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Lambda Legal is seeking an engaging leader to serve as its Director of People and Culture (Director). Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director will be responsible for shaping an organizational culture of equity, inclusion, and diversity that effectively attracts, supports, develops, and retains top talent.  In addition, this role is responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of benefits, compensation, recruitment, performance management, employee relations and employment policy development.  This person will exemplify Lambda Legal’s mission, vision and values and help foster a productive and collaborative work environment.

Geographic Responsibility

New York; Washington, DC; Atlanta; Dallas; Chicago; Los Angeles

Who We Are

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Since 1973, Lambda Legal has used impact litigation and other advocacy tools to decriminalize same-sex relationships, fight HIV discrimination, win marriage equality, and advance the rights of transgender people. Contributions from supporters nationwide enable a growing budget of approximately $19M. Clients are not charged for legal representation or advocacy and Lambda Legal receives no government funding. Headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington, DC.

We believe that serving the full breadth of the LGBT and HIV communities requires cultural competency and enthusiasm for diversity of all kinds. Part of what makes us successful is an understanding and awareness that civil rights go beyond face value. The intersectionality of discrimination doesn’t end with sexual orientation or gender identity – it reaches into the depths of race, religion, national origin, education, and class. Acknowledging that this reality exists in the world and in our organization, we prioritize awareness and proactive commitment to counteracting them.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Employee Engagement & Culture

• Be a key influencer across the organization in fostering and strengthening a culture of collaboration, excellence, and initiative that will be vital to Lambda’s success.

• Develop and coordinate employee communication programs that contribute to employee morale and understanding of Lambda’s philosophy, policies and practices.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

• Proactively build an inclusive and equitable culture

• Promote a culture of feedback and open communication throughout the organization

• In partnership with leadership, provide vision, leadership, coordination and strategic oversight regarding equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Talent Acquisition & Management

• Drive recruitment efforts, ensuring that the organization attracts a highly diverse and extraordinarily gifted staff.

• Codify the recruitment and selection process and develop tools to support effective and equitable hiring across the organization

• Coach and support hiring managers throughout the organization to ensure Lambda Legal recruits exceptional and diverse talent

• Refine the organization's onboarding program to ensure new hires have a smooth and productive initial experience

• Track and utilize retention data to continually improve Lambda’s approach to hiring

Professional Development & Training

• Through the building of an effective performance management system that supports clarity of expectations and feedback, work to develop leaders to best support staff growth and learning.

• Partnering with managers throughout the organization, support the development of supervisory skills and build managers’ effectiveness in growing, mentoring, and retaining highly effective staff members.

• Develop a robust performance management strategy tied to quantitative and qualitative organizational goals, building upon the current annual review process

• Work with supervisors throughout the organization to help define and communicate annual goals for employees, and ensure that managers are tracking progress against goals

• Create systems to ensure that reviewers provide meaningful and productive feedback

Administration & HR Operations

• Manage an initial team of one and partner with leaders across the organization to drive impact.

• Oversee the compensation system and partner with the Executive Team around continuous refinement of benefits offerings

• With expertise in human resources systems and functions, ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations for Lambda Legal’s headquarters and remote offices across the country.

• Serve as a resource for conflict resolution and mediation related to key HR issues or questions

• Conduct annual review of benefits provider and facilitate decision-making process, working with senior leadership/finance teams as necessary

• Ensure Lambda Legal’s compliance with federal, state, and local laws

Qualifications and Skills

• At least 10 years of business and HR/talent management experience (with a minimum of five years of direct managerial responsibilities); ideal candidates will have served as the HR leader of an organization or as the senior-most HR leader of a division or service line of an organization

• Fluency of primary HR functions (employee relations, recruitment, staff development, compensation and benefits, performance management, HR administration, and compliance)

• Understanding of best practices and experience in building inclusive and engaged workplaces

• Experience providing HR support through organizational change (i.e. change management expertise), with exposure to acknowledged change management methods

• Keen understanding of the specific HR matters that a predominately LGBTQ staff might face

• Collaborative workstyle that enables partnership and engagement with others at all levels of the organization, as well as with key external stakeholders.

• Ability to effectively communicate with and engage staff at all levels of the organization, in large and small meetings, as well as one-on-one

• Exceptional relationship building and influencing skills, with the ability to develop trusting relationships at all levels of the organization

• Commitment to building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace and experience driving DEI initiatives

• Passion for Lambda Legal’s mission and the ability to thrive in a collaborative and diverse environment

• Travel required (approximately 25%) to Lambda Legal’s Regional Offices


Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of a midsize not-for-profit.  Competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, employer contributions to retirement account, and substantial vacation.


The position is open until filled. Send resume and a cover letter to Include the words “Human Resources Director” in the subject line of your email.

NO CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal cannot return phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted.

Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range of LGBT, HIV-affected and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with disabilities, and individuals living with HIV are encouraged to apply.