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25 Oct 2022

Full-Time Director of People and Culture

Oil Change International – Posted by [email protected] Anywhere

Job Description

Director of People and Culture

Oil Change International


About Oil Change International

Oil Change International (OCI) is a research, communications, and advocacy organization focused on exposing the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitating the ongoing transition to clean energy. Rooted in community solidarity and principled policy analysis, we work within larger movements to build a fossil free future. Founded in 2005, Oil Change International now has a talented, dedicated, and growing international team of twenty-five, backed by hundreds of thousands of supporters. We are data driven and people powered. For more information on OCI, please visit our website:

The Opportunity

The Director of People & Culture is a new leadership role that will support the organizational vision and strategy of Oil Change International by building internal priorities, systems, and policies that enable all employees to thrive. In addition to leading the Human Resources function, the Director will champion all Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) initiatives, incorporating a global perspective embedded in cultural competence. A member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), the Director will maintain a caring and sustainable work environment, foster a culture of learning, and cultivate high performing teams.

As Director of People and Culture, you will lead and collaborate on all functions of the employee experience in a growing global environmental advocacy organization. In a remote environment with a deep social justice orientation, you will establish the organization’s approach to Human Resources, including hiring and onboarding, performance management, staff development and wellness, and conflict management, as well as overseeing HR administration, including benefits, compensation, and compliance.

Employee Experience

  • Support and develop systems that promote a highly effective work culture that fosters cooperation, communication, trust, equity, fairness, and inclusivity.
  • Ensure that hiring and onboarding processes are equitable, efficient, and facilitate a strong introduction to the organization, with thoughtful consideration of remote work.
  • Conduct organizational-wide gaps analysis to determine focus areas for staff-wide trainings, leadership development opportunities, and upskilling individual contributors and people managers.
  • Ensure managers and staff are held accountable to individual responsibilities and shared expectations in line with OCI values.
  • Empower direct reports by ensuring they have the resources, tools, and organizational support to develop in their roles in a sustainable way, contribute to the goals of the broader organization, and pursue their own professional development.
  • Oversee performance reviews and develop engaging and supportive tools to build personal and professional development opportunities.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

  • Ensure a healthy, inclusive, and empowering organizational culture and structure that moves us closer to living out our organizational values and commitment to racial justice and equity, including through direct feedback, transparent practices, and collaborative workspaces.
  • With support from the Executive Director, SLT, and external consultants, lead a process to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion at OCI, and formulate a justice centered approach to our internal organizational culture.
  • Incorporate a racial justice and global equity screen and values alignment check for human resources and other relevant processes and cross-organizational policies and practices.
  • Provide support to staff in doing their best work across different cultural and geographic contexts.

Human Resources Administration

  • Plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate all HR management functions across the employee lifecycle. Liaise with stakeholders across the organization to ensure consistency, compliance, and effectiveness.
  • Ensure overall compliance with U.S. federal, state, and local laws, and regulations, including maintenance of employee handbook.
  • Hold primary relationship with our Professional Employment Organization (PEO) vendor to ensure compliance for international staff
  • Strategize and lead decision making on benefits and wellness programs and administer organization-wide benefit programs.
  • Manage programs to ensure equitable, competitive compensation for all employees.
  • Oversee maintenance of payroll system and related HR technology.
  • Facilitate the creation and support the implementation of a strategic and cohesive teamwork plan.
  • Manage the team budget and participate in the annual organizational budgeting process.

Candidate Profile

While we are open to considering many different professional backgrounds and recognize that no one individual will possess every qualification outlined, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes to this role:

  • 10+ years of experience of progressively senior experience in human resources, preferably within progressive or social justice oriented non-profit organizations.
  • Thorough understanding of non-profit operations and human resources in the U.S., as well as experience working across cultures, preferably at an international organization or experience working outside the U.S.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse teams, embracing and engaging diverse groups of people, and an understanding of the importance of cultural competency in these interactions.
  • Sensitivity to issues of privilege, class, and race, and dedication to incorporating principles of justice into decision making and strategic initiatives.
  • Strong organizational, administrative, and project management skills with exceptional attention to detail. Ability to conceptualize, plan, and manage major complex projects and multiple initiatives simultaneously.
  • A successful track record of building, motivating, and mentoring high-performing teams
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)

Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for this position is between $115,000-125,000. Oil Change International offers a generous salary and benefits package, including employer-supported health and wellness benefits. We have adopted policies of flexible working arrangements and every other Friday off. We offer 5 weeks paid vacation, 10 paid sick days, and appropriate local/regional/religious holidays. We provide cell phone and internet reimbursements, and support in setting up a home office. We encourage and offer funds for professional development and provide a paid 12-week sabbatical after 7 years of employment. We provide regular full-time employees a minimum 12 weeks of paid new parent leave for the care of a newborn, adoption of a child, or foster care placement.

Oil Change International values diversity, equity, and inclusivity as central to our work. Oil Change International provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

How to Apply

  • Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. To express interest in this role please submit your materials via this link.
  • All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
  • Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email [email protected]. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

About Koya Partners: Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world. For more information about Koya Partners, visit

Job Categories: Clean Energy. Job Types: Full-Time.

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