Vice President, Human Resources

Natural Lands

Natural Lands is seeking a new senior Human Resources Leader. Natural Lands is a non-profit organization that saves open space, cares for nature, and connects people to the outdoors in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. We’ve been at it since the early 1950s and, today, nearly five million people live within five miles of lands under our permanent protection.

Our mission is to preserve and nurture nature’s wonders and to create opportunities for joy and discovery in nature for everyone in our region.

The Vice President of Human Resources will provide high-level leadership for Natural Lands HR operations. This role will also develop and implement short and long-range plans to meet strategic organizational goals for culture and talent.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Culture/Organizational Development

  • Takes lead in helping to establish and advance strategic plan goals related to organizational culture, cohesion, communication (to include staff meetings)
  • Takes lead responsibility for advancing internal DEIA goals (recruitment, training, and retention); Oversees the IDEA Team; collaborates with MT members; monitors and analyzes progress toward organizational goals
  • Assists with process improvement and staff time optimization
  • Operational issues such as office space optimization, health & safety, etc. – especially post-COVID
  • Utilizes tools to monitor employee satisfaction levels; develops programming to improve employee satisfaction
  • Contributes to professional development within the conservation community as appropriate

Talent Management and Development

  • Oversees an Onboarding program for new staff that evolves to address staffing trends
  • Develops programs to encourage employee retention; uses analytics and metrics to track success, guides managers in implementation of retention programs
  • Long term talent management and professional development (meeting succession planning and diversity goals)
  • Design a performance management system to meet talent management goals
  • Performance Improvement, discipline and termination
  • Oversees the design and refresh of job descriptions to ensure consistency
  • Assists members of the management team in exploring creative ways to meet productivity needs
  • Oversees the development of internship programs to meet organizational goals for talent development and diversity

HR Policy Development and Education

  • Develops and maintains legally compliant human resource policies
  • Monitors the Employee Handbook for needed change, oversees updates

Employee Benefits and Compensation

  • Oversees the maintenance of a cost-effective, comprehensive benefits program that meets organizational goals and contributes to staff satisfaction and well-being
  • Monitors national trends in non-profit benefits offerings to maintain competitive benefits for staff
  • With the Management Team, develops compensation goals that meet organizational budgetary constraints and meet needs for retention and recognition
  • Monitors applicable non-profit and for-profit compensation trends to maintain a competitive compensation program that also meets Natural Lands budgetary constraints
  • Maintains relationship with retirement plan advisor

Recruitment, Selection, and Orientation

  • Oversees organizational recruiting processes
  • Oversees the development of sources and relationships designed to meet organizational talent goals
  • Develops a program that advances organizational goals to achieve greater diversity in the applicant pool and thus the staff
  • Performs high-level recruiting, with assistance as requested


  • Develops and manages the annual Human Resources budget in coordination with the VP of Finance


  • Oversees compliance with safety practices and the Certified Workplace Safety Committee


  • 10+ years of progressive HR experience and over 5 years of experience leading or managing an HR team
  • A Bachelor’s Degree highly desirable, advanced degree a plus
  • HR Certifications highly desirable
  • Experience creating and implementing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives
  • Experience working with and advising leaders all across an organization
  • Must be well-versed in HR policy and employment law
  • Experience selecting and implementing an HR System highly desirable
  • Ability to operate both strategically and tactically

Join the staff at the beautiful Natural Lands’ headquarters on the Hildacy Preserve in Media, Pennsylvania. We seek to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our organization stronger. We aim to build a workplace where employees feel empowered to be their full, authentic selves. We welcome you to explore a career at Natural Lands.

Natural Lands is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Juno Search Partners, attention Tori Mitchell [email protected] or Samantha Schiff [email protected]