Oct 19, 2019

HR Business Partner

  • Professional Diversity Network
  • Washington, DC, USA
Full-Time Government

Job Description

The Nature Conservancy


Arlington, Virginia, USA.



Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


As a key member of the WO People Team, the HR Business Partner I develops strategic partnerships with senior leaders and liaisons at the Business Unit level to establish and implement strategic HR direction to meet TNC's organizational goals and mission.


The HR Business Partner I works closely with TNC management and HR liaisons at the Business Unit level to implement People strategies in support of organizational objectives and an open, inclusive, transparent, and equitable organizational culture. They will partner with other members of the People Team and collaboratively share responsibility for designing, developing and implementing best People practices aligned with TNC Values, strategies and goals. They are accountable for delivering relevant support and counsel for employee engagement, talent management strategies, workforce planning and trend analysis, talent acquisition and development in assigned Business Units. They implement these People Team strategies to ensure consistency in support of a global, decentralized and geographically dispersed enterprise.

  • Management Consulting - Provide input and assistance with structural design including recommendations on organization structure, job creation or elimination, and potential efficiencies.Ensure that managers have working knowledge of employment laws, regulations, and policies.May participate in strategic planning as appropriate.
  • Performance Enablement & Management - Consult and coach managers and staff with objective setting and regular feedback processes as well as managing a culture of continuous conversation that supports development and growth.Provide consultation to managers to help manage employee performance issues, including terminations, ensuring that legal risks are considered and managed, consulting with appropriate HR legal staff or Sr. HR staff as needed.
  • Employee Relations - Support the resolution of workplace conflicts by practicing positive employee relations including: consulting on the implementation of activities designed to improve employee engagement, coaching managers and staff through effective conflict resolution, investigating allegations of misconduct, and recommending remedies that align with TNC's Policies, SOPs, Competencies, and Values.
  • Recruitment/Orientation - Manage recruitment for key leadership positions and provides resources and consultation for recruitments at other levels. Provide strategies for ensuring a diverse applicant pool; and build recruiting/interviewing skills of hiring managers and work with the unit to ensure effective orientation procedures are in place for all new employees.
  • Job Placement & Compensation - assist hiring managers in selecting appropriate job descriptions for employees and provide guidance on salary ranges.Work with managers on an ongoing basis to assist with equity analysis, promotions, and other compensation issues.Ensure that overall salary administration practices for each operating unit follow policies and practices and are equitable and incorporate fiscally sound compensation practices.
  • Training & Development - Work in collaboration with Learning and Development staff to identify and assess training needs and develop plans for delivery. Provide training to staff groups on HR-related policies and procedures.Ensure that HR liaisons who are responsible for managing day-to-day HR administrative transactions are trained and able to fulfill their role adequately.
  • HR Program Development - Participate in People Team work teams to develop and implement organization wide initiatives such as compensation structures; diversity, inclusion and engagement programs; talent acquisition and management strategies; and staff development.Serve as a primary liaison between the People Team and BU managers.
  • Will lead and/or participate in project teams as assigned.
  • Ability to travel within the US and internationally, 20-40% of the time.

  • Bachelor's degree and 6 years of HR experience supporting large client groups in a global, matrixed, complex environment, or equivalent combination.
  • Experience managing the HR function for one or more of the following: employee relations, compensation and performance management, staff development/training, organizational development, and/or talent acquisition.
  • Experience working with senior managers to develop and implement people strategies and initiatives.
  • Experience investigating and managing employee relations concerns, making recommendations and influencing change.
  • Experience using MS Office software with experience in constructing and producing reports, data manipulation, and analysis.
  • Experience with presentation skills and training experience.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • May require fluency in foreign language(s) to support global operations.
  • Advanced understanding of fundamental HR concepts, processes, and services.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and strong client service orientation.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, with all levels of individuals.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Ability to develop a working knowledge of relevant conservation issues.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast paced, stressful and highly visible environment.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.



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