Human Resources Business Partner

Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/13/2022 9:16 AM)
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Capacity Building
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TSNE ( is working to build to a more just, equitable society of belonging. We do this by providing capacity building services, consulting and training services, and operational support to hundreds of nonprofits, foundations, community-based groups, and others working for social change. We are partners, neighbors, and friends working collaboratively in a broad lane that includes everything from building management services to finance and accounting to human resources. We live by our values as an organization, and are committed to identifying, including, and valuing the unique skills, perspectives and knowledge of each member of our team—and we’re looking for the right people to do this work with us!


About our Values:

  • Promoting Social Justice – We support social change and we are not afraid to hold ourselves accountable, insisting on always doing better and leading not just with words, but actions.
  • Increasing Diversity and Inclusivity – We are driven by equity and act with a sense of what’s just and right for the people and organizations with which we work.
  • Valuing Each Individual As a Whole Person – We treat all people with respect and dignity, honoring individual differences and promoting a healthy life/work balance.
  • Achieving Excellence in Service – We truly care about our clients, partners, and community, provide high quality service, and observe, listen, and pay thoughtful attention to the big and little things.
  • Stewarding Our Resources Wisely to Achieve Greatest Impact – We unassumingly and confidently convey our extensive knowledge and expertise gleaned through many years of learning and doing.


The Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) supports our fiscally sponsored organizations (FSOs) by providing human resources integration into all of their activities. This role supports FSOs in their HR functions, as well as proactive thought partnership and guidance as an integral part of the organization’s growth, development, service or mission delivery, financial well-being and risk management to successfully execute and deliver on its objectives.

Fiscal Sponsorship

  • Provide HR guidance and support to a portfolio of FSOs on a regular basis, acting as an HR Business Partner in their day-to-day, ongoing and strategic work;
  • Collaborate closely with Fiscal Sponsorship staff including FSO grants and finance staff, providing strategic guidance for FSO leadership related to human resources, including staffing plans, compensation budgeting, performance management, employee relations and planning;
  • Onboard new FSO employees and orient and guide them on how our processes work, directing them to TSNE staff who can assist them with training on the use of TSNE systems, providing support and overseeing compliance by assisting managers, listening to staff and acting as a coach for both, focusing on clear and transparent communications;
  • Proactively provide HR guidance by building and maintaining relationships with FSO directors, providing thought partnership and critical analysis, and conducting quarterly check-ins to review FSO goals, challenges and progress. Support and guide managers in the creation and revision of job descriptions to accurately reflect the work being done, the requirements to complete that work, and FLSA classification; 
  • Work in partnership with the finance, legal and accounting teams to provide seamless, coordinated service to our FSOs.
  • Assist hiring managers as needed to post openings to iCIMS and advise them throughout the hiring processes, including recommending the most cost efficient and effective posting locations, the development of interview and reference questions, and advice on extending job offers and negotiations;
  • Train managers on hiring practices, ensure they understand implicit bias, help with decision-making if needed, approve pay rates presented in concurrence with the GFM to ensure the budget can accommodate the rate and that it is in line with other positions within the Project and equitable;
  • Ensure that all managers are complying with state and federal laws; intervene if compliance issues arise and when appropriate, escalate and/or partner with legal team for additional support;
  • Develop and support FS managers and EDs’ ability to manage and address employee relations concerns by acting in an advisory capacity.  Maintain awareness of potential legal liabilities, and when necessary direct a certain course of action;
  • Ensure that performance feedback is provided to staff consistent with TSNE policy and that annual reviews are completed in a timely manner;
  • Recognize appropriate referrals to other lines of business within TSNE.  

Internal Leadership Support

  • Provide thought partnership and support to the execution of internal initiatives as needed (i.e. annual performance review process, pay equity audits, skills assessment, among others);
  • Provide support and coverage as needed for departmental or organizational capacity;
  • Develop, implement and maintain a system for tracking and monitoring state level laws and regulations. Ensure HR team is compliant;
  • Provide support for human resources consulting engagements. (Compensation analysis, supervision, DEI and other related topics training).

Complete other tasks and projects related to the job, as needed.


Many folks who are impacted by biased professionalism standards, such as women, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and individuals with disabilities, tend to only submit an application if they meet every requirement listed. At TSNE, we are always looking for enthusiastic candidates who are the best fit for the role, both culturally and through experience. If you believe you’d be a good addition to our team, we look forward to your application!


You are someone who has at least five years of experience in human resources management with emphasis in employee relations, performance management and change management and recruitment experience. It is a plus if you have had some experience in a nonprofit setting. You have a strong working knowledge of federal labor and employment laws, regulations and practices. 


You also believe in and embody our organizational values and the below core competencies:

  • Communication – The ability to effectively exchange ideas, concepts, facts, and data with diverse audiences.
  • High standard of integrity, ethics, and professionalism – The highest standards of integrity, ethical practices and professionalism are demonstrated in all aspects of work, including interactions with others, decision-making, and the development and delivery of work product. The ability to integrate core values, equity, integrity and accountability throughout all organizational practices.
  • Relationship management – The ability to develop and nurture positive, productive relationships with others.
  • Collaboration – The ability to collaborate vertically and horizontally throughout the organization and with others.
  • Technologically and organizationally functional – Computer skills and demonstrates willingness to learn additional, specific platforms. Also understands and follows the policies and procedures applicable to all staff.

And a strong combination of the following qualifications:

  • Soft Skills including exceptional discretion and judgment. Effective verbal and written communication skills with a wide audience. Ability to build productive and successful range of relationships and effectively serve in roles ranging from trusted advisor, teammate, subject matter expert and to coach.
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness and some understanding of fostering an inclusive, culturally sensitive, environment. Willing to ask questions, learn, and constructively share and accept feedback. Must be adaptable to a range of audiences and dynamics.
  • Just do good work by providing high quality work in fast-paced environment. Strong analytical skills are necessary. Must be flexible and able to manage multiple changing priorities and projects, and be organized and detail oriented. Provide excellent customer service by being on-time and accurate.


Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described for this position are that of a typical office environment. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Ability to sit and/or for extended periods of time in front of a computer screen is an essential aspect of the position. There may be a need to lift and/or move materials or equipment.


Location: Work will be performed between our office located at the NonProfit Center at 89 South Street, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02111 and your home office. This position will be required to be on-site at least once per week.

Schedule: This position is full-time at 37.5 hours per week and hours are flexible within reason.



Compensation and Benefits


Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $90,000.00 and is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): twelve paid holidays, three weeks of vacation, one week of personal holiday, and up to 487.5 hours of accrued sick time for benefited staff annually.
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim.
  • Low-cost MetLife Dental and Vision.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care.
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance.
  • Employer-paid Pension and Employee-paid Tax-Deffered Annuity through TIAA.
  • Up to $90.00 monthly commuter subsidy.
  • No meetings after noon on Fridays.
  • ...and more!

TSNE envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  



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