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Manager of Organization Development

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Year Up | Boston, MA

Year Up

Published 2 days ago

February 15, 2020
February 14, 2020

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Title: Manager of Organization Development (Location Flexible/Providence, Boston, Chicago, NYC preferred)
Office: National
Location: Providence, RI
Career Stage: Manager
FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Type: Regular Full-Time


Working closely with the Senior Director of Organization Development, we are looking for a Manager of Organization Development (Location Flexible/Providence, Boston, Chicago, NYC preferred) to join our national Organization Development department. You will play an integral role on the OD team to support our HR strategy across the organization. Main areas of focus are supporting key talent initiatives including employee engagement, keeping a pulse on culture through employee & exit interviews, performance & succession management, leveraging data to determine talent needs & challenges, building standards around HR frameworks such as competencies and job catalogs. In doing this work, you will work collaboratively with various internal and external partners. Additional projects will evolve over time depending on strategic need in this rapidly-growing nonprofit, so it's critical that you remain flexible, enjoy change, and keep productive through ambiguity.

Successful candidates are systems-thinkers with experience in human resources and organization development, who can keep multiple competing priorities moving smoothly towards resolution. Prior experience with organizational development and initiatives and programs supporting and developing talent is ideal, as well as experience in rapid-growth situations.

In keeping with Year Up's values, this role will provide direct service to students in accordance with the expectations for National staff (e.g. joint coaching, mentoring, tutoring, etc.).

We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.


Organization Development

Serve as an "OD Generalist" as a key member of a nimble project team supporting initiatives and programs such as performance and succession management, employee engagement, culture & surveys, org design, and talent analytics. Focus areas and projects likely to include, but not limited to:

  • Partner with an HR leader on all surveys, data collection and analysis efforts to support strategic insights & decisions regarding staff engagement and organizational culture. This includes but is not limited to execution, data analysis, and drafting conclusions, and present findings/recommendations to appropriate audiences.
  • Consult with internal clients to support their use of organizational survey tools
  • Oversee org-wide exit interview process. Set up a system based on established industry-wide best practices, and document, share, and ensure consistent adoption.
  • With support, set organizational strategy and goals for Org Health & Wellness, ensuring they are woven into all Organization Development programs & initiatives as well as the fabric of our culture
  • Assess organizational needs regarding staff wellness in order to create, project-manage, and implement relevant solutions
  • Steward Wellness cross-site team & related initiatives to both learn about site gaps/needs and support regional implementations of national initiatives
  • Close support: work directly with sites to provide expertise, coaching, consulting, and/or delivering workshops to accomplish key goals for our students
  • Take on special projects as needed to serve departmental and organizational priorities

HR Initiatives

  • Support other HR activities as necessary in small department supporting midsize organization
  • Keep current on Year Up as a business to continually respond to, and anticipate needs
  • Keep connected to the general field of HR, and in particular OD, as a source of information and grounding, and to bring best practices to Year Up.


  • 4+ years of professional experience
  • 3+ years' in HR/OD, including leading talent management efforts in rapidly-growing companies with multiple locations across the country
  • Strong project management experience, including the ability to plan and execute complex projects with limited oversight
  • Experience leading by influence: working with and through others, remotely, where no direct reporting lines or authority are present.
  • Working knowledge of Predictive Index® and change management models a plus.
  • Sound judgment, a high degree of professionalism, and the ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, mature interpersonal style, and the ability to interact with a diverse range of people
  • A willingness to take initiative, and the ability to be flexible while handling increased responsibilities matched with the desire to do whatever it takes to get the job done (no task too large, or too small)
  • Ability to navigate systems and technology
  • Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion; evidence of cultural sensitivity in past employment and life experiences
  • A passion for working with youth, an unshakeable belief in their potential, and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up


  • Salary: Competitive and commensurate with education and experience
  • Benefits: Competitive package including 100% healthcare coverage, dental, and 401(k) match
  • Vacation: Three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year
  • Professional development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives


Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that enables motivated young adults, ages 18-24, to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year, by providing the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their full potential. Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high expectations, high support model where students spend the first six months learning in-demand technical and professional skills, focusing on one of five career pathways, before applying their skills during a six-month corporate internship with a top company. Throughout the program, students earn an educational stipend, and complete coursework eligible for college credits.

Year Up has served more than 24,000 young adults since its founding in 2000, and will serve more than 4,700 young adults in 2019 nationwide. Year Up currently serves 25 U.S. cities across 18 markets, including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington. 90% of Year Up graduates are employed and/or enrolled in postsecondary education within four months of program completion and employed graduates earn an average starting salary of $40,000 per year.

Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young people. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.


Year Up actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to our young adults as we work to close the Opportunity Divide. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work environment. Learn more about our commitment to diversity:

As an equal opportunity employer, Year Up is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through our website.

Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We respectfully request no phone calls.

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