Chief People Officer, National Kidney Foundation

Wage Category: $200,000- $220,000

The Chief People Officer (CPO) provides strategic leadership to the business and drives key staff initiatives. This leader will be responsible for ensuring that NKF has the people, the culture, and the diversity to deliver on the organization’s mission. The CPO is responsible for optimizing all people-centered activities and will be responsible for the success of all areas within the human resources area, including culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion, talent recruitment and retention, compensation and benefits, management, training and development, organizational development, and internal communications. The CPO will report to the Chief Executive Officer, serve on the senior management team, and lead a team of professional staff.

Principal Duties And Responsibilities

Culture and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The CPO will ensure that NKF’s commitment to culture and diversity, equity, and inclusion is reflected throughout the organization in both staff and volunteer positions by:

  • Creating and implementing an organizational strategy that results in a culture at NKF that values equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Building upon the work that has been done with internal communications.
  • Continuing to develop and implement recruitment and hiring practices that advance NKF’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Helping to communicate and uphold the organization’s values and ensure that they come through in all key initiatives and people-oriented decisions.
  • Partnering with the senior management team and staff to ensure that program development and implementation benefits all NKF constituencies and promotes health equity.
  • Developing and overseeing equity, diversity, and inclusion training across the organization, including local offices and new staff and board member orientation; and
  • Partnering with local offices and local Boards of Directors to support their oversight of NKF’s organizational goals in equity, diversity and inclusion.

Human Resources

The CPO will lead and oversee NKF’s HR operations including:

  • Recruitment, onboarding, and retention of talent.
  • Developing our Internal Communications team.
  • Employee education, training, mentoring, and professional development.
  • Creating performance and development plans for top performers.
  • Implementing a performance management system that assists employees in reaching and exceeding individual and organizational goals.
  • Ensuring that NKF’s employee benefits program supports recruitment and retention of talent.
  • Ensuring that NKF offers appropriate and competitive compensation across all levels of the organization.
  • Ensure HR department has the tools and resources it needs to be successful.
  • Ensure the NKF complies with federal, state and local labor laws and regulations, such as ADA, EEO, Wage and Hour laws, OSHA, FLSA, FMLA, COBRA, ERISA, HIPAA, etc.
  • Provide strategic leadership for HR policies and procedures, including organizational effectiveness, employee relations.


  • Develop key performance indicators to measure organizational performance; and
  • Mentor fellow colleagues/managers and develop leadership bench strength capable of addressing the challenges of a highly dynamic organization;


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university.  Graduate degree preferred.
  • Minimum 12-15 years work-related experience in HR/talent management and diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Demonstrated experience in:
    • leading all aspects of human resources
    • leading organizational reviews focused on deepening commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience working with volunteers and boards of directors.
  • SHRM-SCP or other professional Certification preferred.
  • Team player
  • Has a deep commitment to health equity
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, organization and managerial skills

More Information


Must have unimpeachable integrity and trustworthiness and possess a high degree of tact, discretion and professionalism. Verbal and written communication skills will be used daily. Maintains effectiveness under pressure. Maintain effectiveness even under pressure.  Competency in use of a multiple line telephone, personal computer, and other standard office equipment.  Flexible for business travel, as needed. Flexible to work evenings and weekends when needed.


At the National Kidney Foundation diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to kidney health and kidney disease prevention. It is the policy of NKF to provide equality of employment opportunity regardless of race, creed, color, qualified handicap or disability, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age, gender, political affiliation or veteran status, or any other factor or reason prohibited by relevant local, state, and federal fair employment laws.

The Equal Employment Opportunity policy will apply to all employment practices of NKF including, but not limited to recruitment, hiring, promotion, training, compensation, benefits, layoffs, transfers, and discipline. Implementation of the Equal Employment Opportunity policy is the shared responsibility of the management of NKF.

The salary range and/or hourly rate listed is a good faith determination of potential base compensation that may be offered to a successful applicant for this position at the time of this job advertisement and may be modified in the future. When determining a team member’s base salary and/or rate, several factors may be considered as applicable (e.g., location, specialty, service line, years of relevant experience, education, credentials, negotiated contracts, budget and internal equity.