April 21, 2020 – Frederickson Partners, a global HR executive search firm, has placed Alia Ayer as director of employee engagement at The Nature Conservancy. Beth Ann Namey, a partner for executive search, led the assignment for the firm. Ms. Ayer, who will be based in the San Francisco Bay area, was previously principal and head of data strategy at Stop Meeting Like This, a consumer services company. Prior to that, she was engagement manager at Trinity Group.
Ms. Ayer will support the California chapter of The Nature Conservancy in mapping out the key stages of employee experience, said Frederickson Partners. She will be charged with creating the professional development programs and training for teams, act as a coach for new managers, and design data-driven action plans based on annual people surveys.
Reporting to the executive office, Ms. Ayer will also be expected to provide input on foundational talent topics such as recruiting strategy, compensation philosophy, employee evaluation annual cycle, and internal communications as the organization migrates to a more virtual workforce.
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As director of employee engagement, Ms. Ayer will be expected to work closely with the executive leadership team and drive efforts to improve the experience for the entire lifecycle of the non-profit’s employees. This is a new position for the global non-profit.
Each year, Ms. Ayer will be expected to gather feedback and work collaboratively to set a priority focus area to advance engagement goals and will define the optimal strategies, tasks, success factors and key metrics to advance that priority. Recently, the non-profit’s California executive director launched an effort to create a culture of listening and continuous feedback where all voices are valued, which is an example of an initiative this position will own and manage. Ms. Ayer will also provide input on foundational talent topics, such as recruiting strategy, compensation philosophy, employee evaluation annual cycle and internal communications.
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Key success factors in her role will be effective listening and data gathering, exceptional internal customer service orientation, analysis and helpful synthesis of findings, clear priorities and pragmatic action items, effective communications, and working in a collaborative and interdisciplinary way.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, the non-profit creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. Founded in 1951, the organization has focused on tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably, and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 states in the U.S., The Nature Conservancy uses a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector and other partners.
Founded in 1995, Frederickson Partners has completed over 2,500 HR executive searches and HR consulting engagements, maintaining relationships with more than 10,000 rising and established HR executives worldwide. Specializing in the placement of chief human resources officers/ chief people officers and their teams for high-growth employers, the firm also provides HR strategy, consulting, and thought leadership. Its clients include: Alphabet, Facebook, Gartner, Gilead, Intel, Pinterest, ServiceNow, Twitter, Workday, Rakuten, Nubank, Toss, Mozilla, Abode Communities, Midwest Poultry Services, Western Digital and Marqeta.
The firm is deeply rooted in the technology sector, with experience in biotech, clean energy, cloud and data storage, E-commerce, fintech, gaming, hardware, IoT, media, semiconductors and telecommunications. Fredrickson Partners is based in Menlo Park, CA and has additional locations in New York City; Delray Beach, FL; Atlanta; Plano, TX; Austin, TX; Columbus, OH; San Francisco and San Jose.
Ms. Namey has performed more than 50 HR searches including human resource business partners, employee relations managers, diversity and inclusion leaders, director of talent acquisition and chief people officer. Previously, she served as the firm’s chief of staff for the HR executive search staff and as an HR executive search consultant. Prior to joining Frederickson, Ms. Namey spent 15 years as soloist dancer for Ballet San Jose, where she also served as a union representative, shop steward and member of the negotiating committee for the American Guild of Musical Artists.
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