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NoVo is hiring: Director of Organizational Support and Development

19 May 2017



The NoVo Foundation is hiring a Director of Organizational Support and Development.


Established in 2006 by Jennifer and Peter Buffett, NoVo Foundation (NoVo) is a private foundation whose mission is to foster a transformation from a world of domination and exploitation to one of collaboration and partnership.  NoVo believes a new code of behavior is possible, where we are all linked and not ranked; envisions a world that is governed by principles of mutual respect, collaboration, and civic participation; and works to help create the conditions for that new code to arise and support others to participate

NoVo has a staff of 26 and made grants totaling over $100 million in 2016.  Current programmatic interests include Advancing Adolescent Girls’ Rights, Ending Violence Against Women, Advancing Social and Emotional Learning, Promoting Local Living Economies, and Supporting Indigenous Communities in North America.

NoVo continues to grow in scale and complexity and is seeking a Director of Organizational Support and Development.  This is a new position and will be based in NoVo’s office in New York City.

Position Overview

The Director of Organizational Support and Development is a new position which will contribute to NoVo’s work by ensuring the Foundation maintains and enhances its dynamic and supportive staff culture, promotes excellent leadership and management practices for NoVo team members, manages recruitment and development of new staff; promotes a learning environment where all staff members can grow, and supports organizational development.

The Director will report to the Executive Director and be part of NoVo’s senior management. The Director will develop a comprehensive approach to staff and organizational development which ensures rigorous alignment with NoVo’s values and creates conditions for staff to thrive and the Foundation to meet its ambitious goals and advance its social justice mission.

The successful candidate will be highly flexible and creative with a deep commitment  to the Foundation’s mission and values.  They will have solid experience with multiple human resources disciplines, a strong strategic orientation, deep collaborative experience, an aptitude for fostering caring and collaborative environments, and a deep and demonstrable commitment to justice and equity, including in the workplace.

Key Responsibilities

The Director will be expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:

Organizational Development, Culture, and Values

  • Support a highly collaborative workplace culture that reflects NoVo’s social justice values; work with NoVo’s leadership to embody and champion NoVo’s culture and values;
  • Work with managers to identify staff learning needs and develop training and development plans to address knowledge and performance gaps through internal and external activities including roundtables, conferences and individualized opportunities; improve staff’s access and exposure to best practices and training;
  • Grow and maintain a program of employee events and communications that nurture productivity, effectiveness, and happiness;
  • Partner with Foundation staff to design and lead the annual staff retreat to reinforce NoVo’s culture and values;
  • Help shape the vision for and experience of NoVo’s geographically dispersed work environment to ensure alignment with NoVo’s culture and values;

Recruitment and Staff Development

  • Develop and formalize recruiting and on-boarding processes, including the development of position descriptions and drafting of relevant recruitment guidelines and protocols;
  • Identify and manage external recruiters as needed; promote rigorous selection practices to enable NoVo to consistently hire outstanding talent;
  • Promote values and practices that result in a dynamic and inclusive workforce, including practices for developing diverse candidate pools and creating and sustaining an equitable and vibrant workplace;
  • Improve current performance management and evaluation systems;
  • Regularly coach and support staff; enhance opportunities across the organization for leadership development and learning;

Compensation, Benefits, Policies and Procedures

  • Conduct regular compensation benchmarking to ensure that staff are equitably compensated; ensure compensation policies, practices, and systems are up to date and best in class;
  • Apply a creative and resourceful approach to ensure NoVo’s human resources policies and procedures are aligned with NoVo’s values, as well as in compliance with legal requirements and best practices.

Internal Communication

  • Ensure strong internal communication among staff; work closely with staff to ensure the flow of relevant information and encourage coordination between and among teams;
  • Cultivate the use of communications tools and practices that enhance collaboration, thoughtful planning, and excellent decision making;

Ideal Experience, Qualifications, and Attributes

  • A demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of NoVo Foundation; the ability to clearly articulate and demonstrate the Foundation’s values and beliefs and reflect its strategic and organizational interests;
  • At least 10 years of experience providing comprehensive strategic human resources and organizational development leadership ideally gained in an organization with a reputation for innovative human resources practices;
  • Well-developed organizational development and coaching skills;
  • Well-developed strategic thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Some experience with and understanding of the non-profit sector generally and philanthropy, specifically, is an asset; experience helping guide the strategic growth of a nonprofit is highly desirable;
  • Familiarity with anti-oppression frameworks and social justice movements;
  • Able to prioritize and manage multiple competing priorities;
  • Trustworthy, with excellent judgment and discretion;
  • Resourceful, creative, curious, with a sense of humor and humility;
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent experience is required; a graduate level degree in a relevant field is preferred.

To apply for the position: please submit a substantive cover letter describing your interest in the position and your fit with the qualifications, as well as a current resume, to jobs@novofoundation.org.

NoVo Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity (“EEO”) laws.  NoVo Foundation strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, height and/or weight, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, partnership status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military status, arrest record and any other characteristic protected by law.