Global Director, Global People Operations

Human Resources
Position Type
Jobs | Regular Full-Time

The Need

IJM is the global leader in protecting the poor from violence in the developing world. Our team of over 1,000 professionals are at work in over 25 offices. Together, we are catalyzing a global revolution that will rescue millions, protect half a billion, and make justice for the poor unstoppable.


Motivated by God’s call to seek justice for the oppressed, we believe that the way we work is as important as the results we achieve. We are a global community that cares for one another. We value joy and celebration, and we strive to provide professional excellence to all those we serve. 


After nearly two decades of continued growth and operational success in pioneering the work of protecting the poor from violence, IJM has become an $80 million organization with 1000 global employees. As IJM continues this trajectory of growth and scaling of its impact, IJM is seeking a People Operations Director to plan, lead, direct, develop, and coordinate the policies and activities of the Global People Operations function and ensure implementation of IJM’s people operations strategy.


This position reports to the Chief People Officer, who is located in the Washington DC area. This position location may be flexible for a period of time.


  • Develop and implement global people operations strategies and initiatives aligned with the overall organization vision and program goals resulting in high performance culture and increased employee engagement;
  • Oversee the planning and execution of Workday implementation, establish and maintain solid global HR operations processes and ensure staff, managers and HR are trained and equipped;
  • Lead the work of developing and implementing IJM’s global HR organizational model;
  • Create a collaborative and global working culture with IJM’s HR professionals;
  • Monitor overall HR strategies, systems, tactics and procedures and ensure legal compliance to nurture a positive working environment;
  • Ensure a culture of excellent HR support;
  • Proactively develop strategic partnership with senior management;
  • Serve as an active GPS leadership team member that takes responsibility for the whole; and
  • Hire and develop a team of highly competent employees that flourish in their roles.


  • Master’s degree in human resources or organizational development highly preferred;
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in the HR field and minimum of 5 years in a leadership position;
  • Extensive experience working in a global environment;
  • Ability to lead organizational transformation;
  • Demonstrated skills in strategic planning and management for results;
  • Ability to frequently travel to other offices within the region; and
  • Experience with HRIS implementation.


Critical Qualities:

  • Mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed;
  • Self-starter with strong initiative; 
  • Disciplined with priorities;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and self-awareness;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication;
  • Flexible, collaborative and eager to support others;
  • Effective team player who fosters collaborative environment; and
  • Adept at creative problem solving.


What does IJM have to offer?
- Comprehensive Medical/Dental/Vision benefits
- Monthly commuter and parking benefits
- Generous 6% retirement contribution
- Paid leave starting at 23 days
- 11 holidays (plus early release the day prior)
- Relocation reimbursement
- Daily, quarterly and annual community spiritual formation
- Robust staff care resources


Upload Resume, Cover Letter & Statement of Faith* in one document.

*What is a statement of faith?
A statement of faith should describe your Christian faith and how you see it as relevant to your involvement with IJM. The statement can either be incorporated into the cover letter or submitted as a separate document and should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, etc.) and your current fellowship or place of worship.


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