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  • Full Time
  • New York City
  • $190,000-$215,000 USD
  • Applications have closed


Position Summary:
• The Chief of Staff serves as the President’s strategic thought partner and right hand on all people,
culture and operational management. The ideal leader will embrace all aspects of the role as an
leader of people and culture, a change agent, analyst and decision-framer, project manager,
systems & process developer, staff manager and cross-organizational collaborator.
Key Responsibilities:
Strategic Support of the President:
• Partner with President to set strategic priorities: for example, help identify areas of focus,
andmetrics for success. Revisit those metrics regularly and evaluate progress against them.
• Lead annual planning processes, in the context of the broader philanthropic landscape and
organizational needs, by acting as a project manager and ensuring alignment with the President
and Board of Directors.
• Review President’s external opportunities, including advising on and planning future
travel/meetings in relation to organizational and strategic priorities and supplying background
information on current and potential new partners, and managing database of stakeholders and
• Monitor priorities: ensure the President’s involvement in projects or decision-making takes place
at key times, where input and authority are most beneficial and needed.
People and Culture/Human Resources Development and Management:
• Lead all aspects of staff development, including annual goal setting processes, needs assessments
and partnering with managers to provide staff with appropriate learning and development
• Manage and supervise staff and teams including program, grants and facilities teams. Provide
coaching and development support as needed.
• Establish systems and models for staff recruitment, on-boarding and training; train managers to
ensure consistency in organizational culture of providing staff support
• Manage staff relations: coach staff on development, professional growth and conflict resolution.
Ensure appropriate systems are in place to assess and resolve. Work with outside counsel, as
• Effectively manage the Foundation’s benefits health and wellbeing offerings including, for
example, the Employee Assistance Program.
• Manage all human resources policies and development, including the development and on-going
maintenance of an Employee Handbook and Human Resources Information System (HRIS), and
the use of benefits and policies by staff.
• Propose the creation of new systems and processes to streamline operations that promote staff
leadership and effectiveness.
• Manage and oversee annual review of human resources policies, including researching best
practices in human resources policy management.

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• Partner with the President and Chief Financial Officer on the development of a compensation
philosophy and the process and systems to annually evaluate staff performance and
• Lead the design of an inclusive processes for the development and implementation of Core
Values. Consider new ways to ensure employee engagement to inspire performance and
organizational successes.
• Manage cross-functional, organization-wide projects and initiatives; bring together important
stakeholders and help drive decisions.
Culture & Change Management:
• Partner with President to create an organizational environment that creates a culture of trust,
respect, mutual accountability and reflects the Foundation’s values and future mission and
• Develop methods of operating that bring new practices for systems and policies, resulting in
increased coordination across teams and elevated staff engagement. These practices range from
developing new contact management systems to clear and transparent protocols for IT
• Initiate and develop learning and training opportunities for staff and Board that advances the
Foundation’s equity and justice values and lead to a increased level of creativity, inclusion and
• Lead opportunities to increase trust and coordination between the President and program team
to engage partners and stakeholders in effective ways that increase Foundation’s impact and
advance the organization’s vision.
• Manage Foundation retreats, including with staff and Board, as well as Foundation conferences
and special events.
• Develop and manage processes that lead to improved internal decision-making and clarity of
roles within and across teams.
• Manage consultants and other supports for communications, including President and
Foundation blogs, letters, newsletters and reports.
Board Management:
• Partner with President to prepare and distribute materials in advance of Board meetings. Create
planning documents to support staff in preparing for Board meetings, collect data from across
the organization, such as financial updates or program materials, and create dashboards that
lay out the information in a concise and clear format.
• Work with President to update Board policies, board member orientation materials, and support
with board recruitment.
• Partner with Chief Financial Officer to prepare financial materials for Board meetings.
• Attend Board and Committee Meetings.

27 Union Square West, Suite 502, New York, NY 10003 ▪ tel 212 265 2100 ▪
Bridge Partners LLC is a Certified Minority Supplier and a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Strong candidates for this role will possess a majority of the following professional and personal
attributes and competencies:
• A bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience.
• Alignment with the Foundation’s values, including deep commitment to social, racial and gender
justice and being a demonstrated champion and leader in DEI with community-driven
experience, preferably within economically disadvantaged communities.
• Experience managing organizational complexity and enhancing an organization’s capacity and
• Experience in and/or passion for grounding organizational culture and grantmaking in equity
and serving as a fierce internal and external champion for DEI.
• At least 10 years of senior-level operations, systems improvement, strategy development and
project management experience, preferably gained in a nonprofit, mission-oriented or
philanthropic foundation setting, although consideration will be given to leaders from the
private sector who can demonstrate a mission-commitment and values-alignment through prior
• Experience in human resource management, including policy and system development and
• Strong people leadership and management skills with a track record of empowering a diverse
group of professionals, entrusting and amplifying the work of others.
• Outstanding communications skills and diplomacy, including the ability to listen to, relate well
to, and inspire a wide range of people at all levels.
• A master organizer and project planner with the ability to get things done, consistently look
ahead and anticipate needs before they arise.
• Brings a strong strategic mindset, and isa A natural problem-solver who is analytical and
structured in thinking. Ability to create order by identifying systems and processes in need of
adjustment. A strong understanding of operations with a clear ability to synthesize information
and recommend a plan of action.
• Driven by intellectual curiosity and with a steady presence, this leader will bring outcomesoriented leadership to the advancement of the Foundation’s goals.
• Demonstrates high emotional intelligence, isself-aware and perceptive and serves as a connector
ensuring awareness of every key project, connecting the dots across the organization. A positive
can-do perspective, empathetic, flexible, curious, with a track record of respectful collegial
• Demonstrates loyalty and selfless by being confident enough to be candid when needed, while
also humble enough to work behind the scenes.

27 Union Square West, Suite 502, New York, NY 10003 ▪ tel 212 265 2100 ▪
Bridge Partners LLC is a Certified Minority Supplier and a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
Compensation & Benefits:
• A competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package will be offered.
• Compensation will be equitable and commensurate with experience within an anticipated base
salary range of $190,000-$215,000.
• The Mertz Gilmore Foundation offers an extensive and generous benefits package, including
payment of 100% of the medical (health, dental, vision) insurance premiums for staff and
dependents. Mertz Gilmore also offers other benefits including life insurance, long-term disability
protection, and a retirement plan (with an employer contribution).

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