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Based in New York City and reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Human Resources will bring a commitment to developing comprehensive and supportive HR functions for all staff as well as implement policies and procedures to deliver top-notch HR services.  The Director will be a thoughtful problem-solver and implementer who enables Lambda Legal to fulfill its mission.  You will leverage your deep expertise to effectively collaborate with the senior leadership team on all major facets of HR.  This means everything from recruiting to employee relations to staff development and to diversity and inclusion.

Geographic Responsibility

New York; Washington, DC; Atlanta; Dallas; Chicago; Los Angeles

Who We Are

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Since 1973, Lambda Legal has used impact litigation and other advocacy tools to decriminalize same-sex relationships, fight HIV discrimination, win marriage equality, and advance the rights of transgender people. Contributions from supporters nationwide enable a growing budget of approximately $19M. Clients are not charged for legal representation or advocacy and Lambda Legal receives no government funding. Headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington, DC.

We believe that serving the full breadth of the LGBT and HIV communities requires cultural competency and enthusiasm for diversity of all kinds. Part of what makes us successful is an understanding and awareness that civil rights go beyond face value. The intersectionality of discrimination doesn’t end with sexual orientation or gender identity – it reaches into the depths of race, religion, national origin, education, and class. Acknowledging that this reality exists in the world and in our organization, we prioritize awareness and proactive commitment to counteracting them.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Director of Human Resources will drive recruitment, ensuring that the organization attracts a highly diverse and extraordinarily gifted staff.  They will have oversight of the compensation system and will partner with the Executive Team around continuous refinement of benefits offerings to recruit and retain high-performing staff, while controlling costs. With expertise in human resources systems and functions, the Director of Human Resources will ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations for Lambda Legal’s headquarters and remote offices across the country.

Through the building of an effective performance management system that supports clarity of expectations and feedback, the Director of Human Resources will work to develop leaders to best support staff growth and learning.  Partnering with managers throughout the organization, the Director of Human Resources will work with the Chief Operating Officer to support the development of supervisory skills and build managers’ effectiveness in growing, mentoring, and retaining highly effective staff members.

The Director of Human Resources will lead with an attentiveness to employee morale and quality of life issues. They will be a key influencer across the organization in fostering and strengthening a culture of collaboration, excellence, and initiative that will be vital to Lambda Legal’s success.

Qualifications and Skills

• At least 10 years of business and HR/talent management experience (with a minimum of five years of direct managerial responsibilities); ideal candidates will have served as the HR leader of an organization or as the senior-most HR leader of a division or service line of an organization

• Fluency with primary HR functions (employee relations, recruitment, staff development, compensation and benefits, performance management, HR administration, and compliance)

• Understanding of best practices and experience in building inclusive and engaged workplaces

• Experience providing HR support through organizational change (i.e. change management expertise), with exposure to acknowledged change management methods

• A successful track-record of managing individuals and teams

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Proficiency in using the Microsoft Office suite of applications

• Travel required (approximately 25%) to Lambda Legal’s Regional Offices

Ideal Personal and Professional Characteristics

• A demonstrated commitment to the civil rights of the LGBT community and everyone impacted by HIV.

• Significant success as a leader in issue-oriented work, preferably in the non-profit arena.

• Keen understanding of the specific HR matters that a predominately LGBTQ staff might face.

• Collaborative workstyle that enables partnership and engagement with others at all levels of the organization, as well as with key external stakeholders.

• Shows initiative through self-directed, appropriate action to influence outcomes and/or drive progress and positive change.

• Comfort demonstrating confidence and appropriate assertiveness as an organizational leader.

• Ability to effectively communicate with and engage staff at all levels of the organization, in large and small meetings, as well as one-on-one.

• Possess the following personal attributes: Trustworthy, Strategic, Organized, Results-driven, Self-starter, Inclusive and Transparent.

Serving the full breadth of the LGBT and HIV communities requires cultural competency and a commitment to addressing the multi-layered and interlocking forms of discrimination and oppression that exist in our society, including discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, immigration status, religion, education and class. Any successful candidate must be able to demonstrate their understanding and appreciation of the importance of integrating our commitment to combating these other forms of discrimination into our work to eradicate discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or HIV status.


Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of a midsize not-for-profit.  Competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, employer contributions to retirement account, and substantial vacation.


The position is open until filled. Send resume and a cover letter to Include the words “Human Resources Director” in the subject line of your email.

NO CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal cannot return phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted.

Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range of LGBT, HIV-affected and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with disabilities, and individuals living with HIV are encouraged to apply.