Director of People & Culture

Position Title: Director of People & Culture (A2)

Reports to: Vice President, Organizational Equity

Location: Portland, Oregon / Vancouver, WA Metro Region (hybrid work from home/ office)

Starting Salary: $92,000 – $102,000 → Starting placement will not exceed this starting salary range and is based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity

Full Salary Range for Level: $85,000 to $129,000 Annual Salary

Posting Date:  Thursday, February 1, 2024

Application Deadline:  Open until filled, with priority given to applications received by February 15, 2024. 

Anticipated Start Date:  March 18, 2024 (flexible for the right candidate)

***Learn more about this position by attending an Information Session on Friday, February 9 at 12-1pm PST. Scroll to bottom of job posting for details.*** 

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Who we are 

Ecotrust creates and accelerates triple-bottom-line innovations to benefit our region and inspire the world. On the farm, at the coast, in the forest, and across our cities, we work in partnership towards an equitable, prosperous, climate-smart future. Since 1991, we have created durable change and sparked ideas across the globe. Ecotrust holds a deep commitment to equity and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. As we add new members across all levels of the organization, we seek diverse perspectives and lived experiences that we believe foster learning, creativity, innovation, and equity. Learn more at 


Job summary 

The Director of People & Culture supervises all aspects of Ecotrust’s human resources function including workforce planning, recruitment, employee relations, compliance, performance management, people operations, and total rewards. The Director of People and Culture provides strategic leadership to support the cultivation of a joyful, collaborative, and equitable workplace culture. As a member of the Leadership Team, this role actively contributes to Ecotrust’s efforts to become an antiracist organization by applying an anti-oppression lens to People & Culture strategies, decisions, and practices. The position transforms strategy into operational plans and leads the two member People and Culture team to implement foundational HR systems that are sustainable, equitable, and timely. 


Who you are 

You are passionate about Ecotrust’s mission to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental well-being. You are a strategic leader and thinker who brings an ability to translate short and long-term strategic goals into operational plans. You are able to diagnose critical areas of attention and collaborate across functions to proactively co-create effective solutions. Your strengths include your comfortability in prioritizing multiple contending tasks and your capacity to build more effective and efficient operations. A catalyst for cultural transformation, you bring an ability to lead large-scale change with a deep understanding of how to motivate people, collaborate with teams across the organization, and build consensus with colleagues. You are guided by a deep commitment to cultivating an organizational culture that fosters joy and collaboration, creating a sense of shared purpose. Embracing generative conflict, you see mistakes as opportunities for growth, problems as catalysts for solutions, and inspire others along the journey. Your strong equity mindset guides how you approach your work and decision-making. You understand complexity as it relates to identity; you are able to hold and understand parts of one’s identity that are historically marginalized as well as parts of one’s identity that are historically powerful. You are a thoughtful listener; you are able to receive feedback and act on it with humility and care. You operate with unparalleled personal integrity, discretion, and tact. 

Primary Responsibilities

The activities listed below represent the core functions of this position.

Strategic People & Culture Leadership 

  • Provides counsel to leadership on organization-wide decisions through a thoughtful understanding of equitable practice, policy adherence, risk mitigation, and change management.
  • Works collaboratively and with guidance from executive leadership to direct culture-building strategies. Evaluates and works to enhance employee engagement and wellbeing, foster a sense of belonging, and cultivate a joyful, collaborative, and equitable workplace culture.

Team and Budget Management

  • Leads the People & Culture team and directly supervises one staff member. Effectively delegates work streams, provides guidance, coaching, and mentorship, and holds team members to a high standard of excellence and accountability.
  • Creates, monitors, and manages the organization’s People & Culture budget.

Recruitment and Performance Management

  • Supervises the implementation of Ecotrust’s equitable hiring strategy, supporting the successful recruitment and onboarding of new hires in partnership with departmental hiring managers
  • Directs the implementation of an organization-wide performance management process to support continuous feedback, employee development, and mission impact. 
  • Directs and manages organization’s professional development strategy, including organizing ongoing training for supervisory staff and supporting the intentional development of a racially diverse pool of new leaders.


Policies, Compliance, and Employee Relations 

  • Directs the regular review of People & Culture policies. Monitors and ensures the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and best practices across the four states in which Ecotrust works: Oregon, Washington, California, and Alaska. Consults with legal counsel and employers’ associations as needed. 
  • Advises and presents recommendations related to changes in policy, practice, and resources.
  • Provides direction and facilitation for all employee relations matters in support of the equitable and consistent application of HR policies and procedures.

Compensation, Benefits, and Leave

  • Ensures compensation, benefits, and leave programs are aligned with the organization’s operating model and grounded in an analysis of total rewards and pay equity.

Responsibilities and tasks outlined in this document are not exhaustive and may change as determined by the needs of the organization or employee.

Key Qualifications and Transferable Skills

Transferable skills may be gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for positions where they do not meet 100% of the listed skills and qualifications. Even if you do not meet all of the requirements described, if you believe you are a good fit for the position, we encourage you to apply. A candidate will be assessed on their ability to successfully fulfill or quickly learn these functions.

  • 8 years’ experience in human resources management or related fields with a strong track record of delivering results across a variety of human resource disciplines, including, but not limited to workforce planning, hiring and recruiting, employee relations, performance management, total rewards, and compliance initiatives.
  • 3 years’ experience supervising people in a way that acknowledges differentials in power, recognizes strengths, encourages confidence, supports growth, and holds staff accountable to standards and achieving collective goals.
  • Experience integrating equity, belonging, and/or anti-oppressive practices into HR strategies
  • Experience developing, implementing, and continuously evaluating HR policies and systems to ensure compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements
  • Ability to link broader organizational vision and goals to the design and implementation of effective systems and processes
  • Track record of managing complex and nuanced employee relations issues 
  • Optimistic and excited by the challenges of achieving ambitious goals
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop strong and trusting relationships with people across a diverse spectrum of identities 
  • Strong communication skills that convey clarity and directness. Comfort with facilitating difficult conversations. Openness to generative conflict.
  • A high level of personal integrity, discretion, and tact with an ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Exceptional project management skills with a strong ability to facilitate collaborative problem-solving across functional teams 
  • Skilled in verbal and written communication, with exceptional attention to details
  • Proficient with Google applications (Documents, Sheets, Drive, Slides, etc.) and MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).

Other Useful Qualifications

The items listed below represent qualifications that are desirable in a candidate, but are not required. Some of these may be gained through professional development and coaching once on board.

  • Experience working in a non-profit and/ or social change organization
  • Highly adaptable to changes in priorities; able to adapt behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; able to approach change positively and adjust behaviors accordingly 
  • Experience with designing and/or implementing restorative conflict resolution systems and protocols
  • Experience building and/or maintaining organizational culture in a hybrid work environment 
  • Experience supporting complex organizational change
  • Experience applying trauma-informed approaches in human resources
  • Ability to articulate complex HR regulatory concepts and compliance issues with the capacity to communicate them efficiently and effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Experience effectively managing a departmental budget 
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to identify trends, patterns, and insights for decision-making.
  • Certification or degree in Human Resources Management (PHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP)

Additional Information 

This is a full-time, exempt position. Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the United States.


We believe great benefits make work better: Ecotrust offers equity-centered benefits that strive to recognize employees as whole people and prioritize their overall wellbeing. Benefits include:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance plan with employee contributions scaled to income. Flexible spending accounts, both medical and dependent.
  • Short and long term disability. Ecotrust sponsored life insurance and optional supplemental life insurance.
  • Tax-deferred and Roth retirement plans with employer base contributions and employer matching 50 cents on the dollar up to 6% of an employee’s salary. 
  • Plentiful paid time off including 20 paid vacation days at time of hire (increasing to 25 days after three years), 10 paid holidays, 12 paid sick days, and 20 paid bereavement days in the event of a loss of a loved one. 
  • Investments in employees’ professional development and personal growth. We also offer staff retreats and summer fun days. 
  • For the past several years, Ecotrust has also offered staff a four day work week June 1 – August 31 with 100% pay along with a paid winter recess the last week of the year.

Most benefits are either available on your first day as an employee or in your first full month of employment. This includes accrued vacation and sick leave, as well as retirement plan contributions and healthcare.

At the discretion of Ecotrust, relocation expenses may be reimbursed to the selected candidate.


Working conditions:

  • Flexible, hybrid schedule: remote (from home or suitable work space) and in-office in Southeast Portland (open cubicles). 
  • Long periods of time spent at a computer.
  • Engage in regular communication in person as well as through electronic channels such as email, Slack, and Zoom.
  • May occasionally be required to travel at Ecotrust’s expense to participate in industry conferences.
  • This role may involve lifting up to 20 lbs. Accommodations can be made for individuals who are unable to perform the duties.


Ecotrust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a diverse staff of qualified, highly-skilled, and creative individuals is necessary to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. Individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, or other People of Color, people who are queer, trans, non-binary, people with disabilities, people who are immigrants, veterans, people from poor and working class backgrounds, and people who are/have been system-impacted are strongly encouraged to apply. Click here to learn more about equity at Ecotrust. 


Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please reach out to  in advance to request assistance. 

How to ApplyApply here. No cover letter is required. Instead, please answer brief narrative questions provided in the application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with priority given to applications received by February 15, 2024.

The Selection Process: This position is open until filled, with priority given to applications received by February 15, 2024. In an effort to be as transparent as possible in our selection process as well as to help expedite bringing new staff on board, below is a timeline of key events:

  • Begin Reviewing Resumes: February 16, 2024
  • First Round Interviews: February 21-23, 2024
  • Second Round Interviews: February 27-29, 2024
  • Reference checks: March 1, 2024
  • Extend offer: March 5, 2024

While we will proactively communicate these dates and any changes to you throughout the process, please consider placing tentative holds on your calendars for the initial screening and face-to-face interviews.


Learn more about this position by attending an Information Session: Ecotrust is hosting an informational webinar about this position. You can call in to listen and ask questions.

  • Date:  Friday, February 9 at 12-1pm PST
  • Click this link to join by computer audio/video: 
  • Webinar ID: 843 0153 3061
  • Dial this number to join by phone and enter the webinar ID: 719-359-4580

We will record the session and post the recording to the job posting shortly afterwards.

To mitigate privileged access to information about the position, our policy is that hiring team members may not meet with candidates who are considering applying for that role. Instead, we offer the information session as a way to equalize access to information about the role for all candidates.


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