About The Climate + Clean Energy Equity Fund
The Climate + Clean Energy Equity Fund (The Equity Fund) is building the multi-state infrastructure and community power needed for climate action and to create an equitable clean energy future. The Equity Fund is strategically building power by:
- Investing in the leadership and organizing of diverse communities (Black, Latinx, AAPI, Indigenous people, and communities bearing the brunt of climate change);
- Engaging voters in these communities through nonpartisan civic engagement campaigns; and
- Winning climate and clean energy policy solutions that reflect the priorities of communities and advance racial, economic, and environmental justice.
Founded in 2016, The Equity Fund is already partnering with organizations in 13 states (Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia), and will expand its reach to additional states in the coming years.
The Equity Fund is a conduit for foundations and donors to partner and support grassroots organizations across the country. Because of its expertise and deep relationships with community-led groups working at the intersection of climate change, racial justice, and economic equity, it can identify and nurture local grantee partners that have large-scale bases of members and track records of winning policy victories in their cities and states. The Equity Fund shares lessons learned from their grantee partners so that foundations and donors can better understand how grassroots groups are building power to advance climate solutions and then develop and coordinate funding strategies that will have the greatest results.
For more information on The Equity Fund please visit its website at https://www.theequityfund.org/
The Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Culture plays a critical role in leading and providing oversight in the areas of Operational Leadership, Organizational Development, and Culture & Change Management, and IT infrastructure for optimizing organizational effectiveness. The new hire will play a key role in shaping and building culture by collaborating with leadership, and by deploying systems and processes for CCEEF to become a high-functioning organization in alignment with its values. Expertise in organizational development and change management frameworks, facilitation skills and knowledge of human resource systems for organizational culture building are key to the success in this role. This role will serve as a problem solver who puts people and culture first through programs, processes and systems that help our employees thrive professionally and personally.
The Director will work closely with the Executive Team (ET), Management Team (MT), organizational units, consultants, and subject-matter experts to identify, develop, effectively communicate and deploy new processes to enhance capabilities across the organization. They will report to the Chief Operations Officer and provide leadership, direct supervision, and support to a team of two direct reports: an HR Manager and an Operations Manager.
The Director will be responsible for the following:
Organizational Development, Culture & Change Management
- Assist COO and Equity Fund leaders in planning and implementing operational policies and goals for enhanced effectiveness.
- Establish, execute and monitor leadership development strategy and framework, and management effectiveness tools and support strategies across the organization.
- Consult with senior leaders and collaborate cross-functionally with key stakeholders and HR partners.
- Provide leadership and effective management of department staff to influence staff commitment to the organization, to the team culture, and to their work.
- Collaborate with internal and external subject matter/content experts, partners and vendors to create and design new content, tools and learning solutions to meet leadership capabilities/needs.
- Oversee technical execution of performance management systems and maximize technology to achieve business results.
- Align leadership development strategies to the organizational strategy and long-term growth plans.
- Act as a key resource across Operations, HR and the organization related to organization design and succession planning activities.
- Develop scalable leadership and talent development practices and systems.
- Review, analyze and evaluate business Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); implement policies and strategies that will improve day-to-day operations.
- In partnership with the COO, oversee annual work planning activities, setting the agenda, and facilitation of these processes to enhance organizational effectiveness.
- Plan agenda and organize leadership training and all-staff retreats, and help the organization live its values.
- Collect and analyze key empirical data to measure progress on culture and organizational effectiveness, and connect them to strategic, organizational goals.
- Partner with the COO to prepare data-driven updates for the CEO that supports board presentations and staff updates as needed.
- Help as an architect, implementer and organizational change management leader and procedures, such as change origination, change impact analysis, and coordinating changes through the change control board.
- Spearhead internal organizational communication strategy, plan and disseminate important information effectively to staff.
- Oversees the HR manager to put in place key HR building blocks for talent development and culture building.
- Support HR manager with HR Information System (HRIS) changes and processes.
- Support Operations Manager with IT contracts and other operational duties.
- Help refine and ensure continuous improvement of integrated IT systems.
- Prepare, manage and oversee the HR and IT budget and spend.
The ideal candidate will have many of the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:
- 10+ years of experience or demonstrated success in a leadership role in Organizational Development and HR, preferably at an NGO/Non-profit or philanthropic organization.
- Bachelor’s degree or any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience demonstrating the ability to perform the position’s essential functions.
- Possess strong operational and strategic experience, preferably in a fast-growth organization.
- Strong equity fluency grounded in DEIB frameworks and principles.
- Detail-oriented with excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
- Excellent presentation skills with the ability to develop and deliver engaging presentations and run efficient and productive meetings.
- Highly analytical, strategic, and creative thinker with organizational development acumen and a broad range of applicable skills.
- Experience with managing and developing teams so they can become stronger and contribute more effectively to the organization's success.
- Have a demonstrated ability to drive insights and operational improvement in a collaborative, remote and cross-functional environment.
- Can drive initiatives with minimal structure and be influential within the organization to garner internal support for initiatives.
- Highly organized and adept at using technology and tools with The Equity Fund’s remote, dispersed team.
- Have change management experience; can communicate status updates clearly and confidently with all stakeholders to engender trust and comfort with the rapid and iterative nature of organizational change and growth.
- Solid understanding of structured project management and collaboration practices.
- Ability to travel domestically 10-15% annually.
- Prior experience with project management and team collaboration tools is highly desirable in this position to support, co-design and build systems.
- Specifically, experience with core The Equity Fund IT tools and others that enable team collaboration and overall effectiveness including project management software, would be a plus.
- In addition, understanding of agile application development projects.
The Equity Fund’s Universal Competencies
In addition, the Director is expected to meet universal competencies to the position which all employees across the organization utilize to perform effectively:
- Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, cost-effective results.
- Collaboration: Builds constructive working relationships with clients/customers/grantees, other work units, community organizations, and others to meet mutual goals and objectives; behaves professionally and supportively when working with individuals from various ethnic, social, and educational backgrounds.
- Communication: Conveys and receives information and ideas through various media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the listener, helps them understand and retain the message, and invites response and feedback. Keeps others informed appropriately; demonstrates good written, oral, and listening skills.
- Commitment to Equity: Has lived experience and has a systems-level understanding of equity, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Cultivates opportunities through diverse people; respects and relates well to people from varied backgrounds; understand various worldviews and is sensitive to group differences; sees diversity as an opportunity; challenges bias and intolerance. Appreciates and leverages all individuals' capabilities, insights, and ideas, working effectively with individuals of diverse styles, abilities, and motivations.
- Teamwork: Participates as an active and contributing team member to achieve team goals. Works cooperatively with other team members, involves others, shares information as appropriate, and shares credit for team accomplishments.
The Equity Fund’s People & Strategy Leadership Competencies
As a leader within the organization, the Director is also expected to exhibit competencies including:
- Coaching & Mentorship: Keeps team members engaged. Provides timely guidance, ongoing feedback, and learning opportunities. Plans and supports the development of individual skills, knowledge, and abilities to fulfill current and future responsibilities more effectively. Facilitates connections and relationships with others to help team members.
- Decision-Making & Problem-Solving: Breaks problems into components and recognizes interrelationships; makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions. Compares data, information, and input from various sources to conclude; acts consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
- Innovative Thinking: Uses creativity and imagination to develop new insights into situations, apply new solutions to problems, and develop unique ideas.
- Managing Change: Manages and supports the acceptance and implementation of change within the organization; breaks big projects down into small wins to get early victories and build momentum for change. Develops metrics and monitoring systems to measure progress. Encourages others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities.
- Managing Work: Shows ability to plan, schedule, and direct work of self and others; balances task requirements and individual capabilities. Organizes materials to accomplish tasks; sets challenging yet achievable goals for self and others. Influences, motivates, and encourages others to achieve organizational goals and objectives.
- Quality Orientation: Monitors and checks work to meet quality standards; demonstrates a high level of care and thoroughness; reviews work to ensure completeness and accuracy. Sets high standards and well-defined, realistic goals for own work; displays a high level of effort and commitment towards completing assignments on time; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve.
Compensation & Benefits
The Washington, DC metro area base pay range for this role is $150,000 - $195,000. New hires are typically hired into the middle portion of the range, enabling employee growth in the range over time. Actual placement in range is based on job-related skills and experience, as evaluated throughout the recruitment process.
Benefits: Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their families. Employees can enroll in a 401K retirement plan that includes a generous employer match. Employees also earn 160 hours of paid vacation time, 10 days of sick leave, 10 holidays, and volunteer leave annually.
The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund is a newly independent 501(c)(3) public charity, committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional people and to creating a work environment that is dynamic and rewarding. The Equity Fund's work environment is safe and open to all employees, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
To center the safety and well-being of its employees, the Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund requires that any employee who is required to conduct in-person activities for their job must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within four weeks of their start date. This position may require candidates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Accommodations may be sought and approved in accordance with the law by contacting human resources at HR@theequityfund.org.
Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. The Equity Fund is working with Managing Director Trisha Sutrisno and Managing Associate Amber Gomes of Koya Partners for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials by filling out a Talent Profile or email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
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