Associate Director, Human Capital & Operations

Washington, DC
Full Time


The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is the nation’s preeminent think tank committed to achieving economic equity for women and eliminating structural and institutional barriers to women’s full participation in the workforce and society.

IWPR’s mission is to build knowledge and evidence to support policies that help grow women’s economic power and influence in society, close inequality gaps, and improve the economic security and well-being of girls, women, and families. We generate the ideas that build power and economic equity for all women.

Statement on Racial Equity and Intersectionality

At IWPR, we believe social and economic mobility in the United States is determined and influenced by race, ethnicity, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other markers of difference. In working to achieve economic equity and to better understand the experiences of all women in the workforce and in society, we use both racial equity and intersectional frameworks in our research and analysis to help generate strategies and solutions that are grounded in the economic realities of women and families.

We also prioritize building an inclusive and welcoming work environment that values the diverse perspectives and experiences of all staff.



IWPR seeks a Associate Director, Human Capital and Operations to lead IWPR’s talent recruitment and other human resource functions while managing human resource initiatives that drive equitable outcomes for all staff members. Reporting to and working closely with the Senior Director of Human Capital and Growth Management, the Associate Director, Human Capital and Operations will execute a wide range of critical work streams, including identifying top talent and on-boarding new staff members, managing benefits programs, and implementing IWPR’s operating and personnel policies. A successful Associate Director will help to create a cooperative and high-performing organizational culture and know how to manage and mitigate human resource legal risk while also advocating for human resource and talent-related systems and policies that support IWPR’s goal to be a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist organization.

The ideal candidate is organized, goal-oriented, and relationship-driven and thrives in a fast-paced, high-impact organization. They are also familiar with current nonprofit human resource trends and laws and will also have excellent writing and communication skills. 

This position is full-time and exempt, and based in Washington, DC. The Associate Director, Human Capital and Operations reports to the Senior Director, Human Capital and Growth Management.

Develop and Implement Human Resource Strategy, Policies, and Procedures

  • Ensure all Human Resource systems, processes, and policies embody IWPR’s goal to be a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization
  • Lead the execution of payroll and benefits administration 
  • Execute leave processes, including FMLA, ADA, parental leave, etc.
  • Manage and help staff understand IWPR’s advancement philosophy and promotion process
  • Manage the development and rollout/implementation of policies, benefits, and IWPR’s employee handbook
  • Ensure IWPR’s compliance with all state, federal, and local policies and laws

Provide Supervisors & Managers with Training, Materials, and Coaching around Human Resource Related Issues and Needs

  • Manage HR-related internal guidance and communications that proactively address the needs of IWPR’s employees and managers
  • Manage performance improvement plans and termination protocols, working side-by-side with managers to execute them, and in collaboration with the Senior Director of Human Capital 
  • Work to provide training and resources to managers to ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations
  • Identify and manage professional development opportunities for employees

Human Capital Management and Hiring

  • Manage talent recruitment, including writing position announcements, determining pay, and coordinating the hiring process with managers and supervisors. IWPR is a growing organization, and talent recruitment will comprise the large majority of the work during the first year of the job.
  • Communicate new hire and promotion-related salary ranges to supervisors and managers, providing offer guidance and approving final offers
  • Oversee and manage the performance review process, and provide support to supervisors and managers
  • Manage and coordinate full staff retreats and team-building activities and oversee staff-led working groups

Other Professional and Personal Qualities

  • Motivated by working in an environment where we live into our mission and core values daily;
  • Experience managing Human Resource strategies for a scaling or mid-size organization, with knowledge about employment law;
  • You are a trusted advisor who people come to with complex Human Resource and people challenges;
  • Skilled at listening, learning, and creatively finding resolutions while maintaining the highest level of personal and professional integrity and maintaining confidential information;
  • Developed and implemented Human Resource policies, trainings, etc. with an eye for how they advance equity and are energized by thinking beyond legal requirements;
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across the organization;
  • Ability to work well under pressure with tight deadlines and multiple priorities;
  • Experience training and coaching others, including managers and senior leaders, on Human Resource practices and building strong relationships across diverse leadership styles; and
  • Experienced and confident giving and receiving direct feedback, including having difficult conversations and modeling IWPR’s values in all HR-related communications.

Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:

  • You have SHRM or comparable HR certification.
  • You bring experience working in different HR contexts, preferably with experience in the nonprofit sector and/or in a mission-driven organization.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Preferred in Human Resource Management, Business Administration or related field.  At least 5 years in Human Resource Management.


This position is classified as an Administrative III position in IWPR's compensation program. The salary is $72,000 to $102,000 and will be commensurate with experience. To learn more about the IWPR compensation program and role structures, please click HERE.  IWPR also offers a competitive benefits package.

Individuals from underrepresented groups encouraged to apply. IWPR is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

How To Apply

Please submit a resume, writing sample, and thoughtful, relevant cover letter.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. IWPR is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Vaccine Policy: IWPR has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, IWPR recently implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all IWPR employees, interns, fellows, (i.e.- IWPR staff) are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to receive a booster shot. IWPR will require selected candidates to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 and having received a booster shot prior to extending a job offer. If a candidate has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a Covid-19 vaccination, a medical exemption form should be requested from Human Resources.



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