Initiative Associate

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Posted On: June 23, 2017

NoVo Foundation acts from the original meaning of philanthropy: the love of humanity.
The Foundation is dedicated to catalyzing a global social transformation away from current cultures of domination and their reliance on hierarchy, violence, and the subordination of girls and women.

NoVo believes a new code of behavior is possible, where we are all linked and not ranked. We envision a balanced world that’s governed by principles of mutual respect, collaboration, and civic participation, and that our contribution is to help create the conditions for that new code to arise, and inspire others to join them. We seek pivot points in society – such as adolescent girls and local economies – where support and resources can have long-lasting and wide-ranging positive impact. We see violence against girls and women as a fundamental enforcer of oppression and work to eradicate its presence.

The scale of these ambitions guides our investment strategies. Ours is both risk capital and patient capital; experimentation and new thinking are critical paths forward. Seeing the world as it is, and as it could be, inspires our voice. Through all of our activities, we try to illuminate the possibility of a new paradigm, gather evidence of its existence, and establish pathways for its manifestation. We are humbled and honored to contribute to building a world based on peace, compassion, justice, and love.

Jennifer and Peter Buffett are the co-presidents of the Foundation and have articulated the vision and values that guide its work.

For further details about the mission and vision of the NoVo Foundation please visit

We are hiring an Initiative Associate to work on our Indigenous Communities Initiative.

The Initiative Associate will report to the Indigenous Communities Initiative’s Program Officer. S/he will support the grant-making function of the Initiative as well as manage strategic projects, engage in the development and ongoing implementation of the NoVo portfolio, and provide administrative support. S/he will work closely with other program staff and NoVo’s Grants Administration team. This role demands knowledge of the field of Indigenous Communities as well as passion for NoVo Foundation’s mission to foster a transformation from a world of domination and exploitation to one of collaboration and partnership.

The Initiative Associate will work with the Indigenous Communities Program Officer who is currently based in western Montana on the Flathead Reservation. The Initiative Associate may be based in NoVo’s offices – either in New York City or Kingston, NY – or remotely on the Flathead Reservation where the Program Officer is based. Regular travel on site visits and to NoVo’s Kingston and New York City offices for meetings and other Foundation activities is expected.

• Supporting the Program Officer in the management of grants from exploration and solicitation through assessment, recommendation, and presentation to Grants Committee. Once funded, this position will be support grant management and relationships with grantees as a key point of contact.
• Reviewing information relevant to grant recommendations and gathering needed materials, as well as writing proposal summaries for presentation at Grants Committee meetings.
• Maintaining organization, grant, and contact records in the Foundation’s database in a complete, correct, and timely manner; creating and running reports as needed.
• Monitoring programmatic and budgetary goals for the IC Initiative.
• Taking notes in meetings with grantee partners and assisting with any necessary follow-up.
Research, strategy, and learning
• Serving as a thought partner to the Senior Director and Program Officer in strategic planning and monitoring of programmatic and budgetary progress.
• Conducting research and remaining up-to-date on issues, strategies, and funding within the Initiative.
• Participating in and reporting on meetings and telephone consultations with prospective and current grantee partners, other funders, and stakeholders in North America and, occasionally, beyond.
• Participating in and reporting on events and activities such as conferences and affinity group meetings that will help strengthen and promote the goals of NoVo Foundation.
• Maintaining a filing system for the Initiative, including general information on current, past, and prospective grantee partners.
• Drafting and proofreading correspondence for the Initiative.
• Scheduling meetings and making domestic and international travel arrangements.
• Preparing and managing the submission of expense reports.
• Creating external and internal documents for the Initiative.
• Assisting with meeting preparation, photocopying, scanning, filing, and other administrative responsibilities as necessary.

who brings…
• Familiarity, passion, and demonstrated commitment to the NoVo Foundation’s mission and vision, a dedication to supporting Indigenous communities and peoples, and a strong awareness and understanding of the intersection of race, class, gender, and settler-colonialism.
• BA/BS required.
• 1-3 years of related professional experience working with Indigenous communities.
• High proficiency in Microsoft Office, Mac OS, databases, and cloud-based environments. Experience with Salesforce and Concur a plus.
• Exemplary written and verbal communication skills.
• Rigorous attention to detail; methodical, swift, and accurate.
• Comfort with quantitative data, budgets, and financial information; strong analytical skills.
• Self-starting skills and an orientation toward the group’s success.

who is...
• Emotionally intelligent and able to build strong relationships that inspire openness and trust.
• Intellectually curious, insightful, and resourceful.
• Able to take initiative and drive work with moderate supervision and guidance.
• Intentional about creating order, ensuring deadlines are met, and planning ahead.
• Able to handle confidential information with complete discretion.
• Able to work comfortably and effectively with colleagues in remote locations.

Our hiring process is designed to give candidates insight into the nature of the challenges that we face in our daily work and bring into focus the candidates that we have learned will be most successful in this role and at our organization. Here are the anticipated phases of our process:
• Phase 1: Tell us about yourself in a cover letter and resume – June-early July
• Phase 2: Skype interview to assess overall fit with the organization – early August
• Phase 3: In-person interview with NoVo staff and written exercise, location TBD – mid-August
• Phase 4: In-person interview with NoVo staff, NYC – late-August
• Phase 5: Our goal is to make offers soon after the final interview for a mid-September start date


NoVo offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, generous vacation, and a pleasant working environment. The Foundation employs a small staff and is dedicated to promoting an environment of collaboration and workplace flexibility.

NoVo deeply values diversity and is committed to the recruitment and retention of individuals of underrepresented backgrounds, including gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation.

• All applications will be received via email. No phone calls or snail mail. E-mail applications to with subject line: Indigenous Communities Associate/YOUR NAME.
• Applications must include a thoughtful cover letter and resume in .pdf format. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.
• Application Deadline: 7/7/17

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