Director of Human Resources

London, United Kingdom | Full-time, permanent

About Malala Fund

Registered as a public charity in the U.K. and U.S., Malala Fund is working toward a world where all girls can learn for 12 years and lead without fear. We advocate for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves — and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them. We invest in developing country education leaders and frontline organisations — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where most girls are missing out on secondary school. We amplify girls’ voices. Malala Fund is building a movement of young education activists who, like Malala, speak truth to power around the world.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Washington, DC-based COO, the London-based Director of HR will administer employee benefits to U.K. staff, serve as the organisation’s in-house expert on U.K. employment law and, acting as a senior-level leader, ensure that the culture of Malala Fund’s London office reflects our organisational values. The Director of HR will also oversee international organisational- wide recruitment, onboarding and development and review services for the U.K. and U.S. teams (currently twenty-two employees). S/he will serve as the organisation’s in- house expert on Malala Fund’s employee policies and ensure that HR systems, processes and employee resources meet the needs of all staff. At present, Malala Fund has nine employees in the U.K. and twenty-two employees in the U.S.

The ideal candidate is an empathetic and precise communicator with outstanding judgement. S/he has a proven track record in recruiting and retaining top talent and possesses an excellent understanding of U.K. employment laws and compliance. S/he should have a flexible and solution-focused work style with the skills necessary to build trust and respect across a dynamic, mission-driven team.

Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Design and implement recruitment processes to identify top talent and strengthen team diversity.
  • Serve as a solution-focused sounding board for staff and managers seeking HR- related guidance including coaching, addressing performance and misconduct concerns as appropriate, etc.
  • Design and implement strategies, programmes, training, content and initiatives to develop and retain talent and institutional knowledge.
  • Refine and implement Malala Fund’s employee onboarding procedures to help ensure that new hires are quickly integrated into the team.
  • Oversee the administration of a U.K. employee benefits programme.
  • Inform and streamline U.K. and global compensation structures, with special consideration for equity across geographic areas.
  • Manage and routinely review and update Malala Fund’s employee policies and procedures to support organisational culture and values as well as global expansion and compliance.
  • Refine and coordinate a bi-annual staff performance review process; perform exit interviews.
  • Help to plan and inform the content of an annual Team Retreat and other special convenings as requested.
  • Oversee personnel records, liaising with Finance colleagues on changes to payroll.
  • With support from legal counsel, maintain up to date knowledge of U.K. and U.S. employment law and develop a strong understanding of national labor laws in other countries where Malala Fund operates and may eventually employ staff.
  • Coordinate consultations with legal counsel and the CEO and COO as needed.
  • Ad hoc support and reporting as needed across the organisation related to special projects, evaluation and global expansion.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • At least five to eight years of previous human resource experience, preferably working for an organization with a presence outside of the U.K.
  • A strong background in recruitment, including recruitment outside of the U.K.
  • Expert knowledge of U.K. labor law and practices.
  • A creative thinker – eager to explore out-of-the-box strategies and ideas rather than simply fit within the traditional framework.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to relate and communicate with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds and at all levels within the organization.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Pre-existing authorisation to work in the U.K.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter through the form on the right of this page by March 31, 2019.

Please note that due to the very high number of applications we receive when positions are posted, we are only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process. Malala Fund is committed to safeguarding children and employment with our team is conditional upon successfully completing a background check.