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Chief Operating Officer

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Organization: David Lynch Foundation
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Reports to: Bob Roth, Chief Executive Officer
Location: New York, NY
To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The David Lynch Foundation (“DLF”), the country’s leading philanthropic organization promoting programs that reduce stress in at-risk populations through the widespread adoption of Transcendental Meditation, is seeking a highly intelligent and experienced Chief Operating Officer (“COO”).

Organization Overview
The David Lynch Foundation was established in 2005 by renowned filmmaker David Lynch in order to promote the widespread adoption of Transcendental Meditation (“TM”). TM is the most extensively researched and scientifically validated form of meditation, which Lynch credits with giving him higher levels of energy, focus, consciousness, and happiness. He created the Foundation in order to raise funds and provide grants for the implementation of scientifically proven methods to reduce suffering, toxic stress, and the effects of trauma; and improve the performance and cognitive capacity of at-risk populations.

DLF also funds independent university and medical school research to assess the effects of TM on academic performance, ADHD and other learning disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, cardiovascular disease, posttraumatic stress disorder, and diabetes.

Position Summary
DLF has undergone tremendous growth over the last six years, expanding in size from four people in a single office to over 50 full time staff located across four cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Fairfield, Iowa). The Foundation is in the final stages of a strategic planning process. The preliminary draft of the plan confirm that DLF is poised for explosive growth and soon will be in position to relieve suffering for tens of thousands of people experiencing the debilitating effects of traumatic stress. Although the current team is excellent, there is a clear and immediate need for an experienced COO to develop the infrastructure and human capital to support current operations as well as meet the needs of an organization that is quickly expanding.

The COO will directly supervise the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Program Officer, and the Chief Development Officer. S/he will be responsible for a general operating budget of nearly $14M.

Qualifications
The COO must be an articulate, energetic, emotionally connected self-starter who shares the board and CEO’s commitment to DLF’s core mission. The COO should be a skilled conceptual thinker, with the ability to assess the collateral impact of decisions and actions, plan ahead to multiply impact of positive actions, and mitigate anticipated or unforeseen risks. S/he will have excellent analytical skills and be able to develop appropriate metrics to measure outcomes across all departments. In addition, s/he should be adept at communicating those outcomes to stakeholders and an active participant in the discussion of program effectiveness to achieve desired results.

S/he will handle complex situations and multiple responsibilities simultaneously, balancing long-term projects with the urgency of immediate demands. S/he must also have the demonstrated ability to deal with confidential information and act as a liaison between the CEO and other constituencies, both internal and external. S/he must exhibit the skills to collaborate with and achieve actionable results through others, the ability to build strong and sustainable relationships, and the capability to interact within all levels of the Foundation.

S/he should have the ability to foster the growth of an organization and take it to scale. The ideal candidate will be an effective strategic thinker, problem solver, planner, and driver of change who operates with a sense of urgency and personal responsibility. S/he will be as comfortable at 30,000 feet as s/he is on the ground. Excellent communication and negotiation skills are critical. The COO must communicate in a transparent and honest fashion that promotes inclusiveness, cooperation, and teamwork. In addition, s/he will be bright, diplomatic, of the highest integrity, and possess sound judgment, as well as a sense of humor and humility.

Specifically, the COO must have:

  • A goal-centric mentality with the ability to set clear objectives and define the key performance criteria necessary to meet them;
  • A proven track record of consistently making sound decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment and the ability to use resources effectively and efficiently;
  • A strong but collegial management style with the ability to motivate and develop staff; identify staff strengths and weaknesses so that members are in a position to succeed; and create a culture of accountability, leadership, and entrepreneurship across the organization;
  • The ability to work respectfully with the senior team and its advisors;
  • A thorough understanding of finance, systems, and HR; broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems, including strategic development and planning, budgeting, business analysis, finance, information systems, and human resources; 
  • Solid educational background—undergraduate degree required; MBA or similar advanced degree highly desired.

Responsibilities
The COO will work closely with the CEO to:

  • Oversee all internal operational and administrative functions of the Foundation;
  • Provide strong leadership for all staff – both in NY and in offices nationwide;
  • Develop systems and processes to improve the communication and coordination among offices, sites and program locations;
  • Oversee all human resource matters; develop and refine performance appraisal criteria and related hiring and retention processes with a focus on assuring that all staff, including the executive team, are operating with the requisite urgency, efficiency, and accuracy in their respective areas and that each area is appropriately staffed;
  • Working closely with the CFO, assure that the annual budgeting process is conducted in the most effective and efficient way given DLF’s fast pace of growth, and ensuring the CEO has all the information he needs related to budgeting, program fund allocation, fundraising, and resource allocation;
  • Work to instill a human capital culture within the organization by establishing a strong system for defining respective job functions, delineating job descriptions and reporting lines, and establishing more rigorous processes for intra­-organization communication, recruiting, hiring, and termination; and
  • Work with the senior team to analyze the current development, program, financial and accounting, and technology infrastructure and recommend changes as necessary to support the Foundation’s growth and the goals established in the strategic plan.

Salary
Salary will be commensurate with experience. The David Lynch Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

HR/IT Assistant

STATUS: Full Time
LOCATION: New York
REPORTS TO: Chief Financial Officer / Chief Administrative Officer

General Position Summary
The David Lynch Foundation is seeking a full time HR/IT Assistant. The HR/IT Assistant will assist the CFO/CAO in overseeing all of the Foundation’s HR and IT needs in New York and HR around the country. The HR/IT Assistant will be highly organized and efficient and specialize in maintaining, troubleshooting, and optimizing the Foundation’s HR processes and IT systems.

The David Lynch Foundation is a national organization formed in 2005 by famed film director David Lynch. It is a closely knit and highly dedicated organization that works with youthful energy to fund the implementation of scientifically proven stress-reducing techniques for at-risk populations including abused women and girls who have been victims of domestic violence, veterans with PTSD, first responders such as fire fighters and police officers, inner city students, homeless persons, incarcerated persons, and others. Using an evidence-based approach, the Foundation has attracted the support of national-caliber foundations and individual donors as well as many well-known personalities in the news media, entertainment and music industries.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Support the CFO/CAO in all HR & IT- related activities
  • HR Related Responsibilities
    • Assists with logging data and materials in the HRIS database, including recruiting, performance review and records platforms.
    • Maintains security and confidentiality of all information.
    • Improves systems by refining workflows and processes.
    • Supports staff and candidates in utilizing HRIS database including Benefits Management, Time Off, Goal Setting.
    • Assists with, tracks and reports on all relevant HR data, including Fingerprints, Certifications, FMLA, Disability, Worker's Comp, etc.
    • Support administration in posting new jobs, scheduling interviews, checking references, follow-up contact, and other duties as requested.
    • Gives support during training to all staff during annual benefits enrollment and as needed.
    • Maintain open dialogue with staff and establish and maintain employee discount programs.
    • Reviews benefits invoices for accuracy.
  • IT Related Responsibilities
    • Provide general desktop support for Apple operating systems (& a couple of Windows 10) for about 40 staff.
    • Maintain Google Apps and email.
    • Respond to staff help desk requests.
    • Provide assistance with copiers and printers.
    • Spyware removal as necessary.
    • Assist with networking needs and provide limited support for computing needs; occasionally taking hardware into the Apple Store to get fixed.
    • Audio-Visual set-ups as needed (for meetings, events and conference calls).
    • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements
The HR/IT Assistant will have a Bachelors Degree and at least 2 years of experience in a related field.

Additional requirements for the position are:

  • High level interpersonal skills;
  • Organized and efficient worker;
  • Experienced with Apple computers, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google Apps;
  • High-level technical & trouble-shooting skills.

About the David Lynch Foundation
The David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2005 to prevent and eradicate the all-pervasive epidemic of trauma and toxic stress through promoting widespread implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique for such at-risk populations as:

  • Underserved inner-city students.
  • Veterans with PTSD and their families.
  • Women and girls who suffer from violence and abuse.

The David Lynch Foundation also funds independent university and medical school research to assess the effects of TM on academic performance, ADHD and other learning disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, cardiovascular disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and diabetes.

The effectiveness of the Foundation’s programs has been investigated at leading medical schools, including Harvard, Yale, UCLA and Stanford. In fact, over 340 peer-reviewed studies, including research funded by more than $26 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health, document the wide-ranging benefits of Transcendental Meditation for relieving stress, improving overall health, and boosting creativity and performance.

More About the Position
This is a full time position based in the New York City offices of the Foundation in Midtown Manhattan.

After an initial employment period, employees become eligible for the Foundation’s comprehensive employee benefits package, including: group health and dental plans, voluntary vision, life/AD&D and long-term disability insurance, 403(b), flex plans for medical, dependent and commuting expenses, and paid time off.

To Apply
Send resume, cover letter, and salary history and/or salary requirements to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Only PDF or MSWord formats will be accepted. Please make “HR/IT Assistant” the subject of your email.

The David Lynch Foundation is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. 

Manager, Recovery Program

General Position Summary
This role is dedicated to developing the first fully funded DLF Recovery Program, using a comprehensive approach to build both an integrated program and a fund development strategy that will support the expansion to a new area for DLF’s work. The position will develop program opportunities and secure funding to serve clients who are engaged in programs serving clients in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. After a recently successful Recovery Program pilot, the role will be dedicated to supporting a vision of reaching a new client population whose physical and mental health will be positively impacted by having access to instruction in Transcendental Meditation.

Essential Responsibilities
All aspects of the process of building and leading DLF’s first Recovery Program:

  • Establishing DLF’s first long-term recovery program partnerships
    • Vetting and/or cultivating partnership opportunities through presentations regarding the impact of TM, program pilot, and historical research on the impact of TM.
    • Facilitating the teaching of TM to prospective partners’ leadership as the first step in developing new partnerships
    • Preparing program start-up planning for new sites
  • Generating funding to support the Recovery Program
    • Building a comprehensive, qualified pipeline of viable funding
    • Researching, preparing, submitting, and managing grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources.
    • Seeking, discussing, and submitting to individual donors with a high propensity to support a recovery program.
    • Handle the tracking of deliverables, results, and other systems.
    • Building program budget for partners and donors.

Requirements

  • A mission-driven orientation with the energy to grow Institutional Giving on behalf of DLF.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to inspire the respect and confidence of stakeholders, fundraising prospects, and recovery professionals.
  • Superb judgment.
  • A professional and resourceful style.
  • The ability to take initiative and manage multiple tasks and projects.
  • Experience with budget planning processes.
  • Strong work in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power-Point as well as databases (Salesforce preferred).
  • 3 years of experience working in programs dedicated to serving vulnerable populations in a social welfare, mental health, education, hospital, or other human services organization.
  • 3 years of experience in a direct-service and/or management capacity in the above organizations.
  • Transferable experience that shows skills required for building program partnerships, generating new funding /resources or both.
  • Experience with participating in program start-up operational planning: vetting and/or cultivating, strengthening, and building a vision with operational-tactical planning that includes direct services human resources, staff preparation, regulatory requirements, financial operations, and start-up timelines. This work would be supported by the national program team.
  • Experience in development, including grant and resource solicitation and management.

Skills

  • External relationship building and customer services orientation. The inclination to seek client perspective, needs, concerns and unique interests.
  • Cultural competency. The skills and ability to self-educate and interact with a wide range of vulnerable populations and service teams supporting their work.
  • Problem-solving initiative. Motivation to make things better, to seek opportunities and solutions, to ask for help, advice and thought-partnership wherever needed to work through challenges.
  • Critical thinking. The ability to identify potential challenges or obstacles with an eye to the implications of each partnership opportunity. The ability to see or seek the eye of TM experts for advice on risks of drifting away from TM model’s efficacy, program data efficacy based on partner needs, requests, operational requirements.

Interactions
Reports to: Chief Program Officer and Chief Philanthropy Officer.

About the David Lynch Foundation
The David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2005 to prevent and eradicate the all-pervasive epidemic of trauma and toxic stress through promoting widespread implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique for such at-risk populations as:

  • Underserved inner-city students.
  • Veterans with PTSD and their families.
  • Women and children dealing with domestic abuse.
  • Other at-risk populations.

More About the Position
This is full-time, salaried position based in the New York City offices of the Foundation in midtown Manhattan. After an initial employment period, employees become eligible for the Foundation’s comprehensive employee benefits package, including group health and dental plans, voluntary vision, life/AD&D and long-term disability insurance, flex plans for medical, dependent and commuting expenses and paid time off.

To Apply

To apply for a posted position at the David Lynch Foundation, please follow these instructions carefully:

  • Send cover letter, resume, and salary history or requirements to:
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Make the title of the position you are applying for the SUBJECT line of the email
  • Documents can be accepted as plain text, MS Word, or PDF only;
    no other attachment types will be opened

While we regret that we cannot personally respond to each inquiry, trust that we will contact you directly if your qualifications meet our requirements.

The David Lynch Foundation is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Thank you for your interest in working with us.

Manager, Institutional Giving

General Position Summary
The Manager, Institutional Giving plays an essential role on the David Lynch Foundation (DLF) philanthropy team. The successful candidate will report directly to the Chief Philanthropy Officer and work closely with the Chief Program Officer as well as other positions in the organization to maintain, and expand, Foundation support for DLF’s programs. The position will also develop a Corporate Foundation funding program to build new opportunities and reach companies who have demonstrated a commitment to the at-risk populations that DLF serves and to the work of DLF.

Essential Responsibilities
The Manager, Institutional Giving is a Development professional with significant experience in Foundation fundraising. Key responsibilities include:

  • All activities required to research, prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals.
  • Ability to interest Foundations in the work of DLF and gain invitations to submit proposals.
  • Manage the Institutional Giving pipeline and database for institutional funders and prospects.
  • Identify highest potential funders and strategies for gaining institutional support.
  • Establish and maintain contact with institutional funders and recommend activities that connects them to DLF programs and management.
  • Work with the Chief Financial Officer and program staff to build program budgets for Institutional outreach.
  • Comply with all interim and final grant reporting as required.
  • Develop and maintain the Institutional Giving calendar and efficiently manage these deadlines.

Requirements
The Manager, Institutional Giving will have a Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 3 years working in Foundation fundraising as well as the following characteristics:

  • A mission-driven orientation with the energy to grow Institutional Giving for DLF.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to inspire the respect and confidence of stakeholders, current donor Foundations, and fundraising prospects.
  • Superb judgment.
  • A professional and resourceful style.
  • The ability to take initiative and manage multiple tasks and projects.
  • Experience with donor databases and the ability to optimize their use in support of fundraising needs.
  • Experience with budget planning processes.
  • Strong work in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power-Point as well as databases (Salesforce preferred).

Interactions
Reports to: Chief Philanthropy & Communications Officer
Supervises: The position has partial access to the Development Assistant.

About the David Lynch Foundation
The David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2005 to prevent and eradicate the all-pervasive epidemic of trauma and toxic stress through promoting widespread implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique for such at-risk populations as:

  • Underserved inner-city students.
  • Veterans with PTSD and their families.
  • Women and children dealing with domestic abuse.
  • Other at-risk populations.

More About the Position
This is a full-time, salaried position based in the New York City offices of the Foundation in midtown Manhattan. After an initial employment period, employees become eligible for the Foundation’s comprehensive employee benefits package, including group health and dental plans, voluntary vision, life/AD&D and long-term disability insurance, flex plans for medical, dependent and commuting expenses and paid time off.

To Apply
Send resume, cover letter, and salary history and/or salary requirements to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Only PDF or MSWord formats will be accepted.

The David Lynch Foundation is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

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