Employment Opportunity: Sr. Director Global HR | Oceana

Sr. Director Global HR

About Oceana

Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Leading with science-based campaigns, Oceana seeks to win policy victories that can restore ocean biodiversity and ensure that the oceans are abundant and can feed hundreds of millions of people. Oceana’s victories have already helped to create policies that could increase fish populations by as much as 40 percent in some countries and that have protected more than 1 million square miles of ocean. The team pursues the mission through a global presence with campaign offices in the countries that control close to 25 percent of the world's wild fish catch, including in North, South and Central America, Asia, and Europe.

Oceana is a global, progressive organization that recognizes the need to develop the requisite progressive human resources capabilities to continue to fulfill the mission. Since Oceana is an action-oriented, results-driven enterprise, leadership has pursued initiatives with urgency. While investment in internal operations and human resources systems has yielded good results, the organization is on a path for continued growth, and programmatic initiatives have outpaced organization infrastructure. Leadership is committed to continue to invest in the infrastructure to support the global organization, to launch new training initiatives to enable staff to excel and to expand diversity, equity and inclusion throughout Oceana’s offices in nine countries plus the European Union.

General Summary

The Senior Director of Global Human Resources is directly responsible for leading and shaping Oceana’s Global Human Resources function. The Senior Director works closely with Oceana’s leadership to foster a workplace where talented, diverse people work together effectively with a common purpose to protect and restore the oceans.  

The Senior Director provides strategic and hands-on human resource leadership.  The position is responsible for all aspects of human resources functions including employee engagement, recruitment, performance management, compensation, benefits administration, employee relations, training, and compliance with employment laws and regulations.

As part of the Global Operation Services leadership team, the Senior Director works with colleagues to create systems, communications and activities to support a connected workforce aligned around common goals.  The Senior Director reports to the Chief Financial Officer and is based in the Washington, DC office, but has operational responsibilities for all Oceana country offices.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Build and support an employee team that enables Oceana to successfully achieve its campaigns and fulfill its mission. Working with Oceana’s senior leadership team, establish human resources objectives in line with organizational objectives. Expand employee recruitment and performance management approaches as well as staff development and training initiatives to meet Oceana’s strategic and tactical needs, with a focus on management and campaign advocacy. Provide advice and support to managers to successfully manage individuals and teams, analyze situations and advise on actions and decisions.

Lead and manage initiatives to expand diversity, equity and inclusion at Oceana. Expand recruiting pipelines and career develop programs to grow the recruitment and retention of diverse staff. Develop and implement policies and training to ensure a culture where everyone feels welcome and can work productively and be treated fairly and equitably. Partner with campaign staff to support their efforts to identify the equity impact of Oceana policy campaigns.

Lead Global Human Resources functions, developing strategies, programs and policies to support the sustainable growth of “One Oceana” throughout the world. Lead efforts to ensure consistency of HR operations and purpose for more than 250 employees in nine countries plus the European Union, plus additional countries/offices as Oceana expands. Manage a team of three direct reports and work closely with staff responsible for HR functions in each Oceana office. This includes overseeing the implementation of a draft HR policies and procedures for application globally; oversee global compensation and benefits programs; organize bi-annual International All-Staff meeting for all employees and contribute to internal communications. Maintain knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation and oversee compliance in all Oceana locations. Support and monitor operational functions in country offices.

Job Requirements

Education and experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required, and a minimum of 10 years progressive human resources management experience, which will include managing a team and demonstrating expertise across the key areas of the function.
  • Experience working in a multinational mission-driven organization is a significant plus.
  • Demonstrated continued professional education, i.e., SPHR certification, is strongly preferred.

Skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge of human resource laws, regulations, and best practices. International understanding and demonstrated level of expertise required.
  • Demonstrated mastery of cross-functional HR topics and how they are linked to fulfilling organizational mission and goals.
  • Demonstrated results in expanding a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Strong competencies in organizational design, engaging and mobilizing people.
  • Experience designing and delivering management training.
  • Understanding of and experience implementing compensation and benefits policies and programs, employee relations practices and recruitment techniques.
  • Proficiency Microsoft Office Suite; familiarity with ADP or related software.

General and leadership skills

  • Demonstrated experience learning and leading in a dynamic environment and to cultivate relationships across teams.
  • Strong interpersonal, management, coaching, facilitation and leadership skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Analytical skill and experience using data to identify insights that drive action.
  • Ability to adapt to the needs of the organization and employees.

Required Competencies:

  • Instills Trust: Is able to gain the confidence and trust of others by demonstrating honesty and authenticity, acting with integrity, being consistent and credible.
  • Action Oriented: Makes things happen. Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Effective Communication: Understands the value of effective communication. Can deliver messages in a clear, compelling and concise manner. Actively listens, checks for understanding and adjusts content and style to meet the needs of different stakeholders. 
  • Values Differences:  Is skilled at promoting a team environment that values, encourages and supports differences.  Helps create a climate where different experiences, styles, backgrounds and perspectives are leveraged appropriately; and where a variety of cultures and viewpoints can be heard. 
  • Global Perspective: Takes a broad view of issues and challenges and can see them in a global context. Builds relationships with people from different cultures and countries. Draws on global knowledge and perspective when tackling complex issues or looking for opportunities.
  • Nimble Learning: Takes on the challenge of unfamiliar tasks.  Can quickly adapt to new situations and to draw on past successes and failures to solve current problems.
  • Comfort with Ambiguity: Must be able to manage ambiguity and operate effectively even when things are not certain or clear. Is willing to forge ahead, solve problems and get things done during changing and unpredictable times.

To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter to Craig M. Stevens at cstevens@boyden.com

Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.