Associate Director, Human Resources
Job Category: Full-time/Exempt
Department: Human Resources
Division: Finance and Business Administration
Reports To: Director of Human Resources
Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional association dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer by advancing cancer research. AACR membership includes more than 34,000 laboratory, translational and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates. The AACR is an international organization; about 30 percent of its members reside outside of the United States.
Over the years, the AACR has earned a reputation as the most prestigious scientific organization in the world dedicated to the conquest of cancer. The AACR brings together the world’s experts in all the cancer-related fields. Because of its broad scientific and clinical scope, it is the authoritative source and voice for cancer research. The AACR annually convenes more than 20 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with more than 17,000 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes eight peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients and their caregivers.
The AACR’s cutting-edge scientific and clinical programs, meetings and publications promote interactions, collaborations and relationship building about cancer throughout the world. Increasingly, the AACR influences the conduct of cancer research through the funding of outstanding basic science and clinical and translational research. The AACR also actively communicates with legislators and policymakers about the value of cancer research and related biomedical science in saving lives from cancer.
The AACR seeks a highly qualified human resource professional who has expertise and experience as a senior level HR generalist. The associate director of human resources will report to the director of human resources and will be responsible for assisting the director in developing and implementing the department’s strategic initiatives relative to all of the functional areas of human resoures. The associate director will provide consultation to the management team on critical issues affecting their departments/divisions, and collabrate with the management team in the development and implementation of HR initiatives that support the overall mission of the association.
The associate director of human resources performs research, designs and implements human resource initiatives that develop and deliver programs that support the organization’s overall strategic direction. It assists in carrying out the operational, tactical and strategic roles of the organization in the various disciplines of human resources: employee relations, diversity, benefits and compensation, staffing management, safety and security, organizational and employee development, consulting, compliance with employment laws, ethics and sustainability.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Skills and Knowledge
- Assists the director of human resources in developing and implementing an overall HR strategy that supports AACR’s mission;
- Develops and implements AACR’s strategic recruitment and staffing plans;
- Consults and collaborates with hiring managers in designing, developing and implementing a recruitment strategy to identify, attract, hire and retain the best talents for the various openings within the AACR;
- Partners with the hiring managers in developing and writing effective job descriptions;
- Administers the job classification programs, which include classifying and reclassifying all positions within AACR, and developing and revising all job descriptions;
- Manages the work processes performed by the HR team, composed of the manager, HR and benefits, two HR associates and one receptionist to ensure that AACR is in compliance with federal, state and local employment laws at all times.
- Provides coaching and consulting services to members of AACR’s management team, including division heads, directors and managers to assist them in the following areas, as they carry out organizational objectives:
- Development and implementation of performance measurement strategies;
- Implementation, delivery and management of the performance evaluation and performance management processes;
- Employee relations;
- Employee development.
- Researches, develops, writes and implements AACR’s human resource policies and procedures;
- Collaborates with the HR director to implement and conduct ongoing review of programs, policies and practices to keep AACR abreast of current best practices, and informed of new regulations affecting the organization including EEO, affirmative action and other employment legislation;
- Manages AACR’s health, safety and wellness programs, including applicable OSHA and ADA regulations;
- Manages AACR’s onboarding and offboarding processes;
- Participates in the annual review, evaluation and planning of AACR benefits and compensation packages;
- Assists in the management, planning and implementation of special projects and initiatives of the HR Department, i.e., AACR’s CancerCareers Center and its Cancer and Biomedical Research Career Fair;
- Manages the switchboard operation; and
- Establishes and maintains synergistic relationships with all departments within AACR, as well as managing external vendor relationships.
- A minimum of 10 years of HR management experience;
- Excellent management skills;
- Knowledge of the various disciplines of human resources;
- Exemplary written and oral communication skills;
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Ability to work independently;
- Strong team leadership skills;
- Ability to exercise good judgement;
- Excellent administrative and organizational skills.
Education and Training:
- B.A. or B.S. Degree;
- Master’s degree in human resource management a plus;
- HRCI certification required: SPHR or PHR.
- Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
- Spreadsheet and database programs.
- A strong commitment to the mission of AACR;
- Creativity, enthusiasm and a management style that includes team building and collaboration;
- Familiarity with employment laws and the HR disciplines;
- The ability to work with a diverse group of staff, external vendors and partners.
This position offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. To apply, please send a letter of interest and your most current resume to:
P.O. Box 40138
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Equal Opportunity Employer