Apr 12, 2023

Chief People Officer,

  • LeaderFit
  • Hybrid (Washington D.C., DC, USA)
Full-Time Other

Job Description

About World Central Kitchen

Founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) is a nonprofit organization that is first to the frontlines providing fresh meals in response to crises, while working to build resilient food systems with locally led solutions. Applying our model of quick action, leveraging local resources, and adapting in real time, WCK has served more than 300 million nourishing meals around the world. 

WCK is a rapidly growing organization that has scaled from a $4m organization in 2017 to ending the 2022 fiscal year as a $530m organization. The impact and financial scale of WCK can increase and decrease year over year depending on the disasters and crises we are responding to. WCK is responding to disasters and crises in greater numbers and with greater complexities, such as the war in Ukraine.

About the Chief People Officer Position

World Central Kitchen (WCK) is seeking a Chief People Officer to join its Executive Team. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief People Officer will oversee and grow the team responsible for all people-related activities across WCK. This position is intended to be hybrid, based in Washington DC, with 1-2 days on-site per week.

This role is a critical part of the Executive Team, providing guidance on organizational leadership, global HR systems and practices, organizational culture, and staff wellness. The ideal candidate will be driven by a belief that great people and HR systems are the foundation upon which organizations achieve their missions and will also bring an unwavering commitment to helping people on the frontlines of international crises and disasters.  Further, the ideal candidate is equipped to provide support to staff members, volunteers, and contractors, deploying quickly around the world.          

This role requires a leader with 15+ years of experience building teams and fostering staff well-being for an international organization, preferably one working on the frontlines. The ideal candidate should have a deep understanding of what it takes to work in partnership across a rapidly growing organization to drive change and possess a passion for wellness and creating a healthy work environment for staff, contractors, and volunteers.  In addition, the ideal candidate will be able to serve as a key thought partner to the CEO on people and wellness strategy as well as day-to-day challenges that arise with a workforce deployed on international frontlines of crisis and disaster.

WCK currently has 95 full-time staff and a global network of tens of thousands of volunteers and contractors. If you have experience working in a mission-driven organization and are committed to making a difference by creating strong employee experiences through a focus on both individual team member growth as well as broader organization health - then this is the job for you!


Key responsibilities include


  • Lead the creation and execution of WCK’s People & Wellness strategy.

  • Design a People & Wellness team structure and work with existing and new talent to implement this strategy.     

Culture, Engagement, and Wellness

  • Lead diversity, equity, and inclusion by ensuring a safe and inclusive working environment through supporting activities, policies, and processes. Promote employee engagement and holistic wellness through innovative programs, ongoing feedback mechanisms, and training initiatives.     

  • Develop and implement a wellness practice that cares for staff and centers wellbeing across the continuum of their career with WCK.

Growth and Change

  • Lead all efforts related to organization team growth, including the recruiting and onboarding process for a rapidly growing organization, with a lens on equity and inclusion.

  • Collaborate with the CEO on change management as WCK continues to grow and evolve.

  • Leverage technology to scale human resources initiatives.

Performance and Workforce Planning

  • Oversee the performance management and professional development processes, focusing on regular feedback and opportunities for growth.    

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive total rewards strategy to ensure compensation practices that are competitive and aligned with the strategy.  

Compliance and Safety

  • Ensure compliance with local, state, federal, and international employment laws real-time as disasters occur, and staff is quickly deployed to different states and around the world.   

  • Based on WCK experience, develop a playbook of key questions and challenges that should be proactively addressed before staff deploy that ensure the safety, security, and well-being of WCK staff.

Hiring Organization

World Central Kitchen


  • Bachelor’s degree with 15 years of progressive HR leadership, with prior executive-level experience, preferably within international contexts.

  • SHRM-SCP, GPHR, SPHR, and/or other HR certifications strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated track record of thriving in a fast-paced environment with staff, contractors, and volunteers.

  • Demonstrated track record of developing a strategic vision and execution through hands-on engagement with team and stakeholders.

  • Experience effectively leading, managing, and supporting diverse, multicultural, and multinational teams.

  • Experience working with a wide variety of vendors, from contract negotiation through design, implementation, and ongoing project management.

  • Strong background in employee relations, including leadership development and performance management.

  • Knowledge and experience in relevant regulatory compliance.

  • Experience leveraging HR technology to scale organizational operations.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, second languages highly appreciated.

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The salary range for this role is $175-195K.

  • Fully paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employees and their dependents within 30 days

  • 403(b) retirement account with 50% match up to 8% of employee salary deferrals within 30 days

  • 100% employer-sponsored group life and disability insurance within 30 days

  • Responsible/Unlimited Paid Time Off policy

WCK is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusion and diversity and ensuring equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other protected characteristics.

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the United States. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of employment at this time.

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