Manager, 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 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 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 our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  

Overall Function


Solution-oriented and operational Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) with a solid foundation in all functional aspects of Human Resources. The HRBP serves as a partner to assigned client groups across EDF. They are the first point of contact for their client groups and provide HR support and guidance to employees, managers, and leaders. The HRBP handles day-to-day transactional issues, advises clients on strategic and operational matters within their groups, and drives key HR initiatives. They assess HR-related needs and communicate these needs proactively between client groups and HR and work collaboratively with the HR centers of expertise to develop integrated solutions. The HRBP works to uphold a positive reputation of HR with employees, managers, and leadership and ensures that EDF values are upheld. 




This position is located in EDF’s Austin, TX office (hybrid work arrangement expected) and reports to the Senior Director, Human Resources Business Partner.



Key Responsibilities


  • Provide client groups with trusted human resources advice in support of program and organizational goals while reinforcing culture, mission, and values of EDF

  • Integrate the HR function into the everyday fabric of the organization by developing strong relationships with client groups, including a solid understanding of programmatic strategy and objectives and establish this position as the prime contact for assigned clients

  • Partner with HR centers of expertise to find best practice solutions and to drive key HR initiatives with client groups (e.g., performance review program, DEI initiatives, succession planning, etc.) 

  • Support talent acquisition by reviewing and assisting clients with drafting job descriptions and serving as liaison among the client groups, talent acquisition, and systems and compensation to help clients successfully navigate through the hiring process

  • Coach and provide guidance to leaders in handling complex, sensitive employee relations issues; serving as a trusted advisor in guiding managers through the performance improvement process (PIP) where needed, interpreting and applying company policies, procedures and labor law with a high degree of sensitivity and discretion, and conducting effective, thorough, and objective investigations as needed

  • Manage and facilitate HR processes in order to execute day-to-day operations, using HRIS (e.g., Workday) and other systems as needed

  • Conduct research as needed to determine the effectiveness of HR initiatives and policies; formulate recommendations to policies, programs, and procedures to improve human resources operations

  • In conjunction with other HRBPs, ensure that policies and procedures are implemented consistently across EDF, serve as an employee champion and change agent

  • Keep abreast of current EEO guidelines, human resources legislation and regulations, as well as changes in the human resources field

  • Participate in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values

  • Serve as a mentor and guide for junior HR team members

  • Additional relevant responsibilities as assigned




  • At least 6+ years of relevant work experience in a human resources generalist role; experience with NGO and/or matrixed organizations preferred

  • Demonstrated knowledge-base across several HR disciplines including organizational change, employee relations, employment law, DEI, performance management, talent development, recruiting, and/or compensation

  • Bachelor’s degree required; HR certification preferred

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills with a demonstrated ability to build collaborative partnerships and work effectively and diplomatically with all levels of an organization

  • Exceptional problem-solving skills with strong organizational and follow-through skills

  • Firm understanding of U.S. federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations and human resources policies and procedures

  • Ability to juggle multiple deadlines and initiatives with high attention to detail and be the driving force behind the completion of HR projects

  • Able to work independently and with a sense of urgency and collaboratively as part of a diverse, geographically dispersed team

  • Good judgement and discretion and the highest level of professionalism to manage sensitive and confidential matters with the ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds

  • Big picture and forward thinker with ability to develop recommendations for improving and streamlining existing processes

  • Knowledge of best practices from other organizations

  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook; knowledge of HRIS and applicant tracking systems preferred (Workday a plus)

  • Ability to travel up to 10%

  • Interest in environmental issues and advocacy 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.