Chief of Staff to Founder & CEO

New York

Who We Are: Ubuntu Pathways

Ubuntu provides world-class education and healthcare to orphaned and vulnerable children living in the townships of Gqeberha, South Africa. Nuancing traditional development models, we have redefined the theory of “going to scale;” instead of expanding geographically, we focus on the depth rather than breadth of our impact within a community of 400,000 people. Ubuntu's programs form an integrated system of health, educational, and social services.

Since our inception, Ubuntu has grown into a thriving community institution in the heart of the townships as well as a global model for poverty alleviation, garnering recognition from the likes of the World Economic Forum, Aspen Institute, President Bill Clinton, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Ubuntu Pathways breaks the cycle of poverty by providing South Africa's most vulnerable children with what all children deserve—everything, every day.

At-a-Glance:

  • Founded in 1999

  • Over 150 global staff

  • 2,000 vulnerable children on pathways out of poverty


Who We’re Looking For:

The Chief of Staff (COS) plays a central role in supporting Ubuntu’s Founder & Chief Executive Officer. This person will provide essential strategic, project- based, and administrative capacity to help the CEO focus on the organization’s top-level business priorities. The CEO’s mandate is to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. The candidate will work as a right hand to the CEO helping to drive initiatives to bolster Ubuntu’s health and education campus in South Africa while building alternative revenue generating models.

In order to support the CEO, the COS will need experience in cross-functional teams and an eagerness to learn new skills. In order to keep pace with the CEO and the executive team, they will need to be a focused, collaborative, and passionate strategic thinker, as well as data-driven and analytical in their approach to problem-solving.


Job responsibilities:

  • Manage a variety of long-term, cross-organizational projects including relationship management, legal compliance and fundraising.

  • Oversee meeting preparation and planning for Board of Directors; supporting the CEO in managing interactions with board chair and committee leaders.

  • Set meeting agendas and prepare necessary materials, review documents, and provide analysis to help prepare the CEO for a variety of internal and external meetings.

  • Transmit what the CEO is working on to other parts of the organization and departments.

  • Assist the CEO to manage an extremely hectic schedule by taking lower-priority work off their plate and completing it accurately and quickly.

  • Manage the CEO calendar and prioritize their time and schedule to maximize efficiency.

  • Drafts letters, emails, reports, and other correspondence on behalf of the CEO

  • Supports the CEO in meetings by taking notes and assuming responsibility for completion of action items.

  • Drive early stage research and development of special projects and initiatives.

  • Improve the efficiency of the business by managing the time of the executive leader.


Skills

  • Organization and planning tools to prioritize tasks, set meetings and diffuse work conflict without bringing it to the attention of the executive leader.

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication; the ability to listen well and easily learn to communicate in someone else’s “written voice”.

  • Interest and curiosity to dive deeper into the array of responsibilities the CEO deals with on a daily basis, from development and program policy and fundraising, to business development and legal compliance.

  • Systems and process-thinking; loves creating order out of chaos.

  • Comfort behind the scenes, supporting the person in the spotlight. Thrives on helping others be their best selves and anticipating their needs before they are spoken.

  • Discrete and trustworthy with highly confidential information.

  • Experience with budget management

  • Proven success in a project management role.

  • Capacity to work under pressure and meet multiple and competing deadlines.


Education and qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree required. Masters degree in related field or MBA preferred.

  • 7+ years experience working in a fast-paced environment, as well as broad exposure to different business functions.


To apply, send a cover letter and résumé/CV to ubuntunyc@ubuntupathways.org.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package including medical, dental, and 401k. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis, The final step in the hiring process will be to arrange personal reference calls to confirm the details of your work history and performance. Applicants must be eligible to work within the United States. Currently, our NYC office is operating on a hybrid schedule, working in-office Tuesday-Thursday, and remotely for the remainder of the week.