Associate Vice President, Human Resources

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we’ve been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.

Overall Function


Reporting to the Chief Human Resources Officer, the Associate Vice President, Human Resources, is responsible for the business transformation and provides improvement techniques to sustain critical business processes. This position partners with senior leaders and tracks the HR projects that align with the organizational strategy. The AVP, Human Resources, possesses a potent combination of people leadership, business experience, functional expertise, and communication skills.  The AVP, Human Resources, is a crucial position entrusted to serve as an advisor to the CHRO and senior leadership team. Providing metrics, translating business strategy into a talent strategy for the organization, and help drive a performance-based culture that has the capabilities to change and adapt as the environment and competitive context changes.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Driving organization strategies by identifying and researching human resources issues; contributing information, analysis, and recommendations to organization strategic thinking and direction; establishing human resources objectives in line with programs/departments’ organizational goals
  • Implementing human resources strategies by managing and tracking department accountabilities and budget, including HR department staffing, hire to retire employment processing, training and development, succession planning, employee relations and retention, and AA/EEO compliance
  • Manage human resources operations financial strategies by estimating, forecasting, and anticipating requirements, trends, and variances; aligning monetary resources; developing action plans; measuring and analyzing results; initiating corrective actions; minimizing the impact of variances
  • Accomplishing particular organizational project results by identifying and clarifying issues and priorities; communicating and coordinating requirements; expediting fulfillment; evaluating milestone accomplishments; evaluating optional courses of action; changing assumptions and direction
  • Supporting the HR management team by providing human resources advice, counsel, and decisions; analyzing information and applications
  • Guiding management and employee actions by researching, developing, writing, and updating policies, procedures, methods, and guidelines; communicating and enforcing organization values
  • Complying with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions
  • Enhancing department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments

Professional Experience/Qualifications:

  • 20+ years of progressively complex experience in the area of human resources
  • Significant leadership experience in human resources, including expertise in transformational environments
  • Demonstrated track record building trusted relationships with the senior leadership team
  • Relationship management skills which allow relating effectively to both line employees and senior-level executives
  • A partnership mindset; the ability to work collaboratively and the political savvy to fully understand and incorporate the needs of business leaders awhile remaining decisive to the human resources implications
  • Significant experience with change management providing strategic direction and influence over organizational changes
  • Balanced long-term strategic goals with driving short-term execution, and ability to set and communication clear/correct/timely priorities, goals, and objectives that have been carefully analyzed, explored and vetted
  • Strategic thinker who is well-respected for his/her business knowledge and ability to see the “big picture.”  Has the capability to create strategic, long-term vision relating business strategy to human resources requirements.  Has an executive presence and proven ability to partner with executives of all disciplines
  • Experience managing, mentoring, and growing subordinate, supervisors and employees
  • Relationship builder; a savvy leader who has demonstrated the ability to collaborate and influence peer executive and critical client relationships
  • Strong quantitative reasoning skills and data-driven mindset
  • Demonstrating intellectual curiosity and learning agility,  the ability to determine the specific challenges and needs of the company’s business areas
  • Must be detail-oriented, possess excellent planning and organizational skills, strong financial acumen, and must have excellent communication skills with the ability to relate to employees at all levels of the organization


  • Deep knowledge of HR functions such as talent management, recruitment, etc
  • Ability to develop and use metrics and analytics
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business  Administration,  Human Resources, or closely related major
  • Advanced degree preferred
  • PHR/SPHR certified preferred

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.