Director of Human Resources & DEI

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New York, NY
Published 21 days ago


Purpose builds and supports movements to advance the fight for an open, just, and habitable world. We use public mobilization and storytelling to help leading organizations, activists, businesses, and philanthropies engaged in this fight, and we create campaigning labs and new initiatives that can shift policies and change public narratives when it matters most.

To do this, Purpose brings together world-class talent from the world of creatives, content development, storytelling, campaigning, grassroots organizing, and political strategy to build new creative campaigning models.

Guided by smart strategy and powered by participation, our work reframes issues, engages new audiences, shifts public discourse, and ultimately drives targeted action and creates lasting impact. Join the team that made all this work!


Purpose is seeking an experienced Director of HR & DEI to work with our team to provide global leadership and oversight of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program and Human Resources team. 

The Director of HR & DEI will have helped to formally structure global equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives in other global organizations, reflecting Purpose’s commitment to these areas and will develop the strategy and oversee implementation of the next phase of Purpose Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work, partnering with senior leaders in the company to ensure our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is reflected in our global processes, work output and culture.

The ideal candidate will have experience thoughtfully designing global equity programs that are tailored to unique cultural contexts, while maintaining an organizational wide advancement and commitment to this work. 

The successful candidate will ideally have experience working in both established and rapidly growing companies, having structured or overseen global Human Resources processes for a variety of positions and organizations that are similar to Purpose, including agencies or professional services firms. This candidate will have deep experience with all facets of the HR function’s day-to-day management, including employee relations, recruiting of both FTE and freelance/contractor support, performance management, benefits administration, and general HR compliance best practices.

This role is full-time and based in our New York office.


The Director of HR & DEI will be joining Purpose's People, Culture & Operations team, contributing to special projects relevant to sustaining and building Purpose culture across the full breadth of our global team.


  • HR Management:
  • Developing and championing a global HR strategy that is aligned with our organizational values
  • Leading the HR function and working in collaboration with leaders at the company to ensure we are implementing best practice 
  • Overseeing benefits administration in our US office, and working with global office leaders to build comprehensive benefits plans for their geographies
  • Managing grievances that arise across Purpose offices
  • Develop and oversee an ambitious recruitment program for both FTE and freelance/contractor support
  • Oversee the organization, accuracy, retention, and compliance of all HR information, including personnel files
  • Manage high level external HR partnerships
  • Create and maintain feedback channels, and support staff to disseminate feedback in a productive and timely manner
  • Work with external counsel to manage internal inquiries and resolve labor-related issues  
  • Manage, coach, and mentor HR team members to execute on critical HR administrative, strategy, data and analytics work that undergirds people and culture as well as all aspects of HR
  • Build trusting relationships across the organization to integrate HR work
  • Communicate effectively to staff members about HR work and initiatives
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
  • Play a leadership role in the evolution of the firm’s Equity & Inclusion strategy, sourcing input from key stakeholders. This will likely cover process and policy improvements, leadership engagement, communications and measurement as required
  • Working with leaders across the company to embed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into all employee life touch-points, acting as the subject matter expert on all matters DEI, and being accountable for the evolution of our DEI strategy.
  • Developing and tracking metrics to measure our progress against our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy.
  • Proactively championing the continued evolution of an inclusive culture in which everyone can thrive
  • Working with leaders across the company to integrate a nuanced DEI lens into our approach to work across lines of business, and intellectual property
  • The design and leadership of specific DEI programs for Purpose, for example leadership and colleague training, mentoring programs, maternity coaching etc. taking an insight-led approach where required
  • Overseeing the firm’s Affiliates groups, working with internal leaders on objectives and activities, and creating and owning a comprehensive view of all ongoing activity to enable key stakeholders to make an informed decision on priorities
  • Setting measures that enable us to track our improvements in this area, aligned with the firm’s wider engagement measurement approach


  • You have at least 10 years of combined HR and DEI experience
  • You have concrete experience shaping and structuring organization-wide initiatives around equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • You have received formal equity, diversity, and inclusion training, and implemented 
  • You are a confident and sophisticated communicator, presenter, and writer
  • You have experience handling sensitive and confidential information and dealing with urgent, highly confidential issues in a fast-paced environment
  • You have a track record in building productive relationships with a range of key players, candidates and influencers in relevant fields
  • You have proven experience developing and implementing recruitment processes across a range of positions
  • You carry high personal integrity, with commitment to advancing both profit and mission-driven objectives
  • You have people management and team-building experience, and can speak to those experiences
  • You ideally have some experience managing external vendors to achieve strong end-user results 
  • You have knowledge and experience in the execution of best practices in management and recruitment for growing organizations
  • You have the right to work in the US
  • You are ideally familiar with creative agencies, campaigning, and movement-building or issue areas of strong relevance to Purpose’s mission

If these are the things that get you up in the morning, we want to hear from you! Please submit your resume and a cover letter that gives us insight into your passion and qualifications for the role. Applications close on March 20th, 2020.

Purpose takes on some of the biggest challenges in the world, which affect people of different identities and backgrounds in different ways. We believe we are stronger and most effective with a diverse team leading the charge. People of color, LGBTQ individuals and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Purpose builds and supports movements to advance the fight for an open, just, and habitable world. We use public mobilization and storytelling to help leading organizations, activists, businesses, and philanthropies engaged…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    May 10, 2021


$98,000 - $120,000


We provide dental, vision and medical insurance, as well 25 PTO days in addition to company holidays $500 Professional Development Fund is given to all full-time employees each calendar year for learning and skills development.

We provide dental, vision and medical insurance, as well 25 PTO days in addition to company holidays $500 Professional Development Fund is given to all full-time employees each…


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
New York, NY, USA

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