Strategic Organizing Center

Strategic Organizing Center

Director of People and Organizational Development

Based in Washington, DC
(offering hybrid work options)


How to Apply: Submit your cover letter and résumé to: https://jsco.re/ccc80.

Full-time • Competitive Salary • Excellent Benefits • Hybrid Work Schedule

The Strategic Organizing Center is seeking a Director of People and Organizational Development to lead and execute human resources strategies, and to support the Operations Director and Senior Management in internal organizational development at the SOC.

This is a new position that will help the organization ensure that the SOC’s staff realize their full potential and have the support, training, and systems in place to work together as part of the movement for economic and racial justice.

The Strategic Organizing Center (SOC) engages in paradigm-shifting campaigns that confront corporate misconduct, racism and sexism, and challenges existing anti-worker policy and corporate-friendly law in order to grow union membership throughout the US economy. We do this work in partnership with our affiliated unions and with the broader progressive community in the US and globally. Since our establishment in 2005, we have been mission focused on helping workers and unions organize for power at work. Today, our work is focused on such companies as Amazon, Google, McDonald’s, Uber, and campaigns including the Fight for $15 and Code CWA.

The Strategic Organizing Center is a democratic union federation whose three affiliated unions – the Service Employees International Union, the Communications Workers of America, and the United Farmworkers – represent some 3 million workers. These unions have been leaders of the American labor movement’s efforts to help workers form unions to secure fair pay, benefits, and justice on the job.


  • Lead and execute human resources strategies that effectively support the SOC’s mission and strategic vision
  • Oversee and execute robust hiring and onboarding processes that ensure SOC hires the best candidates and sets them up for success as they enter the organization -- this will include everything from writing job descriptions, sourcing, conducting phone screens or overseeing contractors to do these, designing, and running the interview process, facilitating decision-making meetings, managing offers, and developing onboarding plans with managers
  • Be a visible leader within the organization, communicating the SOC’s identity, purpose, and values. Lead internal communications on Human Resources matters.
  • Oversee performance management, including managing staff evaluations, staff objectives and support for supervisors and the organization, and helping maintain a strong culture of collaboration and feedback.
  • Lead and collaborate with the senior team members with the design of staff development program, including leadership of training and skills building for all staff. Maintain best practices around accountability, staff support and effective communication.
  • Develop and maintain effective programs for retention and promotion, implementing a program of staff communication so that employee needs are addressed proactively.
  • Manage the organization’s ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion work, including working with a team of DEI consultants and supporting internal working groups to      deepen      staff skills to assist the SOC’s efforts to bring a strong equity lens to our internal and external work.
  • Work closely with senior management and staff to provide guidance to improve work relationships and increase morale, productivity, and retention.

Job Qualifications

  • At least five years of experience in People management and Organizational Development.
  • Experience with and/or strong interest in DEI initiatives and implementation, committed to expanding the diversity of the SOC staff
  • Able to collaborate and communicate effectively with staff at all levels across the organization, including excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent people skills. Ability to develop effective relationships across the organization, to act as a trusted advisor to managers and employees.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently at a high level
  • Strong commitment to progressive social change

Location: The SOC’s headquarters office is in Washington, DC. Hybrid option available, work from home up to two days a week.

Compensation and Benefits: $105,000 – $120,000 (depending on experience) plus excellent benefits. The SOC offers fully employer-paid comprehensive health insurance benefits (medical, dental, vision and prescription benefits) for employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children; a 12% of salary contribution paid by the SOC to a 401K retirement plan after six months of employment; fully paid premiums for life insurance, short and long term disability; thirteen days of accrued sick leave, plus eight weeks of parental leave, fourteen paid holidays, ten days of paid vacation (vacation time increases with seniority to up to 25 days per year), two personal days and four days of compensatory time. The SOC also offers a $1,500 in professional development budget each year for each staff member.

Women and people of color are strongly urged to apply. The Strategic Organizing Center does not discriminate in any of its programs, procedures, or practices on the basis of age, color, disability, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status.

Will report to: Director of Operations

How to Apply: Submit your cover letter and resume to: https://jsco.re/ccc80.

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