About the Freedom of the Press Foundation
Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that protects, defends, and empowers public-interest journalism in the 21st century.
The organization works to preserve and strengthen First and Fourth Amendment rights guaranteed to the press through a variety of avenues, including the development of encryption tools, documentation of attacks on the press, training newsrooms on digital security practices, and advocating for the public’s right to know.
Freedom of the Press Foundation is built on the recognition that this kind of transparency journalism — from publishing the Pentagon Papers and exposing Watergate, to uncovering the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program and CIA secret prisons — doesn’t just happen. It requires dogged work by journalists, and often, the courage of whistleblowers and others who work to ensure that the public actually learns what it has a right to know.
For more information on Freedom of the Press Foundation please visit https://freedom.press/.
This is a new, full-time position that will report to the Executive Director and work with all teams at FPF. The Director of HR, Talent & Culture will be a confidential, strategic partner on all human resources matters. They will have a demonstrated ability to connect, build bridges and work collaboratively to develop, plan and implement employee relations practices.
The Director will be responsible for executing day-to-day HR tasks, including but not limited to hiring, compensation and benefits administration, employee relations, and support for employees’ professional development and growth within the organization. They will also work to nurture a transparent and compassionate workplace and uphold the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
The responsibilities of the Director will include:
- Conduct administrative onboarding of new staff and contractors including collecting tax documents, benefits and payroll, procurement of equipment, and scheduling of onboarding meetings and trainings.
- Facilitate administrative offboarding of staff, including the handling of separation agreements, exit interviews, and payout calculations.
- Manage all facets of the benefits package; including healthcare (Aetna), 401K (Slavic) and Paid Family Leave.
- Maintenance of general organization infrastructure (e.g. employee handbook, state tax filings, holiday calendar) and ensuring compliance with organizational policies and relevant laws.
- Support the hiring process of full-time employees and contractors, as primary administrator of Greenhouse, the administrative tracking system.
- Lead the hiring process for new hires, including the development of job descriptions, screening of candidates and participation in the interview process.
- Audit and recommend compensation strategies for new hires, promotions, transfers and equity/merit adjustments.
Employee Wellness and Relations
- Establish credibility throughout the organization with management and the employees to be an effective listener and problem solver of people issues.
- Monitor employee culture to identify issues/trends; recommend proactive solutions based on organizational needs / best practices and counsel management on identifying issues and implementing corrective actions.
- Support managers in the development and review of performance improvement plans and corrective actions, including termination requests and related documentation.
- Advise and coordinate professional development opportunities.
The ideal candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:
- 5-7 years of experience as a human resources professional or a related position.
- Understanding of current HR trends in compensation, benefits, performance management, and culture building.
- Understanding and deep analysis of diversity, equity and inclusion as well as experience embedding these principles in the work.
- High degree of emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.
- Able to establish credibility and rapport with team members and act as a bridge between staff and leadership when needed.
- Track record of successfully navigating complex situations proactively.
- Ability to identify opportunities for change and manage that change at all levels.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
- Interest in/willingness to learn about FPF’s mission and privacy-enhancing technologies.
- Experience working in a distributed, remote environment and coordinating across different time zones.
Nice to Have
- Experience working in related fields (e.g., technology, journalism, advocacy) or nonprofits.
- A keen interest in press freedom and First Amendment rights.
- Familiarity with Google Suite (Calendar, Sheets, Docs and Drive).
- Familiarity with Justworks, Greenhouse, Bill.com, and GitHub.
- Familiarity with or interest in open-source software.
- Deep curiosity and commitment to continuous learning.
Compensation & Benefits
This is a full-time role with a competitive nonprofit salary in the range of $120,000 - $140,000, depending on experience and location. This position reports directly to FPF’s Executive Director and can be based in FPF’s Brooklyn headquarters or U.S.-based remote.
FPF provides full health, dental and vision insurance (via Aetna); 20 days of personal time off, in addition to all federal holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year’s; paid parental leave and a generous 401(k) program. Freedom of the Press Foundation matches 401(k) contributions dollar for dollar, up to 4 percent of the employee’s gross salary.
Trisha Sutrisno and Amber Gomes of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com directly. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
FPF is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community. It warmly welcomes members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ folks and people with disabilities.
FPF does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law.
Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email NonprofitSearchOps@divsearch.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.
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.
For more information about Koya Partners, visit https://diversifiedsearchgroup.com/koya-partners/.