Summary

The WMF vision is to “imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.” The Lead Human Resources Business Partner (“HRBP”) will collaborate with HRBPs and across teams to develop, implement and align people processes and performance to drive continuous growth and knowledge sharing across the Foundation. The Lead HRBP is an accomplished connector who collaborates, problem solves, and gets results, celebrating wins while learning from mistakes. The position requires a balance of strategic vision and tactical implementation, experience in the intersection of change management and international human resource development, serving as a consultant to employees on human resource-related issues.

This position will report to the VP, Talent and Culture (“T&C”) and work in partnership with the HRBPs, People Experience Team and the entire T&C staff to ensure support, alignment and connection to Foundation’s T&C services and programs, as well as acting as an ambassador for the Foundation’s values and culture.

You are responsible for:

  • In collaboration with other HRBPs and T&C, implementing solutions to meet changing business and talent needs to support the Foundation and team objectives, proposing plans which build capability, and delivering against the strategic initiatives of T&C
  • Supporting the  talent review processes to recommend skill building for an employee, team, or manager to achieve their goals
  • Organizational Development & Design: implementing solutions that improve employee engagement, retention, leadership development, org culture, and productivity
  • Employee Relations: working closely with staff to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention, including mediating complex staff issues with compassion, active listening, and understanding, while maintaining confidentiality
  • Working with the Learning & Development team to identify training needs for teams and individuals to support staff to prioritize and implement best practices in their respective work areas

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources or a related field and 8+yrs human resources experience, or Master’s + 6 years related experience or equivalent experience/education
  • Experience in change management and human resources development, training and capacity development, as well as coaching and facilitating high performing teams
  • Experience working with diverse, multi-cultural teams, bonus points for international environments
  • Experience using data analytics platforms (Excel, Google Sheets) to inform storytelling and presentations
  • Strong collaborator - Ability to collaborate and operate in a "one team" environment across all levels of the organization
  • HR acumen - Familiar with the complete HR service portfolio including OD and talent management and able to effectively partner with other COE talent acquisition, total rewards, learning & development, people operations and diversity & inclusion
  • Business acumen- Understand the organization's business strategies and dynamically changing external business competition, conditions and trends. Translate this knowledge into appropriate management and HR actions
  • OD acumen: experience translating OD strategies into practical business applications at progressively increasing levels of scope and complexity.  
  • Partnering and influence - Present solutions in ways that are heard, understood and supported. Add insight that positively influences senior management decision-making. Communicate with clarity, conviction and confidence across regions/cultures, including upward when necessary
  • Personal credibility - Consistently offer quality advice, counsel and insight. Maintain self-esteem and that of others while directly and constructively addressing issues. Create trust and mutual respect
  • Ability to maximize relationships, build trust and communicate effectively is required in order to analyze HR issues, provide information, direction and advice as described
  • Proven employee relations experience with ability to navigate sensitive, confidential matters  
  • Good technical knowledge of human resources and its role within the business
  • Possess strong communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to deal effectively and professionally with all levels of employees and management. Good analytical skills, problem solving and decision-making skills are required to provide support as described
  • Excellent planning, time management, prioritization, and organizational skills. The ability to handle competing priorities calmly under pressure and within restricted timeframes is essential

Qualities that are important to us:

  • Resilience—we work on new and interesting problems in transparent and collaborative ways
  • Being open, curious, and inquiring in our work
  • Willingness to experiment with new ideas and solutions
  • Internal motivation and high standards
  • Working together for outcomes, and being willing to let go to scale or change course
  • Making lasting and supportive relationships with your leadership clients and employees
  • The ability to excel in a fast-paced, changing environment that often requires fast turn‐around and navigating ambiguous situations
  • Sharing a culture of constructive criticism and respect
  • A strong sense of caring, partnered with an excellent sense of humor

Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

  • Non-profit experience
  • Tech industry experience
  • Experience with HR tools like Namely & Greenhouse, and finance tools like Adaptive is a plus

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge freely. We host Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive. 

The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive donations from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

U.S. Benefits & Perks*

  • Health Care Benefits Covered at 100%: We cover 100% of premiums for medical, dental and vision plans for all full time employees and eligible dependents
  • Wellness Reimbursement Program: Up to 1,800.00 USD per year for reimbursement for staff wellness expenses, such as gym fees, educational expenses, and more
  • Technology and Equipment Stipend: In addition to receiving a brand new laptop, monitor, & docking station, all new hires receive 600.00 USD stipend to set up their space for working virtually 
  • Professional Development Program: Up to 750.00 USD reimbursement per year to encourage continuous learning through attending conferences, courses, workshops and the purchase of educational materials 
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan: Employer match of up to 4% of employee contributions dollar for dollar with no vesting period
  • Paid Time Off: Generous paid time off policy of over 45 days, which includes: vacation days, at least one observed holiday a month, sick leave, and volunteer days
  • Flexible Schedules: Options available to balance your personal and remote-work life
  • Silent Fridays: No scheduled meetings so you can get caught up at the end of each week
  • New Parent Leave: Fully paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, and flexible options as you embark on your return to work
  • Fertility and Adoption Reimbursement Plan: Reimburses staff up to 5,000.00 USD in expenses per year, with a lifetime maximum of 10,000.00 USD
  • Assistance for those unexpected life events: Long and short term disability, life insurance, and an employee assistance program
  • Pre-tax Savings Plans: Generously funded health savings accounts (HSAs), pre-tax contribution options for health care, child care & elder care, public transportation and parking expenses

*Please note that for remote roles located outside of the U.S., we defer to our PEO to ensure alignment with local labor laws.

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