Job Description: Talent and Culture Manager

Position Title:Talent and Culture Manager
Reports To:Deputy Director
Position Classification:Exempt


The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is a multimillion dollar grantmaking collaboration between a diversity of donors and the global disability rights community that resources organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) to advocate for equal rights and full participation in society. We currently work across Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean. The Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRAF) is DRF’s sister organization, supporting advocacy for legislative change. The Funds – which are based on a participatory grantmaking model – annually make 150-200 grants, mainly ranging from USD $5,000-$50,000 each, to OPDs to advance the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), including in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Global Disability Summit 2018 (GDS18) commitments.


At DRF/DRAF, we believe our people are what make us great. Reflecting our participatory approach, we have persons with disabilities at all levels of our organization – staff, Board, Grantmaking Committee. We value teamwork and a supportive work environment. Our goal is to find individuals who are good at what they do and passionate about our mission.

The Talent and Culture Manager is a new and vital role that will shape, lead, and manage all aspects of Human Resources. Working closely with the Deputy Director, this experienced manager will ensure DRF/DRAF realize the full potential of our growing staff. This position will interface with our professional employer organization (PEO) and global employer organization (GEO), steward recruiting and professional development, bolster diversity and inclusion (DEI) work internally, and oversee performance management.


From leading new hire onboarding to developing the organization’s approach to Learning and Development, the Talent and Culture Manager will impact every stage of the DRF/DRAF team member lifecycle.

Human Resources Administration
  • Expand organizational recruitment process to ensure efficient and effective hiring practices.
  • Oversee all organizational human resources functions, including recruitment, hiring processes, onboarding, compensation, employee relations, and professional development.
  • Identify and recommend innovative methods to attract diverse talent and simplify and enhance recruitment and onboarding processes.
  • Liaise with PEO and GEO organizations, who function as co-employers for DRF/DRAF.
  • Further develop and implement annual performance review system.
  • Conduct exit interviews and draw conclusions for leadership.
  • Advise on talent pipelines and sustainability planning.
  • Design and implement competitive compensation strategy. 
Employee Relations and Engagement
  • Provide employee relations support to managers and staff.
  • Work closely with Deputy and Executive Directors regarding employee safeguarding issues; liaise with PEO and GEO as necessary.
  • Oversee performance and disciplinary issues and liaise with PEO and GEO as appropriate.
  • Hold others accountable regarding employee interactions and cultural standards.
  • Act as a cultural steward; work with team members at all levels to further develop overall capability to foster a healthy, cohesive, collaborative, fun, fair, and equitable workplace.
  • Plan and organize team building events.
  • Ensure compliance with organizational policies.
  • Revise organizational COVID-19 safety procedures.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

  • Enhance DEI efforts across the board, including recruitment, learning and development, and performance and career advancement.
  • Work closely with the Inclusion & Development Manager to manage accessibility and reasonable accommodation needs for staff.
  • Identify gaps and provide input into organization-wide policies, procedures, and practices to ensure all efforts continue to support a culture of DEI.
  • Support and enable expanded DEI training, tools, resources, and guidance.
  • Keep current on external DEI programs and developments.
Learning and Development
  • Develop plans to support learning and professional development for all staff.
  • Stay current on developments and innovations in training in the human rights, development, and philanthropy sectors so the organization’s training activities remain relevant.
  • Collaborate with the Evaluation & Learning Manager, Technical Assistance Director, Finance Director, and others to identify and assess training needs and learning opportunities.
  • Work within the budget to meet training objectives; with Finance team, track and budget training costs for the organization.

Other duties may occasionally be assigned.


The ideal candidate will possess exceptional relational skills and a keen understanding of best practices in people and culture/HR management. They should have a proven ability to build employee engagement and growth. The candidate will be a professional of the highest integrity and will seek to bring out the best in other members of the team.

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5-10 years of progressive Human Resources management experience including employee onboarding, recruiting, conflict management, and employee relations.
  • Knowledge of employment laws and ADA, including reasonable accommodations.
  • Safeguarding expertise.
  • Broad knowledge of diversity and inclusion processes, procedures, best practices, resources, and networks.
  • Commitment to the human rights of persons with disabilities and the organizational mission, and demonstrated understanding of marginalized and intersectional identities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of learning and development strategies.
  • Proven ability to adapt to changing priorities, handle multiple projects, and meet deadlines; strong planning and project management skills.
  • Outstanding communication skills and a professional demeanor.
  • Experience working with remote teams.
  • HR certification a plus.


DRF operates primarily as an e-office with headquarters in Boston, MA USA. Preference for this position to be located in the Boston area; otherwise you must have the ability to work independently in a remote environment and travel to Boston on a regular basis. Additional international and domestic travel may also be needed.


This is a full-time position. DRF offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits and time-off package, and annual professional development funds. 


Please email a cover letter and resume to Roger Falcón, Deputy Director, at (please, no phone calls) with subject line “Talent and Culture Manager Application”. Due to the volume of applications we typically receive, we will only reply if we are pursuing your candidacy.

The Disability Rights Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We seek to build a diverse team. Applicants shall not be discriminated against on any basis. Individuals from historically marginalized identities including Black, Indigenous, people of color, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Applications reviewed on a rolling basis and due by March 18, 2022.

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