Director, Human Resources - Washington, DC
Company Overview
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

The Director of Human Resources will plan, lead, direct, develop, and coordinate the policies, activities, and staff of the Human Resource (HR) department, ensuring legal compliance and implementation of Palladium's mission and talent retention strategy.


Management Responsibilities:
  • Oversees the hiring and training of new staff in the department.
  • Oversees the daily workflow of the department.
  • Provides constructive and timely performance evaluations.
  • Manages in collaboration with hiring management, the discipline and termination of employees in accordance with company policy.
  • Collaborates with senior leadership to understand the organization's goals and strategy related to retention of talent.
  • Plans, leads, develops, coordinates, and implements policies, processes, training, initiatives, and surveys to support the organization's human resource compliance and strategy needs.
  • Administers or oversees the administration of human resource programs including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; diversity & inclusion initiative, HRIS technology, occupational health and safety; and training and development.
  • Collaborates with Sr. Talent Manager on staffing and recruiting needs; develops and executes best practices for hiring and talent management.
  • Conducts research and analysis of organizational trends including review of reports and metrics from the organization's human resource information system (HRIS) or talent management system.
  • Partners with IT across the organization on systems platforms, their efficiencies, or recommendation of new platforms that ensure global solutions that meet US compliance requirements.
  • Leads large-scale global organizational change efforts as assigned, including alignment to business plans, assessments, structural design, implementation and change management.
  • Partners with broker of record on benefit programs, with a goal that ensures company is competitive for talent retention and meets or exceeds the industry standards.
  • Identifies and partners with senior leadership on risks to department/organization.
  • Monitors and ensures Palladium's compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to senior leadership.
  • Develops and implements departmental budget.
  • Oversees professional development, training, and certification activities for HR staff.
  • Leads initiatives under Palladium's Sustainable Business goals.
  • Willingness to travel as the role requires
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of HR Management, policies, best practices and procedures.
  • Demonstrated success in supporting senior management and building relationships across all levels in the organization.
  • Broad knowledge and experience in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, organization development, employee relations, and training & development.
  • Strong time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong management and leadership skills.
  • Ability to adapt to the needs of the organization and employees.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.
  • Demonstrated ability to work, manage, and meet competing deadlines in a fast-paced, high volume environment and on deadline.
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Knowledge of current federal and state labor laws, rules and regulations.
  • Ability to empathize and approach cultural differences with sensitivity.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working in a global, matrixed environment supporting employee groups of 500+
  • Progressive work experience in Human Resources Management Demonstrated success as an HR generalist supporting employee groups of 500+ employees in multiple locations including global, matrixed environments
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple teams across administrative support areas
  • Strong collaborator with effective interpersonal and analytical skills who can work seamlessly across countries, cultures, and organizational units required with outstanding negotiation skills expected
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills
  • SPHR, GPHR, CIPD or another HR professional certification
Physical Requirements:
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift 15 pounds at times.

Washington, DC, United States
Closing date:
08 November 2019