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The Council on Foundations - Manager, People & Culture (Location Flexible)

The Council on Foundations fosters an environment where philanthropy can thrive and cultivates a community of diverse and skilled philanthropic professionals and organizations who lead with integrity, serve as ethical stewards and advocate for progress.                                                                           

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Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Council on Foundations is fully remote for the foreseeable future. This position will also be remote for the foreseeable future.


The Council of Foundations seeks an experienced Human Resources professional to fill a strategic and hands-on role. This new role will be key in a time of restructuring and realigning the organizational structure and culture of the Council. It will play a significant role in building and executing our people initiatives across the organization, including improving organizational effectiveness & design, contributing to change management, and driving HR functional excellence. We are seeking an experienced Human Resources practitioner who is focused and organized, can effectively interact with people at all levels, possesses excellent communication skills, has strong business acumen, and works effectively across a hybrid workspace. 

The Human Resources (People & Culture) Manager is responsible for providing guidance to people managers and employees on company policies and practices with a race, equity, diversity and inclusion lens. The incumbent will be experienced in handling employee relations issues, documentation and training. This position carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas: benefits administration, employee relations, training, performance management, onboarding/offboarding, policy implementation, recruitment/employment, and employment law compliance.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed represent the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensure, experience, and/or ability required. 



  • Partner with the Director, People & Culture to make certain all hiring, training, and performance protocol meet organizational REDI objectives.
  • Champion the onboarding process, ensuring the process is regularly updated and reflective of the Council’s values and mission, providing clarity and connection for all employees and their role in relation to the overall vision.
  • Administer the performance management process; educate and support people managers in administering the process and aligning resources with the organization’s strategic goals.
  • Ensure legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable HR federal and state requirements, conducting investigations, and maintaining records.
  • Coordinate the work of multiple vendors, monitoring the relationships and key performance indicators.
  • Maintain regular, consistent availability to consult with people managers and employees regarding HR matters.
  • Actively participate in the writing and updating of the business continuity plans for the Council and monitoring hybrid work arrangements.
  • Administer the Council’s compensation plan and monitor the job market to ensure that wages are within the market and industry ranges and competitive positions.
  • Maintain management guidelines by preparing, updating, and recommending human resource policies and procedures, including maintenance of the employee handbook and job descriptions.
  • Create and report metrics documenting the success of people and culture initiatives and align initiatives with the Council’s objectives and strategic plan. 
  • Support internal communications to ensure coordination of consistent and accurate messaging.
  • Effectively partner with others to lead organizational initiatives such as organization design, large-scale change management, employee engagement, team effectiveness, and coaching at individual, team, and organization levels.
  • Manage the annual employee engagement survey process.


Minimum education and/or experience; 

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline or comparable experience
  • 5 years of experience in a Human Resources role
  • Substantive knowledge of all HR functions

Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements;

  • HR Certification (PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, etc., etc.) 

Preferred education and/or experience:

  • Masters’ degree in relevant discipline or comparable experience.
  • 5 – 7 years of experience in a generalist Human Resources role



  • Employment regulations and laws (ADA, EEO, FMLA, FLSA)
  • Human Resources best practices


  • Intermediate MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint skills.
  • Experience with HRIS, preferably ADP Workforce Now
  • Excellent interpersonal, organization and time management skills.


  • Ability to operate independently and in a team.
  • Ability to maintain and manage confidential information.
  • Ability to navigate ambiguous situations



  • Accountability, Collaboration & Teamwork, Communication, Continual Learning, REDI

Role Specific:

  • Adaptability, Analytical Thinking, Building Relationships, Decision Making, Innovation, Integrity, Problem Solving, Service Focus



The Council has a coherent structure for assessing market data and establishing salary ranges based on position scope, responsibility, and professional area to ensure competitiveness. The salary range reflects a position based in Washington, DC. The actual salary may vary for applicants in a different geographic location.


The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This position operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment.
  • The ability to sit, stand or walk for long periods of time (8+ hours/day).
  • The ability to lift up to 20 lbs. (with or without assistance).
  • The ability to push, pull, bend, kneel, reach, stoop, and crouch.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include near, far, peripheral and depth and ability to adjust focus (with or without the use of corrective lenses).
  • Please note, this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position. Activities, duties, or responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. 


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Nonprofit HR is committed to fostering and maintaining a work environment where diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are fully integrated into everything we do for the benefit of our employees and the clients that we serve. To fully realize our goal, we prioritize our understanding of the complexities of DEI within our workforce to inform our approach to talent management. We believe that this guides how we do our work, advise our clients to operationalize DEI and position our content and educational opportunities help strengthen the talent management capacity of the social impact sector.

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