Our business model is deeply rooted in the principles of honesty, integrity and delivering a superior level of service to all of our constituents; job applicants, employees, associates, clients and business partners. It’s about doing the “right things” for the right reasons. Like talking a candidate out of a job opportunity, if we know it’s not the right position for them. Or assuring that our Staffing Consultants are fully versed in employment laws/practices so that we can effectively counsel our clients and help them avoid unnecessary legal entanglements.
Most importantly, we understand the importance of “giving back by paying forward”. Success has given Novus a platform by which to positively impact our community. We feel a strong sense of responsibility to do so at every given opportunity.
As Roberto Clemente once said “if you have a chance to do something that will make the world better and you don’t, you are wasting your time on this earth.”
Ron Alvarado – Founder & President
Novus President, Ron Alvarado, proudly served for 8 years on the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board (PA WIB), the Governor’s principal private sector policy advisor on workforce development issues. He was initially appointed to the WIB in 2008 by then Governor Edward G. Rendell and was reappointed by Governor Tom Corbett in 2012.
In 2011, Novus spearheaded a Training Program specifically targeting the Long-Term Unemployed. The program was a collaborative effort with local Mortgage/Settlement Services companies, the PA Department of Labor, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). 100% of the students who participated in the program were placed in positions which offered family sustaining wages and career opportunities.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Novus Group has been an active member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Pittsburgh Disability Employment Project for Freedom whose work focuses on providing business directed training which results in competitive employment for people with disabilities.
Novus President, Ron Alvarado, is the recipient of the 2013 Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Vanguard Diversity Award. The award acknowledges an individual’s efforts in diversifying the regional workforce and championing inclusion initiatives to increase employment opportunities for underrepresented populations.
In 2014, Novus President, Ron Alvarado, chaired the “¡Hola Pittsburgh!” Latino Attraction Initiative, a partnership of government, business and nonprofit organizations which seek to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of the Pittsburgh region to help sustain its population, economic prosperity and quality of life.
In 2015, Mr. Alvarado was honored with the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Hispanic Attorneys Committee “El Sol Award” which recognizes his civic involvement and work in helping to make Pittsburgh America’s Most Livable City for all of its residents.
In 2016, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Mr. Alvarado as the recipient of the 2016 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.
Novus President, Ron Alvarado, served as the Chairman of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce from 2013 – 2018. In addition to helping develop, promote and advocate on behalf of Hispanic businesses & professionals in the Pittsburgh region, he spearheaded the chamber’s scholarship Fund which has awarded (from 2011 to 2017) 97 scholarships totaling $141,000.
Mr. Alvarado also serves on the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement Advisory Board. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has helped to transform a downtrodden section of Downtown into a world-class Cultural District that stands as a national model of urban revitalization through the arts.
HELPING THE LESS FORTUNATE
Since 2009, Novus has supported Dollar Energy Fund by providing financial contributions and actively participating in the organization’s annual “Warmathon Campaign”. Additionally, Mr. Alvarado served on their Board of Directors from 2009-2016. Dollar Energy Fund is a 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for households experiencing hardships by providing utility assistance and other services that lead to self-sufficiency. For more than 30 years, the organization has served the limited-income community by providing $125 million in utility assistance grants to more than 447,000 low-income families and individuals.