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Head of People and Culture

at Rippleworks Foundation in U.S. Remote

About the Job

Rippleworks is a tight-knit, fast-moving, collaborative team, and ensuring that our team is set up to thrive is the most important investment we can make as we work every day to make the world better.

The Head of People & Culture will lead our efforts to ensure that Rippleworks is a great place to work by understanding and improving our employee experience, delivering our people programs, and being a primary culture carrier as we scale our diverse, inclusive, mission-driven team.


Specifically, you will be responsible for:

  • People Strategy: Shape the future of our organization by serving as a core business partner to Rippleworks’ leadership team; diagnosing people needs and collaborating with teammates to deliver solutions
  • Culture: Ensure we are living to our values and building a great culture; shape our people practices and policies to drive our aspirational culture; lead our culture survey implementation and action planning; ensure we have a healthy and engaging flexible, hybrid remote work environment
  • Talent Acquisition: Be accountable for our recruiting and hiring process and oversee its success
  • Onboarding: Lead our onboarding process for new employees to ensure an exception, inclusive and effective welcome.
  • Employee Relations: Establish a safe place for employees; provide career counseling, listen to and address feedback and concerns in a highly professional, confidential and people-centered manner
  • Learning & Growth: Manage and improve our career framework, talent reviews, promotion process, feedback process; support leadership development by coaching people managers; deliver learning & growth programs with exceptional value
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Serve as a key sponsor for our DEI vision; be accountable for people-related DEI goals and programs across the entire organization.

    Total Rewards: Own our total rewards program; manage our equitable and transparent salary structure; conduct salary reviews and annual market benchmarking

  • Organizational Design: Ensure we have an optimal organizational structure that helps us achieve our mission and strategic goals
  • Compliance: Maintain current knowledge of HR practices and regulations to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal employment laws


  • Social Impact: You are deeply passionate about social impact and eager to work in a sector that helps improve people’s lives.
  • Expertise in the People Function: You have a solid knowledge across all HR practices and in-depth expertise in at least a couple of them (e.g., talent development, total rewards, employee experience management, people operations). You are experienced at designing and implementing lightweight yet highly effective learning and growth programs and other core people practices (e.g., hiring, employee engagement) in pursuit of honoring an organization’s values and culture.
  • Collaboration: You are an exceptional teammate, with a no-task-is-too-small mentality in helping teams reach their goals. You build trusting partnerships in a cross-team environment to meet shared objectives.
  • Managing Diverse Relationships: You embrace and relate well to a wide variety of personalities, communication/thinking styles, cultures, backgrounds, and other qualities. You value differences and quickly find common ground, treating everyone fairly and equitably.
  • Professionalism and Integrity: You have unquestionable personal integrity and maintain a high level of professionalism and credibility throughout all of your communications and actions. People trust you to safeguard and keep confidential all sensitive information.
  • Planning and Aligning: Sets objectives to align with broader organizational goals; breaks down the bigger picture into smaller pieces and creates a path to accomplish the goal; stages activities with relevant milestones and schedules; anticipates and iterates effective plans; anticipates and proactively solves problems.
  • Employee Relations: Establish a safe place for employees; provide career counseling, listen to and address feedback and concerns in a highly professional, confidential and people-centered manner.
  • Culture Ambassador: You appreciate and role model our values (Impact, People, Experimentation, Learning, and Fun). You care deeply about diversity, equity, and inclusion and this guides your own behaviors as well as the strategies and programs that you develop and support.
  • Agile Learning: You are open to feedback and learn actively through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as growth opportunities.


  • Don't take a pay cut to do good in the world! We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, with competitive benefits: Medical, dental, vision, life, and short term + long term disability insurance, 401K + employer match, parking & commuter allowance, flexible PTO (non-accrued vacation), wellness/self-care stipends, Spotify premium accounts, and more
  • Be inspired by meaningful work: You will see and feel the tangible impact of your work on a daily basis
  • Travel the world: Everyone at Rippleworks has the opportunity for at least one international working trip a year to see our impact in the field. Our Study Abroad program funds personal learning experiences abroad for employees to better understand the different geographies, cultures, and sectors that we support. And we know travel can be tiring! Our No Place Like Home policy encourages employees to take a day off after Rippleworks-related travel to catch up on sleep, do some laundry, or spend some extra time with your family.
  • Kickstart your lifelong journey of giving back: Through our Community Grants program, employees have the opportunity to give a $50K grant to a local community nonprofit doing meaningful work in an area that the employee is passionate about. We also provide a $2,500 charitable donation match for financial and volunteer hour contributions.
  • A culture that values professional & personal growth: We provide an external professional coach for every team member who wants one and a learning budget to put towards professional development. We also hold monthly Lunch & Learns, monthly team-building, regular team celebrations (birthdays, milestones, anniversaries, holidays).
  • A diverse and inclusive workplace that actively seeks and attracts people from different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives
  • A flexible, hybrid remote work environment in which team members have flexible time off, set their own work hours, and decide whether to work remotely or in an office
  • A team of friends: We are a highly collaborative team that values learning together, recurring Slack jokes, and debating where to go to lunch (when we’re in person together!)


  • 8+ years of relevant work experience
  • Proven track record of leading a people function in a progressive, intimate/small team environment
  • Experience developing, leading, and communicating people processes and programs with a high-level of care and that results in a positive impact on the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a team of direct reports effectively as well as coach other managers on exceptional people management skills
  • Track record of impeccable judgment with the ability to engage and support others in a reliable and consistent way that fosters trust; knowledge of how to safeguard confidential and sensitive information
  • Authorized to work in the USA

To apply

Rippleworks Foundation

Who We Are

Rippleworks Foundation provides high-growth social ventures the practical support they need to improve more lives. Rippleworks’ programs directly support 200+ of the fastest growing, most impactful social ventures around the world, empowering entrepreneurial teams that are improving the lives of 216+ million people across 59 countries.

Rippleworks Projects: Rippleworks leads short-term, high-impact projects where social ventures tackle their top operational challenges by working alongside senior leaders with deeply relevant experience that come from some of the top companies globally.

Rippleworks Leaders Studio: Rippleworks designs and delivers expert-led learning programs designed specifically for social venture leaders. Rippleworks partners with leading industry executives to run interactive, results-driven learning programs where social venture leaders gain the critical skills they need to deliver impact at scale.

Rippleworks Capital: Rippleworks provides hard-to-find capital required for scale (grants and investments in the $1M-$3M range), and has distributed $40M+ to scaling social ventures since 2018.

We are a 25+ person team on a mission to help impactful ventures thrive. We strive to create the best possible workplace for purpose-driven professionals to make an outsized difference in the world: learning, growing, and having fun together along the way.

Rippleworks has been named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies (by Fast Company) and one of the world’s Best Workplaces for Innovators (by Fast Company and Accenture).

We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion at Rippleworks. Candidates from underrepresented minority groups (Black, Latinx, Native American or individuals with national origins from developing countries that reflect the communities we serve) are strongly encouraged to apply. Rippleworks also complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please email