Education, Human Resources, Nonprofit and Social Impact

Senior Director of Human Resources

  • iCivics
  • Remote/Boston, MA
About iCivics

iCivics is a fast-growing civic education nonprofit. Founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics re-imagines civic education for American democracy. We champion equitable and nonpartisan civic education, while providing engaging resources that empower educators in the essential task of preparing young people for lifelong civic engagement.

With iCivics, students in all 50 states and DC learn about our government, the rule of law, and civic issues. We make civic education relevant to new generations of Americans through online games and innovative classroom resources—for free. Our reach is substantial: some 145,000 teacher-users, reaching up to 9 million students. Our games have been played by students a staggering 148 million times!

As the largest civics education brand, we’re leading a national movement to elevate the importance of civics in our nation’s schools.

Our Proven Impact

Civic education works

Research confirms that students who receive a comprehensive and high-quality civic education are more likely to be informed and actively engaged citizens and voters. Specifically, they are more likely to vote and discuss politics at home, complete college and develop employable skills, volunteer and work on community issues.

Our resources work

iCivics works because we make the subject come alive. Our innovative games and resources teach young people to understand how our political systems work by allowing them to experience it first-hand and empowering them to address real-world issues.

iCivics is popular with students because it’s fun. But teachers have fast adopted iCivics because our free digital resources are high quality, easily adaptable for their classroom needs, standards-aligned and effective.

Surveyed about the tangible impacts iCivics resources have made in their classrooms, 95% of iCivics teachers have noted that their students are demonstrably more engaged; more interested in politics and current events; more open to civil classroom conversations about current events; and more knowledgeable about how our government works. Recently, iCivics’ new pre- and post- game assessments showed an average increase in students’ civic knowledge and dispositions (i.e., likelihood to vote) of 26% and 38% respectively.

Our Strategy

iCivics has launched an ambitious, five-year (2020-2025) strategic plan to seize this moment of unprecedented support for our cause and build on the great progress we have made.

Our goal is no less than to ensure that all students, in all 50 states, receive a high-quality civic education that prepares and engages them in civic life by 2026 – when our nation celebrates its 250th  anniversary.

This plan lays out a framework for success over the next five years. It includes three, interdependent axes of work that fuel each other.

By 2026, we will have achieved the mind-shift needed, and we will have put in place new and more rigorous policies to ensure quality civic education in 20 states. We will provide more relevant and engaging resources for high quality education. And we will have demonstrated what systems-wide quality civic education looks like to deliver results.

For more information on iCivics please visit our website.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Chief Operating and Financial Officer (COO/CFO), the Senior Director of Human Resources (SDHR) is a team-focused senior leader who will play a key role in ensuring iCivics realizes its mission through collaborative leadership, sound strategy, and purposeful development of a diverse and talented staff.

Under the leadership of the COO/CFO, and in collaboration with the executive team, the Senior Director of Human Resources drives talent recruitment and engagement, onboarding, benefits management, HR system management, and talent management support. The Senior Director of Human Resources safeguards human resources integrity and legal compliance; and ensures all human resources policies, plans, services, benefits, compensation, protocols, communications, and events are welcoming, equitable, and in alignment with the organization’s goals and mission.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversees talent management including recruitment, onboarding, training, development, evaluation, and recognition to develop and maintain a highly competent, diverse staff team committed to implementing organizational vision and goals.
  • Administers compensation and benefit programs, including job description and classification, salary structure, and salary adjustments. Oversees benefit plan communication and administration.
  • Oversees HR systems and employee records to ensure accuracy and improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the organization. Works with all managers to ensure the timely annual completion of all performance appraisals.
  • Facilitates HR initiatives and special projects.
  • Working with pro bono legal counsel, ensures the organization remains current on employment laws and regulations and serves as point of contact and manages relationships with compliance agencies.
  • Ensures timely and accurate submission of data requested by the EEOC, Department of Labor, etc.
  • Recommends new approaches, procedure changes and innovative solutions to continually improve efficiency and employee experience. Facilitates updates to employee handbook annually and as needed.
  • Works with Executive Director, COO/CFO, and Executive Team, as appropriate, to identify and develop HR best practices, benchmark similar employee relation issues, and provide coverage and collaboration.
  • Manages organizational insurance policies and risk management, serving as liaison with brokers and vendors.
  • Participates in senior leadership meetings and strategic planning efforts, championing organizational goals and priorities.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

iCivics Values and Culture:

We are looking for growth-minded entrepreneurial leaders that are ready to make a difference in education and work in a collaborative and fast-paced environment. Our organizational culture is shaped for those with the following traits:

  • Passionate Commitment: We are committed to the success of our mission to bring a high-quality civic education to each and every student nationwide. We believe all our work should be done with purpose and a focus to further our mission.
  • Goal-oriented: There is an urgency to our work, and we are relentless in achieving our goals.
  • Equity-centered: We believe that equitable civic education must acknowledge students’ identities, knowledge, and lived experiences through diverse histories and a teaching of American government that is truthful and transparent. It must be inclusive, representative, and relatable across lines of race, gender, and ability.
  • Collaborative: We prioritize all of our activities around what’s best for teachers and students in teaching civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions in a relevant, equitable, and engaging way. For this reason, we collaborate with educators, partners, students, and with each other to continue to develop and share the best educational materials.
  • Service-minded: We prioritize all of our activities around what’s best for teachers and students to increase educational opportunities in civic education.
  • Friendly and accessible: At the end of the day, we are all in this together. We are friendly and accessible, so all educators and organizations feel comfortable trusting and partnering with us.
  • Innovator: We understand that all great things start with a groundbreaking idea/strategy and are followed with diligent and collaborative execution and insight.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, human resources. or other relevant field
  • Professional Human Resources (PHR) or other recognized HR certification preferred.
  • 3+ years of experience serving in a human resources role to include strategic leadership, employee benefits, compensation, talent management, policies and procedures, and employee onboarding/orientation
  • Experience using HR software and reporting
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-priority environment
  • Ability to view problems and issues in the context of the bigger picture
  • Strict adherence to confidentiality
  • Energy, flexibility, collaboration, and proactive leadership, positively and productively impacting both strategic and tactical initiatives
  • Knowledge of:
  • Regulations, policies and procedures which govern human resources and nonprofit organizations and ability to accurately interpret and administer
  • Current literature and best practices in human resources, stages of organizational development, and change management
  • Diversity, sensitivity, and competence with regard to issues of race, learning or other ability, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, socio-economic group, sexuality or other orientations or cultural markers
Compensation & Benefits

iCivics provides a comprehensive benefits package, including generous health insurance for individuals and competitive rates for families/dependents, generous time off, and a collegial environment that supports professional development and wellness.

The salary range for this position is between $125,000 and $135,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. While iCivics’ headquarters is located in Boston, we are currently location-agnostic when it comes to this hire.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Liz Lombard and Angie Sessoms are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role, please visit here or email All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Partners

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