Senior Human Resources Director

Reports to: Chief Human Resources Officer
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Human Resources
Position classification: Exempt, full time; Nonunion - Level 8
Minimum compensation: $112,000/$134,400
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


American Progress is seeking a collaborative and empathetic Senior Human Resources Director who is a trusted leader and adviser to join the Human Resources department and play a vital role in fostering positive employee relations and effective training and development and ensuring compliance with employment laws. The Senior Director will be responsible for a wide range of tasks, including providing support to people managers and their employees, conducting investigations, developing training programs, and leading team members. This is an opportunity to make a real impact on organizational culture and contribute to the success of employees.

The successful candidate will be driven by American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic team of colleagues to assist in supporting American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

  • Building an economy for all
  • Restoring social trust in democracy
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
  • Strengthening health


  • Provide expert consulting and support on talent acquisition, onboarding, performance management, compensation and benefits, training and development, and employee relations.
  • Coach and mentor people managers on effective management practices.
  • Lead and manage department projects and/or members, providing coaching, mentorship, and performance feedback.
  • Manage employee relations, including resolving conflict, addressing employee concerns, and administering disciplinary actions.
  • Analyze human resources (HR) data and trends to identify areas for improvement and inform strategic decision-making.
  • Champion a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, and belonging.
  • Build strong relationships with key stakeholders across the organization.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • 7+ years of experience in an HR management or leadership role required.
  • Proven track record of success in building and leading high-performing HR teams.
  • Strong strategic thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal and influencing skills.
  • Deep understanding of HR laws and regulations.
  • Proficiency in HR software and data analysis tools.
  • Passion for building a positive and inclusive work environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources management, business administration, or a related field is highly preferred.
  • HR certification is highly preferred.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is not represented by a union. The minimum salary for this position is $112,000 and the maximum salary is $134,400.

American Progress’ hybrid work policy is posted on our Jobs page. Please visit this page for updates. Any changes to this policy will also be communicated at the time of hire.

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This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

American Progress is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is more than a commitment at American Progress—it is the foundation of what we do. American Progress recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and all the other characteristics that make us unique.

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