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Senior Director, Human Resources

Gaithersburg, MD
Start date
Sep 23, 2023

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Administration, Human Resources/Recruiting
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Job Details

The Senior Director, Human Resources is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of critical human resource functions including employment, compensation, benefits, employee relations, organizational development, human resource information system management, equal opportunity, learning and development, and affirmative action plans.  They collaborate with Executive Leadership, actively contributing to the formulation, prioritization, and successful implementation of cutting-edge initiatives within the Human Resources (HR) function.  The Senior Director, Human Resources will establish partnerships with senior business leaders, ensuring a seamless integration of HR strategies with the overarching business objectives.


The Senior Director, Human Resources will assume a paramount role in providing visionary oversight and strategic direction to all programs administered by the HR department, thus ensuring the utmost effectiveness, efficiency, and excellence in operations. 


  1. Collaborate closely with the Executive Leadership Team to establish and drive organizational goals and strategic plans. Provide expert consultation to Senior Management on HR policies, programs, practices, and procedures to ensure strategic alignment with business initiatives.
  2. Spearhead and orchestrate the planning, development, implementation, administration and budgeting of full-range human resource programs including talent acquisition, total rewards, employee relations, organizational development, learning and development, affirmative action planning (AAP), human resources information systems (HRIS) management, and compliance.
  3. Exhibit dynamic leadership in guiding and empowering the HR team to deliver exceptional performance while fostering seamless integration with other business units.
  4. Undertake strategic staffing decisions and resource allocation within the HR department, ensuring the optimum utilization of talent and expertise.
  5. Monitor the HR budget and, in collaboration with the Executive Leadership Team, control expenditures and ensure the HR function has the capital and staff to support the approved organizational goals and objectives.
  6. Develop and execute and comprehensive total rewards strategy that aligns with the organization's business objectives and supports its talent acquisition, retention, and engagement goals.
  7. Uphold and refine the compensation program, including salary structures, bonuses, and equity programs, ensuring they are competitive and aligned with the organization's compensation philosophy.
  8. Conduct job evaluations and market benchmarking to determine appropriate salary levels, ensuring internal equity and external competitiveness.
  9. Serve as the internal champion of the organizational culture, engaging in active observation, feedback gathering, and making well-informed decisions to continually enhance and strengthen the overall work environment.
  10. Provide seasoned leadership and counsel for employee-related issues and policies across the organization by maintaining a positive approach with discretion, objectivity, and the ability to maintain confidentiality. Set the precedent for employee-related issues to be handled in a timely and professional manner.
  11. Mentor and coach HR team in their career development. Identify their strengths, interests, and areas of improvement, and provide them with regular feedback, guidance, and support. Create and implement learning and development programs, career paths, and succession plans for the HR team, and ensure they have the skills and competencies to perform their roles effectively.
  12. Ensure the organization is compliant with regulatory requirements of relevant laws and regulations.


Education and Experience:


  • Bachelor's degree and 15 or more years' experience, including 8 years' supervisory experience or equivalent experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business, Psychology or a relevant field.
  • Graduate degree in related field.
  • HR Certification (e.g. PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP) strongly preferred.
  • Government Contracting experience strongly preferred, including experience with OFCCP audits.

Other Duties:

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Founded in 1925, ATCC is a non-profit organization with a mission to acquire, authenticate, preserve, develop, standardize, and distribute biological materials and information for the advancement and application of scientific knowledge.


ATCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.


ATCC is a private, nonprofit, global biological resource center and standards organization. We provide the scientific community credible biological products, advanced model systems, and high-quality services that support complex research in a variety of innovative applications resulting in incredible achievements in basic science, drug discovery, translational medicine, and public health.

We support the scientific community with the world’s largest and most diverse collection of human and animal cell products, as well as molecular genomic tools, microbe products, and biological materials. We offer a host of services, as well, including cell and microbial culturing and authentication, development and production of controls and derivatives, proficiency testing, and biomaterial deposit services. Through our ATCC Federal Solutions initiative, we lend our expertise to federal agencies in areas that include global health and infectious diseases, biodefense, and noncommunicable diseases.

We've developed a quality commitment, which includes ISO accreditations and standards, that has allowed ATCC to evolve from a traditional culture collection founded in 1925 to a biological resource center with an infrastructure that supports the future of life science and biotechnology.

Our newly expanded headquarters and bioproduction facility is located in Manassas, Virginia, near Washington DC, and a recently renovated research and technology center of excellence in Gaithersburg, Maryland.



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