Director of Human Resources and Equity

Data & Society Research Institute
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 16

Position description

Data & Society advances public understanding of the social and cultural implications of data-centric technologies and automation. We conduct interdisciplinary research and build a field of actors to ensure that knowledge guides development and governance of technology. We are working towards a future in which the values that shape technology are visible and intentionally chosen with respect for human dignity.

About the Role

The Director of Human Resources and Equity (“Director”) will be responsible for all aspects of Human Resources and Organizational Culture, including people operations, recruitment, employee development, legal and compliance, and equity and inclusion. This leadership position will be tasked with developing programs to foster an environment where employees can thrive. The Director will play a key role in helping drive performance and engagement across the organization, and will partner with Executive Management to deliver on our ambitious strategy. The Director will lead our efforts to evolve our culture in support of staff wellbeing, and center our efforts towards achieving our goal of diversity, equity, and inclusion across the organization. The ideal candidate has a deep commitment to racial and economic justice, a passion for furthering DEI initiatives, and an established track record of successfully challenging colleagues to broaden their equity lens. They have substantial expertise in all facets of staff-facing HR, and familiarity with multi-state and international issues. They will have held senior management level roles, have experience developing direct reports to support their career advancement, and a successful track record in applying Change Management techniques to support organizational scalability. In this role, the Director will also partner with external consultants and PEOs. The Director will subscribe to Data & Society’s management values of integrity, equity, and creativity.

Responsibilities include:

Human Resources (50%)

  • Lead all people operations and processes including, performance review cycles; compensation reviews and planning; benefits administration; employment law and regulatory compliance.
  • Manage the PEO including, assessing capabilities, service levels, and, where appropriate, make recommendations for supplemental/standalone resources to support organizational needs. This may include, identifying and overseeing implementation of a comprehensive Human Resources Information System (HRIS).
  • Oversee all professional development activities across the organization.
  • Oversee recruitment including defining and implementing strategies to attract, hire, and retain top talent with a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion.
  • Oversee and implement a post Covid return to physical office strategy (may include multiple distributed physical spaces?) to promote team collaboration.
  • Oversee coordination of team building and staff appreciation events (e.g., retreats, social events, and group activities) to celebrate key milestones and foster positive morale.
  • Provide cultural stewardship by supporting leadership and staff to live our core values.
  • Develop programs that promote staff engagement while achieving our organizational goals.
  • Manage the HR Manager and long and short-term consultants.
  • Development and management of the annual Human Resources budget.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) (20%)

  • Manage relationships with DEI consultants and provide strategic leadership in the development and implementation of programs to achieve retention, recruitment, and culture metrics.
  • Maintain and update DEI policies, procedures, and best practices by consulting and collaborating across the organization in the areas of hiring and onboarding of employees, recruitment and retention.

Organizational Administration (20%)

  • Track and lead organizational and board administration needs as they arise.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate operational policies and procedures ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including those governing non-profit business operations.
  • Provide advice and counsel on addressing organizational culture, performance, and employee relations.
  • Responsible for development and management of the General Administration budget.

Organizational Leadership and Governance (10%)

  • Serve on the Senior Leadership Team, participate in organizational decision-making and advise the Executive Director and Board of Directors on key people, culture, and equity issues.
  • Foster an environment that promotes fluid and transparent communication and information sharing across all levels of the organization.
  • Participate in annual goal-setting and strategic planning across the organization, promoting strategies for raising the bar as it pertains to people, culture and equity.


  • 3-5+ years of senior management experience in human resources roles, with a mix of both strong administrative and strategic capabilities.
  • Experience leading and managing teams across remote work environments.
  • Experience leading best practices in recruiting and hiring to build high performing, diverse and inclusive teams.
  • Experience working in a research institution or a not-for-profit, preferred.
  • Experience working with PEOs and administering HRIS systems; experience with contract management, and oversight of 3rd party vendors.
  • Experience identifying and implementing training solutions to develop managerial capabilities around diversity, equity and inclusion, preferred.

Core Competencies

  • Personal integrity, strong sense of fairness, and the ability to establish credibility with stakeholders.
  • General business and financial acumen, including familiarity with not for profit organizations.
  • Strong systems thinker and process orientation.
  • Effective communicator with excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated success at cultivating strong rapport, relationships, and partnerships at all levels across an organization.

Reporting Relationships

The Director of Human Resources and Equity reports directly to the Executive Director and will manage the HR Manager, long and short term consultants, and potentially additional future staff.

Compensation and Details

Department: Human Resources & Administration

FLSA Status: Exempt

FT/PT/Temp: FT Salary Level: L1

Hours per wk: 40 Salary Range: $125K - 135K

Practical Considerations

1. This is currently a remote position. Data & Society is based out of New York City, and will for the foreseeable future operate as a Remote-First organization.

2. While this role will start as completely virtual, it will likely involve onsite components in the future.

To apply, please submit the following items:

1. A cover letter explaining your interest in this role, how you learned about this opportunity, your background in managing teams and projects in the past, and why you would be a good fit for this position.

2. Your resume/CV

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