Job Openings

Human Resource Director

Job Title: Human Resources Director

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director

Salary: $110,000-$125,000, Plus see below for details on the DPW generous benefits package

Location: Madison, WI (Milwaukee, WI can be added at the Hiring Manager’s request.)

Start date: January  2023

Application Deadline: December 1, 2022 (Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Deadlines may be shortened or extended as necessary. There is no guarantee this posting will remain open until the deadline or be closed on the deadline. This is a suggested timeframe based on organization needs.)

About The Democratic Party of Wisconsin: WisDems is nationally recognized as one of the country’s highest-performing and most pivotal political organizations. During the 2023 spring election cycle, DPW will drive a massive program to elect a progressive majority to the state supreme court, elect candidates up and down the ballot and work to build volunteer-led coalitions for the long term. WisDems’ work is grounded in inclusion, respect, and empowerment across race, gender, other dimensions of identity, and the rural/suburban/urban divide. Our work continues year-round, collaborating with partners to build a movement that delivers meaningful change for all Wisconsinites. We seek outstanding applicants who share our values and vision to join the team, help win elections, and build a future where everyone can thrive.

The Opportunity: As the Human Resources Director, you will execute a broad range of HR  responsibilities including onboarding, employee relations, labor relations, and benefits administration, all with a strong equity and inclusion lens. You will ensure that the DPW HR practices meet all of the state and federal rules and regulations. This is a key service-oriented position that requires a high degree of initiative and individual judgment. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your high energy and enthusiasm for the HR profession and make a difference in the lives of employees, while at the same time helping the  organization reach our goals.


Job Responsibilities: 

  •  Continue to develop and implement anti-racist and inclusive recruitment efforts, hiring processes, and performance management initiatives.
  • Perform effective management of benefits administration, time-off tracking, FMLA, retirement program, and Workers’ Compensation, etc.
  • Provide support to employees on basic employee relations questions and inquiries regarding policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Manage and resolve complex employee and labor relations issues by conducting effective, thorough, and objective inquiries in consultation with legal advisors.
  • Manage the HR department including strategic planning, budgeting, hiring, and project management.
  • Must maintain confidentiality of sensitive information with tact and discretion.
  • Develop strong management policies and practices for the organization.
  • Work with other managers to ensure that regular performance evaluations are conducted for employees to help create a positive culture of feedback.
  • Providing HR guidance to Senior Leadership.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop departmental goals, objectives, and systems
  • On year requirements include working outside of normal work hours; including canvassing and other election-preparation as necessary.

Qualifications (Required):  

  • Strategist’s Mind (Growth Mindset) – Has a successful track record of taking a concept from idea to implementation. Quickly grasps the subtleties of complex issues and identifies patterns in challenges. Comes up with insightful, pragmatic, equitable, and sustainable ways to tackle common challenges and produce positive change. Ability to take and implement feedback.
  • Strong sense of ownership and resilience (Relentlessly Goal-Oriented): Plans ahead and finds alternative paths, when needed, to get to the finish line. Enjoys working toward and achieving ambitious goals. Keeps calm in stressful situations. Has the capacity and willingness to work long hours during peak season, rolling up their sleeves and getting the work done.
  • Racial, Equity, and Inclusion Values (Cultural Competency) – Experience or educational background with identifying decisions, policies, or practices that have disparate impacts based on identity. Has demonstrated ability to build authentic relationships across lines of difference, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, gender identity, citizenship status, or other identities.
  • Excellent Organizational Skills – Experience demonstrating the ability to prioritize and manage details to efficiently multitask. Has, or can create, a system for keeping tasks from slipping through the cracks. Able to juggle competing demands and prioritize without sacrificing quality. Plans backwards to make deadlines. Asks for help when needed.
  • Exceptional Communication Skills – Has exceptional written and verbal competencies and shows an aptitude to handle difficult conversations. Speaks clearly on behalf of the organization and advocates for/with community members. Communicates well with others, including sharing context and asking questions to understand others’ perspectives.
  • HR Leadership Experience – Experience as an HR leader in charge of retention and  engagement.
  • Working HR Knowledge -Including but not limited to recruiting, benefits, compensation,  employee relations, performance management, federal and state employment laws.
  • Customer-Service Skills – Entirely customer-centric (internal/external) and able to develop and  sustain effective relationships with key people both inside and outside of the organization.

Qualifications (Preferred):

  • HR Certifications
  • Experience with HR systems such as Rippling, HR Acuity, JazzHR, and Lattice
  • Political experience in a volunteer or work setting

Benefits: Great benefits including; excellent health care ($1/month), dental ($1/month), vision ($1/month), life insurance (free), short term and long-term disability (free), free Better Help virtual therapy, free Calm premium subscription, monthly cell phone stipend, 10 days paid vacation, retirement plan with 3% employer match, 3 floating holidays, 9 paid holidays, plus more!

Equity and Inclusion: The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has a vision for a deeply inclusive  and diverse party organization, membership, and electorate. In order to be successful at the  Democratic Party of Wisconsin candidates must have the cultural competence to successfully  work with a diverse array of constituency groups. We especially strongly encourage applicants  with close ties to Black, Indigenous, AAPI, Latinx, Muslim, non-English-speaking, disability,  and LGBTQ communities. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Note on COVID-19: Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment, except where prohibited by law. Reasonable accommodations due to disability, medical condition, or bona fide religious belief will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.