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Human Resources Director, TSNE MissionWorks

Boston, Mass.
Dec / 21 / 2017

Organization Description

For more than 60 years, TSNE MissionWorks (formerly Third Sector New England) has been a trusted partner to hundreds of nonprofits, foundations, community groups, activists, and advocates who are making a difference in their communities, our country, and the world.

Acting as an intermediary, we provide a range of services that include: training, consulting, financial management and fiscal sponsorship (FS). The management and consulting services, training programs, and community-based grants and investments we offer are designed to meet the needs of complex and growing organizations by strengthening communication and leadership skills, facilitating learning and strategic thinking, and providing practical and operational support to individuals—all toward the goal of increasing their mission impact. Through our fiscal sponsorship arrangement, staff at small organizations legally become employees of TSNE MissionWorks (TSNE), pursuing their organization’s mission, while TSNE oversees their fiscal, legal and HR practices.

Our ongoing partnerships with foundations, service providers, community groups, nonprofits and thought leaders provide us with opportunities for reflection and learning – which strengthens our own programs and services and provides an opportunity to explore trends in the nonprofit sector.

We continue to deepen our partnerships, expand our programs and resources,  evolve to meet the needs of a rapidly changing nonprofit landscape, and pursue excellence in the services we offer to hundreds of mission-driven organizations every year—so together we can create a more just and democratic society. In doing so, we have a longstanding commitment to racial equity and social justice. Our community funding program, The Inclusion Initiative, is well-regarded. There is an opportunity to better integrate current field learning regarding racial equity work into our programs. Internally, there is ongoing work on interracial and intercultural trust and understanding. Enhancing cultural competency, communication and the capacity to work effectively with diverse community-based organizations is a priority.

Position Summary

TSNE MissionWorks is seeking a Human Resources Director who will lead a department that supports the growth and evolution of our organization.  This is a time of transformation and promise at MissionWorks following the recent retirement of our 34-year CEO (the Board of Directors is currently conducting a search to hire a new CEO).  We have the opportunity to leverage this leadership change. The HR Director will help to catalyze and support our growth and evolution, working with internal constituents, the staff that work at some of our client organizations and our leadership, along with our external constituents and other people in our community.

You will work with the Leadership Team to hire, develop and retain a high-performing and diverse workforce and a work environment that helps our colleagues do their important work. The six-person HR department supports 70 internal employees and an additional 400 who work directly for organizations we support through fiscal sponsorship in over 26 states nationwide. Our projects focus on things like community boat building, farm to institution networks, financial transparency, women in software, eradicating youth homelessness, immigrant success, teaching kids to be chefs, public health, and keeping childhood commercial free, among others.


TSNE MissionWorks aspires to be a valued, trusted and sought-after leader in nonprofit services and thought leadership, in our Boston hometown and across the U.S. We seek to have clear and shared vision, values and priorities. We aspire to be a “best place to work,” with trust, cohesion, equity, cultural competency and a learning approach in which impact is measurable. TSNE seeks to provide thought leadership, services and advocacy in ways that help the nonprofit sector thrive and advance racial equity, social justice and a more just and democratic society.

This position is for you if you:

  • Want to be part of a mission or social cause-based organization that is committed to addressing issues and supporting and forwarding our work related to diversity and racial equity;
  • Would like to work somewhere that truly has a supportive culture - we’re not just saying it – we make decisions thinking about the whole person. We have a strong belief in, and advocate for a healthy work-life balance;
  • Are comfortable in an environment of change and know how to create new ways of doing things, while being comfortable balancing practical implementation with participating/leading inclusive processes and visioning;
  • Enjoy being challenged and thinking on your feet. While we’ve been around for a while (since 1959), our organization is in many ways, entrepreneurial. We’ll want to hear from you about how best to address things as they come up;
  • Do whatever it takes—from participating on Leadership Team, to sharing a cup of coffee with a front line staff member to better understand the impact of changes. We mix it up a lot, whether in the lunchroom, at meetings, or monthly staff updates;
  • Like to be part of a team and work with colleagues or leaders when your work requires it. We value inclusive group process, as well as individuals who are able to challenge the status quo;
  • Like to lead by influence rather than by command;
  • Are curious! When you see a problem, you ask questions, seek to understand fundamental drivers and outliers, and work to understand root causes, before coming to a solution;
  • Seek to identify and address conflict and to develop staff members’ ability to have productive difficult conversations;
  • Can prioritize competing interests;
  • Believe that transparency helps to facilitate ownership, and enjoy sharing information and communicating with others.

Essential Job Functions

Internal and General Human Resources

  • Work collaboratively with the Leadership Team, act as a strategic thought leader;
  • Oversee all human resources functions, including recruitment, hiring, onboarding, compensation, benefits, professional development, employee relations and compliance;
  • Lead and supervise the human resources team;
  • Design, implement and communicate policies and ways of working;
  • Implement and oversee recruitment plans that support staffing needs, while also building on our already diverse workforce;
  • Take leadership in creating an environment in which staff from diverse backgrounds can truly thrive;
  • Develop and implement specific strategies that support learning and professional development for all staff;
  • Oversee onboarding, ensuring that whatever tools are needed to get up to speed quickly, are provided by HR and hiring departments;
  • Provide employee relations support to managers and staff; oversee performance and disciplinary issues;
  • Oversee implementation of a competitive compensation and performance review structure;
  • Oversee benefits and related communications focusing on providing an array of choices that enrich compensation;
  • Work with supervisors and managers to create/change organizational structure and related job descriptions as needed;
  • Support FS organizations by fostering a productive and committed staff that work directly with these projects; you will directly manage a small caseload of FS projects;  
  • Oversee HRIS and payroll systems, ensuring integration and support of internal and external needs;
  • Oversee all compliance issues;
  • Develop and manage HR department and staff salary budget.

Core Competencies Required

  • 8 years nonprofit HR experience with specific experience in employee relations, recruitment, performance management and creating and implementing policies, including strong management and supervision;
  • Experience with HRIS is necessary, with implementation a plus;
  • Experience in change management and leadership transitions a plus;
  • A demonstrated commitment to and experience with forwarding racial equity, along with the ability to take a lead in our efforts to create and nurture a diverse working environment in support of the work that we do;
  • Ability to connect with many types of people; strong interpersonal and presentation skills;
  • Ability to be transparent, supportive, collaborative and diplomatic;
  • Strong commitment to developing and supporting staff;
  • A commitment to delivering and showcasing high quality work;
  • Comfort with ambiguity;
  • Demonstrated expertise in employment regulations and compliance issues;
  • Demonstrated written/verbal communication skills, problem solving and analytical skills;
  • Commitment to the work of social and economic justice organizations.

To Apply

We strongly encourage online applications. Please attach your resume and cover letter.

Apply online here.

We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:

TSNE MissionWorks
Attn: Employment Manager
NonProfit Center
89 South Street Suite 700
Boston, MA 02111

Or fax to: 617.896.9393.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran, or disability status.