Vice President, Human Capital

Department: Human Resources
Reports to: Dual reporting relationship to CFO and SVP Talent, Culture, and Global Member Services

Summary of Responsibilities

Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization expanding opportunities for women and business. Catalyst activities and reach have grown significantly, and the organization is increasingly global. It is also increasingly flexible, with approximately 25-30% of our staff working from home offices. Organizational growth has brought increased complexity and the need for more sophisticated systems and processes to manage business operations, culture, and talent development.  

Catalyst is small (110 employees), yet we engage with large companies and firms that are either “best in class” or turn to us to help them improve. The Vice President of Human Capital (“HC”) is a new position which reports to the CFO, who will oversee HR and continue to provide home base for the HR team, and the SVP of Talent, Culture, and Global Member Services, the executive responsible for talent and culture. The new VP will be a talent management and organization development expert. She or he will join and lead an existing team of valued HR professionals, and will be instrumental in supporting the shaping and success of internal initiatives. 

Essential Functions

  • Serve as a senior advisor and thought leader on all aspects of human resources, helping to ensure that Catalyst can identify, attract, and develop diverse talent necessary to implement overall strategy. 
  • Advise senior leadership on organization design, change management, and how to best sustain a culture that suits our mission, supports our staff, and addresses any individual performance, interpersonal, and communications issues in our global workplace.
  • Develop/enhance programs and processes to identify, recruit, develop, review, and retain diverse talent. Lead the review of existing performance-management processes, and recommend ways to strengthen feedback and review mechanisms to meet our goals of being an inclusive, innovative, team-based learning organization. Help to create an approach to leadership development and succession planning.
  • Review Catalyst’s training and development needs and ensure that the organization launches cost effective programs with an overall objective of increasing employee contributions, sustaining morale and teamwork, and retaining a workforce that is enthusiastic, motivated, and loyal.
  • Recommend and implement compensation strategies to ensure that the organization stays competitive in the market and retains and motivates its top talent.
  • Be aware of evolving government influences on management, policies, processes and practices, and work to ensure that Catalyst is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations concerning employment practices, employee health and safety, employee and labor relations, etc.

Knowledge and Skills

The new Vice President of HC will have strategic insight and proven, in-depth experience in strengthening and establishing talent-management processes. She or he will understand and create practices suited to Catalyst’s mission and character as a small, high functioning nonprofit organization. The Vice President of HC will serve as a spokesperson for people and culture, and as a contributor and advisor to senior leadership. She or he will be an excellent manager with strong business acumen and a sound technical background in human resources, as well as experience leading a small team.

  • Possess understanding and demonstrated ability to work in a small organization and be directly involved in policy and process review, development, and implementation.
  • Come with HR experience from innovative, highly regarded organization(s); have a track record in building and managing diverse teams. 
  • Understand success metrics to ensure that performance objectives and programs reinforce the achievement of organization objectives.
  • Be globally minded and able to appreciate cultural differences and interact effectively with staff throughout the world.
  • Demonstrate strong communications skills. Be forthright—yet tactful—receptive, helpful, expert, and persuasive with individuals and groups. 
  • Serve as a personal advisor to key members of management.  Be willing to challenge management’s point of view when appropriate, offering alternative constructive suggestions backed by facts.
  • Demonstrate ability to work in an organization that values work-life effectiveness, with many employees working virtually all or part of the time, and play a role in building systems and a culture of connection, innovation, and learning.
  • Work primarily in Catalyst’s New York City headquarters (preferred). Working virtually across multiple time zones and travel are required.

Education and Experience Requirements

Undergraduate degree required; an advanced degree is a strong preference. At least 10 years of experience with significant leadership and direct involvement in the design and implementation of the talent management, learning and/or organizational development programs of a small to mid-sized company or nonprofit organization with global operations. 

Application Instructions

Please email your resume, cover letter, and salary history to [email protected] with “Vice President, Human Capital” in the subject line. This position is based in our NYC office.