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Director, Human Resources

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American Psychiatric Association HQ - Washington, DC
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Human Resources



The Director, Human Resources is a hands-on, creative and energetic leader of a four-person Human Resources department for the American Psychiatric Associations (APA) approximately 200-person staff. S/he is responsible for the entire Human Resource function including developing and fostering a culture that supports the APAs mission, vision, and values; developing and implementing strategies and programs to recruit, train, evaluate and retain the best talent; and to ensure compliance with all federal, state and local HR laws and policies, with a focus on DC employment law. S/he is the go-to person for counselling on and resolution of employee relations issues and for analysis of trends. The Director is constantly developing and implementing innovative ideas to improve the experience for employees and managers and to make APA a great place to work.


  • Manages the Human Resources department, overseeing, developing and coaching HR staff, setting goals and department objectives with data-driven outcome measures to measure success of programs and activities
  • Establishes and meets HR budgets and tracking outcomes
  • Prepares reports for C-level management as requested
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in policies, laws and practices to maintain a modern and innovative HR function for the APA
  • Monitors policies and programs to ensure they are up-to-date and effective for APA
  • Designs and implements a comprehensive training and development program for the APA
  • Conducts and manages all aspects of employee relations, counselling on and resolving issues and concerns
  • Develops, manages, and maintains HR sections of both the Internet and Intranet sites and the Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
  • Leads all employer-specific compliance requirements with government agencies and applicable laws, including but not limited to, the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Department of Labor, worker compensation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); Affirmative Action planning and any OFCCP requirements
  • Manages the APAs compensation structure, philosophy, and pay policies
  • Utilizes information from employee stay and exit interviews and employee surveys to improve APA programs
  • Manages the formation and development of employee workgroups on issues of importance to the Association and works in collaboration with the Wellness, Diversity and Awards Committees to develop robust programs and to improve employee engagement
  • Collaborates with and guides the HR Generalists responsible for benefits and recruiting and the HR Assistant to ensure the employee experience, benefits package, and offerings of APA make it a top employer in the region
  • Performs other duties as assigned



  • Bachelors degree in Human Resources, Business, Organizational Development or equivalent field required, graduate degree in these areas preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive leadership experience in all aspects of human resources
  • Specialized training and broad experience in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, organization development, employee relations, and training preferred
  • Demonstrated experience managing a large and diverse human resources office and staff including experience leading performance improvement processes, and developing employee training programs
  • Demonstrated ability to think and perform creatively within a budget and to mentor and train staff
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and interpersonal and coaching and development skills
  • Advanced level experience with Microsoft Office including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook; additional experience with SharePoint, intranet platforms, and Paycom preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain high level of confidentiality


EOE, including disability/vets