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VP of People & Culture

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Democracy Works
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Brooklyn, NY
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Published 14 days ago

Location: Brooklyn, NY or remote within the US

Target Start Date: August/September, but flexible

Salary Range: $121,500 - $135,000 most regions (Offers will vary based on experience and location-based cost-of-living calculations.$135,000 - $150,000 Brooklyn-specific range ) 

Benefits: Vision, dental, & medical insurance; 403(b) retirement savings plan; generous vacation policy; parental leave; long-term disability; employee assistance program

Level: Senior


Organizational overview

At Democracy Works, we’re committed to helping Americans vote. By building easy-to-use tools for voters, uplifting comprehensive data for elections, and providing vital support for election officials, Democracy Works is actively making voting more accessible across the country.

  • TurboVote is a tool designed to help voters register, request their ballot, and make their voice heard in every election, from local to national. We’ve connected over ten million Americans with TurboVote by building the largest college, nonprofit, and corporate voter engagement coalition in the country, including more than 300 campuses, nonprofits - like Headcount, Color of Change, and the Hispanic Federation--and companies like Starbucks, Univision, Facebook, Google, and Snap. 
  • As the only comprehensive official election dataset, the Voting Information Project (VIP) helps Americans find their polling site and available ballot dropbox locations where they look for it most: online. Across Google products alone, VIP data was viewed nearly 500 million times in 2020. 
  • Released in 2020, How To Vote breaks down all the options each state offers for voting, their voter registration rules, as well as unique circumstances like voting overseas and voting rights restoration for the formerly incarcerated. Across Google products alone, our How to Vote guides were viewed over 2 billion times. 
  • Our tool Ballot Scout brings transparency and accountability to the vote-by-mail process by allowing elections administrators and voters to track every ballot with the same ease as an Amazon package. Ballot Scout helps election administrators track absentee ballots through the mail, providing transparency in the vote-by-mail process and making it easier to follow up when things go awry.
  • Co-founded by Democracy Works and the CAA Foundation, Civic Alliance is a nonpartisan group of businesses working together to build a future where everyone participates in shaping our country. In 2020, membership grew to 1,030 companies with an employee reach of 5,163,938.

Team overview

The Human Resources team of Democracy Works aims to give our staff the resources and support they need to do their jobs well. Together, we create internal systems and policies, provide counsel (HR strategy related), oversee personnel budget, and cover a range of employee engagement tasks. We are a team of 2 - 3 employees supporting an organization of about 70 employees in 24 different states. Though we have an office in Brooklyn, our staff is over 50% remote and will remain majority remote after COVID. 

We are seeking a VP of People and Culture to join our Senior Management team. As a part of the team, you will execute and improve upon our HR processes while ensuring compliance with labor laws. 


You will:

  • Lead, support and implement the full cycle HR (from talent acquisition, career development leadership development to off boarding)
  • Strategic workforce planning for the organization (needs of a growing organization with strategic recruitment, retention plans to meet human capital needs)
  • Responsible for the total rewards program (comprehensive compensation, benefits and merit program)
  • Administer employee benefits plans & manage employee leave
  • Consult on employee onboarding and organizational training & development initiatives with leadership and departments
  • Lead in the development and implementation of human resource policies, procedures and practices with equity and inclusion
  • Communicate HR policies to staff, ensuring employees have up-to-date and accurate understanding of all relevant policies
  • In partnership with general counsel (and as appropriate, with the board) investigate claims of discrimination, harassment, and misconduct
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state labor regulations (staff team is remote)
  • Maintain employee files and records using our HRIS
  • Organize quarterly and annual employee performance reviews and staff career planning in partnership with managers
  • Gather and analyze data with useful HR Dashboard to provide insight and metric to make staffing decisions

You are:

  • Empathetic in your relationships with others at the organization 
  • Able to work well with a range of personalities 
  • A clear communicator (written and verbal) 
  • Comfortable advocating for changes to long-time practices 
  • Well versed in issues of systemic oppression, including racial justice, and committed to deepening your knowledge
  • Well versed in employment/labor laws
  • Interesting in solving problems by gathering historical information and consulting with others on the team in a collaborative manner

You have experience:

  • As an HR Generalist
  • Navigating ADA Accommodations and processes. 
  • Using GSuite (Gmail, Google Docs/Sheets) and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) 
  • Executing your responsibilities according to general human resources policies and procedures
  • Providing HR support in a remote working environment
  • Using HRIS systems 
  • Additional HR certification, training, or education will be a plus
  • Experience in tech organizations will be a plus


Physical demands

This position requires regular, daily use of a computer (including use of G Suite and Slack) to conduct work and communicate with colleagues. Our Brooklyn office is currently closed due to COVID. When the office is open, for those working out of our Brooklyn office, the F train stops closest to our office, but exiting the station requires the use of four flights of stairs. Our office has an elevator available at street level. Streets and buildings nearby are currently under construction, which can disrupt sidewalks and results in varying levels of construction noise audible from the office. Our offices share a set of gendered bathrooms with other offices on our floor, and there are no gender neutral bathrooms in the building at this time. 

Social expectations

This role will require regular close work with colleagues on the team, as well as meetings with folks across the organization, and occasional presentations to staff. 

Time and travel expectations

Democracy Works’s regular operating hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Eastern time. Two times per year, all full-time staff members participate in a five day retreat, which will be held in person when possible. All staff is held each year in May and November. There is no additional travel required for this position.

Location: Brooklyn, NY or remote within the US

Target Start Date: August/September, but flexible

Salary Range: $121,500 - $135,000 most regions (Offers will vary based on experience and location-based cost-of-living calculations.$135,000 - $150,000…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 24, 2021

Salary

$121,500 - $150,000Offers will vary based on experience and location-based cost-of-living calculations. $135,000 - $150,000 Brooklyn-specific range

Benefits

Vision, dental, & medical insurance; 403(b) retirement savings plan; generous vacation policy; parental leave; long-term disability; employee assistance program

Vision, dental, & medical insurance; 403(b) retirement savings plan; generous vacation policy; parental leave; long-term disability; employee assistance program

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
20 Jay St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States
Suite 824

How to Apply

To apply, please send a resume and respond to the following questions (instead of a cover letter) using the application form linked here.

In your responses, please include only the following information:

  • How did you find this job listing?
  • In one sentence, what makes you interested in Democracy Works? 
  • In one sentence, what makes you interested in this role?
  • In one sentence, what is your most significant professional accomplishment?
  • Would you be available to start by late August/September?

As part of our application, you’ll see an optional form used to collect EEOC demographic information. The data collected in this form is useful in our EEOC reporting and in our assessment of our recruitment practices. However, please keep in mind that the standardized EEOC language used in this form does not reflect the values of Democracy Works--for example, we don’t view gender as binary. We also encourage all applicants to state their pronouns when applying for any job opening at Democracy Works. 

Democracy Works is committed to diversity and inclusion in everything we do and aspires to have a team that's representative of the voters we serve. When hiring, we practice proactive outreach to top talent that’s underrepresented in our sector. We conduct an anonymized skills evaluation, to reduce implicit bias and resume-dependency in our process. We're a woman- and gay-founded nonprofit, and promote an inclusive culture that stands against racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism (to name a few). To be explicit, we strongly encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, and branches of military service. 

Feel free to contact work@democracy.works if you have any questions about our commitment to inclusion or about general hiring practices, or if you need an accommodation for a medical condition during the hiring process. Democracy Works posts all current career opportunities at democracy.works/careers.

To apply, please send a resume and respond to the following questions (instead of a cover letter) using the application form linked here.

In your responses, please include only the…

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