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Director of Organization Development

Year Up

Year Up

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Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2024


Reporting to the National Director, Talent and People Analytics, we are looking for a Director of OD to join our national Human Resources team. You will play an integral role on a small, nimble team that is dedicated to supporting positive employee experiences for staff across the country. Together, the team works to create effective products and process in support of staff career development, performance management, team design, culture and engagement, people analytics and workforce planning. In doing this work, you will work collaboratively with various internal and external partners. Projects and priorities will evolve over time depending on strategic need in this rapidly growing, innovative nonprofit, so it’s critical that you remain flexible, enjoy change, and remain productive through ambiguity.

To be successful in this role, you will be analytical, forward-looking, proactive and skilled in creating both solutions and detailed project plans (and leading the execution of both). The ideal candidate is at once a disciplined project manager and a creative thinker; someone who can come up with innovative ideas, present them logically, and lead by influence to bring others along. Prior experience in workforce analysis and talent management, deploying initiatives into multiple locations, and connecting SaaS to execute an effective business process is ideal, as well as an ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities.

As part of their work, the Director of Organization Development will also have the opportunity to interact with students as a mentor, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in Year Up’s mission.

The location for this position is flexible, with preference given to candidates residing on the East Coast and within commuting distance of a Year Up site location.


Our team flexes to resource projects and regular business as needed. Areas of contribution are likely to include, but not limited to:

Performance Management

  • Lead implementation and iteration of performance management for the organization; assist in ensuring the successful management and optimization of Workday, working closely with HRIS
  • Provide talent management and implementation expertise - working with internal teams to understand business requirements, and participate in testing, communications, change management and reports design for the launch
  • Lead change management of this effort which includes the HR team and a matrixed cross-functional organization - an integral part of this will be rolling up key themes, milestones and next steps for the senior leadership team


  • Keep pulse on culture of Year Up (YU), and oversee national efforts to maintain and improve it by working with local stewards
  • Ensure robust data collection strategy and execution including annual employee surveys, exit interviews, and other means to keep our culture strong and vibrant
  • Increase overall effectiveness of change management efforts at YU
  • Leverage Culture Amp as our chosen survey design tool, optimizing this resource to support Employee Engagement insights

Organization and Team Design

  • Support organizational design efforts, reorganization, and workgroup development
  • Assist in creation of structures, tools, and consulting to leaders who are creating teams, or shepherding teams through breakdown/transition into effectiveness

People Analytics

  • Contribute to the development of the organizational strategy for people data, including data governance, tools, and technology to support data-driven decision making throughout the organization
  • Support system decision-making, scoping, and prioritizing HR technology and systems projects in support of our overall people strategy

People Management

  • Responsible for the direct management of a team of Organizational Development and/or People Analytics professionals
  • Ensure you uphold Year Up’s expectations of People Managers, supporting their development through regular one-on-ones, coaching, and feedback

HR Initiatives

  • Support other HR activities as necessary in small department supporting midsize organization
  • Close support: work directly with sites to provide expertise, coaching, consulting, and/or delivering workshops to accomplish key goals for our students
  • 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


  • 7+ years of professional experience, 4+ in organizational development, talent management, or equivalent
  • 3 years of experience managing others
  • Strong project management experience, including the ability to plan and execute complex technology-based projects with cross-functional teams
  • Able to build successful partnerships with stakeholders both within HR and across the organization
  • Experience leading by influence: working with and through others, remotely, where no direct reporting lines or authority are present
  • Highly desirable experience: experience in building the talent management aspects and HR project management of HRIS system implementation
  • 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)
  • Exhibits strong analytical and problem-solving ability including the ability develop innovative solutions to serve business needs
  • 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 Range: $79,800 - $117,000



  • Year Up has established salary ranges for each of our sites, which allows us to pay employees competitively, equitably and consistently in different geographic markets. For roles in which the location is listed as flexible, the range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations. Salary offers take into account a candidate’s skills, experience, and location. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your location during the hiring process.

  • Benefits: Comprehensive healthcare options and dental coverage; 401(k) match for eligible participants.

  • Vacation: Earn 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 ($2,500 per year)

** This is an exempt role (paid on a salaried basis). **


Year Up is a national 501(c)3 workforce development organization committed to ensuring equitable access to economic opportunity, education, and justice for all young adults—no matter their background, income, or zip code. Employers face a growing need for talent while millions of talented young adults lack access to meaningful careers. These inequities only further perpetuate the opportunity gap that exists in our country—a gap that Year Up is determined and positioned to close through three interconnected strategies: providing targeted skills training and connections to livable-wage employment for students and alumni; empowering others to serve and support young adults, and changing systems that perpetuate the opportunity gap. Year Up’s intensive training program utilizes a high expectations, high support model where students learn in-demand technical and professional skills and apply them during a corporate internship. Year Up has directly served more than 40,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up's nationwide presence includes Arizona, Austin, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington.

Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The NonProfit Times, Year Up is a rewarding and impactful 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 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 embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. All aspects of employment, including the decision to hire, promote, discharge, or discipline, are based on meritocracy. We do not permit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local laws. Learn more about our commitment to diversity: http://www.yearup.org/about-us/careers/commitment-to-diversity/

Year Up is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Your recruiter can provide details regarding the expected work environment and any physical requirements. Please let our hiring team know if you need an accommodation at any point during the interview process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.


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