Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) older people. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBTQ+ older people, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBTQ+ life in later years.
SAGE is grounded in the spirit of “nothing about us without us.” We listen respectfully to the full breadth of voices of LGBTQ+ older people and seek to positively impact all LGBTQ+ older people. Our work is data-driven, disciplined, and responsive to change. We work hard, continually improve, and are accountable for excellent outcomes. Our core values are: Older voices come first; Diversity and equity; Collaborative teamwork and partnership; Innovation; Top performance in a diverse marketplace; Respect; and Compassion.
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About the opportunity:
Reporting to the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, the incoming Chief People and Culture Officer (CPCO) has the exciting opportunity to join the organization during a time of inflection, reflection, and growth. Building on the momentum of a new strategic plan, as well as deep and evolving commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, the CPCO will reimagine and reshape the role of the people team at SAGE, and its impact on our organization. This work will require a leader who is animated by SAGE’s mission, and will bring significant HR and DEI expertise – including system and process design and implementation, alongside creative and strategic visioning – to this expanding organization.
Areas of Leadership:
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Building upon the existing work of the organization to become ever more inclusive, anti-ageist, and anti-racist, develop the vision, strategy, and goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion at SAGE to strengthen the organizational culture and advance SAGE’s mission.
- Human Resources: Develop the vision, strategy, and goals for the HR function, with an eye toward serving all members of the organization equitably, transparently, and in a service-oriented way. Continue to develop and build out the infrastructure needed to support a robust and effective HR team and function.
- Culture & Communication: With a focus on building a shared vision for a cohesive organizational culture consistent with SAGE’s Strategic Plan, lead the expansion of transparency of communication and collaboration between departments, staff within departments at every level including managers, coordinators, ground-level staff and the community we are serving. Deeply engage stakeholders at all levels of the organization to determine the vision for SAGE’s culture, consistent with the goal of fostering organizational cohesion during a time of evolution and growth.
- Collaboration & Change Management: Partner with the executive leadership team, board of directors, and staff to build buy-in and alignment, and rally the organization around a shared vision for DEI. Work cross-functionally to implement systems that will break down silos and promote collaboration.
- Direct Management: Lead the People and Culture team, providing overall leadership and guidance to the function including: talent acquisition, onboarding, career development, succession planning, retention, training, leadership development, compensation, and benefits. Oversee the development and monitoring of diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and analyze and share observations regarding programmatic practice and innovation, internal and external DEI metrics, and organizational culture and practice.
- Mission & Values Alignment: Deeply and personally understands the work with LGBTQ+, aging communities, and communities of color. Passion for – and commitment to – SAGE’s mission to serve LGBTQ+ elders so that they achieve a high quality of life.
- Executive & Team Leadership: At least 10 years in an executive leadership seat, preferably in an organization experiencing significant growth or change. Proven history of leading, inspiring, and developing cohesive and high functioning teams with diverse identities to effectively deliver outcomes while centering an organization’s mission. Track record of effective collaboration with other executive leaders. Experience setting and driving strategy at the organization level. Ability to manage up, down, and across an organization effectively, with and without formal authority.
- DEI Expertise: Demonstrates deep knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and practices. Brings broad experience envisioning, leading, and implementing practices that demonstrably advance equity, diversity, and inclusion within an organization.
- HR Expertise & Leadership: Significant expertise in the fundamentals of HR, and experience leading a comprehensive HR function. Ability to assess, navigate, and address structural issues and willingness and readiness to build and sustain a new approach, from the overall vision to the “nuts & bolts” of the People & Culture function. Track record of driving strong implementation and adoption of HR systems and processes.
- Culture & Change Leadership: Experience leading the evolution of systems and processes to advance strategic goals, support equity, and build a cohesive culture during times of growth. Experience engaging with diverse staff and leadership to promote trust, teamwork, partnership, and engagement across departments and levels of leadership. Outstanding, transparent communicator with the ability to drive and support internal communications. Demonstrated experience evaluating and meaningfully improving the culture of an organization.
SALARY, BENEFITS, AND LOCATION:
SAGE offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The salary range for this role is $180-200k. This is a hybrid role, and the expectation is that the CPCO is in the office 2-3 days/wk and possibly more often as required with some travel for conferences and board meetings.
How to Apply: This search is being managed by Axis Talent Partners, a boutique executive search and talent strategy firm which partners with social justice-focused organizations. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in our mission and qualifications for the position to: https://axistalentpartners.applytojob.com/apply/Mh2BhX6Jc8/Chief-People-Culture-Officer-Sage.
All inquiries will be held in confidence. All positions at SAGE are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. SAGE strongly encourages those who identify within these and other underrepresented communities including those formerly incarcerated to apply.