HR Director

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Key Information

Role: The HR Director will oversee HR and people operations functions within Longview Philanthropy, including hiring, onboarding, payroll, visa administration, and benefits administration. They will manage other staff who work on these functions, and serve as an independent, senior member of our operations team.

Location: London (in office) or US (remote) 

Note that remote candidates must be able to regularly work 3 hours overlapping with usual UK hours (9am - 6pm)

Starting Salary: £65,000 - £80,000 and a competitive benefits package.

Application Deadline: We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. 

How to apply

To apply, complete this form. You’ll be asked to provide your CV and answer questions about your work experience and interest. We aim to respond to candidates to let them know if they are advancing within 10 days.

About Longview Philanthropy

Longview Philanthropy’s mission and activities

Longview Philanthropy is a non-profit based in the UK and US. We design and execute bespoke giving strategies for major donors. Our grant recommendations are driven by the conviction that we can use evidence and reason to find the highest-impact donation opportunities. We focus on global challenges that could transform our future for many generations to come, including AI safety and governance, biosecurity, and nuclear weapons policy. Everything we offer is free-of-charge, independent, and often reviewed by external experts. We currently advise donors worldwide. We have recommended >$10m grants annually since our founding, and we have plans to scale up our giving.

Impact in this role

In this role, you’ll support the Longview team to effectively deploy over $10M per year to reduce the risk of a major global catastrophe, such as a nuclear war between great powers, an engineered pandemic, or the misuse of advanced artificial intelligence. 

Your work will support all Longview employees, from their initial application and throughout their time at Longview. You will ensure that we are compliant with all relevant HR and employment laws. You’ll play a key role in ensuring that our organisation’s culture and personnel policies help us advance our ambitious goals.

Longview Philanthropy’s team culture

We are a collaborative, dedicated and positive team. We are all deeply motivated by the work that we do and the impact we can have. We are an ambitious organisation with a culture of clear communication, commitment to excellence, direct feedback, ownership over our work and a strong focus on outcomes.

Responsibilities

The HR Director will have overall responsibility (either directly or via their direct reports) for several critical areas of our work, including:

  • Developing and implementing priorities for how Longview can improve its HR.
  • Developing our HR policies and handbooks (UK & US) to ensure they are compliant, clear, and comprehensive.
    • Ensuring our policies and benefits are administered compliantly and efficiently 
  • Ensuring we have excellent and comprehensive onboarding and offboarding processes.
  • Training our managers to be aware of critical people management policies, specifically how to handle performance concerns.
    • If necessary, implementing Performance Improvement Plans.
  • Managing non-standard employment cases such as employing someone in a country we don’t operate in or probation extensions.
  • Building processes for managing various types of leave, such as parental and sabbatical leave
    • Helping staff develop leave and transition plans to manage workloads and responsibilities.
  • Understanding and managing employment legal compliance and risk reduction.
  • Managing and mentoring our Operations Associate, who works on these and other critical operations tasks. The HR Director will assist them in their professional development towards a senior HR role and mentor them to assume management responsibilities.
  • Overseeing many of our day-to-day HR-related activities such as:
    • Applying for and managing visas on behalf of staff 
    • Overseeing UK & US Payroll
    • Answering policy and HR-related questions from staff 

The successful candidate will report to Katie Hearsum, COO, and ideally would be able to start as soon as possible.

Who Should Apply for This Role?

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following attributes:

Essential

Experience

  • Three or more years of experience in HR, especially for nonprofits
  • Experience with US or UK employment law and operations
  • Experience with sensitive HR tasks, such as administering performance improvement plans and writing organizational policies
  • Experience managing payroll, especially for an international organization
  • Experience managing operations staff
  • Experience with and ability to work independently, with minimal day-to-day supervision, in a senior-level position

Abilities and Attributes

  • Knowledge of UK or US employment law and compliance procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities
  • Outstanding attention to detail — ability to execute tasks without error
  • Proactive and able to continually improve our systems to increase the impact of the research and grantmaking teams
  • Able to balance compliance, efficiency, and supporting staff in achieving Longview’s long term growth
  • Commitment to maintaining appropriate levels of confidentiality with personnel information and other sensitive data
  • Ability to use discretion and good judgment in daily work
  • Ability to put work in context: someone who consistently views individual tasks as part of its wider project, keeping in mind the ultimate project purpose and aims

Desirable

  • Knowledge of US employment law and compliance procedures
  • Experience applying for and managing visas, especially in the US and UK
  • Experience with benefits administration, and especially benefit tax compliance
  • Familiarity with the concepts of high-impact philanthropy and global catastrophic risks
  • Ability to work in person from the Longview London office

Salary, Benefits and Location

  • This position is full-time, with a preference for candidates who can work in person from our beautiful East London office office. However, we will also consider remote candidates based in the US.
  • We may be able to sponsor US and UK work visas for this position.
  • The salary for this position is £65,000 - £80,000, dependent on experience and skills.
  • Benefits include: 25 days’ holiday plus bank/ public holidays, 10% employer pension (or 10% 401k contribution for US employees), private healthcare including vision and dental, £5,000 per/year wellbeing budget, professional development budget, equipment budget, and a well-stocked office fridge

Application Process

  • First stage: Submit an application Short screening questionnaire (10 minutes)
  • Second stage: First round screening interview 
  • Third stage: Paid 3-hour work task
    • We will pay candidates £50/hr for completing this stage.
  • Fourth stage: interview (1 hour) & reference checks
  • Fifth stage: In-person (in London) or remote 1-3-day work trial 
    • We recognise a work trial is a significant commitment. An honorarium will be provided to all candidates who complete a work trial and travel and accommodation costs will be reimbursed.
    • We are keen to work with the final candidate(s) to ensure they are able to complete a work trial, and aim to be flexible and accommodating. We recognize it may not be possible in all cases. Please reach out if you are interested in applying but think you’d be unable to complete a work trial.

The starting date for the position will be determined together with the successful applicant. The ideal candidate would start by late May 2024.

Email jobs+hr@longview.org with any questions.

Longview Philanthropy is an equal-opportunity employer and we aim to employ people with many different experiences, perspectives and backgrounds who share our passion and believe in our mission. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are happy to make any reasonable accommodations necessary to welcome all to our workplace. Please contact us to discuss adjustments to the application process.