Vice President of People & Culture

Institute for Sustainable Communities
  • Location
    Remote, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    May 02

Position description

The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), founded in 1991, is an international climate organization with a mission to create equitable, climate change solutions around the world. We do this by forming collaborative, people-focused partnerships that support communities disproportionately impacted by the global climate crisis. For more than 30 years, ISC has utilized a unique, bottom-up approach to ensure solutions emerge from within communities, rather than being imposed from the outside.

Through a deep understanding of and commitment to communities that are the least likely to cause global climate change yet face the highest impacts, ISC develops creative and inclusive solutions, demonstrated in our work in the US and across Asia in China, India, the Mekong, and Bangladesh. We actively partner with frontline organizations, subnational governments, and the private sector to co-create programs that support underinvested communities, women, and people experiencing poverty who comprise the global majority. ISC remains cognizant of communities; varying needs, and we tailor our approach to support those needs. We believe equity and inclusion are fundamental to building healthy, prosperous, and peaceful communities and are committed to furthering equitable climate action. ISC is implementing programs in the U.S., India, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Bangladesh. Learn more at 

Vice President of People & Culture

The Vice President of People & Culture (VP) will serve on the Leadership Team and work with Senior Leaders, Program Directors, and Managers in a multi-site, multi-country organization. The VP is primarily responsible for ensuring ISC is a values-driven, results-oriented, diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. The VP will:

  • Lead efforts to recruit, retain, support, and develop the people who drive our mission.
  • Oversee ISC’s People & Culture function
  • Lead People & culture-focused strategic initiatives
  • Collaboratively develop and implement a wide array of organizational practices related to human resources, including DEI
  • Continuously assess and improve People & Culture practices, programs, and policies to ensure high-impact and legal compliance
  • Be a leader and trusted advisor for all matters related to ISC’s employees and professional culture, and be an integral partner in implementing ISC’s Strategic Plan

What You'll Do

The VP is responsible for implementing HR systems, which include a focus on DEI initiatives. These include but are not limited to:

  • Talent acquisition and retention that recruits, develops, trains, supports, and retains a diverse workforce
  • Compensation, benefits, and rewards (including oversight of payroll systems’ implementation and delivery in seven countries)
  • Ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations regarding employment practices and employee relations
  • Implement a performance management system that reflects ISC’s values, incentivizes impact and positive outcomes, and enables clear measurement and accountability
  • Professional development for an equitable people-centric organization
  • Lead change management strategies for internal and external work

What You’ll Bring


  • Minimum of 10 years of comprehensive HR experience
  • Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on HR management or related fields or equivalent experience
  • History of interacting with a multi-functional leadership team on global strategic issues.
  • Experience coaching individuals at all levels of an organization


  • Master’s degree with an emphasis on HR management or equivalent experience
  • Experience working with remote leaders, employees, and partners
  • Experience in cultural and change management.

Location, Work, and Travel

  • Location: Remote, with a preference for the U.S. Eastern Time Zone
  • Work: Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer and video platforms
  • Travel: 10% domestic and international travel may be required

What We Offer

Salary: Range of $150,000 to $165,000 based on experience


  • Comprehensive health insurance
  • Medical Insurance with company-funded HRA
  • Dental; Vision Insurance
  • Flexible spending account for medical, dependent care, parking and transit
  • 403(b) with automatic 2% ISC contribution and up to 4% matching contribution
  • Life, AD&D, Short-Term and Long –Term Disability Insurance
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Professional development
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Appreciation of work-life balance
  • Casual and flexible work environment

Application instructions

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