Director of Human Resources Position Available

The Environmental Law & Policy Center is seeking a Director of Human Resources (Director of HR), to provide strategic leadership and hands-on, roll-up-the-sleeves work and solutions in response to HR needs throughout the organization. Ideal candidates will have prior experience working with non-profit and advocacy organizations, with an understanding of how to work with and support attorneys and policy advocates.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of HR will work in collaboration with leadership throughout the organization, implementing and, when needed creating effective policies, procedures, and systems to support the staff and programs. As the lead for the function, the Director of Human Resources will communicate a vision.

ORGANIZATION:  ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business dealmaking with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 45 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities.  Our headquarters is in downtown Chicago, with additional offices and staff across the Midwest and in Washington, DC.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director of HR will:

  • Continue the development and implementation of HR strategies, policies and practices that support ELPC’s goals and needs, and nurture a diverse, respectful, welcoming and inclusive work environment for all employees.
  • Coordinate a system of regular and ongoing staff evaluation, provide guidance and training to supervisors to enhance the effectiveness of the evaluation process. Partner with the Executive Director and Deputy Director on annual compensation adjustments for staff.
  • Lead appropriate response when employee complaints or concerns are brought forth.
  • Partner with the Staff Accountant and the Deputy Director to manage employee benefits and to act as the point person to help staff understand and maximize value of these benefits.
  • Coordinate staff recruitment and hiring processes, and develop relationships and familiarity with search locations, sites, firms and techniques. Expand the recruiting process to attract a diverse pool of candidates of the highest caliber.
  • Develop and implement effective staff orientation and on-boarding programs, in addition to working with supervisors on coaching and training/professional development opportunities.
  • Serve as a management representative to ELPC’s newly-formed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to collaboratively strengthen ELPC’s practices and policies around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Lead compliance with federal, state, and local employment law in multiple jurisdictions.


  • Expertise in Leadership and Talent Development
  • Relationship Builder and Influential Communicator
  • Cultivating Culture & DEI
  • Passion for the Mission

APPLICATION PROCESS: Read the full job description here. Contact Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, which has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Marissa Delgado and George Theotokatos are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please email All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


The Environmental Law & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.


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