Radio Free Asia

Human Resource Manager

Location US-WA-Washington DC
ID 2024-1052
Human Resources
Position Type
Service Department
Human Resource


Join Radio Free Asia's (RFA) Human Resources team, which is in an exciting phase of systems upgrades and change management as we have recently implemented ADP and iCIMS for automation and are expanding our global presence. RFA fosters a culturally diverse staff and importantly, you could contribute to advancing RFA's mission of providing accurate news to Asian nations with restricted press freedom.

Our ideal candidate possesses deep HR experience in diverse global settings, particularly in media or nonprofit sectors, and holds a solid foundation across various HR functions – particularly in employee relations, legal and policy compliance, performance management, and compensation and benefits – gained in diverse global settings. As a member of the close-knit and highly collaborative HR team this role requires a sense of urgency, strategic thinking, willingness to be hands-on and ability to support staff while mitigating risk. This is a full-time hybrid position based in RFA’s Washington, DC, headquarters.


  • Providing consultative guidance and coaching to managers and employees on human resources-related topics, such as policies, employee relations, performance management, compliance, recruitment, personnel actions, and staffing – escalating to senior HR management as necessary.
  • Providing HR policy guidance and interpretation. Supporting policy development, revision, and implementation, including analyzing policies for clarity, effectiveness, and legal and regulatory compliance, and providing input on improvements in these areas.
  • Helping to manage and resolve complex employee relations issues. Conducting effective, thorough and objective investigations.
  • Facilitating difficult and challenging conversations to achieve conflict resolution and closure recommendations.
  • Ensuring key stakeholders are kept current on employee related issues.
  • Ensuring compliance with employment laws, including FMLA, ADA, and EEO laws. Participate in administration of family/medical leave and accommodation requests/determination processing. Serve as subject matter expert in these areas and provides advice/guidance on determinations.
  • Providing hands-on support to HR projects and strategic initiatives, as needed.
  • Supporting the employee performance review program – including administration and status tracking – to drive effectiveness, compliance, and equity within the organization.
  • Maintaining knowledge of legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting human resources functions and helping to ensure policies, procedures, and reporting are in compliance.
  • Supporting and providing input on HR processes, procedures, and performance standards.
  • Supporting and participating in efforts to gain insight on engagement, retention, and departures, such as employee engagement surveys and exit interviews.
  • Working closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention.
  • Helping to identify training needs for business units and individual manager coaching needs.
  • Supporting the staff compensation administration program to drive compliance and equity within the firm.
  • Functioning as a problem solver and change agent whenever appropriate and possible.
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • BS or BA degree in Human Resources or related field; experience in lieu of degree considered.
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience comprehensive HR experience, encompassing HR the following procedures: employee relations, compliance with federal and state employment laws, diversity, compensation, benefits, performance management, and staffing.
  • More than 5 years of HR partnership experience in consultative roles, preferably within international nonprofit or media organizations.
  • Advantageous: Experience working with a union.
  • Advantageous: Experience in compensation benchmarking or any aspect of compensation related to creating job families, international job analysis or upgrading job descriptions a plus.
  • Advantageous: SHRM Certification.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Demonstrated understanding and application of relevant laws, regulations, and policies. Strong grasp of compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. Understanding of labor laws in Asian countries preferred.
  • Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply the appropriate sections of applicable laws, guidelines, regulations, ordinances, and policies.
  • Ability to acquire a thorough understanding of the organization's hierarchy, jobs, qualifications, compensation practices, and the administrative practices related to those factors.
  • Tactful negotiation skills exercised across different stakeholders to gain buy-in for HR strategies and solutions.
  • Skillful at multitasking, prioritization, meeting deadlines, and time management.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong ethical standards in order to handle sensitive employee information and make decisions that impact the overall culture and fairness of the organization.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively engage across diverse cultural backgrounds and all staff levels, from employees to senior leadership.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive HR information and matters.
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Office Suite and HRIS systems; familiarity of ADP or ICIMS highly advantageous. Willingness to continually update the technical skills.
  • Fluency in written and verbal English required; proficiency in one or more of RFA’s broadcast languages is highly advantageous.
  • Physical Requirements: Ability to lift 5 pounds and sit for extended periods.


Application Instruction: Please include a cover letter along with your application. 


Salary and Benefits 

Salary Range: 100,000-125,000/Years

RFA is consistently working to retain and attract top talent to contribute to the delivery of our mission. We are proud to offer competitive salaries that are commensurate with experience and prioritize equity across the organization. Additionally, we provide excellent key benefits, including but not limited to comprehensive Medical plans, Dental, and Vision insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Life and AD&D insurance, 403(b) Retirement Plan, for all of our U.S full time staff. Please note that the availability and terms of all fringe benefits are subject to change at RFA’s discretion. 

For international staff, we offer country-specific benefits that are equally attractive. Please reach out to us at for more information


Physical Demands:

Employees must meet the physical demands and work environment characteristics to perform the job's essential functions. Reasonable accommodations are available for individuals with disabilities.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stoop, talk and hear. Employees must occasionally lift up to twenty (5) pounds. Work Environment: Typical indoor office environment.


This description outlines the general nature and level of work expected. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.


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