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Chief People Officer

Conservation International
Arlington, Virginia 22202
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The Chief People Officer will work closely with the CEO and senior leadership team to develop effective global HR programs, practices, policies and systems in areas of recruiting, talent management, compensation, benefits, performance management, employee relations, compliance, immigration, training, professional and organizational development.  S/he will help shape organizational structure to match the ambition of the organization, and continually assess the suitability and effectiveness of programs and recommend changes as necessary.

S/he will lead the effort to achieve the vision set forth in Conservation International’s (CI’s) “Our People” priority.  That vision is to ensure that our people are CI’s most important asset, staff is working together with a common purpose and a passionate spirit to ensure mission success; and that high performing teams and individuals are prepared and committed to deliver sustainable, meaningful contributions.  The focus of this priority is to:  1) retain high performing employees, 2) implement an effective organizational design and, 3) instill a culture of learning and collaboration at CI, 4) recruit values driven leaders to the organization.  The incumbent will partner with leaders and stakeholders in developing and building innovative and effective human resource initiatives and programs that are aligned with achieving this vision. 

The Chief People Officer will build credibility throughout the organization by establishing relationships with management and employees, and will be an effective listener and problem solver.  S/he will promote cross functional learning, collaboration, and the sharing of information, experiences, and best practices. S/he serves as vocal and visible champion of CI’s culture/values and approach, ensuring opportunities for inspiration, integration and improvement and as advocate for a workplace environment consistent with the values and mission of CI.   S/he provides strategic leadership by articulating and championing Human Resource priorities and plans to the executive management team.

The Chief People Officer is the staff liaison to the Compensation and Management Development Subcommittee of the Board.  In this role s/he engages with the board on issues such as succession planning and executive compensation.   



•Lead the development and deployment of efforts to bring the “Our People” priority to life. 

•Establish human resources vision, plans and objectives to enable the organization and the division to achieve CI's organizational goals.


•Translate the strategy into operational plans.

•Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate the CI’s human resource function and performance.

•Develop staffing strategies, plans and programs to identify and develop talent within and outside the organization.

•Oversee the development of appropriate policies and programs for the effective management of the organization’s people resources; including, but not limited to, the programs for staffing, compensation, benefits, performance management, employee relations, compliance, immigration, training, professional and organizational development.

•Based on an in-depth knowledge of international issues, ensure the effectiveness, coordination and integration of domestic and international programs.

•Lead or participate in HR, operations, and/or cross-functional, organizational projects. 


•Oversee HR staff, budgets, programs & projects.  Ensure fiscal oversight of the division’s budgets.   

•Develop, track and analyze metrics to assess the effectiveness of HR programs. 

•Evaluate the human resource division structure and team for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group.  Provide individuals with professional and personal growth. 

•Represent the HR program to CI Leadership and any senior-level groups responsible for setting direction affecting the institution.

•Build the network and capacity of all HR representatives globally. 


Working Conditions

•Home base is CI's Arlington, VA headquarters or Seattle, WA, or open to negotiation

•Willingness to travel to domestic and international locations

•Availability to deal with pressing business, emergencies, and unanticipated crises or opportunities that may arise related to CI’s institutional needs or management, including outside of normal office hours




•A minimum of 10 years’ experience with at least 5 in a senior leadership position managing HR in an international, multi-location organization and a Master’s degree in HR management, Business Administration, or related field (or the equivalent combination of education and experience). 

•Prior success in leading HR efforts to align structure with organizational strategy and in securing, retaining and building the talent needed for the organization to succeed.  Experience creating and implementing professional development and succession programs and managing an organization through periods of change is required.  Must also be knowledgeable in areas including staffing, compensation, benefits, performance management, employee relations, compliance, immigration, training, professional and organizational development and have a strong understanding of labor laws and conditions of employment in a global context.  Should be familiar with HR information management systems.   

•Can solve tough, complex problems; great at gleaning meaning from whatever data is available; is a quick study of the new and different; adds personal wisdom and experience to come to the best conclusion and solution, given the situation; uses multiple problem-solving tools and techniques.

•Is able to come up with the next great breakthrough thing to do; is creative, a visionary and can manage innovation; is an effective strategist full of ideas and possibilities; sees multiple futures; has broad interests and knowledge; can both create and bring exciting ideas forward; comfortable speculating about alternative futures without all of the data.

•Fearlessly takes on issues, challenges, and people; comfortably confronts and works through conflict; ability to communicate a message without hesitation; deals promptly and fairly with employee relations issues; energized by challenges; not afraid to make decisions and take action; challenges the status quo.

•Relates well to a diverse workforce; open to differences; builds diverse networks; quick to find common ground; treats differences fairly and equitably; treats everyone as a preferred customer. Exhibits superior communication skills (written, oral, and listening) and excellent public speaking and presentation skills. 

•Is skilled at getting individuals, teams, and an entire organization to perform at a higher level and to embrace change; negotiates skillfully to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause; communicates a compelling vision and is committed to what needs to be done; inspires others; builds motivated, high-performing teams; understands what motivates different people.

•Open to lifelong, continuous personal improvement; aware of self and impact on others; responsive to feedback; is very flexible; adaptable. Thrives in a dynamic environment and able to work on various projects simultaneously, requiring strong organizational and time management skills.


•Experience running HR in an international organization preferred.

•Second language (French, Spanish or Portuguese) preferred.  


When applying for this position, please include a cover letter and compensation requirements.




See all Conservation International Career Opportunities at www.conservation.org/careers



Conservation International Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

  • Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms. 
  • Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
  • Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.
  • Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.
  • Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.
  • Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.




Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled


Posted: 2019-08-26 Expires: 2019-09-25

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