The Climate + Clean Energy Equity Fund (The Equity Fund) is building the multi-state infrastructure and community power needed to end climate change 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.
Grassroots groups advocating for and organizing people hard hit by climate change – communities of color, Indigenous, working class and rural communities – often lack resources, staffing, and access to develop relationships with foundation funders and major donors. Yet, they are accomplishing critical work to build the collective power of communities most hurt by climate change and the use of dirty fossil fuels resulting in health problems, job losses, and displacement.
The Equity Fund is a conduit for foundations and donors to partner and support these grassroots organizations across the country. Because of their expertise and deep relationships with community-led groups working at the intersection of climate change, racial justice, and economic equity, they 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. They share 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.
The Equity Fund is seeking nominations and applications for the newly created position of Director of Human Resources. This year, the Equity Fund made the strategic decision to start the process of spinning out of its fiscal sponsorship at New Venture Fund to establish a new, independent institution that can meet the needs of its growing and dynamic ecosystem of grassroots organizations and their collective impact. The person holding this position will also work for The Climate Equity Action Fund, which is spinning out of its fiscal sponsorship with the Sixteen Thirty Fund. The Climate Equity Action Fund is a coordinated project in the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization, under a resource sharing agreement between the New Venture Fund and Sixteen Thirty Fund. The responsibilities will be overseen by the Sixteen Thirty Fund, but the activities of The Climate Equity Action Fund may include funding grassroots organizations to build political power and support partisan candidate work.
OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPECTATIONS FOR THE NEW DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
The new Director of Human Resources will join CCEEF at an exciting time as the organization spins off of fiscal sponsorship and stewards forward a culture that is strengthened and sustained by strong values that center equity, humanity, and excellence in the work. The Director of Human Resources will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer and will be a member of CCEEF’s operations team that manages the organization’s internal infrastructure including finance, grants management, and information technology. Leading in partnership with members of the operations team and other key senior leaders, the new Director of Human Resources can expect to engage in the following core challenges and opportunities:
Organizational Culture & Equity Journey
In collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer and key members of the operations team, the Director of Human Resources will uphold an ongoing focus on culture and advancement of equity and liberatory consciousness throughout the organization that ensures a safe, inclusive, and emotionally supportive environment where all are united in learning and advancement of work with and on behalf of communities most impacted by the climate crisis in our world. The Director of Human Resources will shape and steward that work for the organization partnering with senior staff to establish and cultivate policies, practices, and norms that support CCEEF values.
The Director of Human Resources will act as the main point of contact for staff on HR-related issues. They will take a consultative approach to conflict resolution, counseling and coaching to managers and employees regarding day-to-day interactions and interpretation of HR-related programs, policies, and processes. Additionally, they will help establish and manage, through the hire of an additional HR coordinator, CCEEF’s benefits and employee relations needs. The Director of Human Resources will be accountable to partnership with CCEEF’s PEO and legal counsel to remediate problems that arise.
Talent Development & Management
The Director of Human Resources will lead the assessment and continued development of all talent development practices, processes, and systems including training and development, employee wellness, succession planning, skills and capability building, and leadership development. The Director of Human Resources will also work in partnership with senior colleagues to strengthen a culture of feedback and learning and collaborate with other departments to coordinate staff development agendas and trainings.
The Director of Human Resources will develop and manage strategies and systems for equitable, effective, and innovative hiring processes as CCEEF develops its new infrastructure in the spin off. It is critical for the Director of Human Resources to evaluate and introduce improvements to processes and procedures along the employee life cycle from recruitment to onboarding, and train and support hiring managers and hiring teams throughout the recruiting and interview process to ensure a diverse candidate pool, equitable hiring practices, and consistency across the organization.
The Director of Human Resources will lead an equitable performance management process, foster a culture of growth and continuous performance conversations, along with further embed of CCEEF’s core values in support of CCEEF’s strategic goals and objectives. The Director of Human Resources manages and delivers the execution of the performance management lifecycle, leads the communication strategy and development, and documents and communicates the annual process to leaders and employees. Additionally, the Director of Human Resources will lead in gathering and communicating best practices for the process.
Compensation and Benefits
The Director of Human Resources will be responsible for developing, implementing, and communicating competitive compensation and benefits strategies and programs that are aligned with CCEEF’s mission, core values, and objectives and ensure employee satisfaction. The Director of Human Resources will manage the compensation, equity & incentive plans, benefits program design, vendor selection, benefit administration management, and cost management in collaboration with the New Venture Fund, the fiscal sponsor. The Director of Human Resources will also provide support to and educate employees and managers to understand CCEEF’s compensation and benefits philosophy and strategies.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to the Equity Fund’s mission and workforce needs. They will understand the critical role that philanthropy plays in fighting climate change and advancing social, racial, and economic justice. While no one person will embody all the qualities enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
- Demonstrated equity fluency combined with an approach to human resources that prioritizes the well-being of staff and recognizes that staff who are valued and supported are better able to serve others.
- Significant human resources experience in consultative and advising roles of increasing responsibility in a similarly complex organization.
- Prior experience encompassing employee relations, talent management, HR risk and compliance, performance management, compensation, benefits, learning and development, management coaching, and strategic advising and data management.
- Commitment to and experience in successfully employing an anti-racist/anti-oppression lens to foster a diverse, equitable working environment and creating diverse teams that reflect communities served.
- Familiarity with HR databases (e.g., HRIS, performance management software, ATS, payroll software, etc.).
- A high level of emotional intelligence and ability to thoughtfully and accurately assess and solve highly complicated people problems.
- A systems thinker with the ability to translate ideas into action, and a creative and resourceful problem solver.
- A collaborative, collegial style and a proven track record and commitment to mentoring and coaching staff and building internal leadership. A management style that fosters respect, teamwork, and innovative approaches.
- Highly organized and flexible; able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload; excellent time management skills.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, conflict resolution, and coaching skills with a demonstrated ability to develop trusting relationships and influence at all levels of the organization and handle sensitive and confidential information.
- Comfort with ambiguity and working through solutions with creativity and innovation.
- Excellent writing, analytical, and oral communication skills.
- Fluency in oral and written English required; additional languages are a plus.
- HR Certification is a plus (e.g., SHRM-CP/SCP, PHR/SPHR).
The Director of Human Resources role is a full-time, exempt position, and will report to the COO. The Equity Fund offers a competitive and holistic total rewards package that includes salary and benefits. The target salary range for this role is $150-185K.
All full-time staff are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance; 3% automatic contribution and a 3% employer match on 401(k) contributions; pre-tax transportation benefits; and paid holiday, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off.
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA; Oakland, CA; or Washington DC (Preference for Washington, DC)
More information about The Climate + Clean Energy Equity Fund may be found at: www.theequityfund.org
This search is being conducted with assistance from Katherine Jacobs and Sharon Gerstman of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.
The Climate + Clean Energy Equity Fund is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding, and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, 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, New Venture 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@newventurefund.org.