Director of Talent & Leadership Development

New York, NY or Washington, D.C.

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over one million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. We move members from analysis to action on crucial issues so that we can build the Black political power necessary to transform the written and unwritten rules of society.

Color Of Change was founded in 2005 in response to the realization that during the crisis caused by Hurricane Katrina, as Black people were left stranded on their roofs to die, no one was afraid to disappoint Black people. When government, media, corporations and other decision makers are not afraid of to disappoint Black people, Black communities are negatively impacted and cannot move forward.


Role Summary 

Color Of Change’s Director of Talent is responsible for recruiting, developing, and retaining a talented and powerful team. A strong Director of Talent operates equally in the present and in the future.

Recruitment at Color Of Change is not just building deep and diverse talent pools for open positions; a superior candidate builds relationships with exceptional individuals who might be a good fit for a role a year or two down the road. The Director of Talent will also steward a culture of professional development that identifies growth pathways for staff, especially for the superstars that are critical retention and promotion targets. 

This role also includes an HR function in troubleshooting staff challenges, including performance issues and related matters. Discretion and exceptional judgment is critical.

  • The Director of Talent will report to the COO and directly manage the Talent & Operations Manager.



This position will focus on the overall talent philosophy and initiatives related to key components of the employee life cycle including performance management, talent mobility, career development, onboarding.


  1. Recruiting
  • Work with hiring managers to develop clear job descriptions and requirements for new and revised roles
  • Build deep and diverse talent pools by acting as Color Of Change’s in-house recruiter to ensure the best talent is identified.
  • Coach hiring managers on effective “close the deal” strategies.
  • Partner with COO to set marketplace compensation for hiring and employee retention.
  • Develop successful sourcing strategies to strengthen the company’s ability to recruit and retain top talent, anticipating talent needs and partnering to ensure we have the best talent. Evaluate strategies on an ongoing basis and adjust according to market trends and effectiveness. 


  1. Craft Color Of Change’s Internal Talent & Leadership Development Vision to Maximize Performance and Retention
  • Develop a strategic, outcomes-driven, employee-experience oriented Human Capital philosophy
  • Integrate career pathway processes to ensure top talent accesses growth pathways
  • Create a powerful story about what it means to work at Color Of Change, ensuring that onboarding processes teach the story and ongoing cultural practices reinforce
  • Strengthen internal talent practices, including but not limited to direct coaching or providing outside coaching resources for key staff
  • Proactively identify and resolve possible retention challenges; make adjustments based on findings from exit interviews
  • Work with business partners to identify critical factors influencing staff turnover and engagement. Formulate plans and provide guidance to effectuate positive change.
  • Coach Managers on any performance issues and assists with resolutions, ensuring appropriate and timely corrective action. 


  1. Leadership Development
  • Lead talent review / succession planning process for organization in key partnership with team leaders. 
  • Assess organization needs and recommend new programs as determined, based on data and research findings
  • Bring forth best in class and innovative programs across all industries
  • Coach managers through challenging staff situations
  • Possess the ability to maximize the potential of the team, effectively organizing the team’s efforts, investing in the team’s development, and creating a compelling vision inspiring outstanding performance. 


  1. Systems and Timetables
  • Set-up, maintain and evolve people systems, including recruiting systems and performance management (includes both process architecture and technological tools)
  • Create the yearly pattern in which different tasks related to people systems are executed at specific times on the calendar
  • Leverage data & analytics to drive decisions and evaluate the effectiveness of COC’s talent management and leadership development efforts.
  • Oversee the successful creation and implementation of a COC Internship program.
  • Develop and monitor talent and leadership development budget ensuring that we are staying within plan. 



  • Minimum 3+ years experience being on a high performing team directly responsible for managing delivering leadership and talent management programs.
  • Broad understanding of and experience envisioning and designing robust leadership development initiatives under a clear framework using various implementation methodologies. 
  • Experience integrating leadership development programs into a talent management framework, including succession management.
  • Experience managing virtual teams.
  • Expert facilitation skills and knowledge and experience designing and implementing innovative, premiere leadership development solutions
  • Expert presenter with the ability to influence and educate leaders on leadership development including the purpose of leadership development, the role leaders play in developing other leaders and the activities needed to support effective leadership development. 
  • Superior oral and written business communication skills. 
  • Can effectively manage change and can shift gears comfortably in ambiguous environments while producing maximum results with little direction and guidance.


How to Apply:

Interested applicants should click the "Apply for this position" link and submit a resume and cover letter. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


COMPENSATION: This is a full-time exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Color Of Change also offers a competitive benefits package.


Color Of Change is an equal opportunity employer. Color Of Change prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.