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HR & Talent Acquisition Partner

Fair Trade USA Oakland, CA

  • Expired: November 12, 2021. Applications are no longer accepted.

Our Organization

At Fair Trade USA, we’re leading the charge toward sustainable development and conscious capitalism by forming fair and honest partnerships across the globe. We believe in community, we’re excited about change, and we hire driven, talented change makers who share our vision.

Founded in 1998, Fair Trade USA is an internationally renowned social enterprise organization and the leading certifier of fair trade products in North America. We’re a four-time winner of Fast Company’s "Social Capitalist of the Year" award and the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and have been recognized as a leading social venture by the Clinton Global Initiative, Ashoka, the Klaus Schwab Foundation, and the World Economic Forum.

For today’s conscious consumer, Fair Trade USA provides a way to align values with purchasing decisions. Our widely recognized and trusted Fair Trade Certified ™ seal on a product signifies that it was made according to rigorous fair trade standards that promote sustainable livelihoods and safe working conditions, protection of the environment and strong, transparent supply chains.

Since inception, FTUSA has channeled over $830 million in additional income to hardworking families and communities around the world. We currently partners with over 1400 brands in over 30 different product categories in the U.S. and beyond. And we’re just getting started.

We are continuing to grow and deepen our global impact, and to do so, we are hiring for our expanding team. We are based in Oakland, California, with a global presence and team members around the world. Positions may be based at our Oakland, California (Bay Area) location, or remotely across USA locations.

Position Summary

The HR & Talent Acquisition Partner is a new role to join our People & Culture team and will work in close collaboration with HR team partners and as a point of contact for all employees and people managers, in providing engaging, inclusive, and best-practice people-first support for all aspects of people operations, with a focus on talent acquisition (recruitment lifecycle).

Our People & Culture team mission is to align our organization, culture and people operations with the mission, business objectives and strategic goals of the organization. We do so by providing high-quality support and guidance to employees and managers, helping to build leadership capabilities, driving forward solution adoption, spearheading structural change, and enhancing engagement and organizational health. We are committed to fostering and advancing a diverse, values-based, performance-driven and inclusive culture, where everyone can thrive.

The HR Partner will provide both specialist support in key areas of Talent Acquisition, and generalist support in all other aspects of the employee life cycle. This is an exciting time to join our team, as we grow our People & Culture department and support breakthrough growth for Fair Trade USA, heightening our impact for the global communities we serve.

This role will work report to the Head of People & Culture, and work cross-functionally with people managers, employees at all levels and in key partnership with colleagues across the People & Culture team including Human Resources, Administration and Facilities functions.

Key Responsibilities

Lead, manage and coordinate the end-to-end talent acquisition process for multiple positions at all levels, including sourcing, interviewing, offer, hiring and pre-boardng
Act as a trusted HR Partner to employees and people managers, and coach, guide and lead hiring teams through all aspects of Talent Acquisition planning
Creatively and equitably source candidates via multiple sourcing channels, maintain a strong pipeline of talent, and build an excellent candidate experience for all
Data-driven recruiting - discovery of meaningful patterns in our data to support decision-making related to recruitment and onboarding processes, activities, and outcomes. Utilize people-related data to drive strategic decision making and solutions
Support People Operations lifecycle and framework, including contributing to the seamless execution of Annual Planning, Performance Management Cycles, Learning & Development cycles.
Identify and contribute to programs and processes across the People & Culture team, and may take ownership of specialized HR projects and advance them to successful completion
Leverage excellent written and verbal communication, leadership skills, and unquestioned integrity to lead and influence stakeholders. Challenge assumptions to identify root causes as to offer the best solutions for HR related issues.
Coach people managers and employees through ER and leading by example in a way that is consistent and thoughtful with Fair Trade USA’s values-based and performance-driven culture
Be a vocal and solutions-focused champion of fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce and culture of belonging at all levels of the organization

Key Competencies
Action and Outcomes Oriented: Ability to be highly-productive and influential in a fast-paced environment and successfully balance longer-term strategic initiatives with more immediate and deadline-oriented priorities
Learns Continuously: demonstrates keen curiosity, is self-directed and proactively seeks out opportunities to further develop professional skills and acumen
Capability Builder: For self and others. Identifies and supports implementation of continuous improvement to advance operational excellence. Change agent who is comfortable in navigating ambiguity and able to coach and lead others through change, including the ongoing design of the Future of Work.
Communication & Organizational Skills: Exemplary organizational, interpersonal, and oral/written communication skills, to be able to deliver high-caliber outcomes.
Acts with integrity: Demonstrates a keen commitment to JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) and acts in an ethical and equitable manner in all HR activities.

Key Qualifications / Experience
Strong working knowledge and experience in executing talent acquisition best practices in a fast-paced environment
Must be technologically adept, highly proficient in Microsoft Office applications, data analytics software and effectively leveraging HRIS / Recruiting platforms and tools
Experience in multiple HR disciplines including workforce planning and administration, HRIS, org design, onboarding, performance management, employee relations, employment law, DEI, Learning & Development are also key advantages
Relevant professional or academic qualifications (SPHR, PHR etc. or Bachelor’s / Master’s in HRM, Organizational Development etc.) may be an advantage but are not required. We will consider relevant professional experience in lieu of education / qualifications and we welcome applicants who may not meet all qualifications identified but who may otherwise have developed the key competencies for this position

Our Workplace

At Fair Trade USA, we are a values-based and performance-driven organization, in service of our core mission. We are deeply committed to fostering an environment that is built on the principles of JEDI; a just, equitable, diverse and inclusive community for all. We are committed to upholding an inclusive workplace where all people feel equally respected and valued, and where we can all thrive. We are a proud equal opportunity employer and eagerly welcome applicants from every educational background, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, race, ethnicity, national origin and ancestry, veteran status, marital or family status and disability.

We believe in empowering our teams to do their best work and thrive at Fair Trade USA. We offer a comprehensive compensation approach including salary, performance-based bonus and employee recognition awards, and a generous and thoughtful approach to employee benefits, including health, vision and dental insurance, comprehensive PTO, flexible and remote work opportunities, professional development, wellbeing programs and a paid sabbatical program.

Additionally, as a mission-based organization, we recognize the deep impact that can occur for our employees to travel and witness first-hand the work of our teams and producer, fisher and farming communities globally. We offer travel awards and paid global travel experiences for employees. Additionally, we demonstrate our commitment to employees’ growth and impact by offering a fully-paid sabbatical opportunity for employees.

About this Position

Exempt Status: Exempt

Schedule Status: Full-Time

Has Direct Reports: No

Reports to: Head of People & Culture

Location: Oakland, CA or Remote

Fair Trade USA


Oakland, CA
94612 USA



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