Human Resources Business Partner

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Washington, DC, United States

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27 days ago

The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.

Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.
Position Summary:
Are you ready to influence leaders across the organization with insight and impact? Are you looking for a place where you can combine your passion for creating an outstanding employee experience with your passion for protecting the environment? If so, come take a seat at the table to help contribute to the vision of the National Audubon Society! We're excited to see what we can accomplish together when your unique skills, ideas and perspectives meet our dynamic team.

The National Audubon Society is seeking a highly motivated, and hands-on Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) to join our world class HR team. This role reports directly to the Senior Director, Human Resources, and can be located in one of Audubon’s New York, California or Washington, DC offices.

The HRBP will provide strategic direction and support to leadership and employees throughout a dedicated portfolio. They will assist in all human resources functional areas, including culture, onboarding, employee relations, performance management, talent planning, and hiring/selection.


  • $110,000 to $115,000
Essential Functions:
  • Serve as a trusted business partner and coach to leaders and employees throughout the organization, building authentic relationships, collaborating across groups, and influencing at all levels of the organization
  • Partner with leaders to establish forward-looking plans and provide strategic guidance on a variety of employee-related topics. This includes employee engagement, workforce planning, talent retention, and overall organizational performance.
  • Work with people managers as a coach, providing mentorship and guidance in situations regarding conflict management and resolution as well as talent management and motivation.
  • Understand organizational priorities and translate them into an HR agenda that drives business results
  • Act as a trusted advisor working with leaders on their succession plans at multiple levels within the organization; anticipate workforce issues and be proactive in developing plans to ensure effective workforce continuity.
  • Support organizational design initiatives to align capabilities with Audubon priorities to ensure continuous improvement and structural evolution.
  • Analyze trends and metrics on employee engagement and satisfaction. Leverage this data to partner with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, increase performance, and improve retention
  • Partner with management in resolving employee concerns and escalated employee issues, determining and implementing appropriate action, including PIPs and employment decisions.
  • Partner with Sr Director Employee Relations and legal department to resolve complex employee relations issues
  • Collaborate closely with managers and employees to implement HR programs including talent reviews, compensation planning, career development, performance management, actioning employee survey data, and internal processes and policies
  • Strategically lead and fully execute key HR initiatives that support The National Audubon Society’s vision
  • Guide leaders and frontline employees regarding company policies, values, HR program administration (benefits, pay and salary) and interpretation to ensure policies and procedures are executed consistently
  • Collaborate with managers and talent acquisition team on organizational development and workforce planning, including reviewing and updating job descriptions and assessing internal opportunities for existing employees.
  • Ensure activities are in compliance with all state and federal employment laws and regulations
  • Lead and participate in equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Assist with other HR-related projects as assigned
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in HR, at least 3 years as an HRBP, with demonstrated experience closely engaging managers and staff on a regular basis.
  • Exceptional listening skills and ability to relate to, influence, and coach employees of all levels in the organization.
  • Proven ability to diagnose issues, drawing on both professional experience and strategic thinking skills, and then driving appropriate solutions with self-initiative
  • Experience coaching managers and employees
  • Strong talent assessment skills
  • Project management skills: ability to lead projects, gain buy-in and drive to execution and achievement of the right results
  • Self-starter, able to work both independently as well as an active member of both business and HR teams.
  • Must be able to balance multiple priorities, work under pressure within established time constraints, meet deadlines and objectives and proactively take a customer service approach to all activities.
  • Positive attitude and ability to remain flexible in an evolving environment.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other key Microsoft Office and web-based products.
  • If supporting employees based in California: Comprehensive understanding of California state human resources laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Experience in a unionized environment a plus
  • COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for this role, effective December 31, 2021. Please note that all such company vaccine requirements provide the opportunity to request an approved accommodation or exemption under applicable law.
EEO Statement:
The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
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COVID Policy:
All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.