Director, Human Resources Business Partner

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 630 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.

Overall Function


Environmental Defense Fund is seeking a full-time, highly-motivated and hands-on Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) who has a solid foundation in all strategic and functional aspects of Human Resources. This job is a Director level and is located in EDF’s New York office.  S/he will report directly to the Vice President of Human Resources.

The HRBP serves as a consultant and strategic partner to program and/or department management on human resources issues both domestic and international.  The HRBP will need to critically assess and anticipate HR-related needs and be able to communicate these needs proactively between program/department management to develop integrated solutions. The HRBP will formulate partnerships across the HR function including talent acquisition, compensation, benefits, organizational design and talent management to deliver the strategic HR goals of the organization.


Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with program/department leadership to leverage a strong knowledge of business operations and people practices while strategically and proactively managing assigned client relationships
  • Provide on-going, high-level human resources advice in relation to program and organizational goals while reinforcing culture, mission and values of EDF
  • Participate in establishing overall goals, objectives and measurable outcomes as they relate to program/department partners
  • Lead and facilitate planning, implantation and communication of significant change, especially as it affects employees in assigned groups
  • Work with functional HR teams to determine the effectiveness of HR programs and policies; recommend improvement to policies, programs and procedures to improve human resources and programmatic operations
  • Guide management and staff on questions and issues regarding general employee relations, counseling employees concerning work-related issues, as well as interpreting and applying company policies, procedures, practices, benefits, salary changes, etc
  • Proactively manage, resolve complex employee relations issues. Conduct effective, thorough and objective investigations
  • Consult with managers to provide day-to-day performance management guidance to include coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions, etc
  • In conjunction with other HRBPs, ensure that policies and procedures are implemented consistently across all programs/departments, serve as an employee champion and change agent
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance
  • Partners with internal and external legal department as needed/required
  • Keep abreast of current EEO guidelines, human resources legislation and regulations, as well as changes in the human resources field



  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in a human resources business partner role, with demonstrated experience working with diverse departments and across several HR disciplines including: organizational change, employee relations, diversity, performance management, talent acquisition, training and compensation
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • Expert understanding of human resources policies and procedures
  • Exposure to international HR issues including talent acquisition, employment practices, expatriate policies and programs is highly desired
  • Excellent relationship management, consultative and project management skills
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)
  • Ability to take initiative, make decisions, multitask, meet deadlines and work well under pressure
  • Self-starter with high energy; ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Positive attitude and ability to remain flexible in an evolving environment
  • Good judgment to manage sensitive and confidential matters
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook; knowledge of HRIS and applicant tracking systems preferred (Workday a plus)

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.