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Police Athletic League Director of Human Resources in New York, New York

The Police Athletic League (PAL) is the largest independent youth organization in New York City that provides educational and recreational activities for children and young adults. PAL Inc. and The New York City Police Department work in partnership to provide communities with summer and after-school recreational and educational activities.

We are looking for a Director of Human Resources who serves as a senior-level manager who develops, coordinates, implements, and oversees professional human resources initiatives that ensure that the Police Athletic League’s Full-Time, Part-Time personnel, and Volunteers are utilized effectively for the benefit of the communities and youths served by the Police Athletic League, PAL staff and the agency as a whole. The Director of Human Resources must understand and support the mission, vision, and goals of the Police Athletic League as she or he 1) attracts quality applicants, 2) facilitates a professional workplace environment, 3) complies with federal, state, and local employment laws, and 4) formulates policies and procedures and offers sound recommendations to the Executive Director.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with the Executive Director and Department heads in order to meet and maintain PAL's mission, vision, and strategic plans related to staffing, recruiting, and retention.

  • Oversees the functions of the Human Resources/Payroll Department and takes ownership of its development and initiatives and ensures biweekly Payroll is processed for all Police Athletic League staff.

  • Develops consistent, clear, and cohesive HR policies, processes, and procedures.

  • Serves as PAL’s EEO specialist. Monitors and ensures the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations. Reviews and modifies PAL’s policies and procedures utilizing best practices in order to maintain compliance.

  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in Human Resources. Utilizes this knowledge in order to implement improvements to PAL’s practices and efficiency tools for the Human Resources/Payroll department when necessary.

  • Develops and administers effective staffing, recruitment employee relations programs, job descriptions, and performance appraisal tools for all new and existing employees.

  • Oversees the processing of all new employee applications, personnel attendance, personnel record tracking, and bi-weekly reporting of new hires and terminations.

  • Plans, leads, develops, coordinates, and implements policies, processes, training, initiatives, and surveys to support PAL’s Human Resources compliance and strategy needs. Provides guidance, coaching, and training to supervisors to ensure appropriate responses to employee relations and performance management concerns.

  • Responsible for implementing and overseeing PAL’s Security, Criminal Background, and Fingerprinting programs.

  • Oversees the filing of incident reports, accident reports, and legal correspondence. Partners with appropriate internal personnel and external authorities as required by law and Agency policies.

  • Maintains and updates the employee handbook.

  • Oversees PAL’s benefit and salary programs to ensure the Agency’s workplace competitiveness.

  • Prepares and updates PAL’s annual pension plan. Partners with PAL’s insurance brokers to review and market all Agency insurances, i.e., medical, dental, general liability, fire, automobile, directors, officers, etc.

  • Represents the Police Athletic League in legal actions, worker’s compensation, and unemployment hearings. Coordinates grievance panels, hearings, investigations, and results. Handles workers’ compensation and disability claims.

    Additional Duties

  • Completes special projects as assigned by the Executive Director.

  • Proposes publishes and administers personnel policies.

  • Liaison with Centers and witnesses regarding legal matters.

  • Provides public information, as agency permits, such as verifying employment.

    Essential Skills, Abilities, and Experience:

  • Experiential knowledge of the principles and practices of Human Resources administration.

  • Understanding of organizational management and supervision of personnel.

  • Ability to develop long-term plans and programs.

  • Ability to conceptualize, apply and adapt Human Resources practices and techniques to an ever-changing workforce.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with management staff, employees, and the general public when representing PAL and the Executive Director.

  • Ability to present facts and recommendations effectively in oral and written form.

  • Capable of developing a professional administered Human Resources Department.

  • Ensure the participation, progress, and performance of all assigned staff.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required; Master’s degree preferred.

  • 10+ years of HR Generalist experience with increasing responsibilities.

  • At least five years of Human Resources management experience is required.

  • Experiential knowledge of both Union and Non-Union employees.

  • SHRM-CP, and SHRM-SCP certification is highly preferred.

  • Non-profit organization experience preferred.

  • ADP Workforce Now experience preferred.


    The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives required of employees assigned to this position. Any deviation from the information above must be at the discretion of the Executive Director of the Police Athletic League.

The Police Athletic League seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at PAL are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

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