Human Resources Manager

Founded in 1974, the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) is a thriving social services and community center in NE Portland, and one of the city’s most respected nonprofit organizations. Portland ranks as one of the largest Urban Native communities in the US and NAYA’s 170 employees provide a wide spectrum of programs for our people, from education to housing to elder services. We do our work knowing that our Native cultures are a source of our empowerment.

We seek an organized, warm, and capable HR leader to be our next Human Resources Manager. This role is responsible for providing the full spectrum of HR services including recruiting, onboarding, retention, compensation, benefits, employee relations, and HR information technology. This is an exciting role, with the opportunity to build the organization’s HR infrastructure and set forth HR practices that will best serve its employees. This role supervises the HR Specialist and reports to the Chief Operating Officer.

NAYA offers an exceptional benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, paid vacation and paid holidays. This is a full-time, exempt role with work hours of 9 am to 6 pm with a one hour unpaid lunch. Starting salary is $80,000 to $85,000 per year, or commensurate with experience.

This role will work primarily in the NAYA Family Center although working from home one day a week is acceptable after training and onboarding are complete.

Who You Are

  • You have worked in dedicated HR or recruiting roles for at least four years.
  • You have lived or worked experience in the Native community, or you have a strong desire to be of service to Native people. You have knowledge of–or commitment to learn—Native history and the unique challenges of Urban Natives.
  • You are an exceptional project manager. You always have a plan, and you always meet your deadlines.
  • You can connect authentically with the widest range of people. You are an expert at helping people feel included.
  • You understand that HR work is detailed work. You sweat the details.
  • You like being busy and having a long and interesting work plan and matching To Do list.
  • You have strong compensation experience and are adept at using Excel spreadsheets and formulas.
  • You know that you can’t do HR without getting out from behind your desk. In your current role, you get around, attending all of the celebrations and meetings. You know your people and you know their jobs.
  • You are not afraid to have difficult conversations. You know that difficulties between people don’t go away by themselves, so you have learned to walk towards problems.
  • You are self aware. You are able to listen well and center others. You tend not to be defensive. You are generally OK making mistakes and taking responsibility for them.
  • You are known for bringing order to your team’s work. You are a systems thinker and are always thinking about ways to get the work done faster and with fewer errors.
  • You prefer a team environment at work, rather than working alone. You don’t hesitate to roll up your sleeves and pitch in, even when it’s not your job.
  • You love technology and use it to make everyone’s jobs simpler. You have had the experience of implementing a new payroll or HRIS system.

What You’ll Do

  • In partnership with the Chief Operating Officer, assess the organization’s HR needs and set forth a two year work plan for the HR team.
  • Foster good communication across the organization. Be a role model for honest, compassionate, and timely communication.
  • Get to know every job and every employee.
  • Provide coaching and counseling about HR matters to employees and leaders alike. Be an advocate for both.
  • With the COO, conduct a compensation analysis to bring greater pay equity. Devise a simple and stable compensation system.
  • Develop recruiting protocols to help hiring managers recruit increasingly more qualified candidates, increasingly faster. Develop our employment brand.
  • With the COO, update New Employee Onboarding.
  • Manage our professional development programs, including managing training records.
  • Administer the organization’s benefits programs.
  • Administer the performance review process, optimizing equity and usefulness.
  • With the COO, develop a set of meaningful HR metrics.

Application Instructions
Submit a resume and cover letter to

Questions? Want to chat about this role before you decide to apply? Contact Michelle Valintis at Arrow Talent Group.

NAYA is committed to building a work environment that respects and inspires every community member. Our mission is to serve Urban Native youth and families, so we strongly encourage tribal members to apply. We encourage applications from members of other historically marginalized groups, as well, including women, people of color, those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and those who have served in the military.

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NAYA Youth and Family Center

Guided by our elders and trusted by the community, NAYA creates a place for our people to gather together and live the values of our own unique cultures. When the Native community thrives so does the entire Portland region.

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