HR Partner

New York City, New York
Depending on location and experience
Oct 28, 2020
Nov 27, 2020
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.   We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Miami and Washington, DC.

Reporting to the Director of HR Partnerships, this position will play an instrumental role in advancing the HR Partner service delivery model. Acting as a consultant and coach to dedicated client groups, this role will build strong partnerships and deliver proactive HR solutions in line with Earthjustice’s core values and strategic objectives. The HR Partner will maintain an effective level of organizational literacy and provide guidance in the areas of employee relations, developing and delivering feedback, talent development, organizational development, and employee engagement.

This position will be based in our New York office.  However, the role is remote while staff work from home due to COVID-19.


Employee Support (40%)

  • Build relationships with staff at all levels and be a trusted advisor in the areas of professional development, recruitment, performance management, benefits, compensation, and other HR functions. Elevate employee needs to appropriate HR team member for solutions as needed.
  • Implement employee relations strategies, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Provide new hires with overview of HR functional areas, resources and support as part of onboarding process.
  • Champion use of appropriate communication channels for employees to raise issues/concerns.
  • Identify internal or external resources to support staff with conflicts, mediations, or other interpersonal needs.
  • Partner with Director of HR Partnerships, HR Partners, VP Human Resources, and General Counsel in addressing complex employee relations concerns/issues.
  • Report trends to HR team/Director of HR Partnerships/HR Partners regarding employment or management practices that may not align with organizational values or may hinder employees from reaching their full potential.
  • Work with Director of HR Partnerships and HR Partners to create insights from data to inform process and program improvements and share findings with key partners to develop and deliver a plan that links to HR strategy.
  • Communicate with employees regarding various concerns, providing guidance and recommendations for resolution of issues.
  • Promptly address concerns related to applicable Equal Employment Opportunity laws including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other similar federal and state laws.
  • Conduct and lead investigations related to employee claims and advise leaders, with support from the Director of HR Partnerships and HR Partners as needed.
  • Initiate exit interviews and present high-level themes to management for continuous improvement.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrate our Earthjustice values of Justice, Partnership, Inclusion and Excellence.
  • Work with the Director of HR Partnerships and HR Partners to manage the annual employee engagement survey, summarize results, and develop recommended action plan.

Team and Culture Building (30%)

  • Utilize the HR Partner model to understand staff needs.
  • Partner with Director of HR Partnerships and HR Partners to create policies/initiatives and launch projects that support each staff member’s ability to successfully contribute to the team and achieve the organization’s mission.
  • Partner with teams and staff across the organization to ensure staff members understand and can utilize the HR tools and resources available to them.
  • Communicate training and professional development opportunities to staff. Share knowledge on utilization and satisfaction of various programs with the Talent Management team.
  • Create a learning culture, by encouraging debriefing after completion of significant stages of projects.
  • Contribute to a respectful and inclusive work environment Host events as needed to improve culture and morale.

Change Management (30%)

  • In partnership with HR and other departmental teams, implement change management plans that maximize employees’ understanding and adoption of new programs and ways of operating.
  • Encourage and support employee adoption of new HR technology, programs, and initiatives.
  • Develop communication plans and employee engagement plans to support successful roll out of projects/initiatives.

Other duties as assigned.

Required Travel - Currently, this role will be working remotely and not traveling due to COVID-19 restrictions. Typically, we estimate up to 30% travel to regional offices to hold office hours for HR related needs and to facilitate trainings


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of related experience.
  • 4+ years of experience in Human Resources; extensive experience in managing complex employee relations cases is required
  • Experience working in a workplace that prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion progress strongly preferred
  • HR Certification preferred (e.g. SHRM-CP, PHR)
  • Knowledge of employment law (multi-state), compliance, employee relations required.
  • Prior experience with employee relations as well as employee relations case management systems.
  • Sound judgment and discretion; able to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately.
  • Highly collaborative style and willingness and demonstrated ability to work in teams.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • High level of emotional intelligence including self-motivation, self-awareness, empathy, ability to give and receive feedback, and outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Experience working in an organization with multiple offices—and across various time zones.
  • Ability to multi-task and be action oriented; exercise independent judgement and decision-making.

Salary is based on experience and location. 
Salary range in New York, NY: $93,500 - $103,900

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits.  

To Apply:

Interested candidates must submit the following via Jobvite:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

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No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco:  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles:  We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.