Sr. Human Resources Specialist
Professional Development Coordinator, Population Education
Member Relations Coordinator
Paid Fellowships

Sr. Human Resources Specialist

Population Connection (formerly ZPG) is a national non-profit membership organization that works to mobilize broad public support for a sustainable balance of the Earth’s people, environment, and resources.

We seek an experienced Sr. HR Specialist to establish and oversee a one-person HR office for 40+ employees in a midsize nonprofit. The Sr. HR Specialist is supervised by the CFO, and may supervise an assistant. The Specialist will work in our Washington, DC, office, conveniently located between Farragut North and Foggy Bottom Metros.

S/he will also oversee HR matters in our San Diego and Arkansas offices.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining all employee-related records pertaining to background investigations; hiring; promotion; terminating, etc.
  • Developing and updating personnel policies and handbook.
  • Onboarding new hires and informing current staff about staff training, benefits, schedules, working conditions, employee development, etc.
  • Organizing open enrollment process and administering benefits, including maintaining reports.
  • Compiling HR data required by local and federal agencies.
  • Managing the performance evaluation process.
  • Recommending, creating, and leading trainings on employment-related topics, safety, sexual harassment, etc. as needed to ensure a safe, healthy, and diverse work environment.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Current PHR/SPHR certification required.
  • At least 5 years’ experience as an HR specialist or HR generalist in a nonprofit or government agency.
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and local existing and proposed laws/regulations affecting human resources management. Ability to interpret appropriate laws and policies and ability to advise management and employees accordingly.
  • Committed to the pro-choice agenda and progressive values.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Proven organizational and management ability.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment

Salary and Benefits: Population Connection offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package that includes health and dental coverage, paid vacation and sick leave, paid family leave, and a 401k match.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Employment offers are contingent upon a clear background check.

Please submit a resume and well-written cover letter to hr_positions@populationconnection.org. We will contact only those applicants who will be interviewed. No phone calls or walk-ins.

Population Connection is an equal opportunity employer.


Professional Development Coordinator, Population Education

Population Education, a program of Population Connection, is the only national program with a strong emphasis on curriculum and professional development for K-12 educators that focuses on human population issues and their effects on the environment and society.

The Professional Development Coordinator works to research, market, organize and present teacher training workshops, with a specific emphasis on professional development workshops for current teachers. The Professional Development Coordinator will also coordinate and promote an online course for teachers.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Conduct outreach and market professional development workshops to schools, school districts and nonformal educational institutions. This includes identifying and compiling appropriate marketing leads and audiences.
  • Research state and district-level requirements for continuing education credits to better market PD workshops.
  • Cultivate relationships with key school and district staff and build partnerships.
  • Identify and arrange details for Population Education hosted workshops in target areas for local educators.
  • Coordinate with other Population Education staff to identify and work with local trainers on PD workshops.
  • Research state level CEU provider requirements and complete necessary applications so Population Education workshops can be offered, with credit, in those states.
  • Coordinate and promote an online graduate-level course for teachers offered through an accredited university.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Organize, coordinate and present hands-on workshops throughout the U.S. for current and future teachers.
  • Help maintain and update the program website with current workshop information and new blog posts.
  • Staff exhibit booths at education conventions.
  • Contribute to the development of new curriculum materials and projects, such as writing classroom lesson plans, student readings and web-based resources.


  • B.A. or B.S. and at least three years of relevant professional experience (teaching, program administration, marketing). Experience organizing and/or running professional development sessions strongly preferred.
  • Self-starter with the creativity and resourcefulness to find new opportunities and implement new projects.
  • Knowledgeable about current trends in K-12 education.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to juggle many tasks at once and meet strict deadlines.
  • Skill and experience in public speaking.
  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for environmental, population and reproductive health issues.
  • Ability to travel independently to facilitate workshops in different parts of North America.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package including health, dental, 401K and flexible spending account.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Employment offers are contingent upon a clear background check.

To apply: Send resume and cover letter to Pam Wasserman, Senior Vice President for Education at pam@popconnect.org. Population Connection is an equal opportunity employer.


Member Relations Coordinator

Population Connection seeks a new Membership Relations Coordinator to support our members in raising awareness about global population growth and the need for increased family planning options worldwide.

The Membership Relations Coordinator will serve in a pivotal role. As part of the Marketing, Development, and Membership team, the Membership Relations Coordinator will pursue shared goals in membership recruitment and retention.

If you’re the right candidate, then you’ll be eager to speak on the phone daily to recruit, train, and manage members who will be tabling at local festivals; hosting film screenings; hosting Population Connection speakers for their community groups; writing Letters to the Editor; or distributing our magazine.

You’ll be integral to maintaining and growing Population Connection’s thriving membership base of 40,000 as the main point of contact for many of our most dedicated members.

Most importantly, you will be committed to improving global access to reproductive health care and to preserving our environment. You’ll be able to work from our San Diego, CA office.

About Population Connection

Founded in 1968 and based in Washington, DC, Population Connection is the national grassroots organization seeking to end rapid global population growth. Rapid population growth harms and endangers the lives of women and children around the world and contributes to climate change, over-consumption of natural resources, biodiversity loss, and a host of other environmental problems.

To achieve a sustainable balance between people and our planet, Population Connection advocates at the highest levels of government for universal, affordable access to modern contraception and basic reproductive health care. We work closely with our sister organization, Population Connection Action Fund, to advocate for increased U.S. investments in global family planning programs and to remove barriers preventing health care providers abroad from accessing U.S. aid—such as Trump’s Global Gag Rule. In addition, our Population Education program trains more than 12,000 teachers and reaches three million students to help young people understand how population growth impacts our environment and human well-being.

Activities include:

  • Calling on members most likely to be interested in local volunteerism
  • Developing relationships with involved members and serving as a regular point of contact
  • Providing training and tools to members and volunteers so that they may succeed in sharing Population Connection’s mission, vision, and goals
  • Designing and distributing Population Connection materials to raise awareness and recruit new members
  • Working with members to draft and track letters-to-the-editor, flyers, talking points, presentations, and other materials for their local use
  • Recording all contacts in our database to develop and increase the number of members who are willing to take action
  • Supporting the Development team with joint initiatives to cultivate our most committed members
  • Facilitating communication and support from other program areas

Desired qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent experience)
  • One-year track record of similar experience (supporting progressive grassroots outreach, volunteerism, membership relations, advocacy)
  • Highly motivated, self-starter, enthusiastic
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to manage multiple deadline-driven projects and events
  • Comfortable cultivating relationships with volunteers over the phone
  • Strong computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel); experience with databases a plus (Blackbaud Luminate, Merkle MoneyMaker)
  • Able to travel as needed
  • Demonstrated interest in global population, reproductive health, and environmental issues; comfortable discussing the connections between these.
  • Supportive of Population Connection’s progressive mission and 100% pro-choice.

To apply:
Email your resume, cover letter, and a recent writing sample to Shauna Scherer at shauna@popconnect.org. Refer to Membership Relations Coordinator in your subject line.

Paid Fellowships

Population Connection offers fellowships in Washington, D.C. for recent college graduates and graduate students with a special interest in population issues. Each fellow has a responsible role working with a specific department and becomes an essential part of that department’s staff.

Email cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample (1-3 pages) to fellowships@populationconnection.org.

Fellowships are full-time. Compensation is $1,500 (before taxes), paid every two weeks. Fellows earn 3 hours of annual leave and 7 hours of sick leave per pay period. Full medical and dental insurance coverage is offered to fellows who are permanent residents or citizens of the United States.



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