Sayres & Associates
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

Sayres and Associates Corporation (Sayres) is a dynamic, Native American-owned, Service Disabled Veteran Owned business that has been providing excellence in service to the Federal Government since 2001. We offer a broad spectrum of technical, engineering and administrative services including: acquisition, financial and program management; fleet synthetic training; logistics; ship construction engineering; systems engineering and integration; wargaming; test and evaluation; security, counterintelligence and policy analysis. Sayres is headquartered in Washington, DC with offices throughout the United States and has a presence abroad. 

Our success can be attributed first to a proven track record of performance excellence based on our customer-focused approach to services.  We have demonstrated experience effectively managing large contractor teams across multiple functional areas for major programs. Sayres offers financial stability and organizational maturity comparable to a large company, coupled with the agility of a small business, allowing us to provide cost effective and best value solutions to our customers. 

Awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington Metropolitan District Office's 8(a) Graduate of the Year for 2017, Sayres and Associates Corporation continues to grow in a highly competitive environment while exceeding customers' expectations and providing a work experience conducive to personal and professional development. 

The position description is only meant to be a representative summary of the major responsibilities and accountabilities performed by the incumbents of this position.  The incumbents may be requested to perform position-related tasks other than those stated in this description.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, disability or veteran status.


The Director, Human Resources will be responsible for providing strategic and operational human resource guidance through the implementation of standard human resources best practices and procedures. This role will be responsible for leading, planning, and providing consultation to management on business strategy initiatives as well as guiding the HR team to effectively implement these initiatives. The Director will also have demonstrated characteristics that include but not limited to strong attention to detail, effective communication, exceptional customer service, and ability to juggle competing priorities.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Lead, coach, mentor, and advise the HR team that operates in two locations (DC and CA).
  • Consult with senior management on policies, procedures, and best practices to ensure strategic alignment with business strategy.
  • Develop and manage key culture initiatives to influence change across the organization in areas such as leadership development, talent and performance management, workforce and succession planning, talent acquisition, compensation and incentive strategies, employee and career development, rewards and recognition programs, and coaching.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain the policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws.
  • Maintain knowledge of industry trends to ensure the company is consistently competitive in hiring and benefit practices.
  • Oversee the recruitment and selection process to ensure the company maintains competitive hiring practices.
  • Lead competitive market research and job analysis to establish pay practices, communicate those findings, and make recommendations on appropriate compensation programs.
  • Implement long-range compensation and benefit goals and strategies consistent with business direction.
  • Work in conjunction with benefit brokers to obtain cost-effective employee serving benefits, and recommend changes in benefits offered, especially new benefits aimed at employee satisfaction and retention.
  • Administer benefits to include 401(k) and 5500 filings, enroll and terminate employees in the company's HRIS system, and assist employees with benefit claims and questions.
  • Develop, manage, and monitor the effectiveness of the training and development initiatives in areas of leadership, talent and performance management, recruitment best practices, and regulatory compliance.
  • Determine, recommend, and manage employee relations practice necessary to establish a positive employee-employer relationship and promote a high level of employee morale and motivation.
  • Conduct timely investigations when employee complaints or concerns are brought forth.
  • Monitor and advise management team on the outlined progressive discipline process.
  • Protect the interests of employees and the company in accordance with the company's Human Resources polices and governmental laws and regulations.
  • Ensure timely compliance reporting to include EEO-1, Vets 4212, Affordable Care Act (ACA), and any additional reporting such as EEO/Affirmative Action Plans, OSHA, FLSA, wage and hour, ADAA, and HIPPA.
  • Direct, prepare, and maintain reports as necessary for management.
  • Establish and maintain company labor classification and salary structure.
  • Serve in the capacity as the EEO/Affirmative Action Compliance Officer and primary point of contact with employment law attorneys and outside governmental agencies.
  • Develop an annual budget that includes Human Resources services, HR-related software, and administration, and manages expenses within established guidelines.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the HRIS platform (ADP Workforce Now), serving as the Security Master for access to the platform.

Qualifications & Requirements 

Education, Work Experience, and Skills (Core Competencies) Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, or other related discipline.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive management experience in HR.
  • Experience working in a Government professional services organization.
  • HR certifications such as PHR, SHRM-CP, SPHR, or SHRM-SCP certifications required. 
  • Ability to lead a geographically diverse team of human resources professionals, guiding them on implementing the overall HR initiatives and strategies.
  • Technologically savvy; strong ability to streamline processes and improve efficiencies.
  • Demonstrated track record in developing and implementing strategic business and HR objectives within a complex, multi-business organization.
  • Broad experience in the areas of employment law, compensation, organizational development and planning, employee relations, safety, and training and development.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to analyze data sets to determine trends, establish strategies, and make decisions.
  • Knowledge of appropriate federal and state employment laws.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate across diverse audiences and influence cross functionally.
  • Ability to multi-task as well as be strategic, creative, and innovative in a dynamic, fast paced matrix team environment.
  • Proven ability to complete goals/projects on time, delivering high quality results.
  • Excellent computer skills in a MS Office environment (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


  • Master's degree in Human Resources, Business, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, or other related discipline.
  • PHR-CA or SPHR-CA certification.



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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national

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