New York Junior Tennis & Learning

Director of Human Resources

To Apply

NYJTL has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search.  Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:
Anne McCarthy, COO
Harris Rand Lusk
260 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY  10016

Please put “NYJTL HR” in the subject line of your e-mailed application.

New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL), a highly regarded nonprofit organization providing after school educational enrichment and wellness programming and tennis training for children in under resourced and underserved communities in NYC, is seeking an outstanding adept leader to join its team as Director of Human Resources.

NYJTL was founded in 1971 by Arthur Ashe, who wanted to bring tennis to children in underserved New York City communities who would not otherwise have access to courts and lessons.  Over the years NYJTL has served tens of thousands of children in New York City with afterschool and summer programs, allowing them to develop life skills leading to personal growth and enrichment, improved academic performance, and character building.

NYJTL is the largest youth tennis and education nonprofit organization in the nation reaching more than 85,000 NYC children.  NYJTL offers comprehensive after-school and community tennis programs to youth 5-18 years of age throughout all five New York City boroughs. The mission of NYJTL is to develop the character of youth through tennis and education for a lifetime of success on and off the court.

In June 2015, the $26.5 million Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning opened as the flagship home of NYJTL in the heart of the Bronx.  In April 2017, the Cary Leeds Center completed its final phase of construction with the opening of the Pershing Square Stadium, the Victor Kiam Stadium, and the Dalia and Larry Leeds Viewing Bridge. The Center has access to 12 courts, a 12,000 square foot clubhouse and state-of-the-art classrooms, which are available for events and community use. The Cary Leeds Center provides more than 6,000 hours of free tennis court time annually to the community’s under-resourced youth.

The Position:
NYJTL is seeking a smart, hardworking, and “hands-on” human resources professional with significant employee engagement experience to become its Director of Human Resources.   Reporting directly to the CFO, this individual will oversee the Human Resources department, as well as agency compliance, legal, operational, and strategic internal/external matters.  The Director of Human Resources will also serve as a thought partner vis-a-vis NYJTL’s overall profile and presence within its served communities.

It is critical that the Director of Human Resources fitting into the organization’s culture.  They will provide counsel and support for the organization on all human resources and compliance matters, as well as work on various strategic initiatives and special projects.  They will work with the senior, program and human resources staff in a supportive and direct manner with a minimum of ego.  They will have strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, a hands-on management style, as well as the ability to address and solve problems or issues as they arise.  In addition, it is expected that they will be diplomatic, will operate with the highest integrity, and will possess sound judgment – as well as a sense of humor.

Specific Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate closely with the CFO and senior management to ensure that all Human Resources initiatives are aligned with the strategic direction and goals of the organization.
  • Manage and direct the activities of the Human Resources department, ensuring the adequacy and quality of agency-wide staffing, recruitment, retention, compensation and benefits, diversity and equity, policies and protocols, payroll processes and platforms, regulatory compliance (e.g., OSHA, EEOC, NYSDOL), third-party vendor relationships (e.g., brokers, insurers).
  • Supervise the HR team of recruiters and generalists; develop their skills, capabilities, performance.
  • Collaborate with departmental managers to design and implement job training and career enhancement plans.
  • Address management-employee relations, e.g., absences, health matters, conduct, communication, conflict, grievances, organizational change, separation.
  • Leverage software (ADP) and technical support, enabling the agency to operate in an efficient digitized state with real-time data.
  • Prepare reports and data studies to support the work of the Human Resources department and the agency.
  • Work with the CFO to liaise with external partners, funders, and other stakeholders to actively manage the agency’s risk profile, reputation, messaging, and quality control.
  • Coordinate with programs to ensure the agency’s delivery model adheres to City standards.
  • Oversee internal corporate culture and employee engagement (work rules, incidents, announcements, morale).
  • Manage communication with outside attorneys re: legal and contractual matters.
  • Support external audit responses through documentation, questionnaires, narratives.
  • Provide risk management support to the organization.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline; advanced degree desired.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in Human Resources preferred.
  • Excellent project management skills, as well as the ability to attract, develop, inspire, and retain staff.
  • Successful track record of producing measurable results through supervision of and collaboration with staff in a manner that is flexible and supportive, yet ensures accountability.
  • Prior experience with enterprise HRIS modules (Paychex, ADP, PeopleSoft, etc.).
  • Effective and persuasive communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal, with ability to appreciate various viewpoints, share relevant information in a timely manner, and maintain a high level of professionalism.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a partnership with a strong team and a committed staff with high standards and expectations and must exhibit sound judgment and a sense of balance to know when to move with the tide and when to push back.
  • Prior experience assessing organizational needs and developing actionable implementation plans.
  • Keen analytical and problem-solving skills that enable sound strategic decision making; resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in people and systems.
  • High level of emotional intelligence with a positive outlook and good sense of humor.
  • Strong professional judgment and ability to maintain confidentiality and build trust among staff at all levels.
  • Adept at analyzing data, developing appropriate HR metrics, and reports.
  • Capable of managing difficult situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Commitment to mission.

Notice of Non-Discrimination:
NYJTL is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation. It is the policy of NYJTL to comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. They center equity in all its work and in its hiring practices.

Notice of Contractual Obligation:
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish the basis for a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

Other information:

  • Salary range: $120K – $140K
  • Currently hybrid remote with three days per week in the office

For more information about NYJTL, please visit www.nyjtl.org

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605, New York, NY 10168