Director of HR and Talent Strategy

Mobilization For Justice


Director of Human Resources and Talent Strategy


Mobilization For Justice


New York, NY


Mobilization for Justice (MFJ), a non-profit legal services organization that provides a wide range of free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. MFJ’s mission is to achieve social justice, prioritizing the needs of people who are low-income, disenfranchised, or have disabilities. The organization provides the highest quality direct civil legal assistance, conducting community education, and building partnerships, engaging in policy advocacy, and bringing impact litigation. MFJ is a 140+ person staff comprised of attorneys, paralegals, social workers, administrative and support staff. It is a diverse, unionized, and collegial workplace where staff share the organization’s mission to achieve social justice. Staff at Mobilization for Justice are members of the Legal Services Staff Association Local 2320 Union.


The Director of Human Resources and Talent Strategy (“Director of HR & Talent Strategy”) is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership to building, expanding, strengthening, and improving human resources systems, including the following year one priorities:

  • Centralize the human resource function
  • Audit human resource practices, policies, and procedures through an equity and anti-racist lens
  • Onboard and support new human resources professional
  • Determine the strategy, scope, and sequence of professional development and continuous learning for staff

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of HR & Talent Strategy will be tasked with building a human resources department, codifying, and centralizing human resources systems. This organizational leader will foster an equitable and inclusive work culture, develop an overall talent strategy, provide guidance to the Executive Director, and be an active member of the Leadership Team.

Key Responsibilities Include

Cultural Leadership

  • Provide recommended actions to promote a positive workplace consistent with MFJ values; develop and maintain communication with all levels of staff
  • Handle all personnel matters, including, but not limited to, employee concerns, disputes, grievances, mediations, disciplinary matters, and investigations
  • Develop, update, and maintain organizational and personnel policies and procedures, including employee handbook and the supervisory standards manual

Talent Management and Development

  • Work collaboratively with all internal stakeholders to facilitate continuous staff trainings and professional development opportunities, including those surfaced in a recent diversity, equity and inclusion audit
  • Oversee performance evaluation and management improvement processes
  • Oversee recruitment, hiring, onboarding, development, retention, and evaluation goals and initiatives for staff, fellows, and interns – working closely with a newly hired HR Associate and internal committees
  • Engage with and oversee initiatives that foster collaboration and belonging, such as affinity groups and committees
  • Design a comprehensive on-boarding process that fully introduces and integrates new staff members into Mobilization for Justice

Compliance and Benefits

  • Oversee administration of employee benefits
  • Oversee employee leaves, reasonable accommodation requests, and paid time off (PTO)
  • Monitor and ensure the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, collective bargaining agreement, and recommended industry practices, in conjunction with Director of Compliance


The ideal Director of HR & Talent Strategy will be an experienced human resources and talent professional, and a cultural leader who possess the ability to develop, strategize, and implement research-backed practices designed to enhance the overall employee experience at Mobilization for Justice. The successful candidate will also be adept at managing people, resolving conflict, developing talent, executing recruitment, and ensuring federal and local compliance.

Key Professional Experience and Personal Attribute Include:

  • Commitment to Mobilization for Justice’s mission
  • 8+ years of professional experience; human resources leadership experience, required
  • Experience with employee/supervisor professional development, preferred
  • Experience working with professional unionized staff and collective bargaining, preferred
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage various responsibilities
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, with an ability to serve as a model for MFJ’s values
  • Ability to work collaboratively yet independently
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and HRIS software

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in human resources or related field required; master’s degree or J.D. preferred.

COMPENSATION: Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

Mobilization for Justice is an equal opportunity employer. BIPOC, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Please email cover letter and resume or nomination in confidence to: