Senior Human Resources Assistant

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

The Senior Human Resources Assistant provides administrative and project support to the Human Resources Business Partner Team, part of the larger HR team within EDF. The Senior Human Resources Assistant is based in EDF’s New York City office and reports to the HRBP Manager.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assisting with day to day operations of the HR functions and duties, including but not limited to:
  • Maintaining and organizing files
  • Employment verifications
  • Unemployment claims.
  • Answering employee questions and directing them to the appropriate member of HR.
  • Maintaining employee records in our HRIS system by collaborating with the HRIS team to process employee changes accurately and in a timely fashion.
  • Setting appointments and arranging meetings.
  • Compiling reports and spreadsheets.
  • Auditing I-9s.
  • Providing exit paperwork and scheduling exit interviews with appropriate HRBP
  • Assisting with HR projects as needed.
  • Additional relevant responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum 3 years’ administrative support experience; experience in a human resources department preferred.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment and maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral).
  • Superior time management skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational and proofreading skills.
  • Self-starter with high energy who possesses a sense of urgency and works well under pressure.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team.
  • Proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Familiarity with iCIMS and Workday a plus.
  • Interest in environmental 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.