Director of People

Director of People

Director of People


Human Resources


New York, NY

Employment Type



$185000 - $245000

Job Description:


• Provide overall strategic human resources leadership with a focus on employee relations, partnering with stakeholders proactively to develop solutions to personnel-related challenges.

• Stay abreast of regulations, industry trends, current practices, new developments, and applicable HR best practices; ensure that the Firm’s Employee Handbook is up to date and comprehensive; and otherwise develop, implement, and maintain personnel policies and procedures to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal requirements and firm policy.

• Oversee, with the support of the Firm’s Human Resources Generalist, the management and facilitation of daily HR-related matters that arise; the coordination of employee leaves of absence (e.g., disability, FMLA, parental); and responsibility for HR budgeting and expenses.

• Help to develop, create, implement, and maintain a culture of respect, inclusion, development, and innovation in alignment with the Firm’s DE&I vision and objectives.

• Oversee, with the support of the Firm’s Payroll and Benefits Manager, payroll management and firm-sponsored benefit plans, programs, and policies, and identify opportunities for improvement.

• In conjunction with others on the People Team, coordinate and execute onboarding and talent-integration processes and support the Firm’s employee review and development processes, including driving development of employee performance improvement plans where necessary.

• Conduct exit interviews, maintaining information from same, and otherwise track themes of employee experience in an effort to improve the overall experience of Firm employees.

• Proactively assume other duties as necessary.

Job Requirements:


• Education and Experience:

You have a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience—including a minimum of 2 years of as the head of the Human Resources or a similar people or culture function with a law firm—and a demonstrated track record of successful human resources leadership, including extensive experience in employee relations and a comprehensive understanding of employee and owner benefits. You have experience helping organizations support the retention and success of employees from under-represented groups and an interest in (and experience with) diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at a law firm.

• Leadership:

You have experience building, mentoring, and developing a collaborative team and cultivating a respectful and productive work environment. You are capable of operating as a strategic partner to Firm leaders. You lead by example. You have a proven track record of developing and leading initiatives and process improvements in a highly collaborative environment.

• Confidentiality:

You must be able to adhere to Firm policies regarding the protection of confidential data and demonstrate sensitivity to (and good judgment in connection with) confidential attorney, personnel, and Firm matters.

• Clear Communication and Attention to Detail:

You express yourself clearly and concisely, always highlighting the most important information. You proactively communicate the status of your work and share updates with colleagues when necessary. You ensure that your work is mistake free.

• Flexibility and Organization:

You are versatile and able to respond quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities. You are comfortable in an environment where your responsibilities may vary from day to day. You demonstrate a “no job too big, no job too small” attitude, and take a collaborative, team-focused approach to rejuggling priorities and contributing to Firm tasks. You are comfortable balancing tasks of varying levels of urgency and complexity and work well under pressure with tight deadlines.

• Ownership, Initiative, and Teamwork:

You take ownership of your projects and follow through on their completion. You proactively anticipate, communicate, and work to independently resolve obstacles you encounter in your work. You possess a strong customer-service orientation and ability to work well within a team. You are able to establish and maintain strong working relationships with employees, clients, and other professionals.

• Mission Orientation:

You are enthusiastic and passionate about our commitment to advocating for employee rights. You thrive when your work is connected to purpose.