Human Resources Partner

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Sierra Club

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Oakland, CA, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Human Resources Partner
Department: Human Resources Department
Location: Oakland, CA, Washington, DC or Remote
Reports To: Managing HR Partner
Supervises: n/a


Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it.

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.


Scope: The HR Partner will play a significant and visible role in moving Sierra Club’s strategic and operational initiatives forward by building relationships within their client group as an innovative and trusted partner. You’ll report to the Managing Human Resources Partner and be part of a team of HR Partners in a larger Human Resources Department.

We expect that employees in this role’s client group will know you by name, know how to get in touch, and are confident that any challenge they bring will be met with compassion, understanding, and respect. We are looking to hire individuals who believe in the potential of Human Resources and sincerely want to help others. For that reason, we are significantly expanding our candidate search and are explicitly looking for dedicated professionals who are excited to work with passionate social and environmental justice advocates and who can bring highly advanced emotional, relational, and equity skills and practice to a Human Resources framework.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as HR Partner to your assigned client group. Address and resolve employee questions and problems with a service mindset, while always considering compliance. Coach, support, and mentor managers in the application of HR policies and practices.
  • Employee Relations and Conflict Resolution. Provide support, advice, and guidance to staff and managers on navigating challenging interpersonal dynamics, especially across identity and positional authority. Counsel managers on handling conversations about performance management (coaching, providing feedback, career growth, corrective actions and performance improvement plans).
  • Help build and maintain a welcoming, inclusive, and thriving culture that reflects Sierra Club’s Equity values. Support and coach managers in building and growing successful, inclusive teams, identifying and motivating high performers, and navigating difficult conversations as necessary. Build relationships grounded in trust and authenticity. Develop and lead workshops for both staff and managers on topics designed to support a thriving, positive workplace culture.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Strong professional experience in Human Resources, Organizational Development, or Leadership Development. This role will be a champion of the organization’s core values and strategic commitment to attract, retain, advance, and support a broadly diverse workforce of the highest level of excellence that thrives in an inclusive, equitable, and just workplace culture. While you will serve as the key point of contact for staff and managers in your client group for navigating HR issues like a traditional HR Partner, you will also be a key catalyst in supporting our significant internal change processes - including an equity transformation.
  • Project management experience with the ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously. A Team Player Resourceful and Adaptable. Nothing is beneath or above you. You are quick to always lend a hand, or two! You are able to earn influence without authority and naturally seek to support both small projects or large strategic goals. You're at ease with ambiguity and rapid change. You possess a positive attitude and identify creative solutions to obstacles. You can juggle many essential responsibilities at once and you're rigorous about prioritizing. The ability to use logic, reasoning, and empathy to identify alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Experience effectively navigating complex organizational systems, structures, and dynamics. Demonstrated track record of understanding and navigating complex and layered employee relations issues. The ability to identify and address root causes and to work within and improve opaque systems and processes. Experience with change management, culture work, employee engagement and team effectiveness. Aware of Racial Dynamics. You have a commitment to understanding the role systematic racism plays in society and the workplace. You have successfully exhibited confidence around being culturally aware while debunking problematic policies. An Effective Collaborator: You’ve successfully worked across cultural lines on a dispersed team, and you have the ability to operate in complex situations. You can easily gain trust from team members and are known for supporting them to ensure they are set up for success.
  • The ability to model effective equity analysis and practice and demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of how group dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work. Your decision-making is consistent, intentional, and committed to creating equitable outcomes at all levels. You have led high-performing and leaderful teams across group identities. You intervene when challenging group dynamics play out, in ways that build.
  • A commitment to environmental and social justice, and the Sierra Club’s mission. understanding, trust, and deeper self-awareness of team members.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:

  • Conflict transformation skills and experience. Experience providing equity-centered conflict transformation support, interventions, and training in the workplace.
  • Emotionally intelligent: You are self-aware and perceptive. You nurture relationships and can work and communicate well with all kinds of people. You are optimistic, empathetic, flexible, curious, and well-respected by all who work with you, irrespective of title. You are able to professionally handle stressful situations.
  • Advanced equity skills and practice. Commitment to, and an understanding of, concepts of equity, justice, and inclusion in the workplace and a demonstrated ability to effectively work and collaborate across differences and identify and intervene in problematic dynamics across identity. A working knowledge and understanding of the ways implicit bias, personal identity, and power and privilege impact individuals, organizations, systems, and structures. You bring a strong equity analysis to all you do, starting from a self-awareness of your own group identities, to the ability to make decisions and coach others to create just outcomes.
  • Experience supporting/ working in a union environment.
  • Knowledge of current state and Federal employment laws, and record-keeping requirements.

Compensation & Benefits

The salary for this position is $95,000 (non-negotiable).

Sierra Club employees enjoy a comprehensive benefits program including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, employee assistance program, short and long term disability insurance. A 401(k) Plan is available to save for retirement with a match and a generous employer contribution that increases with service time. Vacation, holiday, and leave of absence policies prioritize work-life balance for Sierra Club staff.

This is a category 4 exempt and non-represented, confidential position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.


The Application Process

This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your schools from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., “B.A. Philosophy”), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names.

This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision making process.

Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.

If you have any questions about the opportunity, please feel free to email abe@equitablehiringgroup.com