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NoVo Foundation
Initiative Associate


About the NoVo Foundation

NoVo Foundation acts from the original meaning of philanthropy: the love of humanity.

The Foundation is dedicated to catalyzing a global social transformation away from current cultures of domination and their reliance on hierarchy, violence, and the subordination of girls and women.

NoVo believes a new code of behavior is possible, where we are all linked and not ranked. We envision a balanced world that’s governed by principles of mutual respect, collaboration, and civic participation, and that our contribution is to help create the conditions for that new code to arise, and inspire others to join them. We seek pivot points in society – such as adolescent girls and local economies – where support and resources can have long-lasting and wide-ranging positive impact. We see violence against girls and women as a fundamental enforcer of oppression and work to eradicate its presence.

The scale of these ambitions guides our investment strategies. Ours is both risk capital and patient capital; experimentation and new thinking are critical paths forward. Seeing the world as it is, and as it could be, inspires our voice. Through all of our activities, we try to illuminate the possibility of a new paradigm, gather evidence of its existence, and establish pathways for its manifestation. We are humbled and honored to contribute to building a world based on peace, compassion, justice, and love.

Jennifer and Peter Buffett are the co-presidents of the Foundation and have articulated the vision and values that guide its work.

For further details about the mission and vision of the NoVo Foundation please visit www.novofoundation.org.


About the role

We are hiring for two Initiative Associates, one to work on our Initiative to Advance Adolescent Girls’ Rights and the the other to work on our Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women. We are recruiting for both roles at the same time and will consider candidates for both roles until the later stages of the hiring process.

Each Initiative Associate, reporting to the Director, will support the grant-making function of one Initiative as well as manage strategic projects, engage in the development and ongoing implementation of the NoVo portfolio, and provide administrative support.


Your responsibilities will include:


Research, strategy, and learning



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Our hiring process is designed to give candidates insight into the nature of the challenges that we face in our daily work and bring into focus the candidates that we have learned will be most successful in this role and at our organization. Here are the phases of our process:

We intentionally do not ask for a cover letter and do not truly consider resumes until Phase 4. This "bias blind" process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates; reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g.where you went to school).


If you want to learn more, please complete the following simple initial application. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, June 7th @ Midnight EST. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit yours right away.

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