HR Manager

Vienna, VA

At Criterion Systems, we developed a different kind of business—a company whose real value is a reputation for excellence built upon the collective skills, talents, perspectives, and backgrounds of its people. By accepting a position with Criterion Systems, you will join a group of professionals with a collaborative mindset where we share ideas and foster professional development to accomplish our goals. In addition to our great culture, we also offer competitive compensation and benefit packages, company-sponsored team building events, and advancement opportunities. To find out more about how Criterion can help you take your career to the next level please visit our website:


Job Responsibilities:

  • Working with managers, ensures the equitable and consistent implement of approved policies and procedures throughout the Company; recommends revisions to current policy or proposes new ones to reflect contemporary management thinking or to comply with current legislation. Administers the Company’s affirmative action plans.
  • Coordinates with the Recruiting staff to ensure the recruitment and hiring of employees is conducted in accordance with all current labor laws and Affirmative action obligations; conducts new hire orientations and employee onboarding sessions.
  • Counsels and coaches managers on employee relations issues to maximize retention and avoid employment litigation; creates individual development plans and personal improvement plans.
  • Administers the Company’s Career Progression Program to ensure consistency and pay equity among all categories of employees in accordance with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and related legislation.
  • Administers the Company Employee Benefits Programs to ensure adherence to all terms and conditions of the Summary Plan Descriptions and related contractual obligations; recommends revisions or new programs to reflect new trends in the labor market and to reflect current legislative requirements such as the ACA.
  • Ensures that records of all employees are maintained and updated each pay period in accordance with retention and privacy requirements; manipulates the data in Deltek, ADP or Excel spreadsheets to analyze the efficiency and effectiveness of the HR function and to provide management operational data such as Attrition Rates, Time to Fill open requisitions, etc.
  • As the Company grows, recruits, hires, develops, and rewards appropriately qualified HR staff.
  • Counsels senior management on HR issues and recommends changes to HR staffing and policies for the future.
  • Ability to interface with employees at all organizational levels.
  • Ability to process and hold confidential, sensitive information.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer and use standard office software, including Excel and Power Point.
  • Ability to work under pressure without losing composure.
  • Performs additional responsibilities as appropriate or as requested.
  • Ability to obtain & maintain a Secret clearance is a plus, but is not a must

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management or related discipline
  • Five (5) to eight (8) years of HR experience, at least 3 of which have been in a government contracting environment.
  • Ability to travel up to 20%
  • US Citizen is a must

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PHR, SPHR certification preferred
  • Experience using ADP HRIS system.
  • Experience as a Facility Security Officer (FSO) or assistant FSO would be a plus.

Criterion Systems is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit



Criterion offers comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. Most of our plans are available at no cost for employee only coverage.

Time Off

Employees begin accruing PTO at 15 days per year and acquire more based on seniority. In addition to PTO, Criterion provides 10 holidays and bereavement, military, jury duty, and family medical leave.


  • Roth and Traditional 401(k) Plans with company matching contributions
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Commuter Benefits


All employees are eligible to use up to $3,000 annually for approved professional development, including trainings, memberships, seminars, and degree programs.

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Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

Criterion Systems, Inc. is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination at all levels of our organization. We believe in treating all applicants and employees fairly and make decisions without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, religion, creed, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other protected status.

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Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws: Family and Medical Leave Act | Equal Employment Opportunity | Employee Polygraph Protection Act. Criterion participates in E-Verify. Review Right to Work information.

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Criterion is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for a position with Criterion and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please send an email with your request to or call us at 703-942-5800. Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.