Proteus Fund connects
philanthropy to the frontlines of social justice. We strive to
advance the interconnected goals of racial, gender, queer and
disability justice, and an inclusive, fully representative
democracy. To do our work effectively and with significant impact,
Proteus Fund creates dynamic relationships between progressive
philanthropists, movement leaders, and other allies that go far
beyond transactional grantmaking. Our trusted position among
funders and field actors enables us to support, both through
collaborative grantmaking and other efforts, a broad array of
strategies to achieve social justice victories. Our donor
collaboratives are best-in-class models for bridging responsive
philanthropy and cutting-edge social justice movements for deeper
impact, aligning resources to address critical needs, and shaping
strategy alongside our partners. Through our fiscal sponsorship
program, Proteus Fund partners with initiatives which play a
powerful role in the larger ecosystem for social change, providing
them with tailored and comprehensive organizational support.
To date, Proteus Fund, and its affiliated 501c4 organization,
the Proteus Action League, have distributed $280 million in grants,
and provided other essential tools to support activists, advocates,
networks, coalitions, and issue-specific campaigns at the local,
state, and national level. Proteus Fund is headquartered in New
York City, with staff based across the entire United States.
The Vice President, People and Culture reports to the Proteus
Fund’s Chief Operating Officer. The Vice President will serve as a
leader and champion of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
(DEIB) and as a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) to
implement the best practices in People and Culture and shape the
Human Resources function. The Vice President will also bring in
first-rate strong stakeholder management to continue to strengthen
Proteus Fund’s organizational culture and inspire change at all
levels and divisions within the organization.
The Vice President manages a Senior Human Resources Generalist
who is responsible for all benefits and leave administration, and
other duties. The Vice President works regularly with executive
leadership and all departments and programs at Proteus Fund. This
includes donor services, finance, grants management, IT,
operations, as well as Proteus Fund’s donor collaboratives and
fiscally sponsored projects.
This is a full-time (40 hours per week) US-based remote or
hybrid position for an individual located in the Northeast, with a
preference for someone in the New York City area. The position
requires at least 10% and up to 20% travel for internal meetings
and retreats, as well as conferences and other events.
Proteus Fund welcomes everyone to our team. We strongly
encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women and
gender nonconforming, and people with disabilities.
- Work with the President and COO to ensure that the People &
Culture perspective and organization-wide work plan development
align with the mission and objectives of the organization.
- Assist in developing an organizational environment that
reflects Proteus Fund’s values, creating a culture of trust,
transparency, respect, and collaboration.
- Help define and create strategies for the organization’s
- Develop and implement strategies to elevate employee engagement
- Leverage best practices across systems, processes, and policies
that impact the overall people and culture experience throughout
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)
Strategy and Guidance
- Serve as a thought partner and counselor to the President and
COO for all internal DEIB strategies, including ideation, planning,
- Coach Senior Staff on effective implementation of DEIB
strategies; adoption and application.
- Stay current on internal/external best practices (including
benchmarks) and actively pursue efforts in making Proteus Fund an
effective leader in DEIB.
- Administer trainings to core staff on DEIB best practices,
strategies, and philosophies.
- Support the chair of the DEIB committee acting as a partner and
oversee the DEIB workflow and ensure it is aligned with
organizational strategy, as well as expanding staff involvement in
Human Resources Administration
- Develop and implement an integrated human resources function
and strategy that proactively addresses the HR needs of the
organization, including but not limited to talent acquisition,
staff retention, workforce planning, organizational development,
performance management, professional development, staff retention,
compensation, and benefits.
- Create, monitor, and manage departmental budget.
- Enlist and engage a diverse and inclusive workforce that meets
high job performance standards, stirs innovation, and drives
growing organizational impact.
- Participate in Proteus Fund’s triennial strategic planning
Policy, Practice and System Development and
- Review all policies and practices to ensure alignment with
Proteus Fund’s mission, business model, strategic plan, and values
while ensuring compliance with laws, regulations, and best
- Create and distribute communications related to human resource
policies, procedures, and practices and any related topics to all
Proteus Fund employees.
Recruitment and Hiring
- Guide and support hiring managers with all aspects of hiring
and recruitment efforts.
- Maintain strong working relationships with national diversity
associations and affinity groups as well as university faculty,
career service departments and campus organizations.
- Oversee all stages of recruiting and hiring including, but not
limited to, approval of job postings, involvement in candidate
screening and interviewing for core positions, job offer extension,
salary negotiation, and onboarding.
- Oversee and manage the pre-and post-onboarding process for
senior level positions with IT and Operations.
- Collaborate with hiring managers in cases where recruitment
efforts involve working with a search firm, including managing the
selection of the firm and oversight of the recruitment
- Respond to all internal and external employment-related
- Supervise and, if necessary, assist Senior Human Resources
Generalist with onboarding including payroll, employee benefits,
- Develop and ensure healthy work relationships and a supportive
- Provide guidance to supervisors and employees around Proteus
Fund policies, practices, and guidelines, as well as applicable
employment laws and regulations.
- Direct all workplace investigations.
- Work with managers to develop effective performance improvement
plans and assist them in implementing them when necessary.
- Manage all voluntary and involuntary employee terminations, and
conduct exit interviews for Proteus Fund’s core staff.
Employee Development, Training and
- Establish organizational performance management programs that
align with the values and mission of Proteus Fund. Coach managers
to set clear, meaningful goals and objectives and use metrics to
measure performance. Identify key performance indicators for people
and talent management functions and assess the success and market
competitiveness based on these metrics.
- Coordinate with steering committees and directors of fiscally
sponsored projects to ensure annual performance evaluation for all
fiscal sponsored projects staff (FSPs).
- Develop and manage professional development budget, strategy,
resources, and implementation; collaborate with senior management
- Identify and schedule organization-wide, department-wide, and
individual job-related trainings.
Compensation and Wage Administration
- Periodically review organization’s compensation and benefits to
ensure that Proteus is competitive in the philanthropy market.
- Ensure a systematic approach to compensation management.
- Manage salary adjustments for all staff.
- Respond to relevant external salary surveys.
- Provide guidance to the Senior Human Resources Generalist who
manages the negotiation and obtaining of high-quality benefits that
support employee well-being while ensuring that the Proteus Fund’s
budget can support the cost.
- Provide oversight to Senior Human Resources Generalist who
manages the annual open enrollment process.
Compliance and Risk Management
- Maintain compliance with all employment legislation changes,
both federal and state.
- Maintain necessary knowledge of philanthropy and non-profit
- Guide the organization by analyzing internal and external
environments to identify factors which may have negative impacts on
the organization, then develop systems to prevent their occurrence
or limit their effects, while focusing on the big picture to
identify trends and create opportunities.
- This role has one direct report – Senior Human Resources
The Vice President, People and Culture will have:
- Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field or equivalent
- Minimum 7 years’ experience leading nonprofit human resources,
people & culture, and/or DEIB functions with at least 3 years’
- DEI or Human Resources related certification.
- Working knowledge of complex budgets and experience effectively
- Experience with fiscal sponsorship and/or donor collaboratives
- Flexibility and adaptability are needed to navigate,
understand, and support multiple organizational cultures embodied
by fiscally sponsored projects.
- Passion and interest in public advocacy, and progressive social
- Keen sense of prioritization and multitasking and experience in
relating to others who represent a variety of backgrounds.
Additional requirements and experience
- Ability to link broader organizational vision and goals to the
design and implementation of effective systems and processes
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and work
efficiently in a virtual setting.
- Problem-solving orientation and the skills to develop
- Detail oriented and the ability to organize and perform with
accuracy and within deadlines.
- High level of maturity and integrity with sensitive and/or
Alignment to Culture and Values
- Commitment to mission and values of Proteus Fund as a
progressive social justice organization.
- Cultural responsiveness and an alignment with our values and
commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
- Strong relationship building skills, high ethical standards,
discretion, and tact.
- Personal qualities of humility and empathy.
The starting salary for this role is $145,000 to $175,000 and is
based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to,
geographic location, skill set level, years of previous/applicable
experience, and Proteus Fund's commitment to ensuring pay equity
within the organization. The recruiting team will share more
details regarding salary bands based on the candidate's specific
geographic location as well as the other factors noted above.
Salary is one part of the total compensation that Proteus Fund
provides to employees.
Proteus Fund is committed to ensuring that its employees are
supported holistically, from compensation, benefits and resources
to an enriching work environment and collaborative culture. Proteus
Fund leads the market in a number of its offerings, including a
sector-leading retirement plan contribution and robust benefits
package. The recruiting team will share more information regarding
this commitment and offerings. Medical and dental benefits for
employee and eligible dependents available on first day of work
- Retirement savings account (401k) with an organization
contribution of 10% of annual salary
- Three weeks’ paid vacation in first year of work; four weeks in
- Fifteen sick days per year
- Three personal days per year
- Fifteen paid holidays
- Professional development initiatives for growth
- Life Insurance
- Paid Family Leave, short-term, and long-term disability
For consideration, please submit cover letter and resume
by April 07, 2023.
A cover letter indicating your interest in Proteus Fund must be
included. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.
Follow this link to apply: https://grnh.se/9fea07133us
Proteus Fund believes that one of the greatest strengths of an
organization is the rich diversity of its staff and board and is
committed to providing equal employment and promotional
opportunities based upon individual capabilities and qualifications
without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or
expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference,
age, national origin, ethnicity, marital status, citizenship,
disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as
established under the law. Proteus Fund’s policies and practices
are to reflect Proteus Fund’s commitment to nondiscrimination in
all areas of employment.
Proteus Fund is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified
individuals. As part of this commitment, Proteus will ensure that
persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations.
If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job
application or interview process, to perform essential job
functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of
employment, please contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or
413-256-0349 option 3. Additionally, throughout this document, use
of the pronoun “they” is intended to be inclusive of humans who
identify as non-binary as well as those of gender expansive
identities and experiences.
Please note, in an effort to maintain and safeguard staff's
health, well-being, and safety, Proteus Fund requires all employees
to be vaccinated prior to their employment and adhere to the
regular upkeep of COVID-19 vaccination requirements as per CDC
recommendations while employed. Proof of the CDC-recommended level
of COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment
with Proteus Fund.