Director of People and Culture

Director of People and Culture
Organization Name: 
NextFifty Initiative
Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 9, 2021
Job Description: 

NextFifty Initiative is a young Colorado-based private foundation dedicated to funding mission-driven initiatives that improve the lives of the older adult population and their caregivers. We seek to fund game-changing efforts to improve and sustain quality of life for people in their second 50 years. NextFifty Initiative educates about proven initiatives and advocates for transformational change. We consider ourselves an engine for innovation that transforms aging. Our work will impact life for generations to come.

Our mission is to promote independence and dignity for the aging population, to include the needs of low and moderate income persons, encompassing individuals with physical, cognitive and/or behavioral disability, by encouraging and supporting innovative, affordable and coordinated services and initiatives.

Director of People and Culture

Reporting to the CEO, the Director of People & Culture is a new position responsible for leading all aspects of Human Resources and culture practices, including recruiting/retention, benefits, hiring/onboarding, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), performance management, compensation, compliance, training and development, and policy and procedure development. It is a hands on position and will require flexibility, adaptability, and a willingness to fully engage in the needs of the organization.

Major Job Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Develop equitable and inclusive recruitment strategies and hiring processes; responsible for the implementation of hiring processes, from collaborating with supervisors on crafting job descriptions through extending job offers.
  • Manage and conduct general organizational onboarding and orientation for new employees, and off boarding of staff, including exit interviews.
  • Update and improve upon the process for performance management and oversee associated activities including ongoing feedback, documentation of performance issues, annual performance evaluations, and performance improvement plans.
  • Provide performance management guidance to supervisors, and support them in carrying out their responsibilities on personnel matters (supervision/coaching, mentoring, professional development, and disciplinary actions).
  • Oversee Learning and Development (L&D) efforts; identify and support opportunities for employee professional development and growth; work with Leadership to identify personnel or talent gaps and collaborate to develop solutions to address them.
  • Ensure that employees have an inclusive environment to work and learn, regardless of their age, race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, politics, sexual orientation, ability, or any other protected class.
  • Develop long term strategies and key initiatives to promote and achieve an inclusive, supportive, and transparent culture within the organization.
  • Exhibit acceptance, sensitivity, and responsiveness to cultural differences present in the organization’s employee population and communities served; oversee the creation and implementation of programs that build momentum for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Function as primary liaison to the DEI Committee and to DEI consultants; serve on other work groups and committees as appropriate.
  • Research, develop, write, and/or update policies, procedures, methods, and guidelines following all applicable local, State, and federal laws and regulations; ensure equity and inclusivity are incorporated throughout organizational policies.
  • Propose strategies for organizational development, effective talent management, employee engagement and retention, and succession planning.
  • Serve as HR contact for all employees; proactively engage employees to improve working relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention; communicate openly and frequently, keeping staff informed on benefit resources, policy updates, and other pertinent information.
  • Manage and resolve employee relations issues; where applicable, conduct effective, thorough, and objective investigations.
  • Develop and administer a consistent and progressive compensation program including salary surveys and market research to ensure internal compensation practices are consistent and equitable and NextFifty Initiative is competitive within its market.
  • Manage all HR administration, including the organization’s benefits programs; provide payroll and 403b support to the Director of Finance and Accounting; manage relationships with benefits brokers, coordinate annual Open Enrollment, and address employee benefit questions; propose additional benefit options pertinent to the organization’s workforce.


A Qualified Candidate will have:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or a related field or equivalent experience; SHRM-SCP, PHR, or SPHR certification highly desirable
  • Minimum of 5 years of HR experience, with thorough understanding of HR policies and procedures, and knowledge and understanding of local, State, and federal regulations including FLSA, COBRA, ADA, EEO laws and regulations
  • Understanding of best practices and a proven track record of building inclusive and engaged workplaces; strong cultural awareness and sensitivity with a lens on equity; experience supporting a multi-generational workforce
  • Understanding of and experience with all aspects of HR, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, DEI and L&D
  • Proven experience developing successful employee engagement, retention, and inclusion initiatives and programs
  • Ability to deal with conflict effectively, and to manage difficult situations confidently and calmly; demonstrated ability to coach and counsel all levels of employees with diplomacy
  • Demonstrated ability and understanding of centering equity in their approach to and in the execution of their work
  • Experience working with or living within historically underserved or marginalized populations (preferred)


People are what make NextFifty Initiative thrive. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive organization that promotes equity and recognizes diversity as critical to our mission and impact.  NextFifty Initiative is committed to transparency and aims to minimize the stress and uncertainty of the application and hiring process.  We also seek to minimize bias and the impact of structural discrimination within our hiring practices.  We focus on relevant work skills, along with both professional and lived experience.  We are seeking a diverse pool of candidates and are using processes that help to mitigate unconscious bias. Qualified applicants of all ages and identities are encouraged to apply.


Diversity Statement:
In 300 words or less, please include in your application a statement telling us (1) What Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) means to you. (2) What have you done to promote it in your personal and/or professional life? (3) Why is DEI important to you and why is it worth the challenges and obstacles it presents in doing the work? Please do not provide information in your Diversity Statement that reveals your race, gender, age, or other protected class. 

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $105,000-$125,000 DOE.  NextFifty Initiative offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, LTD/STD, Life insurance, 403B retirement with employer match, and a generous PTO policy.


If you are interested in applying to the Director of People and Culture position, please submit your cover letter, resume and Diversity Statement (ALL THREE ARE REQUIRED to be considered) by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 9 to:


                        Dr. Richard DelaCastro

                        Human Resources