About New Tech Network
New Tech Network (NTN), a national nonprofit organization, is a leading design partner for comprehensive school change. They work closely with districts and schools to co-create innovative and equitable learning environments in more than 200 schools in the U.S. and Australia. Through a proven school model, a project-based learning platform, and powerful professional development, they coach schools toward lasting change and ongoing improvement. Headquartered in Napa, California, New Tech Network staff are geographically dispersed and have a long-established virtual and remote workforce. NTN’s virtual practices enabled the organization to shift service delivery to fully remote as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, to support network schools in their shifts to remote and hybrid conditions.
New Tech Network views diversity/ multiculturalism as an organizational asset and they are committed to creating an organization that reflects the communities they serve, in addition to a culture where everyone feels valued, heard, and included.
The People, Culture, and Equity team is responsible for creating strategic alignment between the organization’s goals and values and the people who implement them. Every aspect of the department’s efforts are aligned with NTN’s Equity Beliefs and Commitments. Notably: “They aspire to become an anti-racist organization that contributes to the formation of a just and equitable society and they recognize that work must start with themselves and be ongoing and deliberate.” Led by the Chief People and Equity Officer (CPEO), the team consists of an external HR Partner, Director of Equity, and a People Experience Manager, whose activities and efforts help to bridge New Tech Network’s products and services that support closing the opportunity gaps in the communities they serve and in New Tech Network’s internal capacity building.
This senior leadership role, Chief People and Equity Officer (CPEO), is ideal for a passionate, values-driven professional with significant experience and expertise in human resources, talent development, and all aspects of organizational culture. This leader is a life-long learner who is familiar with K-12 education systems and ideally has experience working within the nonprofit sector. The CPEO will lead in the development of structures and strategy, management principles and practices, and the theory of organizational change that centers DEI in all of New Tech Network’s systems and processes. They will lead New Tech Network in their efforts to foster and encourage a strong, inclusive culture with highly engaged staff while simultaneously leading the organization on its journey towards being an anti-racist organization.
The successful person in this role is a “people/HR” content expert, a skilled practitioner, a strategist, a collaborative leader of the People, Culture & Equity Team, and a peer to the senior leadership team members as they think through how best to amplify their efforts across the talent development spectrum and weave DEI into the fabric of all the organization’s work. They will bring a deep level of empathy, emotional intelligence, and a sincere curiosity for learning and discovery to an organization with a people-first and inclusive culture.
The CPEO understands that people are at the center of everything, and that for New Tech Network which serves as a model to the schools and districts in their network, this means supporting a vibrant, equity-focused organization where learning includes listening first with the inclination to act. This leader realizes that attracting and retaining diverse talent creates a positive, creative, and affirming culture and they are poised to bring strategic depth to this role while simultaneously providing hands-on attention to the functions across the entire talent spectrum.
Ideal candidates will have significant experience developing, implementing, and evaluating talent programs and initiatives and also advancing a diversity, equity and inclusion plan/program within an organization that includes many stakeholders. They will have an understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds as well as identities – gender identity, sexual orientation, disability etc. of staff.
The Chief People and Equity Officer’s role will be expected to demonstrate the following competencies:
Significant Talent and Human Capital Experience and Expertise: This person will bring deep HR experience, expertise and best practices to the Chief People and Equity Officer role. They will manage the People, Culture, and Equity team as they develop strategies and systems for equitable and innovative hiring and onboarding. The CPEO will also add value to the internal career and performance development areas to provide clear engagement and advancement opportunities for all employees. This person will ensure that the organization’s DEI efforts extend to these aspects of the work. The person in this role sees themselves as a player/coach who is still close to the HR and Talent work as a member of small and high performing team.
DEI Experience and Expertise: The Chief People and Equity Officer is an experienced professional passionate about the DEI space, with knowledge of DEI standard methodologies, state of the profession, and current research. They will lead the efforts of New Tech Network being more diverse, equitable, and inclusive as well as moving towards an anti-racist culture and environment. As an internal resource, this person will be an experienced advocate for DEI topics, and will be comfortable both challenging and building capacity among senior leadership, New Tech Network staff, and the Board of Directors. This individual will also be experienced in the definition, implementation, improvement and/or leadership of diversity, equity and inclusion programs. Additionally, the CPEO will have the skill in analyzing, measuring, and reporting on the efficacy of DEI programs and activities.
Deep Belief in the Power of Culture and Equity: The Chief People and Equity Officer will be experienced and skilled at identifying, codifying and formalizing cultural values and norms that permeate throughout New Tech Network. They will exemplify the “culture of care” that is a hallmark of New Tech Network through care for the work, the teachers and schools they serve, and the team surrounding them. The CPEO will approach their work with empathy and curiosity which will be evident in their ability to nurture and translate cultural competencies into action plans that move the organization forward.
Collaborative Relationship Building Skills: The Chief People and Equity Officer will have the ability to cultivate and develop collaborative trust-based working relationships with internal partners, as well as the ability to negotiate and influence. The New Tech Network culture is highly collaborative, so relationships will be critical as the CPEO advances HR, Talent efforts, DEI discussions and initiatives within the organization. The CPEO will be skilled and versatile at creating space for conversations to take place and also holding space for staff as they navigate the anti-racism journey both personally and professionally. It is imperative that this person embody New Tech Network’s culture of care throughout their approach to building and maintaining relationships and that they are a bridge builder across teams, committees, projects, and throughout their external work.
Superior Communication and Facilitation Skills: This person will join New Tech Network with a listening-first approach, devoting time to understanding the state of HR, Talent and DEI within the organization, including developing a deep understanding of the equity-based efforts in our external-facing relationships with schools and communities. The CPEO will need to be a patient and thoughtful communicator as they lead New Tech Network’s ongoing efforts to establish shared vocabulary and norms. This individual will have experience designing and facilitating inclusive professional development for adult learners that encourages openness, transparency, personal interaction and active listening.
New Tech Network has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Christy Farrell. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here, or email Michelle and Christy at the following:
Michelle R.S. Bonoan
Vice President, Executive Search
The New Tech Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard ace, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.
About Koya Leadership Partners
Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital-consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com