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Sep 2, 2021

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Earthworks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions. Earthworks stands for clean air, water, and land, healthy communities, and corporate accountability. We work for solutions that protect both the Earth’s resources and our communities.


We are seeking a passionate and seasoned professional to serve as our first leader of people operations. The Director, Talent and Equity will be a member of our Senior Leadership Team with the primary responsibility of helping Earthworks maintain and sustain a positive organizational culture in the remote work environment. This role will have a special focus on relationship building, conflict resolution, advancing equity and inclusion, and organizational development. Earthworks is proud of its collaborative culture, built on trust and respect with a hunger to acknowledge and improve equitable organizational practices.



Talent Systems

  • Lead in maintaining and developing best practices across all areas of talent management and culture, including recruitment, hiring, professional development, staff management, performance evaluations, promotion pathways, and employee retention plans
  • Build and deliver long-term, data-driven professional development pathways and plans that positively impact individual and team performance, leadership, and strategic goals
  • In collaboration with the Leadership Team, maintain a supportive and positive workplace culture and work environment
  • Maintain and improve robust, consistent onboarding procedures to welcome and orient new employees with the knowledge and support to thrive from the outset
  • Manage employee engagement processes, including developing and analyzing an annual staff culture survey and co-leading efforts to track organizational progress and integrate feedback into policies and practices
  • Manage periodic compensation analyses to ensure staff are compensated competitively and equitably
  • Consult with and advise all staff regarding talent and organization development opportunities and solutions

Leadership Development + Performance Management

  • Work with Directors to develop robust and equitable staff, management, and leadership development pathways across to facilitate professional growth and provide a foundation for ongoing performance management
  • Work with Directors to develop training programs and skill-building within teams and for staff as a whole in support of Earthworks’ organizational development priorities
  • Serve as a trusted resource to all team members to help navigate career development, management, respect in the workplace, and ensure great employee experiences
  • In collaboration with leadership, improve upon and scale current performance management processes, including learning and development, regular performance reviews, clear and collaborative conversations around workload, goals, and performance, and leadership development

Equity + Inclusion

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director, Earthworks’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee, and external consultants to create and roll out learning opportunities that build staff knowledge and skills for embedding equity and inclusion throughout ​our programmatic work, internal practices, and organizational culture; co-lead the design and implementation of organization-wide accountability measures, such as the incorporation of DEI the competencies into job descriptions, effective work planning, goal-setting, and performance reviews
  • Establish methods (surveys, interviews, etc.) for the ongoing tracking of the impact of our policies and practices to ensure they are equitable for all staff while identifying and recommending improvements
  • Develop robust recruitment processes and support to create the highest caliber candidate pools and provide guidance and coaching on explicit recruitment-focused responsibilities
  • In conjunction with leadership, work to ensure cultural changes are embedded across all levels and in alignment with strategic plans and desired programmatic outcomes

Human Resource Administration + Organization Operations

  • Oversee creation and maintenance of Create and maintain personnel manual, including evaluating all human resources policies and procedures and identifying and implementing policy improvements
  • Work with selected HRIS vendor to manage employee documentation; utilize relevant human resource and company systems to track candidate flows and manage employee performance management records (e.g., professional development plans, performance reviews, performance improvement plans)
  • Serve as a point person for Employee Relations, including confidential and sensitive personnel issues that require follow up and consultation with the Executive Director as needed, and management of the confidential internal grievance process


  • At least 7 years experience in both human resources and management; previous non-profit experience preferred
  • Thorough knowledge of human resource management principles and best practices, from compliance to strategic engagement, and experience with

implementing and utilizing HR technology (ATS, HRIS, etc.); Comfortable with Mac operating system, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Suite

  • Significant experience advancing equity as a mission-critical facet of HR, including significant employee engagement; inclusive behaviors and organizational culture; identification, coaching, and management of equity-related competencies and skills in the workplace; and recruiting a workforce that is diverse by gender, race, class, and sexual orientation, among other important group identities
  • Excellent organizational, coaching, and leadership skills
  • Outstanding verbal and written skills in the following: communication, emotional

intelligence, conflict resolution, and interpersonal relationships and dynamics

  • Knowledge of how race, racism, class, classism, gender, sexism, and power and privilege, and related equity issues show up in the work of mission-driven organizations and their programs
  • Exemplary ethical standards, discretion, and an excellent track record of managing confidential matters and developing trust with colleagues at all levels
  • Experience managing up, offering your expertise to lead, and discussing how its decisions could impact talent
  • High emotional intelligence, with a strong ability to listen, empathize and give and receive constructive feedback
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in collaboration with others, anticipate and solve problems, and make sound recommendations for improvements
  • Experience helping organizations progress on their journey to become more equitable and inclusive; familiarity with the ways that race and other identities intersect and play out in our work
  • Experience creating strong relationships on teams with remote staff

We seek staff who:

  • Succeed and thrive in environments with competing and changing priorities
  • Have track records of building solid, collaborative working relationships across differences and who enjoy and are committed to collaboration
  • Are committed to embedding equity in all organizational internal practices and culture, as well as our programs
  • Bring openness and engagement to personal, professional, and organization-wide learning on race, class, gender, justice, and equity
  • Are self-starters with strong attention to detail and a commitment to delivering high-quality work
  • Are active learners who independently seek new tools and learn work processes quickly
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $123,000-$127,000 annually. Earthworks provides full-time staff with a competitive package of benefits, including medical, vision, and dental insurance, and paid parental leave. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

How to Apply:

Apply online at only. With your online application please include a resume, cover letter, and one of the following Artifacts (Instructions below):

Artifact Options

Select one of the following:

  • An organization- or team-wide memo authored by you detailing a new or altered organizational process or protocol of your choice (e.g., detailing a new hiring process, performance management system, benefit/leave policy, review/compensation process, training, staff survey, etc.).
  • A project plan example designed by you (e.g., professional development program, team/organization retreat or a change management initiative, learning, and development plan, or developing competencies, etc. ), preferably in a spreadsheet or Gantt chart.
  • A performance appraisal completed by you for a direct report or colleague with names and identifying information redacted.
  • An example of your choosing based on the workstreams outlined in the job description
    • Talent Systems
    • Leadership Development + Performance Management
    • Equity + Inclusion
  • Human Resource Administration + Organization Operations


Use a clear naming convention to make sure that all artifacts are easily downloadable and well-organized:

  • Use short descriptive file names (e.g., PresentPerfectUnitPlan.docx) using fewer than 50 characters.
  • Make sure that every file has the appropriate extension (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .mov).
  • For each artifact include a summary description of the artifact using fewer than 250 characters
  • All artifacts should be submitted via our online application at only.
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