Director of People & Culture | Victoria Foundation

Position: 
Director of People & Culture
Location: 
Newark, NJ
Organization: 

ABOUT VICTORIA FOUNDATION 

Founded in 1924, Victoria Foundation is a private foundation based in Newark, New Jersey, with an endowment of $320 million. For the past 55 years, Victoria Foundation has focused most of its resources on children and families living in Newark, New Jersey, with grants totaling $300 million. The current grantmaking of about $11 million a year has been traditional in nature, with 160 grantees receiving annual grants to support operations and to provide a broad range of programs and services.  

The Foundation is emerging from an intense time in its 97-year history. Throughout 2020 and the first half of 2021, trustees and staff engaged in a strategic planning journey to consider how the foundation might generate greater impact with its resources. The key question at the outset of this effort was: How might the foundation address the root causes of generational poverty in Newark? As this essential inquiry was explored, the need to understand the pernicious role of structural racism as a root cause of persistent poverty was fundamental. Government sanctioned racist policies and other forms of institutional racism over the centuries have contributed deeply to the current reality of Newark: a highly segregated, post-industrial city where 36% of children are living in poverty or extreme poverty.  

Victoria trustees recently adopted the following mission: 

Victoria Foundation partners with Black and Brown residents and other marginalized communities and nonprofit organizations in Newark to champion bold strategies that strengthen community power, foster economic justice, promote youth self-determination, and respond to pressing needs.   

ROLE SUMMARY  

A newly created part-time position reporting to the Co-Executive Officers with a dotted line to the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of People & Culture (DPC) will join Victoria to provide the leadership and vision to realize a culture of equity both internally and externally. In collaboration with the leadership team, the DPC will ensure that organizational structures and grantmaking decisions are fully reflective of and inspired by an equity lens and embody the foundation’s new strategic goals. The DPC will guide the development and implementation of an overarching DEI  (diversity, equity and inclusion) vision, equitable HR practices, and a culture of continuous learning. 

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