Chief Human Resources Officer

In this new position with Orbis, as the Chief Human Resources Officer, you will strengthen Orbis’s Global HR, people, and culture function to support the organization’s growth.

Chief Human Resources Officer

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Orbis International is an international non-profit that brings people together to fight avoidable blindness. Along with our network of partners, we mentor, train, and inspire local teams to fight blindness in their communities. Our values of Caring, Accountability, Commitment, Trust, and Excellence guide us in all we do.

In this new position at Orbis International, as the Chief Human Resources Officer, you will strengthen Orbis’ Global HR, people, and culture function. Based in our New York City headquarters you will lead and direct the Human Resources programs, policies, and practices in alignment with Orbis’s values and global strategy. This includes overall strategic Human Resources planning; talent acquisition, onboarding and retention; leadership readiness and succession planning; learning and development; employee engagement, communications, and relations; compensation and benefits, employee recognition, new people initiatives, change management and integration; risk management and compliance; Human Resources administration, database management and metrics, as well as policy and budget management. This role includes a 15% international travel commitment.

The Global HR Team at Orbis International partners with Orbis leadership and employees globally to attract, develop, motivate, and retain a diverse and quality workforce to fulfill Orbis’s mission and strategic goals while supporting the core Orbis values.


Reports to: CEO

Supervises: You will oversee a New York based team of five Human Resources staff and a group of HR Liaisons across the global Orbis offices. You will provide direct supervision, guidance, and mentorship to the Global HR Director and the Associate Director of Talent Management

Works with: You will collaborate closely with the members of the Executive Leadership Team and liaise with Orbis employees around the world.



  • Partner with the CEO and the Executive Leadership Team to ensure that talent plans equip Orbis to meet short and long-term strategic goals.
  • Participate in developing and implementing Orbis’s overall strategic objectives, priorities, plans, and initiatives. This will include the Orbis’s global Strategic Planning Initiative.
  • Position Orbis as an employer of choice, both internally and externally, through continuous performance improvement and employee engagement.
  • Provide the CEO and the Board with landscape analysis and requisite information on important HR considerations, metrics, and potential risks.


  • Lead the development of Orbis’s global Human Resources vision and strategy to effectively organize and leverage human capital and improve infrastructure, risk management, and operational efficiency.
  • Develop and execute best-in-class Human Resources strategies that align people with organizational goals to achieve and surpass targets.
  • Translate tactical business plans into people strategies and operational plans to shape a positive and high performing organizational culture responsive to the changing world around us.


  • Promote and strengthen a performance-driven, mission-aligned, and accountable organizational culture with the best practices competitors, external, and internal stakeholders will hold in high-regard.
  • Work collaboratively with the global team to seek diverse perspectives and ideas on special projects and initiatives with broad impact.
  • Promote a diverse and inclusive workplace that values individual and group differences. Ensure all employees, across a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, feel valued, welcome, integrated, and included in the Orbis workforce.
  • Serve as an ambassador for Orbis, representing and promoting it as an employer of choice. Ensure Orbis’ organizational culture is represented positively in the public arena, including articles/blogs, networking events, and public engagements. Address negative representations about Orbis in collaboration with the Orbis Communication team as appropriate.


  • Oversee the effective design, development, and implementation of a full spectrum of global Human Resources initiatives and programs, including talent acquisition and retention, talent management and development, benefits and compensation, people analytics, ethics and compliance programs, employee relations, and other key areas necessary to ensure a positive employee experience.
  • Provide thought leadership on organizational culture shifts that best support growth and maximize results.
  • Continuously monitor, review, and discern internal organizational skill and competency needs, as well as external factors impacting performance, to ensure processes are in place that support organizational development and growth.
  • Prioritize staff development and people management. Create staff planning models to identify competency, knowledge, and talent gaps, and develop programs to fill these gaps. Focus areas will include strategic advisement on organizational development, structure and people forecasting in support of organizational strategies, talent management and succession planning for key contributor and management positions, and training and development programs to prepare employees for increasing responsibilities.
  • Conduct critical human capital analyses of the business. Continually measure the competitiveness of all programs and practices against the relevant and comparable organizations, industries, markets, and trends. Develop progressive and proactive compensation and benefits programs to provide motivation, incentives, and rewards for effective performance.
  • Oversee global Human Resources operations to ensure current best practices including efficiency, responsiveness, high quality service delivery, consistency, and compliance with local laws.


  • Conduct effective risk management of Orbis Human Resources programs and initiatives, as well as policies and systems.
  • Effectively manage all ethics and compliance complaints, whether reported through the Ethics Hotline, directly to Human Resources or an Orbis staff member, or through word of mouth.
  • Monitor and report on key Human Resources compliance matters by maintaining Orbis’s Risk Register.
  • Participate as a member of the Risk Management Committee.
  • Alert the CEO and Executive Leadership Team about potential Human Resources liabilities and prepare and implement mitigation strategies and plans. Collaborate closely with Orbis’ Chief Legal and
  • Compliance Officer and Orbis pro-bono external employment legal counsel.
  • Conduct periodic check and balance assessments to ensure accuracy and effectiveness of Human Resources staff. Conduct internal audits of policy and standards compliance as needed.
  • Collaborate and liaise with Orbis’ internal and external auditors to guarantee effective compliance and controls for the organization.


  • Strategic & Innovative: You have excellent strategic ability, drive, ambition, determination, and a proven ability to create and inspire necessary levels of innovation and impact across an organization. You effectively apply data to increase organizational capacity.
  • Results Oriented: You have a proven ability to translate vision into actionable, quantitative plans, and a record of setting and achieving ambitious targets. You design and execute initiatives and projects to completion and ensure your business unit operates with the greatest efficiency. You possess a high degree of energy, endurance, and resilience to persevere when faced with challenges.
  • Effective Communicator: You have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, able to connect with external and internal stakeholders of diverse seniority, background, and culture with professionalism and emotional intelligence. You can successfully mediate conflict in varying situations and expertly manage efficient resolution of employee issues through proactive engagement. You also possess strong presentation, speaking, written, and verbal/nonverbal skills.
  • Team player: You are a collaborative, influential, and motivational leader. You have a positive track record of cross-functional work with legal, finance, operations, development, program, and communication teams. You have previous experience driving people performance in a matrixed organization. You contribute as a high-level business partner as a member of the leadership team.
  • Supervisor & Mentor: You are a strong Human Resources mentor who instills and advances a coaching culture throughout the organization’s teams and management.
  • Confidentiality & Integrity: You can balance transparency and discretion in accordance with strict confidentiality rules. You serve as a trusted resource for team members at every level of the organization.
  • Inclusive: You work well in an international, multi-cultural environment, able to appropriately adjust to cultural differences, embrace diversity, and ensure an inclusive organizational culture.


  • Technical experience: You have experience in complex organizations with comparable scale and international presence. As a HR, people, and culture generalist, your expertise encompasses organizational design and strategy; talent assessment, selection, acquisition and retention; talent/performance management; compensation and rewards management; learning and development; management coaching and strategic advising; and Human Resources compliance, operations, and data management. You are proficient in Microsoft Office, Human Resources databases, and intranet tools.
  • Education & Training: You have 15+ years’ Human Resources experience in roles of increasing responsibility, including several years as a senior executive reporting directly to the CEO and the Board of Directors. A Bachelor’s degree in organizational development, psychology, business, or Human Resources is required, and a master’s degree with a Human Resources-related focus is desirable.
  • Ability to Travel: 15% travel domestically and internationally
  • Location: The successful candidate will be based in the NYC metro area.

Orbis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As a global organization, we welcome qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds and cultures who reflect the five Orbis values of Trust, Caring, Commitment, Accountability, and Excellence.

Koya Leadership Partners has been engaged by Orbis International to advise in this pivotal leadership hire. Leading this search is Nicole Kamaleson, Managing Director of the Global Practice. If you are ready to submit your completed application, kindly submit both your compelling cover letter.

Only completed applications, with both CV/resume and cover letter, will be presented to Orbis.

Chief Human Resources Officer

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