Director, People Operations

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The Role

The Director of People Operations will oversee all of the operational aspects of the People/Human Resources function across Talent Management, Talent Operations, Payroll & Benefits, Employee Experience, and Talent Acquisition and will partner with other leaders in the People department. Leading a team of three direct reports, as well as one dotted line report, you will be responsible for designing, deploying and optimizing processes and programs to support a scalable and progressive People team focused on diversity, equity, including and belonging (DEIB). You’ll partner with other stakeholders to develop, deploy, streamline, and maintain policies, programs, and processes (across all areas of HR from recruiting, rewards, engagement, payroll, benefits, budget, and legal compliance). To spearhead our operational success, you will also establish and sustain metrics that will be used to drive strategic decisions and measure progress against KPIs. You’ll also take ownership of Newsela’s real estate strategy, and help define our office space needs as we grow and scale.

Why You’ll Love This Role

As a leader on our People team, you’ll have the opportunity to drive operational excellence and scalability in a fast-growing, mission-driven talent base that values diversity, equity, including, and belonging. Your work will directly enable our team to continue building a high-engagement culture and environment, and will contribute to the growth and development of our People team as well as the teams with whom we interface. In doing so, you will ultimately help enable our company to deliver engaging, culturally responsive learning content to K-12 students and teachers nationwide.

Why We’ll Love You

With 8+ years experience in HR leadership, you’ve demonstrated success in building, deploying, and optimizing HR processes and systems for scale (including auditing existing practices, rolling out new processes/tools/systems, and developing feedback loops for continuous improvement). You bring an operational mindset to everything you do, leveraging and synthesizing complex data to measure organizational performance and develop straightforward, adoptable solutions. You have experience building out or enhancing HR analytics to drive improvements in productivity, organization effectiveness, enhance culture, and drive and measure strategic KPIs. You have developed and conducted RFPs for HR systems (payroll, benefits, etc.) and data systems, and managed the successful deployment, complete with integration across teams/other systems (e.g. payroll integration with Financial systems, or SSO). Additionally, you have experience in leading Benefits RFPs -- from strategically considering what’s needed, to evaluating and recommending cost effective solutions that scale, to design and negotiation, and successfully led a customized and modern open enrollment process. As a people leader, you are well-versed in hiring, mentoring, and developing a high-performing team as well as defining strategies and systems for rewards and recognition that drive employee engagement, professional development, retention, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

About Newsela  

One of the fastest growing tech companies in K-12 education, Newsela was founded on the principle that while every child may have unique learning preferences, they all deserve a rich learning experience that ignites a love of learning. We built our platform based on learning science research to deliver the most engaging, authentic content to modernize how teaching happens in the classroom. Along with interactive assessments and tools, we provide teachers with digital content at five reading levels -- from +100 of the best sources -- that is relevant to the diverse backgrounds and interests of their students. Since we started in 2013, we’ve established a presence in 90% of U.S. K-12 schools and over 2.5M teachers and 37M students have registered with Newsela.

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Location

New York, NY
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An Insider's view of Newsela

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Amazing. Newsela is a trusting and responsible environment where we have control to get our work done when and where is best for us.

Vanessa

Lead Web Application Developer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

On the Community team, we work with school leaders and teachers to create innovative applications of Newsela article content to support our mission to "unlock the written word for everyone". Our goal is to engage and empower educators with tools to enhance their students' learning.

JJ

Educator Specialist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I've grown leaps and bounds at Newsela! I initially started out as an enterprise sales development representative and went through a mentorship program to transition to the account management team! I cannot measure the amount of growth I've experienced the past two years.

Emma

Account Manager

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The Newsela office is a collaborative workspace. The office is designed to reflect the clients we serve. We love to keep our mission of "Unlocking the Written Word for Everyone" top of mind.

Ariel

Sales Development Representative

What are Newsela Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Newsela offers the opportunity to join various affinity groups operated by members of each community to help facilitate an inclusive and diverse workplace where all people are valued.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
In addition to weekly virtual wellness events (guided meditation, yoga, etc.), we offer virtual group discussion sessions with a licensed therapist to help navigate a variety of topics and challenges.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Every year we bring Newsela's youngsters to our offices for our Take Your Child to Newsela Day. It's one of our favorite days of the year, filled with crafts, story time, workshops, and even yoga!
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We provide free daily breakfast. Employees can select from our cereal bar, yogurts, oatmeal, fruit, granola bars and unlimited cold brew on tap!
Game Room
Our teams love to take time to challenge each other to a game of ping pong or pool throughout the day, and maybe even a ping pong tournament every now and then.
Stocked Kitchen
Newsela has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored seltzer you can handle. You might even be able to catch a Top Chef competition every now and then.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
All remote employees receive a monthly tech allowance to put towards making their home office setup the best it can be.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
All employees receive an annual stipend to put towards professional development or learning courses and resources. We also hold bi-monthly manager training sessions.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We offer an annual stipend to encourage all employees to keep learning!
Time allotted for learning
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