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Director, Changeworks, Organizational Development Practice

at Arabella Advisors in Washington, DC/New York, NY/Durham, NC/Chicago, IL/New York, NY/San Francisco, CA

About the Job

Director, ChangeWorks Organizational Development Practice, Advisory Services (Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL, Durham, NC, New York, NY)

A mission-driven professional who will provide strategic consulting services to a diverse portfolio of non-profit and philanthropy clients to help them build thriving organizations through organizational development and operational planning.

The ChangeWorks practice at Arabella Advisors centers on providing foundations, nonprofits, and other mission driven organizations support in building people practices, systems, processes, and structures that ensure they are operating effectively and can deliver the greatest impact to the field. The Director of ChangeWorks will work closely with the Senior Director to manage consulting engagements focused on organizational design and operational planning for a range of clients, including foundations, family and individual philanthropists, and nonprofits. The Director will support project work for the practice, applying their expertise and knowledge to coach Arabella’s more junior practitioners and ensure we are meeting a consistently high standard of quality. We seek someone with a passion for professional services, an organizational development mindset, some experience working in nonprofits or foundations, and strong writing and facilitation skills.

About Arabella Advisors

Arabella Advisors provides guidance and support to changemakers pursuing significant social and environmental impact. An award-winning consulting firm and certified B Corporation, Arabella Advisors is dedicated to making philanthropic work more efficient, effective, and equitable.

About Arabella’s Advisory Services Team

The Advisory team is a collegial, client-focused, and DEI- and impact-driven community that provides a range of strategic consulting services to institutional foundations, family foundations, corporations and corporate foundations, impact investors, and philanthropic individuals. Our team helps clients chart their social impact and philanthropic journey, design and build new initiatives and organizations, develop grant-making and impact investment strategies, implement programs and grant initiatives, conduct diligence, evaluate impact, and collaborate effectively with other donors and investors. Together, we work with many of the nation’s leading philanthropists, helping them achieve equity-focused impact in education, health, conservation and the environment, and more. 

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Advancing DEI within our firm and in our work with partners is critical to our mission. To be effective partners to philanthropists, nonprofits, and communities impacted by philanthropic dollars, we need to have a highly diverse staff, a workplace where individuals are encouraged to retain their uniqueness and can feel a sense of belonging, and a nuanced understanding of the racial, ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, and other disparities that undergird the issues we engage in and the interactions we have with one another. For us, equity means that our staff members, our clients, and the people they serve can experience the same level of success, no matter their starting place. We expect all our employees to share this commitment, and always seek ways to improve how well we live these values. Click here to learn more about DEI at Arabella and read our official DEI statement.

Total Rewards (compensation and benefits)

This is a Full Time position. We offer a competitive and holistic total rewards package that includes salary, bonus, and benefits. Our base salaries are based on a blend of similar sized organizations from different sectors, including nonprofits, foundations, and professional service firms. They are also based on local market rates and differentiated by geography. 

All full-time staff are eligible for our generous benefits package on their first day of employment:

  • Health insurance- On average Arabella pays 86% of the medical premium, 80% of the dental premium, and 100% of the vision premium
  • Paid time off- 16days’ vacation, 10 personal days, 11 company holidays (7 federal and 4 more from a list of inclusive cultural and religious holidays and your birthday), 20 hours’ volunteer leave, 8 weeks’ parental leave
  • 401(k) retirement plan- We offer a 4% employer match on a dollar-per-dollar basis, and there is no waiting or vesting period; all funds contributed by you and Arabella are yours to keep on day 1
  • Reimbursements for your personal cell phone plan and fitness
  • Pre-tax withholding for transportation and parking
  • Bonus incentive opportunities
  • Access to professional development opportunities

Working with Us

While this position must be based in Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL, Durham, NC, New York, NY. Please note that due to COVID-19, all Arabella Advisors' offices are closed, and we continue to temporarily work in a remote environment.

When we reopen -- currently anticipated in early 2022 -- we will be returning to work with a hybrid workplace strategy to ensure continued flexibility for our staff, while deepening our strong culture rooted in collaboration and in-person interactions between colleagues. It is our expectation that once we reopen, Arabellans will generally work 2-4 days per week from the office and 2-4 days at home/remotely. We will make reasonable accommodations under the guidelines of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

We are committed to having a passion-driven, inclusive, transparent, collaborative, healthy, and fun culture. We invite you to visit our careers page to learn more.


Essential Responsibilities

Client Service (~50-65%)

Project Management & Oversight: Serve as senior strategist or project manager on complex client projects ensuring client deliverables, client meetings, and presentations meet or exceed client expectations; specific duties will vary based on the type of project but are likely to include:

  • Developing and managing project scopes
  • Developing and managing project teams
  • Designing and facilitating high-quality working sessions with clients and other stakeholders
  • Leading client meetings clearly communicating project progress and findings and facilitating decision making
  • Identifying and leading opportunities for renewal or scope expansion

Ensuring a project remains on time and on budget

  • Developing high-quality reports and presentations, including overseeing or leading the research and analysis process leading up to deliverable development
  • Overseeing cross-functional teams

Applying a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lens: Ensure the team is applying DEI principles to the scope of work, asking at all phases: “What can we be doing to build more equitable processes and achieve more equitable outcomes?”

Relationship Management: Develop, manage, and grow relationships with clients. The Director must have the emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills necessary to build long-lasting and close relationships with their clients

Project Team Development: In the context of project work, train project team members and help develop their skills and talent with special focus on creative facilitation, collaborative decision making, and adult learning methods to support our clients

Business Development and Marketing (~15-20%)

  • Partner with business development team to qualify leads and pitch new opportunities with prospective family and individual clients or to advisors of families and individuals
  • Serve as senior lead on proposals, including advising or leading on scope design and pricing and closing the opportunity with the prospect
  • Stay abreast of developments of the field and use this information to hone services and business strategy; represent the firm at select conferences and events

Management and Internal Strategy (~15-20%)

Community of Practice: Partner with the Senior Director of ChangeWorks to build and manage community of practice for ChangeWorks project team members

Internal Strategy & Team Objectives: Contribute to the development, implementation, and management of key components of the team and firm’s strategic plan, annual objectives, and key business performance metrics

General Management & Mentorship: Contribute to professional growth and satisfaction of junior staff in concert with the Senior Director of ChangeWorks work by providing direction, support, guidance and mentorship on project work and by promoting firm culture that centers DEI; Develop and share relevant skills and issue-area expertise

To be successful in this role you’ll need:

  • Work experience in relevant field (management consulting, professional services, philanthropy, public policy, nonprofit management, corporate social responsibility, etc.) with emphasis on experience assessing and making recommendations on people practices, organizational systems, or structures for greater effectiveness
  • At least 10 years of professional experience with steadily increasing job responsibility and management experience; experience with operations development, team management, or human resources within an organization preferred
  • Experience in philanthropy, nonprofit management, business and/or organizational development consulting experience preferred
  • Proven ability to work with diverse audiences and stakeholders, facilitate meetings and conversations, and bring groups to decisions with a goal of excellent client service
  • Ability to manage and lead a complex project, to oversee and delegate to team members, and to meet deadlines, while creating a positive and inclusive team environment
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills with an understanding of how to guide teams in gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing diverse information from written documents and interviews
  • Prior consulting experience and knowledge of the process for developing strong client deliverables preferred
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong writing skills and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to balance multiple priorities and projects with flexibility and an open mind
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Our Core Competencies:

  • The ability to provide excellent service, including being able to address complex service matters, implement and communicate service changes to everyone involved, and to coach teammates on how to apply the firm’s service standards
  • The ability to manage large-scale and cross-firm projects, including delegating and managing all resources, identifying and implementing improved processes, monitoring consistency across project teams, and providing direction and support to teammates
  • The ability to facilitate and negotiate among stakeholders with conflicting needs and to generate consensus among decision makers
  • The ability to help effectively communicate difficult messages; to adapt style, tone, and content to meet various needs; and to coach teammates on crafting content
  • The ability to work cooperatively and inclusively with others to achieve shared goals, including encouraging and facilitating effective compromise, drawing on the capabilities of all team members, and leading team-level knowledge sharing
  • The ability to use available resources and feedback to continually develop mastery in your role and facilitate team and project-level learning, including coaching others

    The ability to solve complex challenges by identifying innovative solutions and facilitating coordination with others

To apply

Submit a resume and a one-page cover letter online. The cover letter should address why you’re excited to work at Arabella and why you’re qualified for this specific job.

Arabella Advisors is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to racial equity. If we can make the application process easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know.

We encourage you to read (or listen to) our DEI statement prior to applying. We make a particular effort to recruit people of color and members of marginalized groups to apply for open positions. Once you have applied, we welcome your feedback on how you have experienced our values around DEI in the recruitment process.

While Arabella is open to individuals from various locations applying to join our team, please note that we generally are unable to pay for relocation expenses, and, except in rare circumstances considered on a case-by-case basis, all applicants must already be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of application to be considered for this position. 

We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing from you.

Arabella Advisors

Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources. We help our clients imagine what’s possible, design the best strategies, learn what works best, and do the work necessary to realize their visions.

Our staff is a team of passionate problem-solvers—mission-driven and action-oriented—with a unique combination of experience in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, government, finance, law, and other fields. We combine creative, strategic thinking with knowledge and networks developed through decades of hands-on experience. The fastest-growing philanthropic advisory firm in the nation, Arabella is also a certified B Corporation.

Our leadership team, advisors, colleagues, and staff are fundamentally concerned with social change. We share a desire to make a difference and apply an outcomes-focused approach. Our internal culture supports employee passions, enables continuous learning, and fosters innovation, risk taking, and fun—even as it emphasizes excellence.