Director of Human Resources

Doorways for Women and Families | Arlington, VA

Posted Date 11/25/2021

Job Title: Director of Human Resources

Classification: Full-time, exempt

Posted Date: 12/23/20

Work Location: Arlington, VA (Remote during COVID-19)


Doorways for Women and Families (Doorways) is an Arlington-based nonprofit agency helping individuals and families create pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence, and sexual assault leading to safe, stable, and empowered lives. At Doorways, we embrace Empathy, Integrity, Inclusivity, Collaboration, Empowerment, and Respect. These values are the foundation to our approach.


Our Approach:

There is no single cause of family or youth homelessness, and no single way that interpersonal violence affects people. While most of our clients are impacted by all of these traumas, Doorways’ services are available to all who are impacted by these hardships to ensure people have the right help to move forward. Knowing that the traumas of these life experiences often impact many aspects of family functioning, our services reach broadly and comprehensively to best support adults, youth, and children as they build on their unique strengths to create a brighter future.


Position Summary:

The Director of Human Resources is a talented leader who is rewarded by supporting people and teams to thrive. The director is responsible for Doorways’ comprehensive human capital practices and objectives, including recruiting, onboarding, general administration, benefits, compliance, employee engagement, retention, strategic leadership, and volunteer programming. Serving as a member of Doorways’ Executive Leadership Team, the future director will build strong relationships internally and externally to promote a culture that understands and prioritizes empowerment, accountability, commitment to mission, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. 

The position is full time and reports to the President and CEO.  Hours are primarily business hours, with occasional evening and weekend hours for training and events.



Specific Responsibilities:

  • Partner with the leadership team to develop and implement strategies to foster a skilled and supported workforce committed to carrying out our human services mission. 
  • Oversee the administration of foundational human resources, including but not limited to recruitment, onboarding, and day to day HR administration. 
  • Oversee the administration of operational HR, including compliance, benefits and compensation, leave, employee relations, training,  development and performance management, and ensuring adequate human capital is trained and available for shelter coverage.   
  • Oversee the administration of strategic HR, including leading people strategy, employee engagement and retention, boosting HR efficiency, and serving as an agency thought-leader.  
  • Supervise the Volunteer and Human Resource Specialist, helping ensure a vibrant and engaging volunteer program, providing ample training, support, and appreciation for the more than 140 volunteers who play a critical role supporting the agency’s staffing needs.   
  • Analyze trends in compensation and benefits; researches and proposes competitive base, work/life, and incentive pay programs to ensure the organization attracts and retains top talent.
  • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.
  • Research, develop, recommend, and execute creative strategies to foster the organization’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging goals. 
  • Administer the Bamboo human resource information system. Ensure maximization of the tools available and make recommendations for system improvements or alternatives as necessary. 
  • Partner with the Business and Finance Manager to ensure appropriate execution and checks-and-balances in payroll, benefits, bonus awards, and other compensation functions.
  • Manage performance with the ability to set clear goals and expectations, track progress against the goals, ensure feedback, and address employee development.


Core Competencies:

  • Commit to carrying out our mission and upholding Doorways values on a daily basis. 
  • People-focused and people-facing, with high levels of empathy and desire to listen to and share in teammates’ victories, concerns, and needs. 
  • Forward thinking with the ability to anticipate the implications and consequences of situations and take appropriate action to be prepared for possible contingencies.
  • Strong respect for and allegiance to integrity and confidentiality. 
  • Creative, resourceful, responsive style with consistent follow-through. 
  • Flexible and self-starter; willing to “roll up the sleeves” and get tasks done. 
  • Experience collaborating in multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic teams. 
  • Strong knowledge base and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. 
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to balance the day-to-day demands of the workforce while still protecting time for strategic planning and initiatives. 
  • Strong computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word, Outlook, Excel, databases, and the internet. Experience with ADP Workforce Now and Bamboo HRIS preferred. 


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree and/or relevant professional certificates (e.g. SHRM, PHR) highly preferred.  
  • 10+years equivalent combination of training and experience in fields of human resources management and organizational operations, employee relations, talent management, and volunteer programming.  Nonprofit experience strongly preferred, experience at a human services organization a plus.  
  • Strong working knowledge and depth of multiple human resource disciplines including, but not limited to employee development, training, change management, recruitment, compensation practices, employee relations, compliance, performance management, and domestic (US) employment related laws. 
  • Proven analytical skills and experience utilizing critical thinking to identify issues and trends, develop solutions and/or recommendations that reflect a balance of meeting agency objectives and talent management considerations. 
  • Experience curating organizational culture in multi-service organizations desired.  
  • Demonstrated experience developing and leading training and/or presentations. 
  • Exceptional communication skills through multiple formats (written communications, public speaking, teamwork and upward management). 


Additional Requirements:

  • Completion of a CPS/Criminal Background Check
  • Must maintain personal cell phone for work-related purposes.




$88,0000-$92,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Doorways offers a positive work environment, a committed and passionate team, competitive salaries, and excellent benefits, including health/dental/vision, PTO, life, STD, LTD, 403 (b) retirement plan, EAP, and a range of work/life programs.   


To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter at:  No phone calls please. 


Doorways for Women and Families is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

People of color, women, LGBTQ candidates, and people of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Doorways is committed to a diverse workplace and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. Principals only.


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Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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