About CSSP and Our Work
CSSP strives to accomplish its mission by developing and
advancing effective public policy;
helping to transform public systems to be
more preventive, results-oriented, accountable, and caring; and
supporting local leaders to create the community
opportunities, supports, services, and environments in which all
children and families can thrive. CSSP works in
partnership with other national organizations, foundations, and
governmental and community leaders to test new ideas and
approaches, provide technical assistance, generate new evidence,
and support networks of innovators. All our work reflects a
long-standing organizational commitment to equity and social
CSSP seeks a Director, People & Culture based in our DC
office (working virtually until the DC office re-opens) to develop
and execute CSSP’s human resources and inclusion and equity
strategies in support of CSSP’s overall mission and strategic
direction. This is a new position that will report directly
to the President and will also work closely with the Executive Vice
President/CFO and be a member of the executive leadership
team. The person filling this position will manage and
coordinate CSSP’s work in the areas of equity, diversity, and
inclusion; employee well-being; continuous workforce improvement;
staff training and professional development; and HR policy
development and compliance. The Director, People & Culture will
work closely with senior management to provide strategic leadership
by formulating, communicating, and documenting HR needs and plans
to staff; supporting supervisory staff in coaching and performance
management; and providing HR support for all staff.
We are looking for a highly motivated, entrepreneurial, and
collaborative individual with a commitment to CSSP’s values and to
taking an anti-racist, intersectional approach that better serves
Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, and other people
of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and immigrant individuals
and families. Our anti-racist approach is both internally focused
and part of all our external work.
We seek someone who understands that any organization, team,
project, or effort is only as good as the people who work there,
the relationships that they establish and sustain, and the
organizational culture that fosters innovation, respect,
collegiality, and excellence. We seek someone who can help ensure
that CSSP is an organization where staff strengths are identified,
nurtured, and enhanced; can listen attentively; and can act as a
supportive coach to leadership and staff. The job will
require building authentic relationships with staff that facilitate
the successful candidate’s ability to challenge, develop, and
support them. The successful candidate will welcome feedback,
be open to new ideas, and support personal growth and development
and organization-wide improvement. In addition, the successful
candidate must understand that discretion in this role is paramount
as is the ability to create safe, candid, and confidential spaces
for staff to communicate concerns.
CSSP is committed to working towards being an anti-racist
organization and to identifying and eliminating aspects of White
supremacy in our policies and culture. The ideal candidate will
demonstrate their understanding and commitment to this journey and
join us in creating a culture that is inclusive, equitable, and
facilitative of high-performance, satisfaction, and curious
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Develop and implement diversity and inclusion strategies and
action plans as they relate to recruitment, performance management,
leadership development, employee engagement, and retention.
- Assist in shaping organization-wide decisions related to people
practices and HR priorities through data, analysis, and
recommendations that align with CSSP’s values.
- Manage the process and assist with hiring a consultant to work
with CSSP in our efforts to dismantle White supremacy culture and
to name, address, and prevent harm to staff and to those with whom
Select, Train, Coach, and Mentor Staff
- Support efforts and processes to select, retain, and develop
talent and expertise in staff.
- Work with supervisors/managers to assist with designing a
consistent and effective supervisory and coaching practice across
Learning and Development
- Manage staff development opportunities and processes for the
organization and staff.
- Help to create learning and development programs that are
person-centered, value-driven, and ensure equity, diversity, and
- Seek out and vet learning and development partners for
management and leadership training.
- Manage the annual employee performance appraisal process to
identify strengths and developmental needs that feed into
individual and overall organizational learning agendas.
HR Compliance and Administration
- Maintain responsibility for CSSP’s compliance with federal and
state legislation pertaining to all personnel matters (ADA, FMLA,
Wage and Hour, benefits, etc.).
- Handle all employment law matters such as FMLA, Wage and Hour,
- Develop, administer, and communicate HR policies, procedures,
and directives including oversight of CSSP’s Employee
- Develop and coordinate staff onboarding and exit
- Annually review and makes recommendations to executive
leadership for improvement of the organization’s policies,
procedures, and practices on personnel matters, based on industry
trends and innovative practices.
- Work with the executive leadership to establish a competitive
and fiscally responsible benefit, compensation, and leave program,
including merit increases, bonuses, COLA, etc.
A successful candidate will
- A minimum of 10 years as a leader in non-profit, philanthropic,
or consulting organization.
- Expertise and demonstrated commitment to workplace diversity,
inclusion, and equity as well as CSSP’s stated values and
- Knowledge of HR policies, systems, and related laws and a
commitment to keeping current with policies, systems, and related
- Ability to analyze and solve problems at all levels.
- Excellent communication skills with diverse audiences and
- Demonstrated ability to build relationships, develop rapport,
and work with teams.
- Ability to act with confidence and professionalism with
internal and external stakeholders.
- Strong personal effectiveness, integrity, credibility,
discretion, humility, and accountability.
- Personal and professional understanding of intersectionality,
anti-racism, inclusion, and power dynamics and how these play out
across teams and organizations.
- Comfort operating with a high level of independence and
efficiency, coupled with a desire to lead and be part of
Excellent benefits provided including a generous health, vision,
and dental package with 100% of the employee’s individual coverage
paid by CSSP; an 11% retirement contribution after one full year of
employment; a generous vacation and sick leave policy including one
full week for winter break during the last week of the year; and
hybrid telework/in office (in the DC office) options.
How to Apply and Other:
Qualified applicants should send cover letter with salary
requirements and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Your Name –
Director, People & Culture). In your cover letter, please be
sure to indicate where you found this position announcement.
The interview process will include phone screening, panel style
interviews, and final interviews. Finalists will also be
asked to participate in a short, written exercise.
Due to the large number of applications, emails and phone calls
to CSSP will not be accepted/reviewed.
Applications accepted until November 12th or until position is
CSSP is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified
applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful
discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex,
age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender
expression, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction,
citizenship status, current employment status or caregiver