Senior Director of HR & Compliance

New York, NY; Washington D.C | Talent & HR Team | Full-time



Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We develop strategies to put an end to policies and practices holding Black people back while championing the solutions that move all people forward. As a national force driven by over one million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more humane and less hostile world for Black people in America. In 2005, Color Of Change was founded in response to the realization that during the Hurricane Katrina crisis, no one was afraid to disappoint Black people. There were no consequences for Black people being left stranded on their roofs to die, nor was there sufficient infrastructure among Black communities to aggregate our power and demand them for those that perpetuated or refused to acknowledge the tragic injustice. Color Of Change is impacting lives by introducing accountability into the systems of decision-making. We leverage emerging technologies and our media savvy and sharp focus to build the power it takes to move decision-makers in corporations, media, and government to drive meaningful change for Black people in service of ending injustice for all oppressed groups.


The Senior Director of HR and Compliance will be an integral and strategic leader, driving, implementing, and organizing COC’s human resource systems. The Senior Director of HR and Compliance will report to the Deputy Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (“DCFAO”) to ensure the integrity of COC’s benefit, payroll, and human resource systems.

The Senior Director of HR and Compliance must be a strong communicator with experience working in a fast-moving, entrepreneurial campaign environment, and can react to changing variables. The Senior Director of HR and Compliance understands how to create systems with good controls and flexibility, within a multi-entity organizational structure.



The Senior Director of HR and Compliance is charged with developing and executing the vision of the Human Resources & Compliance team at Color Of Change. They will build human resources systems and operations that ensure compliance, policies, and structures have the elasticity to absorb scale while prioritizing efficiency.

This leader is passionate about organizational structures and human interactions while creating and overseeing proactive systems to streamline workflow in a rapid response environment. They must also have demonstrated experience working within a social and/or racial justice environment.

They will be responsible for all day-to-day human resource activities and manage employees within the HR & Compliance team to help achieve the HR and compliance goals of the organization.

The Senior Director of HR and Compliance engages in high-level counseling of managers and increases and enhances the work experience for all employees. The Senior Director of HR and Compliance must be a transformational specialist and must help lead the organization in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion, quality and work/life balance while ensuring that the organization complies with laws and regulations.


The Senior Director of HR and Compliance is responsible for effectively planning, designing, developing, and evaluating human resource programs, services, and policies to support organizational strategic goals for a staff of 150+.


Develop and oversee internal systems and operations to ensure HR and Compliance strategies, activities, and logistics run efficiently and effectively for this growing, national team.


  • Effectively plan, design, develop, implement and evaluate human resources and compliance programs, services, and policies to support organizational strategic goals.
  • Provide excellent advice and counsel to senior and mid-level managers related to carrying out their responsibilities on employee matters.
  • Manage and resolve employee relations issues and handle all aspects of resolution, including performance issues and compliance with all relevant legal and union requirements.
  • Partner with the Senior Director of Talent, Deputy CFAO, CFAO and senior management to enhance overall organizational culture, onboarding, and manage external consultant and vendor relationships.
  • Partner with the outside employment Counsel in investigating and resolving employee concerns and/or complaints including bringing best practices in investigation, documentation, and ensuring equity in resolution.
  • Manage HR and Compliance team employees. Management duties include, when applicable, interviewing, hiring, conducting performance reviews, coaching, motivating, and disciplining employees.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Lead the designing of compensation and benefits programs that support the organization’s ability to attract, retain, and motivate employees.
  • Oversee the management and administration of the organization’s compensation, and benefits programs, to ensure equity and competitive compensation and practices.

Policies and Procedures

  • Update existing organizational policies and procedures and develop and draft new policies and procedures as needed.
  • Communicate changes in policies and procedures when applicable.
  • Offer guidance and advice on interpretation and implementation of policies.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of legal and compliance requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risk, and ensuring regulatory compliance.
  • Work with the Leadership development team to plan and provide training on human resources policies and management practices.

Performance Management

  • Oversee the performance management process, to ensure the organization is meeting annual review timelines and that there is consistency and equity in ratings criteria throughout the organization, in conjunction with the Talent and Leadership Development team
  • Provide guidance to supervisors in effectively using the performance review system to provide meaningful feedback to staff.
  • Provide supervisors guidance in coaching, mentoring, and, when necessary, managing disciplinary matters with their staff.

General Human Resources

  • Participate in the annual budget process and help ensure the HR department’s compliance with the budget.
  • Oversee the HR department’s use of the HRIS and ensure proper retention of employee records.
  • Oversee onboarding of new staff members in COC’s HRIS system
  • Maintain knowledge of industry trends and employment regulations.
  • Monitors and ensures the organizations compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources,and employment law; applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to upper management.
  • Evaluate the functioning of the HR department and recommend improvements as needed.
  • Oversee payroll functions.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Previous experience as Director of Human Resources or equivalent senior-level position with at least 7-9 years of combined executive/senior-level experience at an organization with a budget of at least $20M.
  • Direct experience in racial/social justice, organizing, and/or campaign organizations.
  • Prior experience managing full-time employees.
  • Experience leading the development of collaborative, cross-functional teams; proven ability to coach and inspire the leadership capacity of team members.
  • Experience leading an organization through a long-term planning process and/or transformational process is a plus.
  • Strong training and experience in facilitation preferred.
  • Experience in building trust and practicing discretion with any and all human resource matters.
  • Kindness and strengths-based leadership: someone who sees value in every person and communicates respect and encouragement to people at all levels; a passionate investment in the well being and success of our staff.
  • Knowledge of collective bargaining including understanding of the union organization process, contract negotiations, grievance handling up through the arbitration level, multi-employer pension plans and labor and employment law including the National Labor Relations and Taft-Hartley Acts.
  • Experience developing and implementing labor relations strategies that align with cost and organizational objectives.
  • Strong computer skills, especially with Microsoft Suite and Google Suite are required.
  • Experience with HRIS software and producing a variety of reports from the HRIS.
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrate initiative in problem-solving, and proven attention to detail are required.
  • Strong professional ethics and sensitivity in dealing with confidential personnel issues are essential.
  • Experience maintaining employment and labor laws within a rapid response and/or start-up is a must.
  • Dedication and ability to work flexible hours, and travel (up to 20%).


Click the "Apply for this position" link below and submit a resume and COC-specific cover letter. Applications will be received on a rolling basis.


The salary for the Senior Director of HR and Compliance Director position is $150,000/year. This is a full-time exempt position. Color Of Change also offers a competitive benefits package.

Color Of Change (COC) is an equal opportunity employer. COC 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.