Director of Human Resources

Washington, DC
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)





Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also engages in programming in Central America and Mexico to promote the best interests and protection of migrant children throughout the region.  Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.


Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Director of Human Resources is responsible for managing all aspects of the employment life cycle for all of KIND’s 140+ nationally dispersed workforce.  Responsibilities include talent acquisition, benefits administration, compensation, payroll administration, performance management, policy implementation and employment law compliance.  The Director of Human Resources is based in Washington, DC and serves as a member of KIND’s senior management team.


Five to seven years’ experience in broad range human resources functions; Bachelor’s degree in human resources or related field required; Master’s degree preferred; SHRM-CP or PHR certification preferred


  • Experience in a non-profit environment, particularly one with a rapid growth trajectory;
  • Possess a strategic approach to human resource management and ability to maintain progress towards established goals and objectives;
  • Business acumen and the ability to work with other components to integrate human resources functions;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build rapport with staff at all levels within the organization;
  • Experience with federal contract compliance as it relates to human resources functions;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to work on multiple projects in a deadline-oriented environment; and
  • Strong technological skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office.


Commensurate with education & experience.


Executive Vice President


Human Resources Associate


  1. Lead strategic recruitment and hiring efforts including creation of job descriptions, targeted recruitment, coordinating and conducting interviews, conducting reference and background checks and drafting offers of employment to ensure that KIND develops and maintains a highly qualified workforce;
  2. Oversee and continuously improve processes for orienting, on-boarding, and training a dispersed workforce;
  3. Manage the continued implementation and use of existing HR technology in support of smooth and efficient operations;
  4. Provide training and ongoing coaching to managers on performance management and supervision;
  5. Manage the staff evaluation process to ensure consistency and equitability in employee reviews;
  6. Collaborate with KIND’s leadership to develop employee relations practices necessary to promote positive relationships, morale, and motivation;
  7. Oversee KIND’s wage and salary structure and pay policies to ensure internal equity and competitiveness in the market;
  8. Maintain KIND’s employee manual and other internal policies and systems, guide policy implementation and administration;
  9. Liaise with KIND’s legal counsel to discuss personnel-related issues, as needed;
  10. Manage KIND’s benefit programs and regularly evaluate to ensure competitiveness in the market;
  11. Participate in disciplinary and termination meetings;
  12. Ensure that KIND’s Affirmative Action Plan is reviewed and updated annually and monitor the application of the equal employment opportunity policies;
  13. Remain current on relevant federal, state and local laws and ensure compliance with applicable requirements in all jurisdictions in which KIND has a presence; 
  14. Supervise the Human Resources Associate in the administration of day to day human resources operations including payroll, benefits and maintenance of the HRIS system.


Work is generally performed within the office environment and includes regular interaction via phone and email with KIND’s national team.   


Position requires regular travel to KIND field offices throughout the year.


Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, salary requirements and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted online at: that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work. The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.