Director, Employee Engagement, The Greater Washington Community Foundation

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Director, Employee Engagement
The Greater Washington Community Foundation
Washington, D.C.

Open to Full or Part-Time

About The Community Foundation
The Greater Washington Community Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective philanthropy and by providing leadership on critical issues in the community. The Foundation is a community of givers, dedicated to inspiring and creating change across greater Washington and beyond.
The Community Foundation, which serves the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and Prince George’s County – is part of a network of some 700 community foundations nationwide, each a tax-exempt, public charity made up of charitable giving funds established by individuals, families, corporations, and other organizations. The Foundation manages hundreds of donor funds, with assets totaling more than $300 million, and is the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington region, having granted over $1 billion to over 8,000 nonprofits in its 43-year history.
Position Summary
The Director of Employee Engagement is tasked with building a best-practices human resource function that is proactive, participative, responsive and innovative. The Director will be responsible for administrative operations, on-boarding and orientation of new hires, ongoing staff engagement, and internal knowledge sharing. The ideal candidate also will administer other HR programs, procedures, and processes that enhance the Foundation’s culture encouraging growth, transparency, responsibility, and autonomy.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Employee Engagement:
  • Be a role model for change leadership and continuous improvement.
  • Be an exemplar of ethical leadership and integrity and identify and encourage staff to do the same and to live out the Foundation’s values, which include delivering amazing internal and external customer service and incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of its work.
  • Lead key HR initiatives in support of the organization focused primarily on staffing, employee engagement and culture.
  • Drive and implement improvements to employee performance, mentorship, and recognition programs, reporting and communicating progress and key measurements.
  • Become a trusted resource person across the organization managing and resolving employee relations issues (grievances, investigations, performance), implement/enhance HR policies as needed, and proactively advise leadership.
  • Have the courage to confront and proactively resolve “uncomfortable” situations that may require innovative solutions.
  • Develop, coordinate and lead new hire orientation, onboarding, and 30-60-90 day plans.
  • Develop, in collaboration with leadership, tools to identify knowledge gaps and training needs across departments

  • Manage bi-weekly payroll processing and manage organizational compensation structure through external surveys and internal analysis.
  • Ensure compliance with all federal, state and local employment laws.
  • Effectively manage employee leaves of absence, short and long-term disability, FMLA requests, workers’ compensation issues, OSHA requirements, relocation, PTO issues, and unemployment claims.
  • Develop, recommend and implement personnel policies and procedures; prepare and maintain handbook on policies and procedures; perform benefits administration to include change reporting, review and approval of invoices for payment, and annual re-evaluation of benefits for cost-effectiveness.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong interest in philanthropy, community development or nonprofit sector/community work as evidenced through education, previous jobs, and/or volunteer experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of relevant HR-related work experience.
  • Minimum five years of experience working in a nonprofit organization, preferably with some experience in dealing with foundations. 
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively interface effectively with all levels of the organization with a strong customer service focus.
  • Experience working with people from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds and with promoting equity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Keen sensitivity to confidentiality needs.
  • Strong administrative skills, including accurate and timely preparation of reports, time management, and organization.
  • Exceptional presentation, written, oral and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong ability and desire to work in a team environment.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Expertise with Microsoft Windows Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook).
  • Entrepreneurial, creative, high-energy and intellectually curious candidates who are flexible, willing to learn, and have a sense of humor are encouraged to apply.
  • Ability to build, analyze and communicate relevant HR metrics.
  • Human resources professional certification (PHR, SPHR, GPHR)
  • Knowledge of applicable state and federal employment laws and standards
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