The JPB Foundation seeks a senior leader with a passion for building effective, equitable organizations to serve as our Vice President, People and Culture, a position essential to supporting our expanded strategic direction. The VP will oversee our efforts to attract, hire, develop, and retain the people we need, and more broadly will ensure that we have the capacity and culture to meet our ambitious aims. Given the central importance of this role, the VP will report directly to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President and will serve as a critical member of the Organizational Leadership Team.

Responsibilities
The VP, People and Culture ensures that the Foundation remains a highly effective, equitable organization as we grow and evolve. Specific responsibilities may change over time but will include:

  1. Talent acquisition – Oversee our efforts to identify needs, develop roles, and recruit and select great candidates to fill them.
  2. Development and growth – Strengthen our formal systems and day-to-day practices for ensuring members of our team constantly learn and improve in their roles.
  3. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging – Work closely with other members of our senior team to ensure that we create an environment in which individuals from all backgrounds thrive.
  4. Cultural stewardship – Help us better articulate the culture we aspire to build and then lead us in inculcating and reinforcing that culture.
  5. Performance management – Oversee and refine the systems through which we create individual accountability; support managers in having effective conversations with their team members about their performance; and ensure we retain team members who perform and contribute at a high level and generate improvement or transitions in other cases.
  6. Compensation and benefits design and administration – Oversee the work of the Senior HR Generalist to ensure the smooth functioning of day-to-day HR systems and related functions, and maintain and evolve our compensation structure and package of employee benefits.
  7. Developing the role and team – Identify and pursue other ways in which the People and Culture team can contribute to the Foundation’s success and build out the team as needed, possibly adding one or more members to the current two-person team structure.

Qualifications
We are open to candidates from a range of backgrounds. Most importantly, we seek an extremely competent generalist who brings a deep understanding of and passion for building high-performing, equitable, and diverse organizations from having personally built and led one or more organizations or significant portions of them. Ideally, the candidate would also bring grounding in the fields whose work the Foundation seeks to support. The VP need not necessarily bring prior experience working directly in Human Resources, Talent, or a related area, though we of course welcome applicants with that experience.

More specifically we seek someone with:

  • Strong instincts and insights, grounded in experience, on the practices and systems required to build, sustain, and grow high-performing organizations;
  • Deep commitment to equitable practices and to the importance of racial, gender, and other forms of diversity, grounded in personal and/or professional experiences;
  • Significant experience (~7 years or more) managing and leading at a senior level;
  • Ideally, experience working in the fields the Foundation currently supports or in adjacent sectors of the social justice community;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build relationships and trust, have difficult conversations, and collaborate effectively across all levels of the organization;
  • The ability to move work forward quickly and effectively, knowing when to bring an entrepreneurial, “get things done” approach and when to “move fast by moving slow;”
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills, outstanding judgment and maturity, and adaptability in an ever-changing environment; and
  • Deep commitment to advancing the Foundation’s mission and to exemplifying values like strategic rigor, performance excellence, equity, creativity, collaboration, and compassion.

About JPB
JPB’s mission is to help people who have been denied power to build it, so they can change unjust systems and create a more democratic, inclusive, and sustainable society. We are dedicated to long-lasting, systemic change. That means we commit to our partners for the long haul, trusting in the strength and vision of the organizations we support to address some of our country’s most entrenched problems. Over the last 10 years, JPB has grown to be one of the largest US foundations, awarding over $300 million in grants each year.

Salary & Benefits
The starting salary range for this position is $270,000 - $300,000 annually. JPB offers an extensive and generous benefits package including health insurance (with 100% of the premiums paid for employees, spouses, domestic partners, and qualified family members), paid time off (including last week of the year), 401(k) retirement plan with 12% employer contribution, and access to an inclusive family building reimbursement plan. JPB provides up to $5,000 annually for professional development and the ability to recommend an annual grant of $20,000 to the nonprofit of your choice.

Working with JPB
We believe that diversity is critical to our mission, and we value an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences related to our programs and applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals. The JPB Foundation is an equal opportunity employer; we do not discriminate in employment based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age or sexual orientation.

The JPB Foundation is based in Manhattan, NY. JPB staff operates on a hybrid schedule and currently work from the NYC office three days weekly, with the flexibility to work remotely two days weekly.

To Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the foundation’s work and this position. We will review applications on a rolling basis and encourage candidates to apply by May 17, 2024 for priority consideration. As part of your application, please share a brief response (3-5 sentences) to the question in the form below about the highest performing organization you have worked in and what factors contributed to its success. If you don’t feel that you’ve worked in such environments, please share your brief thoughts on indicators of high performance in an organization and what it takes to achieve it. Applications should be submitted via the form on this site, but you can reach out to Callie Carroll at callie@clcendeavors.com with any questions.

The targeted starting salary range for this position listed below is based on experience:
Position pay range
$270,000$300,000 USD

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