Director of Human Resources

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for leading the organization’s personnel programs including, but not limited to employee relations, benefits administration, workforce training and development, human resources policy and procedures development, and talent acquisition. They develop and implement strategic human resource plans designed to provide the organization with the best talent available and to position the organization as an employer of choice. This position supervises staff of the Human Resource (HR) department and liaises with staff at all levels to ensure legal compliance and implementation of the organizations mission and talent strategy. They work collaboratively with the senior leadership team to lead the organization in carrying out the strategic goals and founding intention of Mt. Cuba Center.

Essential Functions

Employee Relations & Staff Leadership

  • Develop and support a highly motivated and engaged workplace culture; lead cultural initiatives that reinforce Mt. Cuba’s core values and foster a sense of inclusion and belonging among all staff; Establish credibility throughout the organization with management and employees through effective listening and problem solving; Work with managers and supervisors establish performance expectations; Manage performance appraisal and feedback program as well as employee relations issues
  • Recruit, lead, motivate and develop employees who can successfully collaborate with all internal and external constituencies to help achieve the core objectives, inclusive of making all personnel action decisions

Compensation, Benefits & HR Administration

  • Collaborate with the Director of Finance to select, purchase, and administer employee compensation and benefit programs, inclusive of worker’s compensation, health insurance, leaves of absence, disability, and payroll processing; Monitors compensation trends to ensure that Mt. Cuba Center remains a competitive employer; Evaluates new and existing positions as needed to ensure alignment with industry standards and best practices; Implements and maintains the organization’s Reward & Recognition systems

Compliance Management & Organizational Development

  • Maintain responsibility for organizational compliance with federal, state and local laws pertaining to all employment matters and develop policies and procedures to support compliance and development efforts; Communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to management. Serve as the organization’s EEO Officer and perform preventive labor relations work.
  • Collaborate with Safety Risk and Assessment Team to develop and implement safety programs for regulatory compliance and to foster the health and well-being of employees
  • Consult with legal counsel as appropriate on personnel matters and represent the organization on legal issues pertaining to employment

Talent Acquisition & Development

  • Direct and oversee talent acquisition and development programs to support candidate sourcing, recruiting, and workforce retention activities; Supervise the onboarding process, fostering clarity and connection for all employees and their role in relation to the overall vision of the organization
  • Lead Mt. Cuba’s DEIA initiatives and training to foster and support a diverse, inclusive workplace that is welcoming to all
  • Provide skills training, help management identify employees’ competencies, knowledge and skills gaps, and develop and continually monitor programs to address identified gaps; provide management development and change management interventions upon request and as needed; Serve as a resource and sounding board for restructuring efforts
  • Oversee management of Mt. Cuba’s Volunteer and Intern programs in coordination with the Senior Human Resources Administrator.

Workplace Safety Management

  • Act as Safety Officer for the organization where required; Ensure organization compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Act regulations; Create and monitor staff occupational and visitor safety programs, inclusive of inspections, trainings, and recordkeeping; Chair Safety Risk and Assessment Team meetings
  • Collaborate with management to develop, prepare, and implement safety policies and procedures; Complete required OSHA recordkeeping and reporting.

Program & Project Administration

  • Oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies for advancing MCC’s overall vision, mission, and program goals, and direct all aspects of the execution of those strategies
  • Work cooperatively with the management team on adopting and implementing organization-wide systems, and help guide and execute the strategic goals of the institution to support Mt. Cuba Center’s mission
  • Oversee the development and management of Human Resource department budgets to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of all projects and programs

Strategic Partnership

  • Assist the Executive Director in maintaining MCC’s relationships with multiple external parties by interpreting and explaining MCC and its programs
  • Represent MCC in professional organizations and at professional and community meetings and events as requested
  • Serve as a strategic business partner by collaborating with the Board of Managers as needed and liaising with the Compensation Committee
  • Carry out other such duties as may be assigned or requested. Contribute to MCC activities as required. Actively participate as a member of Mt. Cuba Center’s community


  • Bachelor degree in Business Administration and/or Human Resource Management or similar area and 10 years’ experience in a human resources management
  • SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP preferred
  • Proficient knowledge of wage and employment regulations
  • Proficiency with HRIS and payroll systems management (ADP preferred)
  • Knowledge of DEIA best practices and trends
  • Exceptional attention to detail and critical thinking abilities
  • Sound reasoning and judgment in making practical business decisions
  • Demonstrated ability in organizing, managing and motivating others
  • Ability to effectively fulfill organizational leadership roles and build meaningful partnerships
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong professional relationships and persuasively communicate with Mt. Cuba Center staff and the public
  • Self-motivated, organized, attentive to details, and the ability to manage time, priortize tasks, and effectively function without close supervision;
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties
  • Routine use of standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. This is largely a sedentary role; constant computer work and keyboarding are involved.

Please note this is a Full Time, exempt position with a 37.5 hour week. Mt. Cuba Center’s total rewards program includes competitive benefits, compensation, and perks. It is designed to promote transparency and strengthen our culture, values, vision, and mission. The starting compensation for this Full Time position is expected to be $110,000- $115,000 per year. We craft offers with the uniqueness of our final candidate in mind and determine a compensation package based on their experience, skills, and abilities. Full Time staff members also enjoy participation in our incredible Medical, Dental and Vision benefits, 401k plan with an employer contribution of up to 8%, generous paid time off and leave policies, free admission to our garden, access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), professional development opportunities and more!

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