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Temporary Human Resources (HR) Manager


MADRE is an international human rights organization and women’s fund that partners with community-based, women-led organizations in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, who are the frontlines of war, climate breakdown, and their aftermath. Our mission is to advance human rights and social justice by meeting urgent needs in communities and creating lasting solutions to the crises of our time. Founded in 1983, MADRE uplifts the leadership of visionary young women and girls, Indigenous women, Afro-descendant women, LGBTIQ people, and people with disabilities. We offer a holistic model of support to our grassroots partners using three interconnected strategies—grantmaking, organizational strengthening, and legal advocacy—to address immediate priorities identified by our partners and forge opportunities for women and girls to assert their agency, create lasting social change, and create durable solutions to violence against people and the planet. 


The Position 

MADRE is seeking a Temporary Human Resources (HR) Manager for a one-year consultancy, with the possibility of renewal, to develop new HR-related tools and resources, and to provide weekly “office hours” to MADRE’s staff of approximately 30 employees, offering guidance and coaching in areas such as organizational policies and procedures, performance management, and professional development. The Temporary HR Manager will help ensure continued staff satisfaction and organizational effectiveness, supporting the organization’s objectives in a manner consistent with MADRE’s feminist principles and our mission as an international human rights organization. 

The Temporary HR Manager will serve as an internal consultant and liaison for all MADRE staff, developing trust-based relationships across the organization in an effort to support staff with a range of HR-related functions. The individual will have the skills and experience to help MADRE fulfill our commitment to racial justice and equity. Through weekly “office hours”, the Temporary HR Manager will be available to MADRE staff to: 

  • Continually identify opportunities to strengthen the employee experience while advancing the mission, values, and strategic vision of MADRE;
  • Provide staff guidance on questions related to organizational policies and procedures, benefits and personal matters; 
  • Provide guidance to employees related to professional challenges, performance management issues and career development; 
  • Address and help resolve staff issues or concerns, ensuring follow up in a proactive and positive manner; 
  • Identify opportunities for staff trainings and advise MADRE’s leadership on appropriate follow-up and implementation; 
  • Provide coaching to all employees regarding employee relations issues, managing difficult conversations, and disciplinary procedures, while demonstrating a high level of professionalism in dealing with confidential and sensitive issues; 
  • Expand and enhance the exit interview process for any employee leaving the organization, sharing feedback in an appropriate manner with team leaders, and using the information gleaned to address issues and improve the work environment for current and new employees; 
  • Collaborate with supervisors to develop performance improvement plans and manage involuntary exit processes as necessary. 

Outside of weekly “office hours”, the Temporary HR Manager will also support MADRE leadership on specific projects, developing tools and resources on a range of topics including: 

  • Performance management, including individual and 360 evaluations; 
  • Job leveling; 
  • Leadership training; 
  • Compensation strategy; 
  • And the development of new policies as needed. 

Desired Qualifications  

  • 10+ years of related HR experience, and demonstrated ability to drive HR processes and to deliver high-quality HR services; HR certification preferred 
  • Skills and experience with HR practices that are grounded in racial justice and equity
  • Solid knowledge of federal and state employment laws, recruitment, compensation, performance management, and employee relations, required 
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment and critical thinking skills 
  • Ability to build relationships, establish trust, manage conflict, and influence others
  • Proven ability to communicate professionally and tactfully in all interactions with employees. Discretion and confidentiality are required traits for this position.
  • Experience in a high growth, fast-paced environment; human rights organization or women’s organization preferred 
  • Highly resourceful and organized with exceptional follow-through and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently 

Application Process  

Applications will be reviewed as received, must include a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and your resume. Applications that do not include a cover letter will not be reviewed. Please email applications to No phone calls, please. This consultancy is envisioned for one year, with the option for renewal, and the possibility of a temp-to-perm arrangement. MADRE anticipates periods of intensive project-based work, resulting in several hours per week, and also periods of less intensive work, resulting in two to three hours per week. 

People of color, women, LGBTIQ people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.