American Forests is a national non-profit organization committed to creating healthy and resilient forests from cities to wilderness, that deliver essential benefits for climate, people, water and wildlife. We advance our mission through forestry innovation, place-based partnerships to plant and restore forests, and movement building. We envision a world in which the significant environmental, societal and economic benefits of forests are fully realized and equitably available to all people. Established in 1875, American Forests is the oldest national non-profit conservation organization in the U.S. working to restoring urban forests and forested landscapes for nearly 150 years.

American Forests is proud to be a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible (DEIA) workplace. These are our shared values. We welcome individuals who bring a variety of backgrounds and experiences to be a part of our team to help make a difference individually and collectively as we work toward achieving our mission. We are committed to fostering an environment that is welcoming and respectful and provides opportunities for advancement and professional growth for every team member.


The newly-created Senior Manager, Human Resources position will play a key role in championing American Forests’ culture. Ideal candidate will possess a broad scope of knowledge, skills and understanding of the various functions of Human Resources, including: employee relations, benefits management, DEIA, employee recruitment, performance management, records management, professional development, compliance, rewards and recognition, and compensation. The position serves as a strategic thought leader always focusing on the organization’s culture, values and purpose.


The Senior Manager, Human Resources is responsible for the following:

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access, DEIA (20%)

  • Work with leadership to implement strategies and processes that are consistent, streamlined and targeted on DEIA issues
  • Assist in identifying, setting up and managing DEIA initial and annual refresher training, creating summaries/reports
  • Prepare or assist in preparation of DEIA presentations and reports
  • Schedule meetings and activities
  • Serve as an active DEIA Committee Member and maintain on-going productive relationships

Performance Management (20%)

  • Serve as the lead on the annual performance management process to measure employee performance and set benchmarks
  • Assist in identifying, setting up and managing performance management software, creating summaries and reports
  • Provide training to ensure understanding of process, including timeline, and overall manager/employee expectations

Employee Recruitment (20%)

  • Manage job postings and candidate selection process
  • Work with teams to ensure job postings are accurate, well written and posted in a timely manner
  • Serve as a point of contact with external recruiting firms for select or hard-to-fill positions
  • Assist in identifying, setting up and managing recruitment software, creating summaries and reports
  • Develop and maintain relationships with select colleges and universities to identify and create a pipeline for forestry, urban forestry and environmental science graduates
  • Assist with and/or lead the onboarding process

Benefits Management (15%)

  • Work with external partners to monitor industry benefits benchmarking American Forests to ensure benefits are current and comparable to similar organizations
  • Work with external partners to prepare and distribute annual benefits survey prior to open enrollment
  • Work with HR Director to manage and maintain open enrollment calendar, ensuring activities are properly scheduled and timeline is followed

Professional Development (15%)

  • In consultation with supervisors and employees, identify training needs for employees to empower them to enhance their skills for career advancement by developing career paths
  • Identify and partner with external vendors
  • Analyze utilization, benchmark data, and prepare reports

Compliance (5%)

  • Maintain compliance with federal, state and local employment laws, including FLSA, ACA, FMLA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, OSHA, HIPAA and ADA
  • Possess basic or working knowledge of EEOC requirements
  • Working with HR Director to prepare and submit reports as required
  • Manage and update annual compliance calendar

Administrative (5%)

  • Respond to employee inquiries within 24 hours or sooner when possible
  • Manage new and current employee personnel files and benefits folders to ensure accuracy, completeness and compliance
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, English or related field
  • 2-4 years of relevant and progressive work experience
  • Must possess strong working knowledge of multiple human resources functions
  • Must maintain confidentiality, integrity, be self-directed, and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Must possess solid critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Strong writing, verbal and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of employment law and federal, state and local compliance
  • Must be able to multi-task, managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Must be able to effectively communicate with employees and outside partners at all levels
  • Demonstrated knowledge of HRIS systems, Office 365, especially Word, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Previous experience working for a non-profit organization is preferred
  • Current HR certification is preferred


This is Washington, D.C. based position. The option to work partially or fully remote is available. American Forests’ headquarters is located in downtown Washington, D.C. and within walking distance of several Metro stations (all lines), multiple bus lines, and Capital Bikeshare.

Subject to applicable laws, American Forests requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. We will consider requests for accommodation to this vaccination requirement during the recruiting process. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.


  • Must be comfortable with prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 10-15 pounds at a time.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to provide access to all individuals along the continuum of human ability and experience.


Occasional travel is required to attend staff events, meetings and other social functions.


This position does not have any supervisory requirements.


To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to

American Forests is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

If you are unable to submit your resume due to a disability, contact American Forests to request an accommodation or alternative application process.