Now Hiring a Director of People & Culture

Reports to: Director of Finance & Operations
Location: Remote, but based within a half-day drive to Asheville, North Carolina
Hours: 35 hours a week

Start date: The position is open until filled with a preferred start date for mid-September or early October. Position open until filled.

Salary range: $65,000-$75,000 based on experience. Full-time, exempt position


Dogwood Alliance seeks to hire an experienced human resources professional for a newly created position – Director of People and Culture.

The Director of People & Culture

As the organization’s first dedicated HR role, the Director of People and Culture is tasked with developing and implementing a vision for Dogwood Alliance’s human resources program. The Director will build upon existing HR infrastructure to create people-centered processes for recruitment and onboarding, professional development, staff retention, HR administration, and advancing workplace culture. In undertaking this work, the Director of People & Culture will center diversity, equity, and inclusion as a priority in all policies, procedures, and practices.

We’re looking for a candidate who will co-create this new role with us, who is committed to providing top-notch support to their colleagues, and who is ready to help our organization elevate our HR systems and processes. Our ideal candidate will be a true “people person” who brings emotional intelligence, confidentiality, and a talent for building relationships. 

This position reports to the Director of Finance & Operations and may be based in Dogwood’s Asheville, NC office or remotely in the Southeast, preferably within a half-day drive of Asheville. Due to the pandemic, we are currently working remotely and anticipate a transition to a hybrid working environment when feasible. 

The primary goals and responsibilities of this position are:

Recruitment and Hiring

  • Oversee recruitment and onboarding. Improve upon current processes to help attract diverse and highly qualified candidates for open positions.
  • Build upon existing systems for tracking and communicating with candidates.
  • Manage and improve employee onboarding to ensure that all new staff are properly integrated and prepared to excel in their roles.
  • Oversee employee offboarding; participate in the exit interview process.
  • Monitor independent contractor process for compliance with legal requirements.

Professional Development Processes

  • Refine and manage Dogwood’s performance review process.
  • Review and expand on professional development programs.
  • Work with supervisors to identify individual training that will enhance growth and development.
  • Participate in counseling and advising of management and staff to ensure resolution of any employment issues.
  • Create and/or update policies, procedures, and guidelines as needed.

Workplace Culture

  • Work with staff at all levels to develop and implement strategies to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization.
  • Partner with staff at all levels to implement strategies for employee engagement and retention.
  • Help ensure that Dogwood is an equitable and inclusive workplace where all employees feel valued and can thrive, through training, coaching, and overall strategy and practice.
  • Support an eventual transition from a remote to a hybrid working environment, and from an Asheville-centric base of operations to one that is distributed throughout the Southeast. 
  • Develop and lead or support initiatives to build and strengthen team cohesion and sense of community. 

Benefits Administration and Development

  • Lead periodic review and revision of compensation and benefits framework.
  • Manage employee benefits program with the Finance & Operations team.
  • Maintain knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation and regulations; ensure adherence to federal, state, and local legal requirements, advise management on needed actions to remain compliant.
  • Keep abreast of industry knowledge and trends by participating in conferences and educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining professional networks, and participating in professional organizations.


Candidates should have the following demonstrated skills and experience:

  • Minimum of five years of experience in the human resources field; ten years desirable.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work closely and productively with people from various racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, sexual orientation, gender identity, and generational backgrounds.
  • An advanced ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise sound judgment, and exhibit high levels of integrity and discretion.
  • An ability to establish credibility and be decisive while maintaining positive employee relationships in service to the mission.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of employment law and compliance requirements and HR best practices.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing HR policies and programs; SHRM, HRCI, or similar HR certification preferred, but not required.
  • Experience coaching and advising management and staff in an HR capacity.
  • Thorough understanding of HR policies and procedures and knowledge of Federal and State regulations, including FLSA, FMLA, COBRA, ADA, HIPAA, and EEO laws and regulations.
  • Familiarity with all aspects of HR, including compensation, recruitment, benefits, performance management, professional development, training, etc.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Ability to lead meetings and presentations as well as the ability to work with all levels of staff with tact and diplomacy.
  • Team player who inspires collaboration, lifts up the work of others, and maintains balance and perspective with patience and a sense of humor.
  • Ability to advocate for both staff and management.
  • Highly proactive style of work with a demonstrated track record of developing innovative approaches.

Working Conditions

Interested candidates should have prior experience in a remote work environment and should be prepared to discuss potential remote work arrangements during the application process.

Benefits package includes health insurance, SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with employer contribution, generous paid time off, and an excellent working environment.

We value and respect all types of diversity and strongly encourage applicants from traditionally marginalized groups to apply. We prohibit discrimination and harassment and provide equal employment opportunity without regard to, and not limited to, ethnicity, religion, race, national origin, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or genetic information. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, and promoting those from minority and disadvantaged groups. We want to live in a world that recognizes the inherent strengths that come from different viewpoints, backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. As a team, we have taken on a commitment to examining our unconscious biases and working towards an equitable, peaceful, and just world.


To apply, fill in our Contact Information Form, then send a cover email to [email protected] with the subject Director of People & Culture, and attach a document with your answers to the following questions:

  • Why do you want to work for Dogwood Alliance?
  • What is your understanding of the position?
  • What experience do you have that makes you a good fit for this position? 
  • What is your understanding of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and how have you integrated that in your work?

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Dogwood Alliance

Dogwood Alliance advances environmental justice and climate action by mobilizing diverse voices to protect Southern forests and communities from industrial logging. For over 25 years, Dogwood Alliance has worked with diverse communities, partner organizations, and decision-makers to protect Southern forests across 14 states. We do this through community and grassroots organizing, holding corporations and governments accountable, and working to conserve millions of acres of Southern forests.

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