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Senior Director of People and Culture

At PAI, we are motivated by one powerful truth: A woman who is in charge of her reproductive health can change her life and transform her community. PAI is a global organization that works with policymakers in Washington, D.C. and our network of global partners to advocate for accessible, quality health care and advance the sexual and reproductive rights of women, girls and other vulnerable groups. PAI champions progressive policies and funding that make sexual and reproductive rights a reality for all. We fight to remove the policy barriers between women, girls and other vulnerable groups and the quality care — including contraception and safe abortion — they need and deserve.

We achieve excellence not by simply representing different identities, but by listening to, understanding and making room for others to thrive. Diversity, equity and inclusion goes beyond representation, and we’re committed to creating an inclusive and equitable workplace.

PAI seeks a Senior Director of People and Culture, who will embrace the role of “culture keeper,” leading the efforts to continue to build on the values-driven culture that brings out the best in a rapidly growing, diverse staff dedicated to sexual and reproductive and health rights. The Director of People and Culture will report to the co-CEOs, while a permanent CEO search occurs, and function as a member of the Executive Team, as well as work in collaboration with colleagues in other functions to develop and execute a variety of people processes, support learning and take our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to the next level. The Senior Director of People and Culture will manage one team member. With an annual budget of $17 million, PAI is a nonprofit with multiple programs primarily funded by foundations. The successful candidate will have several years’ experience working across all aspects of the people function and specific practitioner expertise in key human resources (HR) areas. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate creativity and a high-level of digital literacy, employ data-driven analysis to inform decision-making and possess a deep care for details. They will be highly motivated to deliver excellent work, build community and be very adaptable as part of a growing, collaborative, results-focused team. Excellent writing and speaking skills, especially with people of different styles, and a desire to learn and grow are required.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an applicable field is required. Current HR certification, e.g., SPHR, SHRM-SCP preferred; a specialized certification (e.g., CBP, CCP, CEBS, GPHR, etc.) a plus.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in human resources to include three to five years as an HR team leader or HR manager.
  • Experience providing internal HR consulting services across every level in an organization, demonstrated ability to employ effective listening skills, ask probing questions; gather and synthesize answers and identify solutions based on information collected.
  • Ability and desire to translate complex HR and organizational development concepts to individuals at all levels.
  • Demonstrated technology literacy with the ability to identify, deploy and use a variety of HR technology platforms to deliver people services, for example:
    • HR Information Systems (HRIS), BambooHR;
    • Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) (e.g., Taleo, JazzHR, Workable);
    • Payroll Administration Systems (e.g., Paylocity, Workday, ADP); and
    • Standalone/Ad-hoc HR technology solutions (e.g., CultureAmp, Reviewsnap, Small Improvements).
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of standard business software suites (e.g., MS Office Suite, Google Business Suite, etc.) to collate, analyze and synthesize data to inform people and business decisions for the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • HR Team Management: Manages the senior associate of administration, creating a cohesive team environment, guidance and professional development/direction based on the team member’s needs.
  • HR Strategies: Collaborates with CEO and colleagues on the Executive Team in proactively identifying and implementing HR strategies, goals and process maturation.
  • Talent Acquisition and Onboarding: Works closely with hiring managers to identify and onboard new talent, and ensures an orientation experience that provides new employees with the proper grounding for success at PAI.
  • Organizational Culture, including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Contributes to the high organizational focus on living and nurturing values, emphasizing respect, empathy, honest dialogue and integrity through best-practice research, tool-building and support of the organization’s diversity and inclusion goals and strategies.
  • Total Rewards Management: Leads efforts to consider enhancements and/or new design elements of the organization’s benefits and compensation programs. Leads the organization’s relationships with various service providers or third party administrators. Identifies the need for program or process improvements; leads the evaluation and selection of new service providers. Guides the senior associate’s management of the annual open enrollment process. Leads the annual and biannual compensation review processes.
  • Performance Management: Researches best practices in motivation and performance. Responsible for the design, execution and ongoing management of the organization’s PM process, including the selection and implementation of the optimal technology supports to facilitate performance planning.
  • Learning and Development: Assists staff in developing their professional and personal capacity by identifying the appropriate resources available through PAI’s professional development policy. Evaluates and makes recommendations for revised or new program offerings based on business needs.
  • Human Resources Information and Payroll Management: Guides the senior associate of administration in creating and maintaining confidential employee files in accordance with best practice and legal requirements, and ensures the accuracy of data and information contained in the files. Oversees the efforts of the senior associate in the management of semi-monthly payroll processing for employees.
  • Policy and Compliance: Manages the revision or creation of relevant people policies for the organization, through periodic reviews and a proactive assessment of policy needs. Ensures the PAI’s compliance with federal, D.C. and other state employment laws, where applicable.

PAI believes it is strengthened by the diversity of its staff, and welcomes such diversity, including race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, educational attainment, disability and veteran status. PAI welcomes applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds and experiences, and strongly encourages people of color and persons with disabilities to apply. PAI actively cultivates an institutional culture that reflects the values of respect, equity and inclusion that it seeks to amplify in its work. PAI offers a flexible workplace and a competitive benefits package.

Salary Range: $125,000-$140,000

Please note, currently this position will function as a remote role, but will be based in PAI’s Washington, D.C. office when feasible. Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to with “Senior Director of People and Culture” in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted on PAI’s website until the position is filled.

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