The NoVo Foundation has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure a Director of Capital Projects and Real Estate.
Reporting to the NoVo Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer, the Director is a newly created position responsible for the planning, coordination, and overall management of the design and construction of The Women’s Building, a 100,000+ square foot building in Chelsea, NYC, that will serve as a hub for the girls’ and women’s justice movement. The building will be designed by the architectural firm Deborah Berke Partners, and the new Director will play a critical role during the ongoing planning and design process. In addition, the Director will be responsible for collaborating with NoVo’s owner’s representative, construction manager, consultants, city / government agencies, community boards, and various other outside parties throughout all phases of the project. NoVo aims to have 35% of their labor on the project to be women, and they expect the Director to uphold their organizational values when faced with decisions big and small on the project. Ultimately, the Director will be successful by designing and managing efficient, effective, collaborative, and transparent processes to align internal and external stakeholders toward a collective goal.
In addition to the Director’s responsibility for The Women’s Building project, they will also serve as NoVo’s internal expert on planning, design, construction, facilities management, and real estate matters across the organization. NoVo will be actively exploring unique projects to advance their mission in parallel to The Women’s Building project, and the Director will support those ongoing efforts as needed. With the Director being a new position within the organization, they also will help to establish formal processes, procedures, and policies to create best practices for managing NoVo’s collective construction and real estate portfolio.
Along with being a technical expert and adept leader, the Director must have core attributes that foster teamwork and the proper cultural fit. First, the Director must be enthusiastic about NoVo’s mission, vision and values in order to embody them in work and life. The Director should possess minimal ego with an eye toward the bigger picture without losing sight of critical details. While being strategic and analytical is important, the Director will also have to be willing to take an active hands-on role in managing various projects, people, and initiatives on a daily basis.
New York, NY with main office in Brooklyn, NY, an office in Kingston, NY, and a major project site in Chelsea / Manhattan.
Founded in 2006, the NoVo Foundation is dedicated to catalyzing a transformation in global society, moving from a culture of domination to one of equality and partnership. They support the development of capacities in people — individually and collectively — to help create a caring and balanced world. They envision a world that operates on the principles of mutual respect, collaboration, and civic participation, thereby reversing the old paradigm predicated on hierarchy, violence, and the subordination of girls and women.
A single set of deeply shared values guides everything that NoVo does:
We place a high priority on a compassionate view of the world and on the highest definition of philanthropy — in the roots of the words anthro and philo — "for the love of human beings." The only way to create real change is with love at the center.
We are deeply inspired by indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness. We recognize that spirit is an active force that connects all things, and seek out holistic solutions that restore greater balance and harmony in our world.
Respect for lived experience
Centering the leadership of people who live every day with injustice is the single most powerful way to create transformative change. We believe that the best solutions to community challenges come from within those communities, and we support social movements that build the power of people to create lasting change.
We recognize the inherent power and privilege of philanthropy, and strive to act as humble, respectful and thoughtful stewards. We pursue our mission with rigor and strive to ensure that our resources help to create lasting conditions for change.
All of our work is driven by a deeply-held belief in the dignity and human rights of every person, and a determination to confront sexism, racism, and other overlapping oppressions that prevent people from achieving their full potential. We believe that our own liberation is inextricably connected to the liberation of others. We value healing and self-care as fundamental components of social justice.
We value long-term partnerships, and we recognize that meaningful progress is only achieved in relationship with others. We strive to ensure that our vision of a world based in collaboration and mutual respect is modeled in our own philanthropy.
We venture where others are unable to go, and embrace uncertainty and complexity as a necessary part of philanthropy. By establishing mutual trust with our grantee partners, we strive to create a space for creativity, serendipity, flexibility and untraditional thinking.
We are deeply optimistic that we can contribute to systemic progress that addresses the root causes of injustice. Grounded in that optimism, we remain focused on long-term solutions and join our voices with those who proudly advocate for fundamental social change.
Search Consultant: Wendy Zang
NoVo Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and we strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, immigrant, bilingual, and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. NoVo is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity (“EEO”) laws. NoVo Foundation strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, height and/or weight, disability, gender identity or expression, medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or AIDS- related conditions, marital status, partnership status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military status, arrest record and any other characteristic protected by law.