Coordinator – People & Culture
Cambridge, MA

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) seeks an exceptionally organized, detail oriented, and enthusiastic Coordinator to support our People & Culture team’s recruitment processes and operations. Reporting to the Senior Manager, People & Culture, this Coordinator is an integral part of the talent acquisition process and provides support to the recruitment lifecycle to deliver a consistently excellent experience to all candidates. The coordinator supports talent recruitment and management processes, including but not limited to staff recruitment and on-boarding, staff engagement and professional development, and various organizational policy implementations.

This position is available in our Cambridge, MA office.

The ideal candidate:

  • You have exceptional organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail
  • You can handle multiple tasks simultaneously, plan ahead accordingly, and are flexible and adaptable when faced with changing priorities
  • You are curious and love to improve processes and systems to create efficiencies
  • You have strong communication and interpersonal skills; you exhibit a customer service mentality and can engage effectively with all levels of the organization as well as external stakeholders
  • You take pride in your work and are a problem-solver who thinks critically and leverages tools, resources, and data to evaluate a problem and provide thoughtful solutions
  • You are goal-oriented, exhibit good judgment, and work collaboratively and independently to reach desired team outcomes
  • You value CEP’s “people first” approach, possessing an inclusive mindset, and are focused on contributing positively to organizational culture

If this sounds like you, as Coordinator on the People & Culture team at CEP, you will be responsible for a variety of operational functions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the People & Culture team to execute staff recruitment efforts
  • Managing candidate applications and pipeline
  • Serving as a point of contact for applicants and prospective staff and embodying CEP’s culture as a face of the organization during recruitment and orientation processes
  • Communicating effectively with staff, applicants, and prospective staff
  • Gathering and reporting on recruitment metrics
  • Scheduling interviews and office visits; coordinating candidate travel arrangements, as needed
  • Acting as a business partner and liaison to hiring managers and colleagues
  • Utilizing talent acquisition tools, such as applicant tracking systems (ATS) to ensure up to date candidate information and provide process updates to relevant stakeholders
  • Contributing thoughtful ideas for innovation
  • Scheduling and organizing new hire orientation
  • Managing files and paperwork related to People & Culture
  • Maintaining internal databases to communicate up-to-date policy information with staff
  • Work with the People & Culture team to plan events for staff-wide activities such as a two-day staff retreat, professional development opportunities, and other special events
  • Participate in special projects for the organization, including working directly with the President on specific initiatives
  • Work with members of the People & Culture team to develop high-quality professional development opportunities for staff 

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Associate’s degree, or equivalent, is required
  • 2-5+ years of full-time work experience required; full-time directly relevant recruiting/ talent acquisition or administrative support experience will be strongly preferred
  • Strong computer/technical skills; demonstrated strong proficiency in Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Experience scheduling meetings using Outlook and Zoom a plus
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Skills in database management a plus
  • Comfort maintaining confidentiality

We believe diversity and inclusion are key drivers of creativity and innovation, and we actively seek out candidates with diversity of backgrounds, skills, experiences, and perspectives for this exciting role.


Our nonprofit model is central to our identity: our bottom line is impact, not profit. Yet even as a nonprofit, we successfully compete for top talent across both the public and private sectors and offer competitive compensation and benefits, including:

  • A commitment to pay parity and salary equity. The annual base salary for this role is $71,277. In addition, this role is eligible for a competitive performance-based incentive compensation.
  • Comprehensive health and dental insurance plans
  • Generous paid time off plan, including up to 15 holidays, three weeks of accrued vacation, and two personal days per year.
  • 401(k) plan with a 1:1 Employer Match up to 5% of total compensation
  • Generous annual personal professional development allowance
  • Flexible spending and dependent care tax free savings plans
  • Life insurance covered 100% by the organization.

About CEP:

For 21 years, CEP has led the movement to improve philanthropy through a powerful combination of dispassionate analysis and a passionate commitment to improving lives. Today, over 350 foundations around the world have used CEP’s assessment tools to gather honest feedback from their stakeholders in an effort to learn how to be even more effective. CEOs and trustees have come to rely on our research for insights into foundation effectiveness on a wide range of topics, from assessing performance to developing strategy to managing stakeholder relationships. Our highly regarded programming—including our biennial conference—gives foundation leaders an exclusive and unprecedented opportunity to connect with their peers. Strengths of CEP’s work culture are entrepreneurialism, accountability, teamwork, collegiality, diversity, and mutual respect.


We have offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts and San Francisco, California. This position is available in our Cambridge, MA office.

We strive to balance in-person time with flexibility and the needs of each person, their team, and the larger organization. We believe culture, communication, trust, training, and certain kinds of creative work benefit from in-office interactions – and we believe that the flexibility of remote work also has many advantages. Moving forward we expect to ask staff to be in the office one or two days per week, and everyone will enjoy the option to work fully remotely from anywhere four weeks per year.

 Our Process:

Our rolling process includes three interview rounds: an initial phone conversation, a skills assessment, and a team interview round. Our process also includes the checking of references in final stages. Check out CEP’s careers page to learn more about how we hire.

To Apply:

Please fill out our application for employment and attach a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position.

If you have any questions, please contact Leaha Wynn, Senior Manager, People & Culture and Diversity and Inclusion Strategist or Alyse d’Amico, Vice President of People & Culture and Advisor to the President at jobs [at] cep [dot] org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

We believe that a diversity of thoughts, experiences, backgrounds, personalities, and identities helps us think bigger and better, and enables us to reach our goals more effectively. We are committed to building a diverse staff and encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply.

Once a candidate begins our process, we discourage outreach to our staff for interviews or conversations that are outside our standard interview process. We have worked hard to design a process that is fair and rigorous and achieves a good match between candidates and CEP/YouthTruth.

We evaluate candidates based on their merits. We strongly discourage unsolicited references. We will ask for references if and when a candidacy reaches a finalist stage.