Associate Director, Staffing and Employee Engagement

Associate Director, Staffing and Employee Engagement

Kaiser Family Foundation

Washington, DC   |   August 31, 2021

About KFF

KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) is a nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. KFF develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism, and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations.

KFF serves as a nonpartisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health policy community, and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge — from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to in-depth health policy news coverage provided by our news service, KHN, to information young people can use to improve their health or the general public can use to understand health insurance.

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The Opportunity

KFF is seeking an experienced Human Resources (HR) professional to work closely with a highly collaborative HR team and play a central role in supporting a diverse staff of 175 employees. KFF is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in what we do and how we do it, and the hallmark of everything KFF does, in every program area, is focused on people. The Associate Director (AD) will mirror, advance, and evolve this commitment.

Reporting to the Vice President; Director of Human Resources, the ideal candidate will possess a demonstrated commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment while maintaining a solid understanding of, and commitment to, the values that shape KFF’s culture and work. The successful candidate will be able to work under tight deadlines, manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously, and be a team player with superior communication and interpersonal skills. Specific responsibilities will include: overseeing KFF’s recruiting efforts, developing and implementing an interactive performance management process, managing onboarding and staff development, and providing key contributions to the advancement of KFF’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) priorities.

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, KFF also has a large staff presence in Washington, DC as well as a few smaller satellite offices. This full-time position will be based in KFF’s DC office located at 1330 G Street NW.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Lead DEI Efforts Across the Organization

  • Provide leadership and strategic support to KFF’s efforts to promote an inclusive and equitable work environment
  • Create a DEI framework that embeds DEI principles into recruiting, staff management, and personnel policies
  • Work with senior staff to assist in achieving diversity objectives in recruiting

Lead KFF’s Talent Management Processes

  • Create inclusive job descriptions and manage job postings
  • Collaborate with the Vice President; Director of Human Resources and senior leadership to identify and make recommendations on staffing needs
  • Work closely with the Vice President; Director of Human Resources and senior leadership throughout the recruiting process
  • Source, screen, and guide candidates through the interview process, ensuring a positive, equitable candidate experience
  • Ensure all screening, hiring, and selection is compliant with employment laws and regulations

Manage Onboarding and Staff Development

  • Develop, implement, and refine processes to enhance KFF’s new hire onboarding
  • Guide managers through the hiring and onboarding process
  • Establish mechanisms to help staff in supervisory roles develop their skills as managers
  • Create and oversee performance management and staff development programs

Facilitate HR Activities for DC Office

  • Provide onsite HR support to the Washington, DC staff
  • Provide strategic business partner support to organizational leadership
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • HR expertise in and experience with successfully furthering DEI objectives and overall organizational mission in a complex organizational environment
  • Substantial experience in recruiting and retention, employee engagement, performance management, and onboarding
  • Familiarity with strategic candidate sourcing
  • Excellent management, organizational, analytical, strategic, interpersonal, and communication skills, with a particular focus on being service oriented in providing the highest level of support and assistance to staff
  • Tact, discretion, and good self-expression with the ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with internal staff
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills with a focus on empathy and compassion
  • Ability to write concisely and clearly and to confidently speak to large groups of people while also being personable in small group settings and able to work as a skilled facilitator
  • Commitment to pursuing a comprehensive equity agenda based on applied experience with a demonstrated personal and professional commitment to DEI
  • Fluency in DEI concepts, and participation in workshops and DEI certification programs preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required

Not required, but we’d also love to see:

  • Knowledge of the areas in which KFF principally operates, including health policy, polling, and journalism
Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. As part of its total compensation package, KFF has established a comprehensive benefits program designed to help meet the health and financial needs of its employees and their families.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Erin Reedy here.


It is the policy of KFF to actively promote a diverse and inclusive workplace in every respect, and to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees in every phase of employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, arrest or conviction records, or other categories protected under the law.

This policy extends to recruitment, hiring, training, promotions, compensation, benefits, use of KFF facilities, and all other conditions and terms of employment. It also extends to providing a working atmosphere free of harassment based on gender or sexual orientation, race, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, arrest or conviction records, or other categories protected under the law. In addition, all employees are expected to extend this policy to all other KFF employees and potential employees.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

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