Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Job Title:        Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Department:  Operations

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 150 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $29 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 60 countries.

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The Role:

The Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) will be a critical member of the Center’s executive team and will continue to develop, refine, and lead a world-class human resources function. S/he will be accountable for the Center’s human capital strategy and will influence and partner with the most senior executives in the organization while being able to fluently lead and interact with employees at all levels.

The Center has completed year one of its ambitious five-year strategic plan which will grow the organization both in its ability to have impact and its size.  In this executive role, the CHRO will transform the culture of the Center into a truly global organization, leading the development of a four-year implementation plan to support and manage the organizational growth around the globe, which will include a refresh of the organizational structure, staffing plans & talent strategy, internal communication processes, performance management linked to the strategic plan, and the development of a leadership & professional development plan.  Additionally, the CHRO will drive a four-year plan to support the Center’s Strategic Plan goal to be one of the best non-profit employers to attract, develop, and retain a diverse workforce and encourage innovation, learning, and cross-cultural collaboration.  Finally, the CHRO will review and refresh the core human resource functions including diversity, onboarding, performace management, hiring processes (including our global offices), and the internship program. 

This leader will focus on human capital issues and employee engagement strategies while being accountable for the broader human resources function including staff recruitment, hiring, talent management, training and professional development, organizational design and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, and ensuring compliance as necessary. Further, the CHRO will be globally literate and culturally astute to effectively support a diversity of countries and cultures to build effective partnerships.

The CHRO will manage, coach, and mentor a small HR team of three (Senior Manager, Compensation & Benefits; Director, Talent & Organizational Development; and Human Resources Assistant), empowering this team to be effective and influential in their respective areas of focus. The CHRO will also have a solid knowledge base to drive HR best practices in a range of areas including benefits, compensation, and international labor/employment compliance. They will have an absolute commitment to diversity, inclusion, and a just and equitable society.

Bringing passion to the role, the CHRO will be a strong coach and problem solver, diplomatic change agent, and expert in understanding organizational dynamics and helping to create the right structures that address challenges that are inherent in a geographically and functional diverse team. The CHRO will serve as a close adviser to the President & CEO, Chief Strategy and Operating Officer (CSOO), and the global leadership team to help build and scale the organization, bringing strategic talent skills, expertise in core human resource functions, and a deep commitment to our mission and movement building.

This role is based in New York City and reports directly to the CSOO.


Specific responsibilities include:

Talent Acquisition & Talent Development

  • Oversee the execution of the Center's talent strategy, including budgets, programming, and processes;
  • Work in close coordination to identify and support the talent needs linked to our strategic plan and provide key staff support and direction to make the most of our human capital;
  • Understand the Center’s global programmatic and operational objectives; embrace cultural and individual differences and work with the nuances of specific local cultures to make informed, impactful decisions;
  • Lead organizational diversity initiatives alongside a sourcing strategy to meet current staffing needs and build a pipeline for future roles;
  • Collaborate with field office leaders lo develop our talent in progressive ways that reflect our new strategic plan;
  • Drive employee engagement in working with executive leadership lo develop effective internal communications strategies, processes, tools, and training to promote morale and achieve institutional goals;
  • Oversee the development of strategies and processes to identify capability, knowledge, skill set and headcount gaps, and develop specific initiatives to monitor and fill any gaps;; and 
  • Execute our talent management processes including performance management, talent assessments, surveys, promotions, and compensation reviews across a global team and provide metrics to management to allow for better managing of teams.

Leadership, Organizational Development & HR Management

  • Serve as a business partner and peer on the management team to help solve organizational challenges that create impact;
  • Coach and mentor the Executive and Management Teams to effectively lead the organization
  • Link the Center’s human capital and talent to the needs of the strategic plan, organizational goals, and mission;
  • Coach and advise in a wide range of core human resource functions including organizational design, succession planning, HR policies, and best practices;
  • Lead the development and execution of human resources strategic and annual plans; support the planning efforts of other departments;
  • Enact and direct policies and practices that provide protection to the Center in all areas including
  • employment, employee relations, benefits, compensation, equal employment opportunity, diversity, and protection from harassment and discriminatory practices;
  • Participate as an active member of the Center’s Operations Team; closely collaborate with heads of Finance & Planning, Accounting & Compliance, Global Administration & Office Operations/IT to design and deliver integrated support and solutions as well as participate on other official and ad hoc learns and initiatives as needed.

Candidate Profile

The Center seeks a Chief Human Resources Officer who has broad experience in human resources, ideally acquired in best-in-class global NGO and/or private sector organizations. S/he will have proven leadership skills underpinned by analytical, technical and employee relations skills and will ideally have been instrumental in the establishment of a strong, inclusive, innovative HR function in a previous role. The ability to act as a strategic advisor to the President & CEO, CSOO, the Board of Directors, and the senior leadership for the Center on human resource issues is essential to the success of this role.

The successful candidate must be a strategic senior leader with strong implementation skills and the ability, and the willingness, to dive in operationally as necessary. Strong communications skills, combined with an empathetic, approachable personality, are critical.

In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position, we would highlight the following:

Setting Strategy

  • Excellent advisory skills to counsel leadership on strategic decision-making.
  • Strong ability to collaborate across functions, synthesize feedback, and adjust strategic priorities as required. 
  • Previous experience transforming organizational culture to drive employee engagement and efficient execution of mission.
  • Ability to create and articulate an inspiring vision for the organization, not only for the areas s/he is directly responsible for, but the enterprise as a whole.
  • Views HR through the lens of organizational leadership - is highly attentive and responsive to organization growth.

Executing for Results

  • Proven ability to refine and improve the organization’s human capital planning capabilities in areas including diversity, strategic recruiting, performance management, career development, and compensation and benefits.
  • Ability to translate the vision/mission of the organization into actionable, quantitative plans and set compelling goals and aggressive schedules for human resources improvement.
  • A strategic thinker who can drive a quality agenda while also focusing on the details of implementation.
  • A demonstrated ability to be innovative and highly productive.
  • Action orientation that focuses on meeting objectives, while at the same time, understanding the importance of fitting into the culture of an organization.

Leading Teams

  • Possess strong emotional intelligence and positive demeanor to implement complex human capital decisions while supporting organizational morale and mission focus. Able to personally attract senior leadership to organizational vision.
  • Strong leadership vision and capabilities with a focus on excellence; proven ability to drive organizational and cultural change.
  • Superior people management skills, including demonstrated ability to assess talent, clearly define roles, build teams, lead people, and coach and develop staff.

Relationships and Influence

  • Demonstrated track record of effectively building relationships with an autonomous, geographically dispersed work force.
  • An outstanding business partner, capable of supporting, coaching, influencing, and challenging at all levels.
  • Proven record of innovative and independent problem-solving skills, combined with excellent communication, interpersonal and managerial skills.
  • A leader and consensus builder who understand how to achieve buy-in from diverse constituencies, building bridges and designing “win-win” solutions.
  • A collaborative broker and facilitator, who can work through multiple agendas, determining what is best for individual programs and the organization as a whole. 

Personal Style

  • An empathetic, approachable leader who engenders trust and confidence.
  • An inherent ability to interact positively with all members of the Center staff.
  • An individual with impeccable integrity, whose personal and professional values are consistent with the Center’s high standards and mission.
  • A proactive, confident, yet low-ego style who fits within the culture of the organization while also enhancing the value of the human resources function.

Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

How to Apply: Please email John McNaught at to apply. A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position. Please include these application materials as attachments.

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.