Posted on January 17, 2013
Director of Human Resources
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Rockefeller Brothers Fund - Director of Human Resources
Founded in 1940, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (“RBF” or “the Fund”) is a private, family grantmaking foundation helping to advance social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.
The RBF's grantmaking is organized around three themes: Democratic Practice, Peacebuilding, and Sustainable Development. Though the Fund pursues its three program interests in a variety of geographic contexts, it has identified several specific locations on which to concentrate cross-programmatic attention. The Fund refers to these as "RBF pivotal places": subnational areas, nation-states, or cross-border regions that have special importance with regard to the Fund's substantive concerns and whose future will have disproportionate significance for the future of a surrounding region, an ecosystem, or the world. The Fund currently works in currently works in three pivotal places: New York City, Western Balkans, and Southern China.
In 1991, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund leased from the National Trust for Historic Preservation the portion of the Rockefeller estate bequeathed to the Trust by Nelson Rockefeller. Subsequently, through the generosity of members of the Rockefeller family, the Fund created the Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in the estate's Coach Barn as an extension of its grantmaking activities. In July 1999, the RBF merged with the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation of Stamford, Connecticut, adding Culpeper’s health, education, and arts and culture grant programs to the Fund’s core program areas of sustainable resource use, global security, the nonprofit sector, education, New York City, and South Africa.
The Fund’s investment assets total approximately $760 million; its 2013 grant budget approximates $26 million.
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is seeking a skilled, smart, sophisticated, and supportive human resources professional to become its next Director of Human Resources (“DHR”). Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Operations, the DHR supports the RBF’s mission, values, and culture by ensuring strategic management of the Fund’s human resources function. He or she provides guidance and professional expertise to senior management and services to staff on matters related to HR and organizational development.
The DHR plays a critical role in employee relations and is responsible for management of the Human Resources department and the outsourced benefits administration function. She or he works closely with staff across the organization and is often an active participant in institution-wide initiatives. These include collaborating with senior management to develop a vision and plan to deepen a culture of inclusion and diversity within the Fund. In addition, he or she will provide human resources services to several affiliated nonprofit organizations, the range of which varies with the needs of each affiliate.
The DHR will be a highly intelligent self-starter who has a shared commitment to the RBF mission and its organizational development goals. The DHR should have substantial experience in managing human resources for medium to large size organizations, preferably in a nonprofit setting. He or she will possess excellent speaking and writing skills and be able to communicate successfully and persuasively within the Rockefeller Brothers Fund organization and with outside contacts, consultants, and legal counsel, when necessary. The successful candidate will be highly organized, diplomatic, possess sound judgment as well as honed interpersonal skills, and maintain a sense of humor under stress.
Specific responsibilities include:
Human Resources Program Management
- Develop and implement a vision for an HR department that supports the organization’s mission, culture, and goals.
- Provide counsel on HR matters to senior management, and to the Board of Trustees, as needed.
- Establish positive and effective working relationships with staff.
- Provide counsel to staff regarding work-related issues.
- Look for opportunities and develop events/systems/processes to enhance staff communication and interaction.
- Contribute to promoting a positive and productive work environment that values diversity and inclusion.
- Keep current on HR practices and concepts and maintain an effective network of HR professionals.
Human Resources Policy and Procedures Management
- Propose, develop, and implement policies related to employment, benefits, and work processes. Ensure compliance with federal and state regulations. Maintain employee handbook.
- Develop and maintain current job descriptions for all staff positions.
- Oversee the development, implementation, and management of a performance management system.
- Coordinate recruiting for all levels of staff, including the management of search firms.
- Develop, implement, and administer a fair and equitable compensation system. Complete salary surveys. Compile relevant salary information.
- Design, implement and administer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, life, AD&D, STD, LTD, Workers Compensation, 401K and frozen pension plans. Ensure benefits package remains competitive in terms of staff recruitment, retention, and organizational cost. Oversee the services performed by the outsourced benefits administration function, ensuring high quality service.
- Oversee the HR Coordinator’s administration and reconciliation of semi-monthly payroll for all entities, including the updating of records for changes in salary, employee information, and benefits contributions. Work with the HR Coordinator and the outsourced benefits administration function to issue month-end payments for 401K, FSA, and health insurance contributions.
- Work with senior management to determine staffing needs. Provide assistance and guidance to staff to ensure an efficient and successful recruiting process. Oversee/conduct new hire orientations and employee departure process. Provide response to employment inquiries. Manage employment visa needs, as required.
- Assess staff development needs and provide training opportunities.
- Develop plans to support the Fund’s objectives to foster inclusion and appreciation for diverse perspectives.
- Partner with the Vice President for Finance and Operations, HR Coordinator, and the Operations Manager to design, plan, and implement various staff activities to support both professional development and a collaborative work environment.
Human Resources Department Management
- Manage and develop the HR department, comprised of an HR Coordinator, and the work provided by outside consultants.
- Oversee the administration of varying levels of payroll, human resources support, benefit services, and recruitment efforts for the Fund and several affiliated entities.
- Ensure coordination of work efforts with other department staff.
- Develop and manage the annual budget for HR related cost categories.
- Support annual audit process on matters related to the HR department.
- Support the employee benefits committee, under the leadership of the Vice President for Finance & Operations.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s Degree in Human Resources preferred.
- Minimum of five years supervisory experience at a management level for a complex organization.
- Must have a high level of personal and professional integrity.
- Broad knowledge of and experience with various HR functional areas.
- Strategic, analytical, and operational thinker; creative problem-solver.
- High level of professional and personal judgment and discretion; ability to serve as counsel to members of management and staff.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, and diplomacy skills to establish a comfortable environment for staff to discuss confidential issues and information.
- Ability to collaborate effectively and collegially.
- Ability to identify, evaluate, and resolve personnel issues.
- Ability to work independently and manage multiple diverse projects simultaneously; must be flexible and able to prioritize appropriately.
- High level of attention to accuracy, detail, organization, and follow through.
- Expertise in the use of payroll, Microsoft Office, and other HR relevant software applications.
- General RBF Qualifications. Each employee is expected to:
- Understand and support the philanthropic mission of the RBF.
- Respect and value those who partner with or request assistance from the RBF.
- Manage the resources of the RBF in a manner that maximizes the funds available for charitable activity.
- Appreciate the value of diversity and equal opportunity in all work relationships.
- Respect the contribution of each employee of the RBF and support colleagues in fulfilling their individual responsibilities.
- Appreciate differences in perspectives and points of view and work collaboratively with colleagues toward shared goals and objectives.
- Commit time to RBF activities and conversations that strengthen the Fund’s culture and improve its effectiveness.
Compensation is commensurate with experience. For more information about the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, please visit their website at www.rbf.org.
The Rockefeller Brothers fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:
Jack Lusk, Managing Partner
Anne McCarthy, Senior Director
Harris Rand Lusk
261 Madison Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10016