For more than 20 years, Girls Write Now has been a leader in arts education as New York’s first and only writing and mentoring organization for girls. We match underserved teen girls and gender expansive youth with professional writers and digital media makers as their personal mentors. Our mentees are published in outlets including The New York Times, Newsweek and BuzzFeed, perform at Lincoln Center and the United Nations, and earn hundreds of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. 100% of Girls Write Now seniors are accepted to college. The organization has been distinguished three times by the White House as one of the nation’s top youth programs and twice by the Nonprofit Excellence Awards as one of New York’s top ten nonprofits. Reaching over 6,000 girls annually in all 51 council districts, Girls Write Now is a founding partner of the New York City Council’s STARS Citywide Girls Initiative.
The Talent Manager (TM) will be laser focused on elevating diverse voices through the power of art, mentoring, art and community. The ideal candidate is a strong writer, a people person with solid HR experience, an ingenuitive self-starter, a collaborator across departments, and an unabashed ambassador of the Girls Write Now mission both internally and externally.
The TM will strengthen a talent pipeline into not only the offices of Girls Write Now, but into companies across industries in need of new writers and leaders. Through a DEI lens, the TM will recruit and support the professional development and wellness of the Girls Write Now staff. Because Girls Write Now’s mighty team of approximately 10 full-time employees is small, and a good portion of the TM’s time will be spent mining and engaging our expansive community of mentors, mentees, and alumnae—then brokering career opportunities between them and our corporate partners new and old.
Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with Programs, Development & Communications departments, the Talent Manager’s role consists of:
HR Services for the Girls Write Now Team:
- Recruit, onboard, and train the Girls Write Now staff, including updating and maintaining the systems behind these activities using Salesforce and HR platform(s)
- Manage professional development and performance evaluation of staff
- Ensure a positive and healthy workplace culture, keeping an eye on employees’ work/life balance, wellness, and self-care
- Liaise with labor attorney to maintain and build out HR systems, structures & policies
- All of the above with a focus on building out and overseeing the Fellowship Program comprised of full-time Fellows
Engagement of the Larger Girls Write Now Community
- Build a robust Alumnae Engagement Plan to ensure mentor and mentee alumnae are accessible and engaged to both benefit from and contribute to Girls Write Now’s services
- Recruit multi-generational talent from within Girls Write Now (from mentors, mentees, alumnae, board, donors, and more) to refer strong candidates for our professional development programs, job/internship placements, and other career opportunities
- Cultivate our successful mentors, alumnae, and other community members to identify new companies within their networks where we can organically partner and place our talent
- Work closely with Programs to ensure that the Writing Works Program professionally prepares participants to be strong employees at the businesses of our corporate partners
Girls Write Now Ambassadorship of Corporate Partnerships
- A key representative of the staff team that creates and grows our corporate partnerships, with a focus on job and internship placements
- Develop and tailor for companies internship and in-house mentorship programs
- Attend and help lead corporate meetings, owning associated marketing materials
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Serve as the staff lead for Girls Write Now’s Racial Justice Strategic Planning Process, working closely with the Executive Director and the Diversity Committee lead, with an eye towards creating a diverse composition of leaders and stakeholders, and engendering a culture to enable retention of that diverse talent—leading to the inclusive, equitable, diverse organization we seek.
- Plan, manage, and serve as the point to third party experts for key parts of the Racial Justice Plan.
Successful candidates are strong leaders, skilled writers, clear communicators, analytical thinkers and outside-of-the-box problem solvers. They have well-developed project management skills, are comfortable working collaboratively and iteratively, pivoting when needed, and ultimately getting the job done.
- A college or Masters degree
- A minimum of 5 years professional experience in an office setting
- A minimum of 2-3 years experience in HR or HR-related work
- Track record of successfully managing projects, people and information
- Volunteer management experience preferred
- Savvy with databases and complex management systems
- Excitement to support Girls Write Now’s mission, and to grow in the role over time
This position is temporarily remote until the summer when we transition to in-person operations.
Girls Write Now Talent Manager is an exempt employee position with competitive salaries and benefit packages. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.
Please complete the application through the button below, which includes uploading your resume/CV, cover letter and writing samples. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.
It is Girls Write Now’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and to all applicants for employment regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, disability (including victims of domestic violence), age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or citizenship. This policy applies to all Girls Write Now activities including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion or any other characteristic protected by law.