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Director of People

Opportunity@Work, Inc.
Washington , District of Columbia 20036
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Director of People


Location: Washington, D.C.


About Opportunity@Work

Opportunity@Work is a nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to expand access to career opportunities so that all Americans can work, learn and earn to their full potential in a dynamic economy. Our work aims to leverage and build the collective capacities of employers, educators, tech innovators, social entrepreneurs, and civic institutions to unlock opportunity for over 1 million Americans in the next decade. By transforming hiring practices, expanding learning pathways and pioneering talent financing, Opportunity@Work and our partners will equip Americans currently overlooked by today's labor market practices to build skills, demonstrate them and be hired into well-paid, in-demand jobs across the country.


About the Role

Opportunity@Work seeks a Director of People with expertise in HR strategy, operations, recruitment, talent management, learning and development and employee engagement. The Director of People will be a key leader in the organization, responsible for creating a values-driven, people centered culture that delivers a world-class employee experience, operational efficiency and high performance. You will have overall responsibility for talent and HR related matters and will be working closely with the executive team. You will be building and executing on HR and people processes for a young and growing organization. In addition to being a steward of talent and culture across our geographically dispersed company, it is crucial this person bring an inclusion lens to the work as we grow an inclusive and diverse organization. You will report to the Executive Vice President and Co-Founder.  

Your Responsibilities

Talent Acquisition

  • Develop, implement, and continuously improve our talent acquisition strategy

  • Establish recruiting processes and procedures to attract high-quality and diverse talent across functions (e.g., customer acquisition & success, operations, product & engineering, alliance and movement building)  

  • Define and update roles and skills clearly and in line with company needs and goals

  • Benchmark and work to ensure that Opportunity@Work has a holistic value proposition to attract top talent

  • Establish hiring policies and practices to ensure individuals with the skills to do the job are evaluated fairly regardless of their pedigree, and that the most committed, motivated, and qualified employees are hired

  • Onboard new hires in an effective, consistent, and welcoming way in order to build loyalty and productivity

Talent Management

  • Create a strategy, roadmap and tactics that embody O@W’s  current and future talent needs based on the organization’s strategic direction

  • Develop and implement a performance management framework and process that defines high performance and how to rate employees against that definition

  • Ensure regular performance targets are set for each employee and that objective feedback on performance is provided and discussed on a regular basis

  • Track performance management data in a confidential yet accessible platform

Learning and Development

  • Develop a learning and development approach that empowers employees with the necessary knowledge, functional and leadership skills to succeed in their roles

  • Support staff in meeting their professional aspirations through a variety of approaches: training courses, mentoring, coaching, job shadowing, self-directed learning and peer exchange, etc.

Employee Experience

  • Develop, track and analyze metrics for employee engagement and experience

  • Develop strategies for continuous improvement

  • Create employee feedback loops to support an open, inclusive and high performance culture

Culture Champion

  • Support the organization in practicing and living out its values both in content (programmatic work) and in process (internal organization building)

  • Work with the executive team to implement organizational initiatives to improve effectiveness, empower staff and help us achieve our ambitious goals

  • Ensure the O@W workplace is reflective of the community we seek to serve by considering the occupational, environmental, physical, intellectual, emotional, and mental health of our employees, with an aim of balancing responsibilities to the workplace with personal, family, and community responsibilities

HR Operations

  • Develop and deliver best-in-class HR services, compensation, benefits and regulatory compliance on employment related matters

  • Ensure O@W’s people strategy and operations align with our business strategy and operations as we grow

  • Launch and oversee a HRIS to ensure people data is tracked, accurate, confidential and accessible

  • Provide HR reporting and analytics to support data-driven compliance and decision making on initiatives, compensation and best practices

  • Manage HR-related vendors and/or consultants



How to Apply

In line with our mission and values, we will hire for this role based on your demonstrated ability to do the job. As such, here’s what we want you to submit with your application:

  1. Resume or bio. We’re looking for a summarized list of your experiences and skills that describe  what you would bring to this role.

  2. Cover letter or personal statement. We’re looking for a brief statement (try to limit to 250 words) on why Opportunity@Work’s mission speaks to you and why you think you are  a good fit for this role.

For candidates moving to the interview phase, we will also ask you to do a skills assessment relevant to the role as part of your application process.

Please submit your application with the subject line “Director of People” to joinus@opportunityatwork.org.  For more information, please visit www.opportunityatwork.org/joinourteam.


You may also mail your application to:

Opportunity@Work, Inc.

1111 19th Street NW, Suite 1180

Washington, DC 20036

Attn: Executive Vice President



Compensation and Benefits

Opportunity@Work offers competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. Some of our benefits include medical/dental/vision, life insurance, both short and long-term disability, pre- and post-tax retirement accounts, professional development funding, and generous paid time off.



Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. Please email joinus@opportunityatwork.org or call 202-847-4470 to discuss your needs.


Opportunity@Work is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.


About You

  • Business Savvy: You have the drive to build a high performing organization, and are invested in all parts of the business across this organization. You understand the importance of building a team to drive results and your critical role in establishing and building that team.  You are comfortable working amidst different organizational development stages, from “blank canvas” to improving established processes and systems.

  • Leader: You are a natural leader who thrives in a collaborative, high-energy, rapidly changing work environment. You partner well with department leads and teams in planning and operations to deliver an excellent employee experience at all times. You help identify challenges and facilitate solutions. You have an ability to engage and influence colleagues in a way that motivates and empowers action.

  • Experienced: You have a track record in building and running People / HR Operations function in a growing organization. This includes experience in developing and implementing processes to attract and develop talent and managing HR and people operations inline with business outcomes and organizational values. You have knowledge of HR compliance matters and have continuously improved HR delivery based on changing needs and stages of organizational growth.

  • Inclusive: You are passionate about inclusion, in line with our mission of expanding opportunities for all Americans to work, learn and earn to their full potential. You are motivated by our values. You are capable of navigating and managing difference, driving equity across lines of race, gender, class, and other identities.

  • Mentor: you are skilled at coaching others, supporting them in identifying their problems and helping navigate solutions, particularly in the context of people management and conflict transformation.

  • Communicator: You write and speak with clarity and intention, including deliberately crafting messaging to be understandable to different audiences.

  • Doer: You roll up your sleeves and tackle the day to day operations associated with HR operations including developing job descriptions, professional development policies, professional review processes, benefits and ‘soup to nuts’ recruitment of talent.

Posted: 2018-11-15 Expires: 2018-12-15

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