Director, Culture & Employee Engagement



Director, Culture & Employee Engagement New York, New York

Title:  Director, Culture & Employee Engagement

Job Type:  Contract

Primary Location:  New York, New York (Hybrid)

The Challenge:

Vignetic is seeking to recruit a Director of Culture and Employee Engagement who will be responsible for developing shared ownership program implementation playbook, with a focus on mission to build a culture of ownership, improve employee engagement, and increase workers’ voice at participating companies.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with senior leadership, advisors, and consultants to further develop the shared ownership program implementation playbook, with a focus on building a culture of ownership, improving employee engagement, and increasing worker voice
  • Help companies assess employee engagement, drawing upon survey tools, focus groups, and other formal and informal employee feedback channels
  • Drawing upon the playbook, advise private equity investors, corporate boards, C-suite members, and other executives on executing practical strategies to build a culture of ownership, improve employee engagement, and increase workers voice at the companies they lead
  • Leverage the playbook to develop and deliver additional content including modules, trainings and workshops for executives and employees on ownership culture, employee engagement, and worker voice
  • Liaise with organization’s Labor Advocates Leadership Council to develop innovative approaches to increasing worker voice
  • Develop strategies and tools to deliver services and content at scale, leveraging third-party content developers, technology, etc.

Essential Skills & Qualifications:

  • 15+ years of experience in consulting or business operations where experience building high performance/high engagement cultures and/or change management is desirable
  • Outcome oriented with a strong bias for action to enable accelerated business development and growth
  • Experienced manager who can successfully lead a team, multiple projects, and numerous client engagements
  • Experience advising senior leaders, boards, and CEOs, with a focus on developing strategies and processes that improve operations and performance
  • Excellent relationship manager with strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and exceptional verbal communication and presentation skills with ability to adapt style and approach to disparate audiences and stakeholders
  • Strong prioritization and problem-solving skills to arrive at apt solutions even at the face of ambiguity
  • Highly responsive and accountable
  • Collaborative team player with humility and low ego
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; graduate degree preferred

Setting Strategy

  • Ability to create and articulate an inspiring vision for Ownership Works and partner organizations, not only for the areas they are directly responsible for, but also including its impact on the enterprise.
  • Taking an outcome-oriented approach with an inclination to seek and analyze data from a variety of sources to support decisions and gain stakeholder alignment
  • An entrepreneurial yet practical approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the organization and push the boundaries within the industry
  • Ability to effectively balance the desire/need for broad change with an understanding of how much change the organizations are capable of handling, to create realistic goals and implementation plans that are achievable and successful

Executing for Results

  • Ability to set clear and challenging goals while committing the organizations to improved performance, tenacious and accountable in driving results
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty with the ability to adapt nimbly and lead others through complex situations
  • A risk-taker who seeks data and input from others to foresee possible threats or unintended circumstances from decisions; someone who takes smart risks and has a bias for action
  • A leader who is viewed by others as having a high degree of integrity and forethought in their approach to making decisions; an ability to act in a transparent and consistent manner while always considering what is best for all stakeholders involved
  • Delivers breakthrough innovations and business models that create value for all stakeholders, continually challenging traditional approaches

Leading Teams

  • Ability to attract and recruit top talent, motivate the team, delegate effectively, celebrate diversity within the team, and manage performance; someone who is widely viewed as a strong developer of others
  • Ability to persevere in the face of challenges, and exhibit a steadfast resolve and relentless commitment to higher standards which commands respect from followers
  • A leader who is self-reflective, open to feedback, aware of their own limitations, leads by example and drives performance with an attitude of continuous improvement

Relationships and Influence

  • Naturally connects and builds strong relationships with others, demonstrating strong emotional intelligence and an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively
  • Ability to inspire trust and followership in others through compelling influence, powerful charisma, passion in their beliefs, and active drive
  • Sets audacious business and sustainability goals, driving concerted action and investments, and stays the course in the face of setbacks or push-back from short-term oriented stakeholders
  • Encourages others to share the spotlight and visibly celebrates and supports the success of the team
  • Creates a sense of purpose/meaning for the team that generates followership beyond their own personality and engages others to the greater purpose for the organization as a whole


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