Associate Director, Human Resources

Management / Operations


Nia Tero was established in 2017 with the mission to work alongside Indigenous peoples in helping them secure guardianship of vital ecosystems. We believe that if place-anchored people are thriving, the places that are key for all humanity will thrive as well. For this reason, we seek to work with Indigenous peoples and local communities that share a collective territory. Specifically, we seek partners with a vision for the future that maintains living connections to place and culture and sustains inter-generational anchoring in remarkable ecosystems. We aim to partner with them in the long term to support their work towards accomplishing their vision. Nia Tero is seeking candidates who thrive in a dynamic environment and are flexible as the organization grows and scales.


The Associate Director, Human Resources (HR) will ensure that Nia Tero’s human resources and people & culture programs align with the organization’s mission, values and strategy. Reporting to the Senior Managing Director, Operations, this position is responsible for implementing the design HR policies and processes aligned with organizational strategy including benefits administration, compensation programs, employee relations matters, full cycle recruitment, and creating & managing programs to enhance team member capacity within a global context. Additionally this position will participate in upholding Nia Tero’s culture and values through fostering and engaging in an inclusive environment and nurture a purpose-driven culture characterized by accountability, collaboration, and commitment to Nia Tero’s mission.

In all areas of work the role will be rooted in Indigenous Ways and Means (IWM) and model our value of reciprocity which we view as the way of life that centers mutual exchange and sharing amongst all beings, past, present and future, seen and unseen, and the Earth.


HR Policies and Process

  • In coordination with the Senior Managing Director, Operations, implement the human resources strategy that aligns with and supports the overall business strategy of Nia Tero.
  • Create processes, policies, and procedures that support the organizational human resources strategy.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert to senior management regarding Human Resources best practices that align with the culture of Nia Tero

Compliance, Payroll, Compensation and Employee Benefits

  • Ensure HR programs comply with relevant labor laws and regulations, and align with best practices across various countries and regions of operation.
  • Foster continuous improvement by proactively maintaining HR policies and procedures and updating them based on best practices and trends.
  • Oversee compensation programs and processes, both domestic and global, including periodic updates on pay ranges, gathering external benchmark data, and facilitating compensation adjustments as needed.
  • In collaboration with Finance team, manages applicable witholdings in the payroll process.
  • Respond to inquiries and requests from internal and external stakeholders related to HR compliance, compensation, and employee benefits.

Team Engagement and Development

  • Act as a trusted advisor and coach to team members, managers, and leaders on all people-related concerns.
  • Create and manage programs to enhance team members’ capacity including professional development, new manager training, and performance management that respects and integrates Indigenous knowledge and practices.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive work environment, promoting team engagement, satisfaction, and retention.
  • Implement and manage employee relations programs, such as diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging initiatives in culturally appropriate ways that demonstrate Nia Tero’s commitment to our team.
  • Identify and coordinate and/or facilitate training on various topics for all team members as appropriate.
  • Facilitate conversations to foster shared understanding and connects the various cultural, geographic, and linguistic frameworks across a globally diverse team.

Performance Management and Conflict Resolution

  • Proactively identify and address employee relations concerns, including conflict resolution, addressing employee complaints, coaching leaders, and workplace investigations.
  • Provide guidance and support to managers and team members in handling performance-related issues and conflicts in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Mentor and coache team members to enhance their skills, knowledge, and professional development.


  • This position has no direct reports


Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, or Business.
  • 5+ years working in Human Resources, preferably in an NGO setting with a focus on Indigenous rights and DEI frameworks.
  • 3+ years experience in talent acquisition, onboarding, employee engagement, and performance management.
  • Experience working with or within Indigenous communities

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated understanding of decolonization principles and the ability to integrate them into HR practices.
  • Familiarity with Indigenous cultures, land care practices, and respect for traditional knowledge.
  • Extensive knowledge of global and domestic HR laws, regulations, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated skill in designing and implementing HR programs that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • A commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment that values and respects the contributions of all team members.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Skills to handle sensitive situations and confidential information with discretion.
  • Knowledge of conflict resolution principles.
  • Proficiency with computer programs including Microsoft Office Suite.


  • Experience with global organizations and frameworks.
  • Lived experience in areas outside the United States and Europe or in rural/remote settings.
  • Lived experience and conversant comfort with an Indigenous Ways and Means approach of practicing reciprocity.
  • Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or HRCI Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
  • Fluency in one or more Indigenous languages or Indigenous lingua francas.
  • Working knowledge of Spanish, French, and/or Portuguese.

Any combination of education and professional and lived experience that provides the qualifications necessary to successfully perform the duties of this position will be considered.


This position is based in Seattle, WA and is expected to work in the office at least 3 days a week. Exact days and schedule will be agreed upon during interview process.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

  • Required to regularly communicate with others and exchange accurate information.
  • Operate a computer and other office productivity equipment.
  • Remain stationary at a computer for extended periods of time and move around their assigned workspace.
  • Occasional day and overnight domestic travel and some international travel is a potential (up to 10%)


If interested in this role, please email a cover letter and resume to and include “Associate Director, Human Resources” in the subject line.

Nia Tero is a polycultural, global organization that strives to have an inclusive, equitable, and diverse work culture. We strongly encourage people from historically excluded groups to apply.

The salary for this position is USD $135,000-$155,000 annually based on experience. Our compensation program is U.S. based and pay ranges are representative of compensation in the U.S. market. For positions outside of the U.S., pay rates are determined based on the applicable local regional market.

This is a full-time permanent position and qualifies for healthcare benefits (medical, dental and vision), 401K and paid time off (including vacation leave, sick leave, and personal days).



Reports to:

Senior Managing Director, Operations

Direct Reports:


Assignment Category:

Full Time


Exempt / Salary

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