Director of People and Culture (CA, NC or Washington, DC)

Director of People and Culture (CA, NC or Washington, DC)

The person hired could be located in any of our three offices (CA, NC, DC).  The roles and responsibilities are organization-wide. The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals. Our offices (in Los Angeles, CA Washington D.C., and Carrboro, N.C.) engage in national, state, and local advocacy efforts, ranging from complex analyses of federal and state laws, policy advocacy, litigation, continuing legal education, and individual technical support. We work with lawyers and advocates, community-based entities, federal and state policy makers, health care providers, and clients.

NHeLP is committed to cultivating an environment that empowers an exceptional and diverse staff and to advancing health equity in our work. We welcome applicants who represent that diversity and who will contribute to our equity journey, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals. We also encourage individuals whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities to apply.  For more information about our values and our equity journey, see our Equity Stance.

The Position

The Director of People and Culture will play a significant role in ensuring that the National Health Law Program remains strong and vital for many years to come.  The duties of the position will be broad.  They will include building and leading a talent development and retention strategy; employee relations counseling; working with the leaders of our diversity, equity and inclusion program to help us realize our goal of embedding diversity, equity and inclusion in our organization and in our day to day work together; and traditional human resources functions, such as oversight and implementation of benefits.

Specifically, the Director of People and Culture will be responsible for:

  • Working with other NHeLP leaders to develop an organizational structure that facilitates coordinated work across the organization and enables increasing staff responsibility and autonomy
  • Developing and implementing the system and the training needed for regular and effective communication between supervisors and supervisees and ongoing investment in staff growth
  • Developing and implementing a recruiting strategy to forecast talent needs and recruit and attract diverse and highly qualified staff, aligned with NHeLP’s mission, values and equity commitment
  • Designing and implementing orientation and onboarding plans that include NHeLP’s diversity, equity and inclusion commitment and employment policies and procedures
  • Serving as an active voice for and facilitator of NHeLP’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives
  • Providing employee relations counseling and assistance
  • Overseeing and implementing NHeLP’s benefits and risk management practices
  • Creating clear and transparent position descriptions and compensation levels for all positions in the organization and transparent protocols for internal transitions and career pathways.

The Director of People and Culture will report to the Chief Operating Officer on human resources and operational issues and will be a strategic advisor to the Executive Director on staff development and culture issues. The person will be a champion for the needs and interests of non-management staff.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • A minimum of seven years experience and a proven track record in a combination of roles focused on building and supporting a diverse and talented staff within highly competitive job markets
  • Bachelor’s degree plus SHRM-SCP, SPHR and/or other HR certifications preferred
  • Strong background in employee relations, including coaching and counseling
  • Proven experience leading and partnering with a geographically dispersed workforce
  • Demonstrated leadership, analytical, organizational, interpersonal, project management, and communication/presentation skills
  • Commitment to learning


Full-time, immediate availability


Competitive with other public interest organizations and commensurate with experience. Salary range will be commensurate with experience; it is expected to be $100,000 to $105,000. Generous benefits are available, including 100% employer-paid medical, dental, life, and disability insurance; pre-tax savings plans; transportation benefits (parking or public transportation fees); a retirement savings opportunity; and the ability to work remotely. (Prior to the current COVID-19 crisis, employees were working remotely up to two days per week. Everyone is working remotely full time now and will continue to do so at least through Labor Day.  Staff safety is our first priority). NHeLP also offers generous paid time off including holidays, sick time, personal time, parental leave, 150 hours (20 days) of vacation per year, and more.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should email application documents in one PDF document; it should include:

  • a cover letter, resume, a writing sample that demonstrates clear communications skills (3-10 pages preferred), and a list of references.

save the PDF using your name as the title.  For example: JaneSanchezApplication.PDF, JohnSanchezApplication.pdf.

  • Send the document with an email subject line that describes the position the applicant is seeking (i.e., “Director of people and Culture”) to: [email protected].
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  • No phone calls or mail please

Reasonable accomodations

NHeLP is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified applicants. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, please send an email with subject line “Reasonable Accommodation Request” to [email protected]


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