Senior Director, Human Capital & Growth Management




The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is the nation’s preeminent think tank committed to achieving economic equity for women and eliminating structural and institutional barriers to women’s full participation in the workforce and society.

IWPR’s mission is to build knowledge and evidence to support policies that help grow women’s economic power and influence in society, close inequality gaps, and improve the economic security and well-being of girls, women, and families. We generate the ideas that build power and economic equity for all women.

Statement on Racial Equity and Intersectionality: 

At IWPR, we believe social and economic mobility in the United States is determined and influenced by race, ethnicity, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other markers of difference. In working to achieve economic equity and to better understand the experiences of all women in the workforce and in society, we use both racial equity and intersectional frameworks in our research and analysis to help generate strategies and solutions that are grounded in the economic realities of women and families.

We also prioritize building an inclusive and welcoming work environment that values the diverse perspectives and experiences of all staff.


Since fall 2019, IWPR has more than doubled its organizational budget and revenue, increased its impact in the field, and launched exciting new programs and initiatives focused on building the long-term economic security of women and families. Within the next year, IWPR plans to double its staff and develop a strategic operations to manage its growth.

IWPR seeks a full-time Senior Director, Human Capital and Growth Management to serve as a strategic partner and advisor to IWPR leadership and staff on a wide-variety of mission-critical human resource policies, procedures and personnel practices. They will be responsible for building a strong human resources infrastructure and department and help center gender and racial equity and center in IWPR’s internal policies and practices.

The ideal candidate is a dynamic, highly organized, experienced, and collaborative leader, who enjoys working in a fast-paced, high impact environment. They are a seasoned human resources professional with deep experience with organizational development, change management, and employee relations. They will have the energy and ability to innovate, collaborate, problem-solve, and champion change within the organization and across departments.  They will also have the ability to exercise a high degree of integrity, confidentiality, and judgment; and the ability to inspire trust and be trustworthy.

This position is based in Washington, DC and is full-time, exempt. The Senior Director, Human Capital and Growth Management reports to the Chief Operating Officer.

Duties and Responsibilities:  

Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

·       Provide expert counsel and support to IWPR Leadership and senior managers on human resource related matters and issues;

·       Develop a human capital strategy and plan to manage short-and-long term organizational growth and human capital needs;

·       Work to ensure the organization’s human capital strategy and plan is aligned with current and future mission, goals, and objectives of IWPR;

·       Analyze and recommend alternative or new procedures and processes necessary to maximize organizational effectiveness and efficiency;

·       Advise on organizational/strategic changes and internal human capital business processes;

·       Develop, implement, and monitor internal programs, efforts and initiatives that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; and

·       Anticipate operational action items and proactively prepare communications, responses, or plans of action to position IWPR Leadership with appropriate resources to address a wide variety of situations effectively.

Human Capital Management and Talent Recruitment 

·       Develop policies and implement an organizational strategy to attract, retain, and promote a diverse and inclusive workforce;

·       Direct and supervise a multidisciplinary team of high-performing human capital specialists responsible for the administration of all human resource activities, programs, and initiatives;

·       Be integrally involved in helping to create a positive, affirming, and learning organizational culture and workplace;

·       Work with the Human Capital and Operations Team to identify training and development opportunities to meet the needs of leadership and other staff;

·       Ensure recruiting, hiring, and compensation practices are aligned with IWPR commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Human Resources Administration 

·       Update as needed and manage IWPR’s Compensation Program;

·       Monitor and update IWPR policies, practices, and procedures to ensure compliance;

·       Oversee the administration of company benefits and compensation programs to ensure competitive and equitable total rewards programs across all job categories; and

·       Oversee and manage the review and standardizing of IWPR policies, implementing compliance initiatives, and managing Human Resource-related vendor contracts.

Employee Relations 

·       Monitor employment-and labor related laws and regulations to ensure organizational compliance;

·       Anticipate, manage, and resolve complex, sensitive employee relations matters while upholding an organizational commitment of equity to all staff;

·       Establish and coordinate systems and protocols to ensure our performance management processes are aligned with our values;

·       Identify, lead, or contract with vendors/consultants to provide trainings for supervisors on important employee relations policies and topics to ensure equitable practices; and

·       Encourage employee engagement through careful design and implementation of feedback channels, including staff surveys, new hire and exit interview protocols, and individual check-ins.

Other Professional and Personal Qualities

·       Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including presentation skills;

·       Superior problem-solving, managerial, and interpersonal skills;

·       Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across the organization;

·       Effective, versatile, and action oriented; and

·       Ability to work well under pressure with tight deadlines and multiple priorities.

Education and Experience 

10+ years related experience in human resource management and organizational development within a non-profit organization. A Master’s degree or equivalent experience/expertise in human resource management or a related field. Human Resources Certification highly preferred (SHRM-CP, PHR, or SPHR).


This position is classified as an Administrative IV position in IWPR’s compensation program.  The salary for the Senior Director, Human Capital and Growth Management is $102,000-$120,000/year and will be commensurate with experience. To learn more about the IWPR compensation program, please click HERE. IWPR also offers a competitive benefits package.

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