Director of Talent, HR, and Culture



Title: Director of Talent, HR, and Culture

Reporting to: Senior Vice President & Chief of Staff

Start date: October 1, 2023

Location: Washington, DC

Salary range: $72,000-$108,000

Job classification: Full-time, exempt


The Director of Talent, HR, and Culture plays a crucial role in shaping an organization’s talent strategy, fostering an inclusive workplace, and ensuring compliance with HR policies and regulations. They are instrumental in attracting and retaining top talent, promoting diversity and inclusion, and creating a positive and engaging work environment.


Roles and Responsibilities



  • Work with the leadership team to set a strategic vision and priorities for all talent work, including an explicit equity lens.
  • Partner with hiring managers and the leadership team on talent needs, recruitment strategies, and process improvements.
  • Oversee recruitment and hiring (searches) of full-time staff and interns.


  • Oversee a high-quality HR operation, including HR policies and administering HR regulation, and communicates HR work in a supportive way.
  • Manage staff data system(s) to capture and organize all HR, performance review, and coaching/development information.
  • Ensures Federal, state, and local compliance regarding personnel matters and record keeping and recommends best practices for policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Leads yearly staff compliance training and tracks completion.


  • Maintain knowledge of best practices to support and develop staff and build a professionally invigorating work environment where people can grow.
  • Oversee the implementation of a diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plan.
  • Develop DEI metrics and oversee ongoing monitoring to measure progress and inform continuous improvement practices.
  • Regularly solicit feedback through staff satisfaction surveys and input from all staff both formally and informally and analyze data to drive ongoing continuous improvement efforts.
  • Serve as the DEI content expert, providing recommendations to APIA Scholars leadership regarding readings, courses, and other professional development opportunities to support personal reflection and growth related to implicit bias and anti-racist practices;
  • Lead courageous conversations with staff related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Qualifications and Education

  • BA/BS’s Degree or equivalent experience.
  • 6+ years of years of related work experience.
  • Strong organizational skills, with a strong eye for detail, and a thoughtful, analytical approach to managing and completing complex tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide support and guidance with new systems, processes, and technology.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Suite of Programs.
  • Preferred: Master’s degree in Human resource management, business administration, or higher education.


How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to with “<YOUR NAME> Director of Talent, HR, and Culture” in the subject line for consideration. Applications will be accepted on rolling basis.


What we offer

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. APIA Scholars provides a comprehensive benefits package including health, vision, dental, 401k, life insurance, a 4-day work week, and generous paid leave including 15 vacation days, 10 sick leave days, federal holidays, and an additional one-week winter closure. APIA Scholars provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


About APIA Scholars

Based in Washington, D.C. and founded in 2003, APIA Scholars (Asian Pacific Islander American Scholars) is the nation’s leading non-profit organization devoted to the academic, personal, and professional success of Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students. We celebrate our community of students whose unique stories, rich cultures, and diverse perspectives equip them to be the leaders of tomorrow. Through scholarships, higher education research and policy, and institutional partnerships, APIA Scholars carries out its mission to educate, elevate, and empower a diverse community of 25 million strong and growing.