Chief Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA), People and Culture Officer
Job Details
New York City / Washington D.C. - ,
Fully Remote
Full Time
$215,000.00 - $225,000.00
Job Summary

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is the global organization’s presence in the United States. We engage people in the U.S. to fight injustice all around the world, while we also work to protect people’s human rights here in the U.S. AIUSA has more than a million members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Colombia, who are part of a larger global movement of 10 million people in 150 countries. We are a non-partisan, democratically governed, grassroots membership organization, which means that our members vote on key governance and deep policy issues and elect our Board of Directors. Some of our members are experts on specific human rights issues, parts of the world, or advocacy areas, and they serve as volunteer leaders. Others are volunteer leaders of local or student groups in towns, universities, states, or regions of the country. Members work together with a talented staff, deployed across six departments to deliver on our mission.


As a human rights organization, AIUSA is deeply committed to advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) in all aspects of our work. AIUSA is seeking a Chief IDEA, People and Culture Officer (CIPCO) to join our Executive Team to provide leadership and strategic vision for AIUSA’s IDEA work that is aligned with the organization’s Strategic Framework, operational priorities, and organizational culture and values. This role will be responsible, along with the Senior Director of IDEA, the Executive Team, and other senior leaders, for embedding a holistic and integrated approach to IDEA across the organization, working alongside staff, the Board, and members. As a member of the Executive Team, the CIPCO will work closely with senior leaders to strengthen the organizational culture of AIUSA.


The ideal candidate should be a strong people leader with demonstrated experience in cultivating trust, inclusion, innovation, performance, development, impact, and excellence, not only for their own team but across the organization. The CIPCO is responsible for leading a newly restructured department of six people in two units that drives the entire employee lifecycle through forward-thinking, best-in-class, and values-driven people and culture practices, and advances our IDEA work and values across the AIUSA community (staff, members, and Board). This position requires occasional evening and/or weekend availability and occasional in-person travel.


Essential Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute annual budget, strategies, work plan and initiatives to drive People and Culture and IDEA work at AIUSA.

  • Overall driver of AIUSA’s IDEA strategy and further develop, implement, and evaluate the organization-wide IDEA strategy and efforts for staff and members in partnership with the Senior Director of IDEA, the Chief Movement Building and Member Engagement Officer, and the Chief Strategy and Impact Officer.

  • Overall driver of AIUSA’s People and Culture strategy, in partnership with People and Culture team members.

  • Develop, motivate, and lead team members, creating an equitable and inclusive environment that promotes collaboration and growth.

  • Establish and implement programs to identify and remove institutional barriers that affect staff and member inclusion and equity, particularly BIPOC staff and members.

  • Actively engage with staff throughout the organization to promote a values-driven culture and organizational cohesion.

  • Drive organizational change management efforts, in partnership with the E-Team and Board of Directors.

  • Oversee the design, development, and delivery of IDEA-related training and resources for managers, staff, and members.

  • Oversee the full AIUSA talent management cycle with an IDEA lens: employee engagement and retention, employee relations, professional development, compensation, talent acquisition, benefits administration, compliance, onboarding and offboarding.

  • Oversee and advise the development and embedding of IDEA principles and practices into department, unit, and individual level annual work plans.

  • Serve as a partner and coach to senior leadership and all other stakeholders.

  • Liaise and partner with other country sections and the International Secretariat on issues related to IDEA, People and Culture.


Qualifications and Experience

Executive Leadership, Team Development, and Management

  • Proven ability to develop and lead high-functioning teams, creating ambitious and clear visions that allow for development of SMARTIE (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Timebound, Inclusive and Equity-based) goals toward driving impact.

  • Must be able to develop, motivate, lead and effectively communicate with team members, creating an equitable and inclusive environment that promotes collaboration.

  • Demonstrated history and ability to effectively share power through intentional collaborative decision-making, clear definition of roles and responsibilities, effective delegation, and equitable access to resources.

  • Demonstrated ability to work across diverse organizational constituencies, such as boards, staff, volunteers, and various external stakeholders in ways that drive organizational effectiveness.

  • Ability to support the leadership, success, and professional development of staff members, with a commitment to utilizing power to ensure equitable access and opportunities for staff of color and other underrepresented identities.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and embed IDEA best practices into strategy and operations.

  • Demonstrated executive/senior leadership skills and abilities in enterprise-level strategic and operational planning and delivering on strategic programs impact required.

  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to successfully manage multiple competing priorities required

  • Deep competence in change management best practices and implementation required, to include competence around human behavioral change required for long lasting organizational change.

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Deep subject matter expertise on IDEA and people and culture-related topics required, to include inclusive leadership, talent management best practices, anti-racism principles, and dismantling dominant-culture practices required.

  • Demonstrated ability to embed IDEA best practices into both organizational strategy and operations required.

  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement large scale and tactical initiatives across an organization required.

Emotional Intelligence

  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous self-learning, reflection and growth, especially related to the development of strong equity, diverse teams, and modeling this approach with others.

  • Demonstrated ability to serve as an internal consultant across an organization required, to include the ability to build and maintain trusting and collaborative relationships with different stakeholder bodies with competing priorities.

  • Ability to successfully navigate through ambiguous and/or complex situations required.

Strategic and Presentational Skills

  • Must have a demonstrated ability to lead, develop, amend, adapt, cohere and communicate strategic initiatives to deliver impact in close collaboration with multiple teams.

  • Must have strong written and verbal skills in an increasingly virtual working world, and demonstrated success in communicating with advocacy targets, Board of Directors, staff, direct reports, and external partners in effective ways that adapt to this increasingly virtual work environment.


Education and Experience

  • BA/BS or equivalent years of comparable experience required.

  • 15 years of progressively responsible experience required, to include people and culture, change management, and IDEA work with a focus on developing solutions and implementing strategies in organizations with diverse constituencies.

  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) or HRCI’s Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification highly preferred.

  • 5 years of senior organizational leadership and direct people management experience required.

  • Experience managing diverse, remote, and high-performing teams and fostering their talent and growth required.

  • Experience in mid-sized nonprofit/global organizations is preferred

  • Ability to travel 1-2 times a month is preferred.

  • Occasional evening and/or weekend availability is required. 


We recognize the valuable skills that can be gained through internships, fellowships, volunteer work, and non-traditional work experience. This experience helps build competencies and knowledge that may translate to our job openings. We seek a diversity of experience and skills for our workplace and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our openings.



Dismantling white supremacy is central to the fight for human rights in the United States and around the world. As we mobilize staff and activists and work with partners to help transform the multiple systems where oppression operates in the world around us as part of our human rights mandate, anti-racism must be integral to our work. What does that mean for Amnesty International in the United States? It means using our people power to fight injustice and centering the voices and experiences of those most impacted by racist structures, beliefs, and laws. Fundamentally, it means doing our human rights work differently than it has been done before, because we know that who we work with, how we work, the work we do, and ultimately who we are, are all interconnected.


As an international, intercultural, intergenerational and intersectional movement of activists committed to protecting and advancing human rights for all, Amnesty is deeply committed to IDEA. To learn more about how we integrate these concepts into our work and workplace visit:


COVID-19 Consideration

Because the health and safety of our employees and candidates are a top priority, we are currently conducting our hiring process virtually. We are currently starting our positions as fully remote but will transition to a hybrid work environment when our offices re-open, expected to be in winter 2023.

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