Job Posting: Director of Human Resources

RESPONSIBLE TO: the President; for policy and employee relations matters, with dual reporting to the Vice President of Administration and Finance; for benefit administration and financial and regulatory compliance.


The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is an unwavering champion for animals in need, committed to keeping them safe and healthy in habitats and homes.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is an independent not-for-profit animal welfare organization with almost 100 employees and an annual operating budget of just under $10M. 

The Director of Human Resources is a member of the Senior Management Team and a trusted advisor who works with all levels of management to recruit and support the human resources essential to achieve the organization’s mission, strategic goals and operational requirements. The Director will provide leadership to promote: a humane and caring attitude toward all animals and people, a supportive and safe work environment and, a culture that emphasizes continuous improvement and quality work.

This full-time (40 hours) salaried, confidential position, with a home base in Boston, is responsible for all Human Resources functions. The position requires a high level of organization, professionalism, and thorough knowledge of human resources best practices. The role also requires a highly-enthusiastic and collaborative change agent able to develop, implement and communicate programs and policies that bring ARL closer to the desired vision and culture.



  1. Collaborates with the senior management team to develop and execute organizational strategy, staffing structure and succession planning.
  2. Recommends, implements and monitors employee related policies, procedures, and training programs for effective management.
  3. Manages employee relations, recruitment, compensation, benefits administration, learning & development, compliance, diversity & inclusion, performance management and safety across multiple locations including Boston, Dedham, Brewster and Carver.
  4. Works directly with directors and managers to assist them in carrying out their responsibilities on personnel matters. Coaches and counsels managers and employees with respect to performance management.
  5. Identifies employee relations issues; works to resolve conflicts and avert litigation.
  6. Cultivates favorable employee relations. Strives to develop open lines of communication with employees at all levels of the organization.
  7. Recommends, implements and communicates the ARL’s compensation and benefits including wage and salary structure and monitors fair pay practices across the organization.
  8. Maintains knowledge of industry trends and employment law and ensures organization compliance.
  9. Promotes safety and security for all sites and employees, including leadership for the organization’s Safety Committee and administration of worker’s compensation program.
  10. Coordinates organization-wide activities including, All Staff meetings and holiday party.  Oversees employee recognition programs.
  11. Supervises and develops Human Resources staff.
  12. Maintains personnel electronic and paper records.  Supports ARL’s Retirement Committee and acts as ERISA fiduciary.
  13. Provides reports of all HR and employee activities to the President and Board of Directors as requested.
  14. The above covers the most significant responsibilities of the position.  It does not, however, exclude other occasional duties, the inclusion of which would be in conformity with the level of the position.
  15. Must complete a six month orientation and training period. Must maintain a good attendance record. 



  1. BS or BA degree, in a related field required.
  1. Master’s Degree in related field and professional certification including (PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP) highly desirable.
  2. Possess a high level of integrity and ability to handle confidential situations without compromise.
  3. Ability to build effective relationships and partnerships, and lead cultural change.
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills and strong attention to detail.
  5. Experience working with diverse team in a variety of situations. Must be able to evaluate problems accurately and display good, sound judgment.
  6. Must have a minimum of 7-10 years of progressive strategic experience in Human Resources. Experience in an animal related non-profit or healthcare field preferred.
  7. Must have a strong working knowledge of employee relations, talent management, and organizational development.
  8. An enthusiastic team player.
  9. Experience managing, planning and implementing projects and business support initiatives are preferred.
  10. Strong interpersonal, consultative and facilitation skills required.
  11. Must maintain a professional, caring, humane and safety conscious demeanor.
  12. Must maintain a valid MA driver’s license, have reliable transportation, be willing to travel between locations, and work outside of normal hours on occasion.

*Essential functions of the job in compliance with the ADA*


Please submit cover letter and resume to (please include the job title in your email subject line) or:
Human Resources Department
Animal Rescue League of Boston
10 Chandler Street
Boston, MA 02116

HR fax (617)-423-6201

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is an equal opportunity employer, and we make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status or any other protected characteristic.