BlueGreen Alliance | Job Opening: Human Resources Director

Job Opening: Human Resources Director

The BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) and BlueGreen Alliance Foundation (BGAF) seek qualified candidates for the position of Human Resources Director of BGA and BGAF.

BGA was formed in 2006 by the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club in recognition that the future of working people and the health of the environment are inextricably linked. Now, together with 13 of the nation’s largest labor unions and most influential environmental organizations, we are fighting to protect the planet and advance racial and economic justice. The labor unions and environmental organizations of the BlueGreen Alliance reject the false choice that we must choose between good jobs and a clean environment. BGA builds a shared agenda between the labor and environmental movements on bold measures critical to advancing a future American economy that addresses climate change, protects public health, advances racial and economic justice, and creates good-paying union jobs in safe and healthy workplaces in communities across America. BGA develops policy, produces research, builds coalitions, provides education, advocates these policies at the local, state and federal level, and mobilizes working people to take action. The BlueGreen Alliance Foundation conducts research and educates the public about solutions to environmental challenges that create economic opportunities for the American people.

Job Summary: The Human Resources Director is responsible for performing HR-related duties on a professional level and works closely with senior management in supporting all employees. This position provides coaching, leadership and support to managers and employees regarding Human Resource policies, procedures, programs, questions and concerns. This position will lead and manage all employment practices which include recruitment, orientation, and professional development of employees through the life cycle. This position carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas: benefits administration, employee relations, training, onboarding and exit procedures, policy creation and implementation, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) objectives, and employment law compliance. The Human Resources Director reports to the Vice President of Finance, Administration and DEIJ (VP).

Essential Functions:

Oversee the day-to-day HR-related activities for BGA and BGAF including but not limited to:

HR Operations

  • Manage the staffing process including working with managers to develop job postings, descriptions, advertising, assisting with interviews, hiring and onboarding;
  • Facilitate informational meetings for new and existing employees;
  • Lead process for exiting employees to include exit interviews, refilling positions and temporary staff coverage if needed; 
  • Ensure all job descriptions are up to date and compliant with all local, state, and federal regulations;
  • Develop training materials and performance management programs to help ensure employees understand their job responsibilities;
  • Lead and/or facilitate training and performance management programs;
  • Partner with ED and VP to make certain all hiring, training and performance protocols meet organizations DEIJ objectives;
  • Maintain secure personnel records;
  • Manage the performance review process; 
  • Provide support and input to management regarding employee relation issues; 
  • Support Management with staff communications and employee surveys;
  • Help create and implement organizational policies, procedures and guidelines to ensure alignment with the BGA/F mission that are in compliance with government laws and regulations;
  • Maintain and update the staff guidelines to ensure accuracy and timely distribution to employees;
  • Maintain knowledge of legal requirements and government reporting regulations impacting human resource functions and ensure that policies and procedures are in compliance with local, state and federal regulations;
  • Administer benefits, including open enrollment, claims resolution, change reporting, approving invoices for payment and communicating benefits information to employees;
  • Work with employees and managers to assist with leave benefits and coverage;


  • Keep the VP aware of status of workflow and any ongoing concerns;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the VP.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources related field, or 10+ years of Human Resources work experience with organizational leadership role;
  • 5+ years of progressive experience in Human Resources;
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities partnering with business leaders in a fast-paced changing operations environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to present, influence, negotiate and effectively coach managers and supervisors to use the organizations best practices;
  • Knowledge of HR labor and employment law, and the ability to interpret, apply and articulate this knowledge in support of organizations initiatives;
  • Experience with and/or strong interest in DEIJ initiatives and implementation;
  • Strong oral, written and presentation communication skills;
  • Ability to express opinions in a professional manner, strong conflict resolution skills;
  • Detail-oriented, ability to meet deadlines, plan efficiently, and manage competing priorities;
  • Prior experience in organizations with union represented employees;
  • High ethical standards, sound judgement, and ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with staff at all levels across the organization, including strong writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to use the various technology platforms utilized by BGA including Microsoft Outlook (including calendars), Microsoft Excel and Word,, payroll systems, and any future programs as required;
  • Strong commitment to economic, racial and environmental justice; and
  • A deep commitment to the mission of the BlueGreen Alliance.

Additional Information: Salary range $75,000-$95,000; generous benefits package that includes fully paid family or individual medical and dental, disability plan, 401k with company contribution, generous vacation, wellness days, and ~18 holidays, and a friendly work environment. Preference for  Minneapolis location where staff are currently working a hybrid work schedule in the office, but remote working from other locations will be considered.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to Jennifer Bakkom‐Gatzke ( Please include your location, salary requirements, and where you saw the posting. Please include “Human Resources Director” in the subject line. Position open until filled.

Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

BlueGreen Alliance does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, or veteran status in the administration of employment policies, or in any other programs and activities.