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Director of People and Culture

Full-Time Position in Oakland, CA or Washington, DC

Who We Are

Impact Justice dares to dream of humane and restorative systems of justice in the United States. Through innovation, research, policy, and advocacy, we are forging new pathways to justice that are fair to all of us. Specifically, we work to reduce the number of people entangled in harmful legal systems, improve living conditions and life outcomes for people who are currently incarcerated, and create opportunities for formerly incarcerated people to fully rejoin communities and reach their potential. Established in 2015, IJ currently has a staff of 85 and an $18M budget.

Impact Justice is an equal opportunity employer with recruitment practices that promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace. A majority of individuals on our executive team identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ. In particular, we seek to hire staff at all levels whose direct experience with criminal legal systems will inform and enrich our work.Impact Justice dares to dream of humane and restorative systems of justice in the United States. Through innovation, research, policy, and advocacy, we are forging new pathways to justice that are fair to all of us. Specifically, we work to reduce the number of people entangled in harmful legal systems, improve living conditions and life outcomes for people who are currently incarcerated, and create opportunities for formerly incarcerated people to fully rejoin communities and reach their potential.

We work closely with communities of color, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, gender nonconforming, and transgender communities, the formerly incarcerated, and we are continually looking for opportunities to bring those with lived experience in those communities into our teams.

As a growing social justice organization, we are looking to further expand our dynamic team! If our mission excites you, we encourage you to apply for our senior leader role overseeing all aspects of People and Culture.

Who You Are

The Director of People and Culture is a transformative role that will build and implement innovative programs, People policies and initiatives that advance the culture of our organization and enhance all areas of the employee experience.

  • You have strong business acumen that you use to align people and culture initiatives with our organization’s overall mission and vision.
  • You have exceptional emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build strong working relationships with our employees and stakeholders at all levels.
  • You are an advocate and champion of inclusiveness and collaboration with a proven track record of leading culture change in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in a non-profit work environment.
  • You are an experienced People leader who possesses the ability to devise creative and pragmatic solutions and is adept at informally coaching individuals at all levels of an organization.
  • You are a mentor who holds a high bar for performance and is able to mentor employees, leaders, and stakeholders.
  • You are passionate about fostering a culture of belonging where employees can bring their whole selves to work and thrive

Here’s What You Will Be Doing:

HR Oversight and Administration

  • Setting, enforcing, and evaluating legally compliant People policies, procedures, and best practices, and identifying and implementing long-range strategic talent management goals.
  • Identifying key performance indicators for our People and talent management functions; assessing our success and market competitiveness based on these metrics.
  • Researching, developing, and implementing competitive compensation, benefits, and employee incentive programs.
  • Collaborating with executive leaders and participating in strategic planning to support the organization and team goals.
  • Overseeing People programs including, but not limited to, learning and development; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and engagement.
  • Implementing and reviewing the effectiveness of talent management, including professional and leadership development, retention and performance improvement processes.

Talent Management

  • Designing, developing, and executing a robust diverse talent recruitment strategy aligned with IJ mission, vision, active core values, and its strategic plan.
  • Establishing and conducting recruitment and hiring process for all employees by collaborating with managers on crafting job descriptions through extending job offers to recruit candidates with lived experience in those communities IJ serves.
  • Managing and overseeing onboarding and orientation for new employees; in collaboration with managers and the Leadership Team, developing and standardizing onboarding expectations, protocols, and procedures across organization.
  • Ensuring that employee professional development opportunities are developed and implemented to build a strong, competent workforce within the organization.

DEI Integration

  • Planning, guiding and advising the Executive Leadership Team on diversity, equity and inclusion to create, implement and monitor programs designed to ensure fair and equitable treatment of IJ staff.
  • Providing expertise to help teams build inclusive and respectful cultures.
  • Building practices which leverage the diversity within teams to support creativity, innovation, and excellence.
  • Overseeing inclusion efforts to ensure employees experience a sense of belonging for the entire duration of their employment – from onboarding to offboarding.
  • Providing expertise and advice to ensure the inclusiveness of and equity around core people and talent-related processes (e.g. talent acquisition, compensation, retention and promotion processes, inclusive policies).
  • Supporting the inclusive workplace culture through a continuous DEI learning agenda that promotes belonging and disrupts unconscious bias, microaggressions, and discrimination.

Employee and Labor Relations

  • Providing counsel to leaders and employees in dealing with a broad range of People policies and procedures, and employee relations matters, balancing the organization’s and employees’ needs to enhance the organization’s
  • Ensuring legal compliance with applicable employment and labor federal, state, and local laws, regulations and ordinances.
  • Leading HR team and HR consultants.
  • Overseeing and conducting
  • Overseeing records management.
  • Assisting and coaching leaders regarding progressive discipline, performance, and termination.
  • Managing and overseeing labor relations matters, including but not limited to collective bargaining.
  • Maintaining effective labor-management relations.
  • Leading collective bargaining negotiations and ensuring compliance with collective bargaining agreement.
  • Overseeing the administration of the collective bargaining agreement and ensuring a positive labor relations climate consistent with organizational objectives.

Here’s What You Will Need:

  • You have 4 years of HR professional training/education &/or closely-related experience.
  • SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP preferred.
  • At least 6 years of relevant experience in People operations, including department leadership experience and a developed, specialized expertise that pertains to People operations (e.g. labor relations, DEI, talent management, recruiting, compensation, benefits, employee engagement, etc.).
  • You have at least 5+ years of direct supervision experience.
  • You possess exceptional interpersonal and conflict resolution skills, and, when necessary, you’re willing to have hard conversations with employees, peers, and leaders alike.
  • You are a clear, concise, and effective communicator when writing to and speaking with colleagues, board members and external stakeholders.
  • You possess a working knowledge of applicant tracking and HRIS systems, as well as best practices in interview techniques and applicant screening.
  • You have a team-first mentality and believe no task is beneath you.
  • You have an exceptionally high standard of professionalism and personal integrity.

Ideally you will also have:

  • Demonstrated ability to influence, persuade and motivate diverse populations.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • The ability to identify and leverage talents of others to meet organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated competence in data analysis, data collection, and data presentation.
  • Effective problem solving, time management and conflict resolutions skills.

What We Offer

  • Full-time position (currently on a hybrid schedule)
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • FSA
  • Maven- (a 100% employer paid benefit all-in-one digital health platform that supports all paths to parenthood)
  • Vacation Pay
  • Wellness Leave
  • 401k with immediate vesting

Salary for Director Level: $130,000 to $150,000.

Will accept candidates with VP experience with adjusted salary at $150,000 to $175,000.

Ideal candidates must be located in the Washington, DC or Oakland California area or willing to relocate close enough to either location to commute.

For this position, the expectation is that the Director of People and Culture would initially work in the office at least two days a week and be available to come in more frequently as necessary. All current employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and new employees are required to be fully vaccinated (including the booster) by their date of hire, unless a medical or religious exemption has been approved by the VP of Operations.

How to Apply

If this all sounds like a good fit for you, please send your resume and a brief email or letter explaining why you are particularly interested in the role and why we should be particularly interested in you!  You can send this to Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] Application for IJ People and Culture Director. Please specify in your email or letter whether you are applying for a position at the Director level, the Vice President level, or both. 

We plan on making decisions on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply the better. 

Note that we are committed to workplace diversity and providing equal employment opportunities. Please also note that we are going to be especially excited in candidates who understand the unique nature of a mission-driven organization, have helped other organizations with cultural transformations and/or infrastructure building, have direct experience with the criminal legal or juvenile justice legal systems, and have a good sense of humor about themselves and the complexities of collaborating with team members in remote locations.