Director of People and Culture

Cascade AIDS Project | Portland, OR

Posted Date 7/07/2021

Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) is the oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization (ASO) in Oregon and Southwest Washington as well as a Federally Qualified Health Center (Look-A-Like) that provides the LGBTQ+ community and beyond with compassionate healthcare. CAP’s mission is to promote well-being and advance equity by providing inclusive health and wellness services for LGBTQ+ people, people affected by HIV, and all those seeking compassionate care.  Learn more about us at and   

CAP is excited to announce that we are seeking an experienced Director of People and Culture to lead the organization’s human resources team and support equity initiatives to create a sustainable, healthy, and coherent organizational culture that aligns with CAP’s core values and strategic directions. This includes CAP’s commitment to be a high-functioning, supportive, diverse, anti-racist, equitable, and inclusive organization. The Director of People and Culture will ensure organization-wide alignment, cohesion, and impact in the planning and implementation of organization priorities. 

This position is stationed in CAP’s downtown Portland office but will occasionally travel to CAP’s other offices (SE Portland, Vancouver, WA, and Longview, WA). Some occasional evening and weekend work is required. This is a management, non-union-represented position.


This newly-created position is a key part of CAP’s strategy to evolve and adapt the organization’s culture and practices to align with our core values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (“JEDI”). This is an excellent opportunity for the Director of People and Culture to help lead this paradigm shift so that CAP can meet its mission and create a workplace that is supportive and equitable for all staff. This position will help transform the organization’s processes, systems, and policies to meet the needs of the agency as we continue to evolve and grow.  

In addition to the equity and cultural transformation work, this position also leads the human resources function for the agency.  A successful candidate will also have a strong understanding of human resources, compliance, and labor relations.  

-- Tyler TerMeer, PHD - Chief Executive Officer



The Director of People and Culture will lead and support the organization’s initiatives to create a sustainable, healthy, and coherent organizational culture; support the implementation of an overarching vision of justice, equity diversity, and inclusion at the programmatic and at the administrative level that works to eliminate systemic organizational marginalization and promotes inclusive and equitable practices; ensure human resource functions align with CAP’s core values and strategic directions; evolve and build human resource functions and systems for future growth and expansion; serve as a resource for policy, performance, and culture concerns for CAP management and leadership teams, including coaching, best practices, facilitated discussions, and collaborative problem resolution; develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with community organizations and other health and human service providers; and in partnership with the GC /CIO and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), maintain a collaborative relationship with unionized staff and union executive leadership, both in times of collective bargaining and throughout the contract cycle.



The Director of People and Culture will report to the General Counsel / Chief Impact Officer (GC) and be part of the CAP Executive Leadership Team including the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Program Officer (CPO), and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The human resource team (currently, the Human Administrator and Human Resource Associate) will report to the Director of People and Culture. The position will collaborate closely with the Equity & Inclusion Advocate (“EIA”).



Human Resources Functions 

Director of People and Culture will  function as a strategic advisor to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) on key organizational and management issues; work with the ELT and management team on building and unifying culture across CAP’s various locations and departments, handling high-level dispute resolution and mediation, and partnering with our Equity & Inclusion Advocate to advance the integration of DEIJ work throughout the organization; design, oversee and implement compensation and salary structures, balance staffing needs with cost controls, and help ensure that policies, procedures and programs are in alignment with the organization’s overall strategic objectives and HR vision provide overall leadership and guidance to the human resources function including talent acquisition, career development, succession planning, retention, training, leadership development, compensation, and benefits; supervise and collaborate with the human resources team to establish and implement efforts that effectively communicate and support CAP’s mission and strategic vision to employees agency-wide; and oversee and support designated committees, including but not limited to Workforce Wellness and People & Culture subcommittees.


Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Functions

The Director of People and Culture will in partnership with the CEO and EIA, and utilizing research, best practices, and community input, help define the overarching vision, identity, and strategy to continually strengthen CAP’s practices as a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization that is strongly committed to anti-racist action.

In collaboration with the EIA, support the JEDI journey of CAP constituents, staff, and other key stakeholders, strengthening organization-wide understanding that equity is a core value, and ensuring that a commitment to strengthening diversity and equity is an essential part of each staff person’s role; ensure that CAP’s long-term and near-term plans, policies, programs, initiatives, and communications are fully reflective of and inspired by its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and reflect CAP’s equity framework; collaborate with the EIA’s work to develop diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and analyze and share observations regarding programmatic practice and innovation, internal and external JEDI metrics, and organizational culture and practice; and monitor progress toward achieving CAP’s diversity, equity, and inclusion vision and its diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and oversee the execution of strategies that further those goals. Assist in the development and implementation of equity and inclusion initiatives within the department support the implementation of CAP’s organizational equity initiatives participates and engages in equity-based trainings, workshops, and team discussions


Project Management, Planning, & Alignment Functions

The Director of People and Culture will ensure organization-wide alignment, communication, and cohesion; play a key role in strategic planning; project manage Board and staff retreat planning; ensure cross-functional coordination of and collaboration on organization-wide projects and initiatives; develop a strategy to improve and streamline organization-wide and cross-level communication and initiatives; maximize cross-departmental opportunities and troubleshoot cross-function challenges, as needed; maintain project management tools with organizational work plans to increase cross-department collaboration on major programs, initiatives, projects, and functions; design and lead processes to set and continually assess organizational priorities and progress; develop a strategy to encourage after-action review of key projects; manage annual and multi-year work planning processes, and align these processes with staff retreats, Board meetings, and fiscal year budgeting; steward organizational development planning and processes; and prepare monthly and quarterly reports on organizational progress for the CEO, GC, Board, and others as needed.



  • A deep commitment to intersectionality-centered equality and equity;
  • An ability to engage with diverse staff and leadership to promote trust, collaboration, and partnership across departments and levels of leadership
  • Exceptional leadership skills
  • An ability to challenge and influence peers to approach all work with an equity lens
  • An ability to develop and monitor indicators of organizational culture and engage employees and senior leadership to create organizational change
  • Certified as either SHRM-SCP or SPHR or ability and commitment to obtain same 
  • 5 years of senior / executive level human resource experience preferably at a nonprofit organization with at least 100 employees.



  • Experience that demonstrates fluency engaging with communities of color, LGBTQ+ communities, and communities impacted by HIV
  • Cultural competency across multiple diverse communities
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent judgment, organizational sensitivity, and the ability to act collaboratively and independently
  • An ability to create and maintain relationships with national and local LGBTQ+, HIV/AIDS groups, and health-related organizations from all communities
  • Experience supporting or working with a unionized workforce
  • Experience implementing and managing HRIS and culture engagement software (Culture Amp preferred)
  • A graduate level degree or commensurate work experience 



Compensation: $100,000 annually; employer-paid health, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability and life insurance; 401(k) retirement plan with generous employer matching contribution; 125C cafeteria savings plan; generous vacation and health leave benefits. 


Closing Date: Open until filled. 


To apply for this position, mail, email, fax, or deliver the following three documents:

  • a complete cover letter that serves as an example of your writing and addresses how you meet all of the required qualifications specific to the position you are applying for, 2) your resume, and 3) a completed CAP Employment application (available at



Cascade AIDS Project

Director of People and Culture Position

520 NW Davis Street, Suite 215

Portland, Oregon 97209




Fax: 503-223-6437


Cascade AIDS Project is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

People of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals and people living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply


Listing Type
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
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