Director of Human Resources

The Director of Human Resources and Office Operations is responsible for the overall administration, coordination, and evaluation of the human resource function, including benefits and compensation, recruitment, performance evaluation, employee relations, and policy development. The Director will work closely with the Administrative Director and the Management Team on workforce planning and analysis and on creating an office culture of equity, inclusion, and diversity that attracts, supports, and retains talent.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Serve as principal administrator over all benefits (health and welfare, retirement, leaves of absence); develop benefits strategies and programs that meet staff needs and serve as a retention tool for attracting talent; oversee benefit-related broker and vendor relationships; work with finance on budgeting and managing benefits cost
  • Conduct periodic due diligence to insure that retirement and other benefit plans are compliant with Dept. of Labor and other relevant requirements and standards
  • Lead the compensation program, ensuring fair and equitable salary administration; conduct salary surveys to ensure competitive position; set and maintain oversight of salary ranges; develop processes for annual salary review and maintain consistent approach to merit/promotional adjustments
  • Ensure that recruiting processes are consistent, streamlined, and targeted toward attracting the strongest talent; help develop recruitment strategies to produce a diverse candidate pool; support the effective vetting of candidates including creating interview scripts and ensuring reference checks are completed; help to negotiate final salary offer and prepare offer letter; guarantee a supportive onboarding program is in place to help new employees transition successfully; work with management on annual workforce planning and hiring needs
  • Develop and oversee a new annual performance management process; review job descriptions for accuracy; serve as an advisor to supervisors dealing with performance management issues (coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions, etc.); focus on addressing and resolving performance and/or behavior issues fairly, consistently and expeditiously; design and maintain a system for dealing with employee complaints or concerns in a confidential and productive manner; conduct investigations where warranted
  • Develop and implement appropriate policies and programs for effective management of the human resources of the organization and communicate/educate staff on Lawyers For Children’s policies and procedures; ensure employee handbook is kept up-to-date and contains policies and procedures that are fully compliant with relevant statutes, regulations, and other relevant standards and requirements
  • Ensure the organization’s compliance with state, local and national employment law and regulations; establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
  • Support the Administrative Director in oversight of the office operations, including management of the receptionist/office support staff, ensuring appropriate internal processes and procedures are in place;
  • Strategize with Management on ways to provide individuals with opportunities for professional and personal growth
  • Other duties as assigned based on organizational needs

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 7 years of senior HR experience leading a human resources operation, preferably in a non-profit setting; Master’s degree and HR certification preferred
  • Significant knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines including benefits, compensation, employee relations; diversity, equity and inclusion training and professional development; and performance management in compliance with federal and state employment laws
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, prioritize duties, and work independently while functioning under pressure and as a member of an executive management team
  • Proven effective supervisory/management skills and ability to work effectively with diverse groups at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to make effective presentations to senior management team, staff, and the board
  • Strong conflict management, interpersonal, and negotiation skills

To Apply:


To apply for this position, e-mail your cover letter and resume to


Staff Attorney

Description of Responsibilities:


Lawyers For Children attorneys work alongside our social workers, as a team. Duties include client interviews, investigation, trial preparation/strategy, preparation of legal memos and motions, general courtroom advocacy in trials/colloquy, and oral advocacy as necessary for case conferences and case follow-up. LFC's attorneys are leaders in the provision of legal services to children and young adults in child protective, foster care, custody, visitation, termination of parental rights guardianship, adoption, and related proceedings.




  • Admitted to NYS Bar
  • Minimum of 2 years litigation experience in NYS Family Courts
  • Demonstrated commitment to the rights of children and youth
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary practice of law using an attorney-social worker team model
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure and in crisis situations
  • Well-organized, motivated, creative and independent
  • Skilled at working in a team-oriented environment
  • Commitment to providing culturally sensitive services
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, and interviewing skills

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Dependent on Experience


Application Instructions:


Please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to

Unfortunately, due to a large number of expected applications, we will only be able to respond to candidates who are offered an interview.


Contact Information:


Application Deadline:03/16/2018


LFC Chief of Finance and Operations (CFO) Position

Description of Responsibilities


Lawyers For Children (LFC) seeks an experienced nonprofit finance and administration professional to be a hands-on manager in the areas of finance, business planning and budgeting, administration and IT.  Reporting directly to the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director/General Counsel, the CFO will partner with senior leadership to develop and implement long-term strategies for finance and administration, including systems oversight, team building, budgeting, organizational controls, IT oversight, and reporting/compliance.  The CFO will have day-to-day responsibility for financial planning and oversight, grants administration, organizational finances, benefit plans, and office operations. This position requires the proven leadership experience necessary to successfully oversee and coordinate the activities of all members of the administrative team, as well as technology expertise with experience selecting and overseeing software installations, managing relationships with software vendor; and, knowledge of accounting and reporting software.  The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and relationship-building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

Specific Duties


Strategic Leadership 

  • Serve as the senior finance and administration officer and oversee all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities and other administrative functions as they relate to finance and office operations
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director/General Counsel, Board of Directors, and senior staff to develop short- and long-term finance and organizational strategies
  • Lead, design, and manage the annual budget development process, collaborating closely with the Director of Development around grant and individual donor projections
  • Provide financial insight and support to colleagues for grants management, fundraising and donor reporting
  • Provide IT oversight and support, including the organization’s office-wide, Mac-based computer system, and oversee all IT support provided by outside vendors.
  • Provide administrative staff oversight and supervise duties of Office Manager.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to provide internal controls and protect organizational assets

Financial Management and Reporting

  • Lead the collection, recording, processing, and reporting of all financial transactions, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general ledger, and fixed assets
  • Oversee development of financial statements as well as reporting to convey financial accomplishments
  • Manage preparation, submission and funding of bi-weekly payroll; preparation and submission of employee pension and 403B remittances
  • Oversee preparation of cash projections and manage cash flow and forecasting to adequately fund operational needs
  • Manage the annual financial audit process, including liaising with external auditors and the audit committee of the board of directors
  • Ensure compliance with all state and federal legal requirements governing non-profit organizations, including tax, legal, and regulatory requirements.

Experience & Education:


  • Minimum of five to ten years’ leadership experience in accounting and/or finance with a non-profit organization
  • Bachelor’s degree required; CPA and/or MBA strongly preferred.
  • Executive-level financial management experience, with proven team leadership abilities
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with a facility for preparing and clearly presenting technical information to non-technical and technical audiences
  • Demonstrated understanding of nonprofit organizational structure, accounting and operations, including current working knowledge of General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), 501(c)(3) provisions and the upcoming FASB changes to financial reporting impacting nonprofits
  • Knowledge of restricted and unrestricted nonprofit financial management
  • Ability to anticipate and establish appropriate internal controls in all areas, emphasizing accounting, finance, operations, and software applications security
  • Business and contract background with effective negotiating and contract management skills
  • Familiarity with audit, compliance and internal control issues and best practices in risk management and insurance
  • Strategic and tenacious about achieving objectives; handle multiple projects simultaneously with excellent follow through and attention to detail
  • Passionate about child welfare issues
  • Ability to function in a collaborative and collegial environment, sensitivity to others, high degree of integrity, and excellent judgment
  • Deep understanding of Mac operating system and hardware and familiarity with PC-based financial accounting software: QuickBooks Premier Nonprofit Edition.

To Apply:


To apply for this position, e-mail your cover letter and resume to