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Director of Human Resources

NRGI has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. In order to be formally considered for this role, please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Molly Brennan and Melissa Madzel -



Countries that are rich in oil, gas, and mineral wealth face one of the most critical development challenges of this generation. When used well, these resources can create greater prosperity for current and future generations; used poorly, or squandered, they can cause economic instability, social conflict, and lasting environmental damage. The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)’s mission – and passion – is to capitalize on these opportunities and surmount the challenges that more than one billion people in resource rich countries face.

NRGI is a high-impact, international non-governmental organization dedicated to helping communities and nations benefit from their countries’ endowments of oil, gas, and minerals. With a global reach across more than twenty countries, NRGI uses research, data and analysis as the evidence base for our training, technical assistance, grant-making, brokering dialogue and convening change actors. NRGI partners with global as well as national influencers and leaders within governments, non-governmental organizations, media, legislatures, the private sector, and international institutions to increase accountable and effective governance.

NRGI has a highly skilled staff of nearly 100 global and country experts, with an operating budget of over$18M. Staff are located in over ten countries, including lawyers, economists, and governance and data specialists. Headquartered in New York, NRGI offices are also in Accra, Beirut, Lima, Dar es Salaam, Jakarta, London, and Washington DC, and further staff are in regional and country offices across Africa, Asia- Pacific, Eurasia, Latin America, the Middle East, and North Africa.

The NRGI team is driven by its commitment to effect change in the communities most impacted by the extraction of natural resources. The highly skilled staff is motivated by the urgency of the issues being addressed and brings enthusiasm to its work on complex international challenges. Humility, patience, and collaboration are all core components of the NRGI work culture.

The Director of Human Resources role is a full-time position located in New York City.

For more information about the Natural Resources Governance Institute, visit


Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and to the CEO/President, the Director of Human Resources will be responsible for the following key functions:

  • Talent Management: Oversee staff recruitment, development, and retention to ensure successful and high-level staff that can fulfill NRGI goals and values and support increased progress toward organizational goals; ensure employee management and growth
  • Partner with Leadership: Serve as a thought-partner and guide to NRGI leadership in regard to all human resources issues and needs; ensure that NRGI provides a supportive and equitable culture for all employees.
  • Serve as a Resource to Entire Staff: Build meaningful lines of communication and engagement with the full NRGI staff, working across all offices and teams; develop relationships and trust with staff
  • HR Team Management: Lead a small team of staff and/or consultants to execute HR activities in support of organizational goals
  • HR Strategy: Assess the current model of human resources at NRGI and apply best practices to organizational policies and culture leadership; analyze and anticipate trends in employee needs and respond with appropriate solutions
  • Compensation: Collaborate with the CFO to oversee a streamlined and employee-friendly benefits package; Manage communication with staff about compensation; ensure that fair and equitable compensation and benefits for all NRGI staff are in line with our organizational culture and philosophy
  • Staff Onboarding, Professional Development, and Exits: Design and implement processes that enable staff to join and depart from the NRGI community productively; assess organizational staff capacities and build training/development programs to support growth
  • Legal Compliance: Partner with organization Counsel to develop strategy around HR policy, including multifaceted issues such as immigration solutions for a global workforce


Desired Skills and Experiences

  • Expertise in HR management with globally dispersed offices and staff, ideally across job markets in both developed and developing countries
  • Experience in talent acquisition strategy, organizational capacity development, and talent development
  • Strong knowledge of one (required) or more than one (preferred) jurisdiction’s employment laws and regulations with proven ability to work with additional jurisdictions and HR regulatory systems
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience building an inclusive intercultural environment where staff of all backgrounds can thrive
  • A minimum of five years of senior-level HR management experience and at least 10 years working in HR at any level; proven success working in a multi-national and/or virtual nonprofit environment is strongly encouraged
  • Ability to speak and write in a second language (French or Spanish) is a plus Personal Qualities
  • Commitment to furthering NRGI’s mission and core values of integrity, intellectual rigor, respect for evidence, innovation, strategic selectivity, and independence
  • Capacity for learning, reflection and self-criticism, humility, and sense of humor
  • Resourcefulness and ability to solve problems with unanticipated issues
  • Demonstrated ability to be a professional, productive member of a diverse community working towards shared goals, with mutual respect and accountability, in a fast-paced environment
  • High level of discretion with confidential and sensitive personal information
  • Strength in multi-tasking, goal-setting, and problem-solving, often under tight deadlines
  • Ability to objectively and compassionately coach people through complex, difficult, and emotional issues
  • Collaborative, flexible, hands-on style with a customer service mentality, learning orientation, and team focus
  • Confidence, decisiveness, and the ability to adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed (approximately 25%)


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Exceptional benefits package provided.


NRGI has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Molly Brennan and Melissa Madzel -

NRGI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NRGI considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or  any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit

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