Human Resources Director, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

At this critical time—amidst countless attacks against immigrant rights—we seek a passionate and talented Human Resources (HR) Director who is eager to administer and lead the varied aspects of NWIRP's human resources needs. In this role, you will work closely with the unionized staff and management team to support NWIRP’s culture of justice, equity, diversity, and representation during one of the most dynamic times in our history. We bring our core values of fairness, self-determination, and inclusion into all aspects of our work, and seek you, an individual who can build an inspiring HR program intentionally grounded in NWIRP’s values and principles.

As our ideal candidate, you have a combination of strong personal, interpersonal, and organizational competencies. You are collaborative, self-aware, values-based, and an avid learner. You are an engaged listener, open and articulate, and have well-honed relational skills that enable you to develop and maintain trust with your colleagues. You are adaptive.

Since 1984, people on the NWIRP team have provided direct legal representation and assistance in immigration matters to thousands of people with low incomes who come from over 130 countries and speak over 60 different languages. We proudly challenge unjust policies through high-impact lawsuits and advocate for laws and policies that respect the rights of immigrants. We are also trusted providers of immigration-related community education for immigrant communities and social service providers. We are over 100 employees strong and have an annual budget of over $12 million.

We anticipate you will work from our Seattle office, but we welcome candidates with an interest in working from our offices in Granger, Tacoma, and Wenatchee. Regardless of your location, you will occasionally travel within the state to each office.


You will thrive in this position if you are deeply committed to justice, equity—especially racial equity—diversity, inclusion, representation, and staff wellness when fulfilling the responsibilities of: Recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and offboarding; administering benefits; providing staff support; furthering union-management collaborations; and ensuring best practices in organizational policies and procedures. You will report to either NWIRP’s Executive Director or Administrative Director, depending upon your experience level.


Above all, you must have significant and deep experience with the communities NWIRP serves and be committed to immigrant rights and our social justice mission, vision and values. You demonstrate cultural competence and cultural humility when working with underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. You communicate clearly and concisely in writing and verbally. You have excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills. You exude high personal integrity and professional maturity, including openly accepting feedback on your performance. You always maintain confidentiality. You tenaciously carryout assigned projects to their completion.

You have at least 5 years of experience in a human resources—or equivalent—role. You have a proven track record of growth and achievement in talent and human resources functions, focused on building and supporting just, equitable and collaborative cultures. You are skilled in the use of personal computers and an array of information management platforms.
You are experienced with and committed to working in multilingual environments. You deeply understand nonprofit sector personnel practices and applicable federal and state laws regulating hiring and collective bargaining matters. You are committed to a "continuous improvement" approach to systems and tasks. You are sensitive to the dynamics of organizational, union, and political intersections.

Preferred qualifications include HR professional experience in a unionized workplace, possession of one or more HR certifications, and supervisory or director-level experience.

How to apply:

Please apply online by submitting your cover letter and resume in a single PDF via email to In your cover letter, please describe (1) your particular interest in NWIRP and this position, (2) how your professional and life experiences inform your approach to equity work, and (3) how a publication you’ve encountered informs your approach to HR work. All applications are given serious consideration as soon as they are received. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by September 2, 2019 for priority review.