Vice President – Talent & Organizational Effectiveness

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is one of the world’s largest international humanitarian non-governmental organizations (INGO), at work in more than 40 countries and more than 25 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. A force for humanity, IRC employees delivers lasting impact by restoring safety, dignity and hope to millions. If you’re a solutions-driven, passionate change-maker, come join us in positively impacting the lives of millions of people world-wide for a better future.

Job Overview

The Vice President of Talent & Organizational Effectiveness is a pivotal leadership position, blending innovative strategic oversight with hands-on operational acumen to reshape and enhance our organizational structure and talent management strategies. This role is at the forefront of driving IRCs productivity and efficiency, aligning with our Strategy 100 to position ourselves as an employer of choice. Tasked with the development and execution of integrated talent and organizational development strategies, the VP will lead a comprehensive suite of initiatives across talent acquisition and onboarding, learning and development, performance management, manager and leadership development, succession planning, organization design and effectiveness, and talent analytics. By attracting, developing, retaining top talent and fine-tuning organizational processes, this position plays a critical role in ensuring IRCs workforce’s alignment with strategic objectives and culture, driving excellence and efficiency across all levels of the organization.

Key Responsibilities

• Spearhead the design and implementation of organization-wide talent and organization effectiveness initiatives.

• Develop and implement strategies to streamline processes and systems to enhance operational efficiency that ensures IRC is optimally positioned to respond to global challenges swiftly and effectively.

• Lead the design and implementation of an integrated talent management strategy and operating model that reinforces the organizations talent philosophy, connects related talent programs, processes, and practices, and facilitates integrated strategic planning.

• Optimize design, delivery and impact of talent management programs and processes in a manner that drives growth through talent and performance, with a balanced approach to building, buying, and borrowing critical skills and capabilities, and building diverse talent pipelines and pools for critical roles.

• Influence the adoption of a growth mindset anchored in learning and application and a talent-first culture with managers and leaders committed to and accountable for talent identification, development, internal mobility, succession management and employee retention.

• Provide leadership on people and culture implication of organizational change, leveraging leading-edge organization design and change management to unlock organizational performance and effectiveness.


• 15+ years of functional leadership experience in a complex, global environment.

• 5+ years in a comparable leadership position.

• Demonstrated expertise in integrated talent management, organizational design and transformation, operational efficiency, and engagement models aligned with organizational strategies preferably in an international NGO or complex global organization.

• Proven track record of improving organizational effectiveness and efficiency in a complex, international environment.

• Exceptional leadership and communication skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate teams across cultures and geographies.

• Experience in change management and the ability to navigate and lead through ambiguity and change.

• Proficient in the use of data analytics and performance metrics to drive decision-making and organizational improvements.

• Fluency in English required; proficiency in at least one other relevant language (French, Arabic, Spanish, etc.) is a plus.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: SVP, People and Culture

Position directly supervises: Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, OD & Transformation

Working Environment:

• Combination of standard office working environment and working remotely (i.e., telecommuting). Applicants must have a home or alternate workspace so they can effectively complete their work during regularly scheduled work hours.

• Some international travel as needed up to 30%


Posted pay ranges apply to US and UK-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.

US Benefits:

The IRC offers a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. All US employees are eligible for sick time, a 403b retirement savings plans: up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus an 3-7% additional IRC contribution, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

In addition, full-time employees are eligible for 10 US paid holidays, 20-25 paid time off days, disability & life insurance, medical, dental, and vision insurance (employee contribution starting at $135, $7, and $5 per month respectively) and FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs. Part-time employees are eligible for a proportionate amount of paid time off. These additional benefits apply to employees who work at least 6 months within a 12 month time period.

Standard of Professional Conduct: The IRC and the IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality.

Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: The IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of the IRC persons in any work setting. We aim to increase the representation of women, people that are from country and communities we serve, and people who identify as races and ethnicities that are under-represented in global power structures.

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