Ecology Action
  • 26-May-2017 to 30-Jun-2017 (PST)
  • Human Resources
  • Santa Cruz, CA, USA
  • Full Time

As a senior executive, the Ecology Action HR Director provides leadership and strategic direction to the HR function and team. This position collaborates with the Management Team to improve organizational capability, drive culture change, define organizational needs, determine training and development needs and strategy, support staffing plans, resolve employee issues, and contribute to the achievement of business objectives. The successful candidate for this position will understand how to balance being an employee advocate with ensuring that the business is successful. We are looking for someone who possesses the ability to quickly grasp our business objectives and strategies, can support managers and employees across multiple Bay Area sites, and knows how to leverage human resources team members and capabilities to support the achievement of those objectives. 


  • Manages the HR function and provides direction and support to HR team members
  • Collaborates with the Executive Team on the Strategic Planning Process
  • Maintains a high level of integrity, honesty, and confidentiality in all transactions
  • Supports managers in the Performance Management process, making sure appropriate actions are being taken to achieve employee success
  • Manages and resolves employee relations issues; completes effective, thorough, and objective investigations, using best practice fact-finding methodologies
  • Advises managers on HR policies, their interpretation and application
  • Provides professional development activities across the entire organization and proactively addresses issues, coaching managers and employees towards success
  • Works with all levels of management to set compensation for each position, participate in wage negotiations, and explain the bases for compensation decisions. May manage additional aspects of the annual Compensation process, including researching and recommending budget for increases, understanding the market drivers for EA jobs, establishing ranges for each position, providing tools for managers to make decisions, supporting effective communication to employees, and participating in ongoing surveys
  • Works closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, increase productivity and promote employee engagement, de-escalating issues as appropriate
  • Addresses individual employee performance issues, implementing corrective actions as appropriate or laying the groundwork for and handling terminations when needed
  • Recommends new approaches, policies and procedures to continually improve efficiency of the HR department and services performed
  • Stays current on best industry practices that can be applied and/or implemented within the organization and maintains knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance
  • Tracks and reports on key HR metrics, including turnover

 Culture fit - in order to be successful in this role, you must be:

  • A consummate professional who can be a strong HR advocate but who also has a clear understanding of the need for achieving business objectives and partnering with business leaders to fashion win-win results for the company and its valued employees
  • A leader with a demonstrated record of working exceptionally well with other professionals
  • Persuasive, positive, collaborative and team-oriented while also being able to work independently and proactively to achieve stated goals
  • Open to opposing views and willing to be flexible, yet firmly committed to excellence and legal compliance
  • A relationship builder who can develop strong relationships with colleagues and openly articulate your concerns while still maintaining their trust and respect, known for having an open mind, warm heart, and a sense of humor
  • Able to influence, coach and develop, especially at the Executive and Sr. Manager level, including having difficult conversations to enable positive outcomes

 Required Qualifications, Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Proven success in an HR business partner leadership role within a professional organization that is committed to providing excellent customer service to internal and external customers
  • Extensive experience in all aspects of employee relations
  • Ability to implement organizational best practices and utilize analytics to assist decision-making
  • Superior communication skills, both verbal and written, effective facilitator
  • The ability to work effectively within a collaborative team environment
  • Possess a strong command of Microsoft Office products and embrace the use of new technologies

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience supporting a Sales and Marketing organization
  • Experience leading HR in a multi-state organization of 100+ employees
  • Strong knowledge of employment & immigration laws and regulations (FMLA, ADA, FLSA, Title VII, ADEA, USERRA, HIPPA, etc.)
  • Familiarity with compensation setting practices and working with managers to set compensation for current employees and new hires
  • More than 15 years of HR experience, with at least 10 years in a management role
  • Experience planning, organizing, and prioritizing multiple and simultaneous Human Resources related projects and programs in a changing corporate environment
  • HR Certification (SHRM-SCP or SPHR)

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, talk and hear, and use a computer keyboard and monitor. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment: Generally, the work environment is an office setting.

Compensation: Ecology Action offers competitive compensation and a generous benefit package that includes a medical, dental, and flexible spending benefits; a 401k-retirement plan with 4% employer match that vests immediately; and group life insurance.


More About Us

Ecology Action is an award-winning non-profit consultancy that provides innovative solutions to the energy, water, and transportation challenges of cities, governments, and utilities across California. We have four decades of experience helping people make simple yet profound changes that have big environmental impact.  We believe that when individuals and businesses make simple changes in their behavior they drive large scale changes that benefit people and the planet.  This translates into reduced carbon emissions, stronger businesses, healthier communities and a sustainable future for all.  Together, we help people, businesses and communities act now.

Ecology Action believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success and should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. This position description outlines primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but is not intended to be a comprehensive description of job responsibilities. We expect each employee to offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.

Ecology Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in its workforce. Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work directly as an employee for any employer in the United States without visa sponsorship.

Ecology Action does not offer a company paid relocation program.

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