Education Design Lab is
seeking nominations and applications for our first ever Senior
Director of People and Culture. This new leader will join the
leadership team to synthesize the Lab’s mission and culture with
systems and processes that support Lab staff in their professional
growth and development.
Reporting to the CEO, the new Senior Director of People and
Culture will join the leadership team as the architect of the
programs, policies and systems that will enable and nurture the
growing staff as it delivers human-centered design solutions that
transform institutions and ecosystems at the intersection of
learning and work. More specifically, this new leader will stand up
the human resources function, oversee hiring, on-boarding and
retention, align our people strategy with the overall strategy,
cultivate community in a hybrid work environment, and
operationalize equity and belonging throughout the
The ideal candidate will be a tested and proven systems thinker
who applies human-centered principles to their work. They will have
at least ten years of progressive, relevant experience in small to
medium-sized fast-paced, rapidly changing environments, and
understand the unique dynamics of a growing, national team. They
will be a fearless communicator, a creative thought partner to
senior leaders, and a proactive problem solver with the emotional
intelligence to create and manage systems that can respond to team
members’ needs while anticipating what the team will need in the
future as the lab continues to evolve.
About Education Design Lab
The Lab is a diverse team that brings a critical mix of
expertise in secondary and post-secondary education, talent
development, policy and entrepreneurship to partnerships across the
workforce education sector. We are connected in our belief that
designing career pathways — including credentials and supports —
from the learner perspective is the best way to address equity and
skills gaps in the incredibly dynamic world of work. The Lab’s
superpower is to co-design and build equitable, learner-centered
approaches with colleges, universities, employers, foundations, and
regions. Learn more at www.EdDesignLab.org.
Responsibilities of the new Senior Director of People
Collaborate across the leadership
team to operationalize the Lab’s strategy with a clear
understanding of the needs of the team.
Refine and clarify the Lab’s
organizational structure as we grow and evolve.
Update job descriptions for each
position to reflect the goals and expectations of each role and how
Design promotion pathways, reporting
relationships, and milestones for new and existing positions.
Conduct annual Lab-wide compensation
analyses and set goals for pay equity across all teams.
Partner across the leadership team to
recruit, develop, and retain talented, dynamic team members.
Lead events that promote team
cohesion and bolster interpersonal communication and strong remote
Apply equity principles that ensure
the team reflects the identities of the Lab’s partners and that all
team members are valued and supported.
Partner with the CEO to conceptualize
internships, fellowships and other programs to grow the Lab’s role
as an incubator for developing educational designers who apply a
human-centered approach to design work in higher education and in
Refine and stand up the new HR
function for Education Design Lab.
Lead the updates to the employee
handbook and policies.
Serve as the liaison with HR
Streamline personnel, HR, benefits
and payroll processes, including researching and piloting new
platforms and tools.
Provide thought leadership and
partnership to department managers to determine each team’s talent
strategy and growth trajectory.
Support managers as they recruit new
Support managers in projecting their
personnel needs and building strategies to meet those needs.
Create an onboarding process to
introduce new hires to the culture of the Lab and to ensure new
staff members are supported as they learn the nuances of their role
and connect with other Lab members.
Help develop and encourage ways of
keeping our culture vibrant, relevant, compelling and
Ideal Characteristics and Background of the new Senior
Director of People and Culture
At least ten years of progressive
experience in people management, operations, program leadership,
project management, recruiting, human resources or a related
Experience leading small to
medium-sized organizations through periods of significant growth or
In-depth knowledge of the systems and
tools on which small organizations rely to manage people and
Willingness to research and pilot
cutting-edge innovations to workplace culture–especially those that
support fully remote and/or traveling teams.
A background in human resources or
experiences in close partnerships with leaders in human
Nuanced interpersonal communication
skills with the ability to capture, distill and synthesize the
ideas, needs, and goals of various stakeholders.
An ever-evolving understanding of
workplace equity and how to incorporate equity practices throughout
the workflow and at every stage of a team member’s engagement with
A high tolerance for transition, a
sense of humor, kindness, compassion and a willingness to support
colleagues as they test and strategize new ideas in support of our
Compensation & Benefits
The compensation for Senior Director of People and Culture will
fall within a range between $140,000 - $165,000 annually. The
benefits package will include:
100% employer-paid medical and dental
for full-time employees.
Short-term, long-term, and group life
Sick-time provided as
403b - 100% matching after the first
Rest and Relaxation:
Responsible PTO policy for all
full-time staff which allows managers to approve PTO with no
11 paid federal holidays.
2 weeks paid organizational
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lab is currently operating in
a hybrid-work environment where team members are working remotely
from their home offices. Greater Washington, D.C. Metro Area based
employees have the option to work from our offices located in
Dupont Circle, downtown DC in accordance with the office policies
which are updated regularly with COVID-19 restrictions to
prioritize the health and safety of our team members. Similarly,
Lab staff are traveling as needed in accordance with our travel
policy to ensure safety and comfort.
How to Apply
Monday Morning Consultants is leading this search. For more
details, please visit
To apply for the position, please submit a current resume to: