Vice President, People, Culture, And Global Human Resources

Oxfam America Boston , MA 02298

Posted 2 days ago

Oxfam America

Vice President, People, Culture, and Global Human Resources

TITLE: Vice President People, Culture, and Global Human Resources


DEPARTMENT: Human Resources


Position Summary:
The Vice President, People, Culture, and Global Human Resources reports to the CEO and serves as a key member of the Senior Leadership Team at Oxfam America (OA). The VP will be responsible for the development of a workplace culture and practice that reinforces Oxfam's values of Inclusiveness, Empowerment, and Accountability and attracts, develops, and retains top talent to deliver lasting solutions to poverty. The VP has oversight of all HR matters pertaining to OA, including but not limited to compensation, benefits, employee relations, learning and organizational dynamics, talent acquisition, risk mitigation, and performance management. In addition, the VP serves as the point person for all Oxfam International (OI), affiliate, and inter-affiliate Human Resources strategic and leadership initiatives.

The VP serves as a culture champion and will work with the senior leadership to ensure the organization is implementing values and behaviors that support and develop a culture that allows employees to thrive and do their best work. The VP is responsible for developing, communicating, and implementing a comprehensive talent management strategy that supports and drives a high-performance culture aimed at advancing the organization's mission and objectives. This role requires proficiency in talent management, leadership and organizational development, change management, strategic planning, HR expertise, and cultural stewardship.

The VP leads and motivates a global team, providing strategic leadership and guidance to align current and future workforce requirements to the strategy and mission of the organization. The VP is also responsible for ensuring an optimal employee experience across the entire employee lifecycle to galvanize performance and ensure employee retention. The VP is responsible for coordinating and working closely with OI and the various Oxfam affiliates with respect to all issues related to People, Culture, and Human Resources.

DIRECT REPORTS: Responsible for the OA People, Culture, and Global Human Resources team; indirectly supervises additional global staff with human resources responsibilities.

COORDINATES WITH: Members of the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT), Oxfam America (OA) Board committees, senior leadership of other Oxfam Affiliates, Oxfam International HR Director, vendors, and legal counsel.



  • Drive a culture of inclusion, empowerment, and accountability focused on leadership and managerial excellence by developing and delivering world-class organization-wide human resources policies and protocols.

  • Lead in developing and driving an open, organic, and inclusive culture that embraces diversity and fosters a secure environment for innovation and excellence.

  • Champion Diversity & Inclusion initiatives to ensure a diverse and inclusive culture at Oxfam America that attracts and retains a diverse talent pool.

  • Serve as a strategic and tactical advisor to the CEO and senior leadership team on all organizational culture and human resources matters.

  • Lead in both Oxfam America and the wider Oxfam confederation on global best practices for human resources and optimizing organizational culture.

Talent Management

  • Serve as an integral member of the global OI People leadership team to develop and implement best in class talent management strategies across all affiliates in the OI confederation.

  • Develops and leads talent acquisition strategies, plans, and programs designed to attract and identify high caliber talent who are aligned with the organization's mission, values and workplace culture.

  • Ensure that OA is an employer of choice; providing strategic guidance on succession planning programs for key contributor and management positions.

  • Responsible for on-going evaluation of Oxfam America's comprehensive and progressive benefit programs to maintain a competitive total rewards package.

  • Ensure that performance management and staff development efforts are aligned with long term talent retention objectives.

Human Resources Management

  • Ensure all administrative Human Resource functions necessary to maintain peak performance including hiring, onboarding, bi-weekly payroll, performance evaluations, benefits management, and terminations are run efficiently and effectively

  • Build and maintain a successful working environment and relationship between Oxfam America's US-based unions and management, as well as labor committees where OA is Executing Affiliate, and lead US collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

  • Monitor and implement applicable programs, policies and procedures, conduct investigations, consult legal counsel, and act as legal liaison with corporate counsel as necessary.

  • Advise the leadership team on human resources management issues and oversees strategies/action steps for new or refined programs, policies, and processes to enhance organizational effectiveness and workplace culture and to mitigate risk.

  • Stay informed and up-to-date and ensures compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and local employment laws.

  • Oversee efforts to streamline human resources management workflows, systems, and processes to optimize the efficiency of the function.

Security and Risk Management

  • Help lead OA's global risk management, assessment and mitigation; as part of the OA Risk Management Team, address and mitigate Financial, Operational, Reputational, and Governance risks.

  • Responsible for OA Health and Safety provisions world-wide, as well as delivering global security training in difficult/dangerous work environments, including humanitarian emergencies and conflict situations.

Board Management

  • Serve as Staff to the Compensation, Talent and Organizational Development Committee of the Oxfam America Board of Directors.

  • Organize regular meetings of the Committee and keep them apprised of organizational developments. In coordination with the CEO make recommendations on total compensation for the Vice Presidents.

  • Coordinate surveys and analysis on compensation, turnover, and other human resources metrics as needed for the Compensation, Talent and Organizational Development Committee.

  • Ensure organizational compliance with reporting requirements of IRS Form 990 as regards executive compensation and comply with IRS recommendations on good governance for not-for-profit organizations as it regards executive compensation.


  • Maintain current professional expertise in all global HR competencies, professional standards while demonstrating continuous learning of the field. The VP People, Culture, and Global Human Resources has deep business acumen, solid understanding of various HR functions, excellent analytical, conceptual, and strategic skills as well as an ability to demonstrate high personal impact and influence to build a strong trusted advisor relationship with business leaders.

  • Work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work, to perform all duties appropriately for a multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect, and to be familiar with and committed to Oxfam America's mission, values, and goals.

  • Has experience promoting and driving gender justice and diversity within key areas of responsibility and a commitment to promoting gender justice and diversity in our workplace and programs.

  • This is an opportunity for a passionate and focused leader to create meaningful impact on an organization and its' mission to end the injustice of poverty globally.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a multi-cultural organization that inspires trust, excellence, innovation, and the achievement of challenging goals.

  • Travel domestically and internationally, as needed.



Education: Master's degree in a relevant field or equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.

Experience and Core Competencies:

  • 10 or more combined years of experience as a senior HR professional or senior manager in organizations of at least 150 staff positions, including HR leadership leading in high growth, entrepreneurial companies or divisions.

  • Demonstrated values-driven and recognized people-centered leadership skills.

  • Track record of success in leadership and management in diverse global organization.

  • Financial and technical acumen.

  • Demonstrated success in negotiating and building relationships that advance the mission of the organization and meet the needs of stakeholders including a unionized workforce.

  • Working knowledge and experience with US employment and labor laws.

  • Working knowledge of regulations and laws governing international employment.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with both numerical and narrative data.

  • Strong interpersonal, listening, and communication skills, as well as the ability to work effectively with a wind range of constituencies in a diverse community.


  • Prior leadership experience in a not-for-profit agency.

  • Prior HR experience with international staff.

  • Ability to communicate in Spanish or French.

  • PHR, SPHR, GPHR, CEBS, CCP or CPLP certification.

Oxfam America offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

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