Consumer Reports, Inc.

Associate Director, HR Business Partner

Job Locations US-NY-Yonkers | US-NY-NY | US-CT-Colchester
People & Culture/ Human Resources


As part of the Talent Management team, the Associate Director, HR Business Partner serves as a trusted advisor and thought partner for assigned client groups, providing expert advice on employee relations matters, performance and talent management, organization design and effectiveness, employee engagement, employee development, and succession planning.  The incumbent works collaboratively with staff at all levels to support and sustain a high-performing, equitable and inclusive workplace through initiatives that engage, develop and retain the necessary talent to achieve the organization’s strategic objectives.



Under our CRFlex program, this is a hybrid position and is eligible for remote work up to 80%. The successful candidate must reside within 75 miles of one of our main office locations (Yonkers, NY or Colchester CT).


Consumer Reports is seeking an experienced, strategic, thoughtful Associate Director, HRBP to join our People & Culture team. Reporting to the Director, Senior HRBP, the Associate Director, HRBP serves as a trusted advisor and thought partner for assigned client groups, providing expert advice on talent management, organization design and effectiveness, employee engagement, employee development, and succession planning. The Associate Director is committed to building a high-performing, equitable and inclusive workplace through people strategies and enterprise-wide initiatives that engage, align, develop and retain top talent. If you have finely honed professional judgment, a passion for creating joy in the workplace, and you thrive on collaboration, we’d love to hear from you.


In People & Culture, no two days are the same. As an HRBP, you will move seamlessly from coaching a senior leader on organizational design to helping a frontline employee resolve a workplace concern; from leading a meeting of your peers on an important department initiative to helping a manager refine a job description; from analyzing data in our HRIS to delivering a leadership development training. Teamwork is the special ingredient in our People & Culture recipe. 


You’ll Be Highly Rated If:

  • You have broad generalist experience. You have at least 10 years of experience in a people department. You have worked in a variety of areas that may include employee relations, payroll, benefits, talent acquisition, learning & development, compliance, and operations and you have developed strong skills and insights in several of these areas.
  • You are an experienced, business-minded, and effective business partner. You have at least 5 years of deep experience influencing high impact decisions. You have a track record of establishing yourself as a trusted advisor to senior leaders. 
  • You have a strong employee relations background. You have conducted multiple complex, high stakes investigations in which you have collected relevant facts and analyzed them in light of legal and regulatory requirements. Your ability to listen objectively and with understanding helps you resolve conflicts within and between teams. 
  • You have a solid background in labor and employment law. You have a thorough understanding of the laws and regulations that frame the essential parts of people-related work. You are able to spot potential issues related to and apply concepts from Title VII, ADA, ADEA, GINA, FLSA, FMLA, the Equal Pay Act, and the NLRA in your work. Staying up to date on legal and regulatory changes is a regular part of your professional development.
  • You are committed to equity and inclusion. You understand that DEI is about more than recruitment numbers and multicultural celebrations. You can speak to the ways that you incorporate principles of equity and inclusion into your day-to-day work as a practitioner. 
  • You thrive in a collaborative environment. You thrive in a highly matrixed environment and see it as an opportunity to build connections and learn. You can share numerous examples of how you have been successful obtaining buy-in from a variety of stakeholders and shepherding a process from idea to implementation. 
  • You are an excellent communicator. You have created and delivered presentations to large and small groups. You are known for being an effective communicator with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • You have a strong service orientation. Whether your stakeholder is internal or external, senior leader or frontline employee, you are adept at prioritizing requests and inquiries. You listen to understand, not only to respond.

You’ll Be One of Our Top Picks If:  

  • You have a SHRM-SCP or similar certification. You maintain a valid certification and frequently use resources from SHRM or a similar organization to supplement your subject matter knowledge.
  • You have labor relations experience. You have partnered with business leaders who lead members of a collective bargaining unit. You have firsthand experience interpreting union agreements and you may even have experience handling first and second-step grievances.
  • You have experience developing people-related policies and practices with a clear equity and inclusion lens. You have a thorough understanding of structural inequities. You have developed systems and practices with the intent of mitigating potential bias. 
  • You have supported leaders in the tech, digital, or media space. You have supported software/DevOps engineers or data scientists, or in organizations focused on digital and/or print publishing.
  • You have experience with learning and development. You can share success stories of how you have developed and delivered engaging, interactive training to people managers and frontline staff. You are a natural teacher with strong facilitation skills. You may even have a thorough understanding of the principles of adult learning. 
  • You have a strong orientation to data. You have demonstrated experience developing strategic initiatives and programming based on data, including engagement survey data, demographics, and exit surveys.
  • You have experience with intentional culture change. You have led or have been an integral part of an intentional culture change journey or other major enterprise-wide initiative to embed organizational values into people-related processes and practices.


This position requires you to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to your start date.




Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to a fair and just marketplace for consumers. Our team is made up of truth tellers, change agents, and consumer advocates who investigate and build coalitions to fight for fairness and justice in the marketplace. We leverage our evidence-based approach to demand safer products, a healthier environment, and equitable services for everyone.

Our mission starts with you. We offer medical benefits from that start on your first day as a CR employee that include behavioral health coverage and unlimited sick days. There’s also generous family planning benefits and a generous 401K match. Learn more about how CR’s advocates for strong benefits on behalf of their employees here:


At Consumer Reports, we are committed to fair, transparent pay and we strive to provide competitive, market-informed compensation. The target salary range for this position is $145k to $175k. It is anticipated that most qualified candidates will fall near the middle of this range. Compensation for the successful candidate will be informed by the candidate’s particular combination of knowledge, skills, competencies, and experience.

Consumer Reports proudly seeks to build a richly diverse workforce by hiring people with a diversity of thoughts, identities, perspectives, and experiences that help advance the difference we make for consumers, and by ensuring our people experience equity and inclusion in their work lives. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, LGBTQIA people, people of color, and people with disabilities.


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