the Rainforest Alliance in accordance with organizational Human Resources policies and governmental laws and regulations; reviews all disciplinary actions; escalated employee relation issues, and resolves employee problems through established grievance procedures and through assigned Human Resources staff.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Oversees all benefits and compensation strategy planning, policies, procedures, programs and standards, and administration, across operating locations, including expatriate management;
  • Oversees the negotiation, implementation and administration of benefit programs and various employment-related insurance policies; and
  • Manages the organization-wide salary structure and process of conducting a bi-annual update analysis with an appropriate HR vendor.

Leadership and Manage:

  • Consistently strives to innovate procedures, tools and tactics and ensure current business practices are efficient and effective;
  • Ensures the HR division is structured, staffed, and managed to achieve goals according to geography and internal units;
  • Develops and manage the HR budget;
  • Liaison with Rainforest Alliance Board of Directors on HR related issues;
  • Provides twice quarterly functional training to HR staff (full and part-time staff); and
  • Provides guidance on professional development activities for HR staff.

Crisis Management:

  • Creates plans and strategies for addressing unexpected issues or requests so they are resolved in a timely manner and align with Rainforest Alliance’s core values;
  • Communicates and prioritizes unexpected issues to ensure, where possible, other priorities are also resolved; and
  • Organizes HR Staff to address issues and manages resolution process to completion.

Administration and Compliance:

  • Formulates, recommends and communicates Human Resources policies and procedures for the organization;
  • Serves as a resource and ensures compliance with employment laws and regulations; identifies and ensures compliance with legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting Human Resources function; monitors exposure of the organization; and
  • Familiarity with employment laws and operation in countries where the Rainforest Alliance operates.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in human resources; Master’s degree a plus; PHR or SPHR certification a plus;
  • Minimum 15 years’ broad generalist experience at the management level in a multi-location environment;
  • International HR experience required; not-for-profit organization experience preferred;
  • Experience working for a rapidly growing organization and/or experience proactively managing change; Prior experience managing HR through a merger and acquisition process highly preferred;
  • Strong leadership, strategic, organization development and communications (interpersonal and writing) skills;
  • Ability to communicate with diplomacy and tact and function as a facilitator;
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 20 % of the time to major domestic and international operating locations;
  • Spanish proficiency strongly preferred.

Competencies:

  • Managing: Propagates the desired culture; inspires the team by propagating faith in the future and the expertise of each team member;
  • Inspiration: Inspires through attitude and behavior;
  • Team working: Uses and maximizes the expertise and talents of others; looks for opportunities to collaborate with other departments to develop efficiencies; 
  • Analytical ability: Quickly identifies bottlenecks and obstacles and finds solutions aligned with the organization’s vision and strategy; and
  • Situation awareness: Has a strong sense of trends and recognizes the potential therein for the job and/or organization.
     

Salary:

Commensurate with experience.

Notes:

Only candidates authorized to work in the United States and the Netherlands will be considered.

Application:

Please send your application (max. 1 page motivation, max 2 page resume) before 16 October 2018 to application@sustainabilityworks.eu , mentioning Global HR Director in the subject line.  Please feel free to contact Sustainability Works, Annelies Pijnenburg for more information: +31646680191 or annelies.pijnenburg@sustainabilityworks.eu.