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Title: Director of People & Operations

Salary Range: $75,000-$85,000

Job Status: Exempt 

FTE Status: Full time 

Location:  The role is primarily remote, with regular team and all-staff meetings taking place virtually. Some travel to staff gatherings is part of this role.

Application link: https://elpnet.org/elp-job-application

Application due by: January 20, 2023



ELP is seeking a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process-minded leader with experience working with an organization in transition and developing a healthy, engaged culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals. As an integral member of ELP’s senior team and reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of People & Operations (DPO) will oversee all administrative and human resource functions of the organization and drive process, policy, and systems change with a lens towards an inclusive and supportive culture. This newly reimagined Director role will work closely with senior leadership on organizational design and development, change management, employee development and training, total rewards, performance management, and employee relations. The DPO must be a leader who is able to help others at ELP deliver measurable results that make the vision a reality. It is essential that the DPO develops and maintains efficient, highly functional systems to effectively advance the organization's work. It is also critical that these systems support the creative spark and values-aligned culture that drives ELP's mission.



ELP is a mission-driven nonprofit organization working to center equity as we serve our communities through three programmatic offerings: Regional & National ELP Fellowships, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Fellowship, and the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) Alumni Network. ELP aims to catalyze organizational, and systems change through providing individuals with support, frameworks and approaches, and a community of practice to work collaboratively across issues, sectors, and identities. (For more, visit www.elpnet.org) In the rapidly shifting context of our world, we recognize the need to adapt our programming to meet the evolving needs of our participants. ELP also recognizes the need to assess where we still maintain dominant-culture patterns of operation and make shifts to equity-centered practices.



Reporting to the ED, the DPO will lead all internal operations and will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide immediate, tangible support to staff in HR and operations, including onboarding and off-boarding, understanding and accessing benefits, and effectively using existing systems for expense management.
  • Working in partnership with the ED and staff, steward strategic planning and implement new processes and approaches to achieve said plan
  • Coordinate the annual operations plan and budget
  • Provide for all staff a strong day-to-day leadership presence; bridging programs and supporting an open-door policy among all staff
  • Human Resources
    • Cultivate the values of ELP and embed them within the operational systems of the organization
    • Upgrade human resources functions including: training, development, compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance evaluation and recruiting
    • Bring a perspective of continuous improvement to broadly explore policies and practices that are consistent with ELP’s mission as a leadership development organization (e.g. salaries and raises, leave structures, staffing models, etc.).
  • Technology
    • Improve and maintain robust operational IT security through policy and systems.
    • Creating and implementing a strategic technology plan for key systems such as Salesforce, Google etc.
  • Finance
    • Partner with our external finance and accounting firm to provide all stakeholders at the organization with quick access to financial information and enable strategic budgeting
    • Oversee key budget areas including but not limited to training, development, compensation and benefits, employee relations, and recruiting



As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must be in alignment with the core values of ELP and be driven by the mission. The candidate should demonstrate a passion for breaking new ground to lead social change. Beyond that, we are seeking a candidate that has proven experience in supporting a remote organization and a demonstrated ability to both lead and build the capabilities of a driven, bright, diverse team.

As noted, this is an organization driven by the values of its people, so experience in managing a values-driven organization will be highly prized. Our hope is to give a strong sense of what the skills for this position require; if parts of the below requirements may look a little different for you, we encourage you to apply and be comfortable sharing your experience of transferable skills as well as relevant training and work. Additional requirements are:

  • Thorough understanding of finance, systems, and HR; broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems, including strategic development and planning, budgeting, business analysis, finance, information systems, and human resources.
  • A track record of implementing new policies, procedures, and training to advance equity and a culture of belonging, including a personal commitment to ongoing learning and development.
  • Proficiency in employee relations, talent acquisition, compensation, benefits, compliance, and the ability to nimbly pivot between high-level strategy and tactical delivery.
  • Affinity and proven ability using technology to achieve programmatic goals and mission values.
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, a related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Roughly 10+ years of human resources experience.



To be considered, submit your materials by January 20, 2023 through our online application form at https://elpnet.org/elp-job-application. Please provide a résumé, along with a cover letter that describes your interest in the position and lists any salary requirements you may have. The preferred start date of the position is March 1, 2023.

ELP pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size and offers generous vacation and medical benefits, retirement plan, professional development funds, health and wellness days, and a sabbatical policy. This position is a Director-level role with a salary range starting at $75,000. 

We strongly encourage applications from Black and Indigenous people, people of color, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as individuals from other underrepresented and historically marginalized communities. We recognize the lived experiences and leadership of these individuals as being fundamentally relevant to ELP’s work in advancing our mission. Non-traditional candidates are also welcomed and encouraged to apply.



ELP is committed to the principles of equal opportunity. ELP’s organizational policies, practices, programs, activities and decisions regarding employment, hiring, assignment, promotion, compensation, volunteerism, internships and other terms and conditions of employment or voluntary service shall not be based on a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, ancestry, military discharge status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, source of income, parental status, housing status, or other protected status, in accordance with applicable law.