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Human Resources Manager – Ohio Environmental Council

MJ Eckhouse, September 18, 2020

The Ohio Environmental Council (“OEC”) is accepting applications for its Manager of Human Resources opening. We are searching for a Human Resources professional with experience in key HR functions, a background in working with a workforce represented by a labor union, as well as experience advancing diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

About the OEC:

The mission of the Ohio Environmental Council is to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home. We work for pragmatic solutions to keep Ohio clean and beautiful, and our communities safe. Included in our values is a belief in bringing diverse people together for a shared purpose, forging strategic partnerships to strengthen Ohio’s environmental movement, and honoring community leadership. And we work to understand and remedy both current and historical environmental injustice caused by oppressive practices harming Ohioans and meaningfully supports our partners and the communities they represent.

Job Responsibilities & Performance Expectations

As the Human Resources Manager, you will manage the implementation of our recently signed collective bargaining agreement, and provide the necessary support to OEC staff pertaining to employee benefits, employee training, and employee evaluations. Additionally, you will work closely with OEC Leadership, OEC staff committees, and our Board of Directors around our racial justice and equity goals, organizational culture, and professional development, and to ultimately achieve the organization’s strategic plan goals.

The Manager’s daily responsibilities will also include:

  • Overseeing the staffing programs and processes: including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, onboarding, and offboarding;
  • Designing and managing staff structure systems to assist with personnel allocation and prioritization within the organization;
  • Monitoring and ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws, regulations, and recommended best practices;
  • Managing professional development and organizational training opportunities;
  • Managing the organization’s performance evaluation program.
  • Updating and maintaining personnel and organizational policies;
  • Managing employee compensation and benefits;
  • Identifying employee issues and conflicts and bringing them to resolution; and
  • Performing other related duties as required and assigned.


  • Required Work Experience: At least 4 years of experience in Human Resources, including experience in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Experience in the administration of benefits and compensation programs and other Human Resources programs. General knowledge of various employment laws and practices. Prior experience working with labor unions and experience in collective bargaining.
  • Additional Skills: Well-organized; hard-working; thorough & detail-oriented; able to manage multiple tasks at once, and work across departments to achieve shared goals; has a professional demeanor. Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality and trust building. General knowledge of employment law, compensation practices, employee relations, safety, training, and labor relations.
  • Required Cultural Competence: Experience with and an understanding of the importance of recruiting a rich mix of candidates from varying backgrounds and experiences. Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Furthermore, we’re looking for candidates with strong listening skills and an ability to handle interpersonal relationships with grace and empathy.
  • Preferred qualifications: You have an interest in environmental issues and social justice. Nonprofit advocacy experience is a plus. Experience in a fast-paced campaign environment is a plus.

Compensation and benefits:

The salary range for the position is $53,460 – $70,963, depending on experience. We have an excellent benefits package which include employer-paid health, vision, dental, and life insurance; flexible and dependent care spending account; generous paid time off; paid parental leave; and employer-matched retirement fund.

Additional details:

This is a Columbus-based position working in our Columbus office. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff are working remotely and will be expected to work from the office and resume in-person meetings and travel when it is safe to do so. You will report to our General Counsel and work closely with our Executive Director, Finance Manager, Operations Manager, and Administrative Assistant as well as our DEI committee.

The Manager must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends, and be willing to travel throughout Ohio and occasionally out of state when travel resumes.

The HR Manager will not directly manage staff currently, but will work with a benefits broker and outside consultants as needed.

More about the OEC and our team:

At the Ohio Environmental Council, we work for clean air and water, clean energy, and protected public lands. We hold polluters accountable in court while working with communities and companies that want to invest in a clean, more sustainable direction. For over 50 years, we have led many of the major environmental policy wins in Ohio. Please visit the OEC’s website to learn more about our vision, values, and work.

Our team is made up of 27 staff, 20 board members, and a number of interns and volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds, including state government, social justice and environmental organizations, law firms, and from all corners of the state. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people from all backgrounds, including women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and all religious backgrounds. 

The Ohio Environmental Council is committed to working toward a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive environmental movement, and seeks to hire staff and contractors that reflect the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. The OEC is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply 

Send a cover letter explaining why you are the ideal candidate for the position, your resume, and references to with “Human Resources Manager” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until filled. The OEC is working with Sarah Bennett Consulting to coordinate this search. Please feel free to reach out to Sarah and her team at the email above or at