Job Title: Director of People and Culture
Location: Chicago (IL), New York (NY), Newark (NJ) or Atlanta (GA)
Employment Type: Full time
Start Date: ASAP
Hiring Manager: Chief of Staff
Manages: Manager of Talent and Culture, Manager of People and Operations
In America, we’ve promised that hard work and ambition will be met with equality of opportunity. The reality is that we have a quiet crisis on our hands. Before COVID-19, an African American with a BA was twice as likely to be unemployed as their white counterpart, and a Bachelor’s degree holder from a low-income background started their career earning only two-thirds as much as those from higher-income backgrounds. While education has the potential to be the great equalizer, only 25% of our country’s 1.2 million first-generation or low-income college enrollees are predicted to land a strong job after graduation and be on a path to the American Dream. And with the COVID-19 crisis upon us, now more than ever, college students from humble beginnings need to be prepared to compete for strong jobs.
We believe that our country’s next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere, but they need a talent strategy that matches them in strength and diversity. We envision an American Dream Team—100,000 diverse leaders-in-the-making—prepared to access and thrive in strong first jobs after college graduation.
Theory of Action
Braven supports untapped students from college to career by partnering with universities, employers, and college success organizations to offer a two-part experience that begins with a credit-bearing college course followed by a post-course experience that lasts through graduation. Fellows emerge from Braven with the skills, experiences and networks they need to land a strong first job and get on a path to economic freedom. Braven has worked with more than 2,300 students at four campuses at Rutgers University-Newark, San José State, Lehman College, and National Louis University to date.
Braven Fellows across the country are persisting in college and achieving exciting levels of internship and job attainment.
We believe Braven is a solution and we are on a mission to scale it, equalizing access to the American Dream.
You believe - and your work demonstrates a belief - that every young person deserves the opportunity to put their education to work and realize a life of impact and economic mobility. You have managed teams, know how to motivate and inspire people around a vision, and can pick out the strengths and areas for growth of candidates and current staff alike to ensure Braven can scale its impact over time. You are passionate about Braven’s mission, are rooted in our core values, and are excited to rally current and future staff around the urgent mission and ambitious goals through an inclusive, relationship-centric, sustainable team culture. You have gone after and hit big goals, have your own point of view on talent philosophy and management, and you are expert at building strong working relationships through which you realize your goals. You are ready to work in a nimble, fast-paced start-up environment where the work evolves quickly and no day is the same as the day before.
This position reports to the Chief of Staff and is responsible for managing all internally-focused aspects of people and culture. As the lead of People and Culture at Braven, you will set vision and direction for the entire talent life cycle of a teammate at Braven. Since managers are such a critical lever for the impact, learning and development and psychological safety of all Braven teammates, you will define what excellence looks like for all people managers and build supports and ongoing training for this group.
You will serve as a thought partner to our People Operations Specialist and General Counsel to ensure that our compliance with all labor laws is carried out in a way conducive with the culture we are aspiring to. You will partner with the Manager of People and Culture and a forthcoming Director of Learning and Development to ensure that we can attract, onboard, retain, and grow the talent we need over time. Overall, you will serve as a primary culture carrier at Braven and will be responsible for ensuring Braven becomes a “top talent development” workplace as we scale a team that is diverse by design, along many dimensions.
What You’ll Do:
Set Team Vision and Direction for Braven’s Overarching Talent Strategy and Leadership (20%)
Foster Learning and Development (20%)
Develop and Retain Talent: (25%)
Engage Team Members and Build Team Culture: (20%)
Attract and Onboard Great Talent (15%)
Experience & Skills:
The ideal candidate is a proven, low-ego leader with the drive, motivation, commitment and proven track record of successfully leading within a growing, complex and innovative organization.
Education & Qualifications
Compensation and Benefits
The salary for this position, which depends on prior work experience and our assessment of your fit for the role, will likely be between $91,300-$114,100 (Chicago, IL, the band will vary for other locations). Braven offers competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size, with opportunities for salary growth over time. We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization, and take internal equity seriously. Given our commitment to equity and the inequities that can emerge from salary negotiations, Braven does not negotiate salary offers; instead each salary offer is determined carefully upfront using benchmarking. You will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.
Braven also provides competitive, comprehensive benefits, recognition, and career development. While Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time, current benefits include:
When social distancing is not in place, we gather in the office four days a week. Therefore, we require teammates to live within commuting distance of Chicago, IL (New York, Newark, or Atlanta.) Each teammate can use one flex day of their choosing per week to work remotely. We believe in the magic, connection, and collaboration that happens when people work together face-to-face and we believe in giving people flexibility to focus, balance personal priorities, and save themselves one commute per week.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At Braven, we are committed to attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining a diverse team. Braven operates in the context of our American culture, against the backdrop of systemic racism and oppression of marginalized people since our country’s founding. We are committed to assembling leaders at our organization who have emerged from everywhere, with a particular emphasis on those who share the racial and income backgrounds of our Fellows, and creating an inclusive culture that allows all teammates, of all experiences and identities, to thrive.
Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor. We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.
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