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Director, Human Resources

Location: Santa Monica, Calif.


The Milken Institute is a globally focused, publicly supported, non-partisan and nonprofit think tank with offices in Santa Monica, California, Washington DC, Singapore and London. The Institute’s mission is to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health. Employing the tools of research, convening and collaborating with leaders from finance, industry, public policy, philanthropy and the social sector, the Institute works toward practical and actionable solutions to cure disease, create jobs, spread opportunity, spur economic development and implement energy and environmental practices that promote sustainability.

Reporting to the President and COO, the Director, Human Resources will provide counsel and partnership on performance management, employee relations, talent development, leadership enhancement, compensation and organizational effectiveness.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate organizational change as required from time to time and develop and support a People Strategy.
  • Manage Hiring and retention strategies with an emphasis on diversity and succession planning
  • Work in partnership with Institute leadership to develop and implement human resources processes and programs including but not limited to: performance management, organizational development, talent management, learning and development, advancement and the compensation review process.
  • Manage day-to-day operational assistance on human resources matters. Consult with managers on performance issues (including terminations, grievances, etc.), staffing plans and strategies, compensation plans and other issues. Counsel employees on various topics (grievances, terminations, etc.) while maintaining employer advocacy role
  • Manage ad-hoc requests and projects such as: HR related transactions (terminations, leaves, new hires, internal transfer), Report generation (headcount, turnover, requisitions, merit, bonus), Immigration (Visa filings, relocations, tracking) and other projects and responsibilities as necessary.


  • 10+ years relevant HR experience demonstrating aptitude across multiple facets of HR with prior experience administering HR policies & practices, preferably in a global/ complex/ matrix organization
  • Strong client focus and be able to effectively and quickly build relationships and establish trust, respect, competence, and confidence
  • Strong change management skills, i.e., comfortable with uncertainty, ambiguity and constant change, yet able to set priorities and execute on commitments.
  • Solutions-focused, able to sort through information and develop concise and clear solutions quickly
  • Detail oriented with a logical, and methodological approach to problem solving
  • Able to manage high volume workload and have a flexible approach
  • Excellent research, writing, verbal and interpersonal communication skills


  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources or related field/equivalent required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Progressively responsible experience in human resources with exposure to and demonstrated competence in all functional areas
  • Strong technical skills, including significant experience using Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Flexibility on schedule

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.