What We Do

We partner with our client companies to ensure their success by supporting the development, growth, and change in the way they hire, reward, compensate, teach, and retain their employees.

For-Profit

We work with early stage start-ups and small to mid-sized businesses (10 – 250 employees), where we leverage a unique set of HR skills.  We often serve as a part-time or project-based HR team to support business growth and development.  Our leadership background, experience, and commitment position HRSI to meet a broad spectrum of client needs.

Non-Profit

We are proud of our work as Interim Executive Directors, supporting our clients in times of transition. We frequently lead the search process, in partnership with the board and staff leadership. We also serve as consultants for recruiting and search to support your organization as you identify the ideal ED or leader for your future.

After 15 years of continuous operations, we are extremely proud of the client base we have established, primarily as a result of professional referrals. The diversity of project type, business and industry has allowed us to make a significant impact in the people programs across a wide spectrum of organization.

  • Served as Interim Executive at 17 different non-profit organizations in the past 7 years.
  • Recruited executive leaders at 37 different organizations (in technology, non-profit, service and retail businesses) ranging 20 – 50,000 employees.
  • Established strategic plans for executives of small to mid-sized organizations (and non-profits) to expand and maximize the impact of their business.
  • Built large-scale HR system implementations for businesses of up to 15,000 employees, with locations across the United States.
  • Served as the part-time outsourced “HR Department” for diverse businesses too small to have their own, but large enough to need key HR services.
  • Written effective employee manuals, manager training programs and compensation guidelines for businesses across diverse industries.
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ur consulting firm provides human resources services to a variety of organizations that are in a position to establish, enhance or refine their human resource practices and the success of the business through their employees. We work with start-up companies as small as 10 employees as their “outsourced HR solution” and large multi-national organizations on specific projects where our expertise supplements the skills already on staff in the HR team.
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Our goal is to help our client companies become self-sufficient and sustainable with the programs we deliver and design in coordination with them.

For-Profit

On behalf of our client companies, we develop strategic human resource and executive leadership solutions to ensure the success of their business.  Here’s how.

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Establishing the HR Team as effective, knowledgeable, and integrated members of the organization’s leadership team

Serving as the Interim HR leaders to stabilize an organization and to assess, recruit, and onboard the next executive leader

Ensuring programs are in place for our clients to hire, motivate and, retain the most effective team members

Developing strategic and business plans collaboratively with diverse stakeholders including board of directors, administrators, and staff

Building sustainable systems and tools into our client’s business plans to aid the successful management of their workforce

HRSI has specialties in the areas of organizational development as well as strategic recruiting and staffing.  We understand business issues from the “inside” having worked as HR leaders for many organizations, and use them to develop progressive human resource and business strategies.

Our HR work is focused on working with organizations that want to outsource all -or parts- of their human resources function. We’ve worked with small organizations where we are the “HR department”, and with large Fortune 500 companies where our expertise supplements the existing HR team.

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recruitment, non-profit, headhunter, recruiter, succession planning, hr consultant, executive coaching

We are committed to establishing successful training and handoffs to our clients so that they can maintain and enhance the business solutions we design together.

Our pricing model is very competitive and ensures a very highly skilled and experienced resource is available for each project. The majority of our work is done on an hourly basis with prices scaled to the type of work and skills required. Unlike other consulting firms, we charge no fee for initial evaluation of project and scope of work.

For-Profit Clients

E-commerce, Software, Technology & Web-based Businesses

  • “One amazing thing that executive transitions provide, is the opportunity for an organization to evaluate their purpose and direction.  Our transition was the catalyst for major change. Christine was a stellar interim.  She guided the board and staff through a Real Time Strategic Planning that forced us for the first time to identify our true customer.  This realization provided clarity for the direction we needed to move. Without Christine, I don’t know if as a board we would have been able to have the hard conversations to determine what was the best course to move the mission forward. ”

    Board Vice President Springwire
  • “The impact of the work Carmen has done with Denny Mountain Media over the last two years is incredible. She has functioned as an integral part of our leadership team, providing strategic and organizational insights, advising on issues as they come up, managing improvements to all aspects of our HR process and compliance and instituting key policies, playing a key role in recruiting to the management team, connecting us with other business professionals, and coaching me personally through periods of intense change in the business. The most impressive thing to me about Carmen—even beyond the breadth and depth of her knowledge and experience—is her ability to simultaneously work in such close tandem with us on even the most minute questions of policy and still always keep a larger strategic and organizational focus and perspective. Her insights and the way she frames challenges allow us to shift up to the 10,000-foot level while still moving forward with the everyday details. We are truly lucky as an organization to consider Carmen part of our team.”

    President & CEO Denny Mountain
  • “HR Strategies has been a very valuable part of our extended team. They have been extremely flexible in meeting our varied needs and are an ideal fit for a growing business that needs an HR partnership on a part-time/as-needed basis.” 

    Chief Financial Officer NetMotion Wireless

Banyan Branch
Corbis
Denny Mountain Media
Hardware.com
Intel
Microscan
Microsoft

Telecommunications & Media

Clearwire Corporation
Eagle River / COM Investments
Intellectual Ventures
Internap
Playstream
Pyramid Communications
Seattle Times
Shaw Cable (Canada)
T-Mobile (was VoiceStream Wireless)
Versatile Mobile Systems (US and Canada)
Who’s Calling

NetMotion Wireless
Parallels
Real Networks
Smilebox
Twisted Pair
Zango
Zones

Advertising, Retail and Consumer Products

AAA Washington
Bartell Drugs
Copacino + Fujikado
Cranium
Hasbro
Keeney’s Office Products
Mike’s Hard Lemonade
Nordstrom
Ruby’s Diner
Starbucks Corporation

Non-Profit

On behalf of our Non-Profit and Social Sector clients, we develop strategic human resource and interim executive leadership solutions to ensure the success of our clients as they build sustainable models that support meeting their missions.  Here’s how.

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Serving as the Interim Executive Director to stabilize an organization and assess, recruit and onboard the next executive leader
Supporting our NP clients who are too small to have on-staff HR expertise but value our strategic support of their teams
Ensuring programs are in place to hire, motivate and retain the most effective team members
Developing strategic and business plans collaboratively with diverse stakeholders including board of directors, administrators and staff
Building sustainable systems/tools that are integrated into our client’s business plans, assisting successful workforce management 

Our Interim Executive Director practice is focused on supporting small and mid-sized ($1M – $25M) organizations, often using a ‘Be the Executive Director, find the Executive Director’ model. We assume interim leadership, audit and stabilize the organization and lead the recruiting effort for a permanent ED guided by a robust inside knowledge of the organization.  We have also successfully partnered with retained search firms where appropriate for the complexity of the client’s needs.

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recruitment, non-profit, headhunter, recruiter, succession planning, hr consultant, executive coaching

We understand that our clients can best invest finance resources in supporting their mission.  Our pricing model is very competitive and ensures a very highly skilled and experienced resource is available for each project. Depending on the project, our work can be done on an hourly, daily or weekly basis with prices scaled to the type of work and skills required. Unlike other consulting firms, we charge no fee for initial evaluation of project and scope of work.

Non-Profit Clients

Non-Profit & Philanthropic Programs

  • “We worked with Karen to hire two program managers this year.  We’re so pleased with the product of our work together—two people that bring exactly what we need to grow our team. But what stands out even more is the process of working with Karen.  She helped us create an ambitious timeline that we were able to stick to.  She listened carefully to understand our organizational goals, culture, and how these positions fit in.  And we had several candidates show up to in person interviews telling us how much they enjoyed and got out of talking to Karen as she did phone screens.  This is what any organization would hope to hear about the consultant acting on their behalf!”

    Director of Programs and Finance Women's Funding Alliance
  • “Christine and Karen did a fantastic job for our fledgling non-profit—they listened to what we needed, helped us craft the right job description, put together a posting that attracted far more candidates that our prior efforts, and then—best of all—did a careful and thoughtful job interviewing the candidates and narrowing the field. I have learned a lot working with you and have often marveled at the level of your insight—it really helped us land someone *much* more likely to succeed with our mission and deal well with our 3 founders than we would have gotten otherwise! I would work with them again in a heartbeat—my highest recommendation.”           

    Founder and Board Chair VITALtalk
  • “The impact of the work Carmen has done with Denny Mountain Media over the last two years is incredible. She has functioned as an integral part of our leadership team, providing strategic and organizational insights, advising on issues as they come up, managing improvements to all aspects of our HR process and compliance and instituting key policies, playing a key role in recruiting to the management team, connecting us with other business professionals, and coaching me personally through periods of intense change in the business. The most impressive thing to me about Carmen—even beyond the breadth and depth of her knowledge and experience—is her ability to simultaneously work in such close tandem with us on even the most minute questions of policy and still always keep a larger strategic and organizational focus and perspective. Her insights and the way she frames challenges allow us to shift up to the 10,000-foot level while still moving forward with the everyday details. We are truly lucky as an organization to consider Carmen part of our team.”

    President & CEO Denny Mountain
  • “We utilized Karen in our recruiting process from beginning to end for hiring at The Seattle Foundation.  She saved our hiring managers a ton of time in the recruiting process so that our staff could focus on the most important part of the process – the hiring decision.  Karen was professional, knowledgeable and she put forth a great slate of candidates that was hand-selected for our needs and culture.  Her interview screening notes were thorough and succinct and her observations spot on.  While we would ideally like a recruiter to be in-house, our small size and infrequent hiring precludes a dedicated resource of her expertise.”  

    Senior Vice President The Seattle Foundation
  • “Carmen D’Arcangelo at HR Strategies International was a tremendous help in getting my organization on track. They provided guidance with challenging HR issues, hiring practices, and an extensive exercise in making sure our employee policies and standards were up to date and in compliance. All while working within reasonable timeframes and on budget.” 

    Executive Director Washington Wine
  • “Karen has served as the primary contract recruiter for the Skoll Foundation for the past several years. She has helped us with searches ranging from Directors to Administrative staff and has approached each project with thoughtfulness and professionalism. She and asks very insightful questions that help us with our search strategy. The material she provides is timely and extremely helpful, and most importantly, she understands our organization.  She has helped us find candidates who will thrive in our culture and who are also highly qualified.  She is very responsive and moves quickly to coordinate with candidates and pursue the best fits.  We trust her judgement implicitly. 

    Director of HR The Skoll Foundation
  • “WTA had the pleasure of working with Christine for over two years.  She led retreats for both board and staff , provided guidance for our Executive Director transition, built our employee compensation program and lead our latest Strategic Planning process.  Christine provided strong leadership, superb expertise of the non-profit world, and an instinct for innovative and forward-thinking planning.  I look forward to working with her again in the future.”

    Executive Director Washington Trails Association
  • “Christine parachuted into a difficult and amorphous situation, and not only held down the fort while we were in transition, but mentored our staff, provided the board with insights through new data reports and made strategic decisions that moved our organization forward. She also drew upon her extensive network on behalf of our various needs. I can’t think of a better fit for what we needed at that time.” 

    Board Chair Washington C.A.S.H.
  • “HR Strategies has been a very valuable part of our extended team. They have been extremely flexible in meeting our varied needs and are an ideal fit for a growing business that needs an HR partnership on a part-time/as-needed basis.” 

    Chief Financial Officer NetMotion Wireless
  • It has been a pleasure working with Karen and Christine at HRSI.  As a professional Interim Executive Director, I often lead the search project for my clients.  At The Mockingbird Society, I was able to partner with Karen to complement our work at a fraction of the cost of most search firms.  We relied on Karen to expand our candidate pool and conduct phone screenings.  Without Karen’s outreach, it was unlikely we would have engaged our successful candidate.  Karen was highly skilled and professional, and was able to focus on recruitment and keep the process moving better and faster than I would have otherwise.  We are delighted with the results of our search.

    Interim Executive Director Mockingbird Society
  • Christine was an amazing leader at a time when we needed one most. Her leadership, big picture thinking and unwavering support has established a firm foundation for the future of our organization, well into the future. She has set CCA of WA on the right path for success and we could not have had a better leader guiding us through such a critical time. I’d love to work with her again.  

    Director Team Child Care Aware
  • "Karen demonstrated  exceptional understanding  of our business and excellent support and engagement throughout our recruiting process ~ The fact that we hired two finalists for what was expected to be one opening, sourced through you, pretty much tells the story.  We highly recommend working with Karen.”

    Director of Operations / Director of Strategy Splash
  • "As a non profit leader, HR Strategies International is the first search firm that comes to mind when I think about important hires for my organization.  Christine and Karen take on the heavy lift with professionalism and effectiveness allowing me to get back to the work I do best."  

    Executive Director Year Up Puget Sound
  • As we embarked on our search to replace our Executive Director, we were mindful to honor the culture and history of our organization. In accepting the position of Interim Director, Carmen D'Arcangelo recognized the necessity for undertaking an in-­-depth review of HCC’s programs and personnel to fully comprehend the context in which she would be working. As Interim ED, not only did she perform the broad duties of the ED, she shepherded us through the search process for finding a permanent ED. Carmen provided Hilltop with an incredible amount of support throughout the transition and expertly strategized the search activities. Through the process of the search, she inspired our Board to recognize that we had an internal candidate that embodied the qualities we were seeking in an executive director.  Based on the Board’s enthusiasm around this candidate, Carmen devised an Executive Director in Residence program to help mentor this individual to assume the ED role. Assisting in evaluating Strategic Planning consultants, serving as a sounding board throughout the Strategic Planning process, and launching the Institute at Hilltop are among the initiatives with which she assisted.

    Hilltop Children's Center

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