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VP, Talent & Culture

Rolling Deadline  |  Full-Time Job  |  Telecommute


The Role

The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking a Vice President to join the Talent & Culture (T&C) department. 

Key Responsibilities

Organizational Development

  • Develop, maintain and lead our organization-wide leadership, culture and values agenda
  • Be a thought partner to the VP, DEI (to be hired) to help execute a  global diversity and inclusion vision, strategy, and project plan supportive of hiring, retaining, and developing a diverse, and globally-dispersed, talent pipeline
  • Ensure equitable and meaningful performance review cycles are in place to provide feedback on performance and development.
  • Oversee employee survey practices, analyze results for effective integration into the organizational process, and partner with organizational leaders to implement changes as needed as needed
  • Provide advice and direction to senior people managers on various aspects of HR and people practices
  • Leverage workforce analytics and various business metrics to support business decisions and to track progress against performance expectations
  • Establish and implement change management frameworks and best practices to support the company’s need to scale while maintaining our core values and culture
  • Partner effectively with colleagues on policy development (for example with VP, DEI on employee relations or with Legal and Finance on competitive compensation)

Department Leadership

  • Define the direction of the T&C department in support of the organizational mission, vision, and values; facilitate input from directors and other department leaders
  • Deliver a departmental development plan to support and develop staff and key capacities. This plan and should be forward-looking and include the proposed skills, capacities, and structures needed for a 3-5 year timetable
  • Anticipate and identify policy needs; develop right-sized policies that support the Foundation’s growth and global footprint
  • Recruit, develop, and mentor a diverse team of exceptional people in service of organizational goals. Establish a culture of mutual respect, collaboration, trust, service, excellence, and sustainability that supports them in their work
  • Communicate critical information within the department as well as the c-level

Employee Communications

  • Partner with the CTCO, Communications department, and leadership team to support internal communications throughout the organization and on company-wide organizational development and change initiatives
  • Develop a communications strategy to ensure that employees remain informed, aligned and engaged with the mission and goals of the organization

Employee Recognition

  • Identify trends, draw conclusions and evolve rewards strategy and programs in support of the Foundation’s evolving business direction
  • Translate strategic priorities into operational reality, leading to the execution of robust plans which yield measurable and sustainable results
  • Have strong strategic and operational planning capability

The ideal person is: 

  • Naturally curious, dedicated and detail-oriented with a desire to work in a highly collaborative environment
  • An international leader able to raise Wikimedia’s international human resource capabilities through collaboration, thought partnership, risk management, and as a mentor and leader
  • A bold thinker who will take strategic plans and a wide variety of human resource concepts and translate them into action
  • A fast-thinking tactician who can navigate sensitive, high-stakes global human resource issues with uncompromised values
  • An experienced, hands-on team leader with deep organizational development expertise, including the ability to coach, develop and influence Foundation leaders
  • An influential and inclusive leader who can establish credibility throughout the organization to be an effective listener and problem solver of people issues, and advance the trust quotient of the Talent & Culture department
  • Skilled in maintaining HR policies and processes and ensuring they are implemented in accordance with laws / regulations and company policies, practices and objectives
  • Someone who understands “state of the art” for HR and how to apply it in the Foundation’s unique context

We’d like you to have this experience and these skills:

  • Significant track record in people operations with extensive knowledge of recruiting and employee retention programs such as learning, development and mentorship as well as fluency in compensation and benefits
  • Experience and excitement in working with distributed teams, with insight into the joys and challenges of remote work
  • Deep commitment to inclusion in the workplace, and fluency in the broader cultural conversation
  • Demonstrated success in leading change and building an inclusive culture
  • Success in implementing organizational design strategies that optimize an organization’s resources
  • Strategic thinker with an analytical approach to problem-solving
  • Comfort with behind the scenes work, thrives on helping others be their best selves and anticipating their needs before they are spoken
  • Experience leading multidisciplinary teams, developing diverse talent pipelines, and creating systems for creative and sustainable internal workflows
  • Experience with inclusive and humane change management practices  
  • A clear, effective communications style, including experience guiding messaging for major organizations, movements, or political candidates
  • Informed cultural sensitivities, intellectual curiosity, and a deep passion for the Wikimedia mission of knowledge equity
  • Significant experience navigating complex international organizations, movements, or networks
  • A track record of building consensus among large, dispersed stakeholder groups in a highly collaborative, transparent environment
  • Ability to read the qualitative signals around mood and morale in a company, and create recommendations accordingly
  • Track record of growing and developing peers and junior talent

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