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HR Business Partner - Manager (Volunteer)

HR Business Partner - Manager (Volunteer) 

*Note: The following is an opportunity for volunteer, part-time, flexible work. Please DO NOT APPLY if you are only looking for paid employment. This is a work at home (remote) position. Minimum commitment of 10 hours/ week for 6 months required. 

Are you interested in learning the ins and outs of a nonprofit organization in a challenging, rewarding environment? The nonprofit news organization WhoWhatWhy is seeking an HR Business Partner - Manager (volunteer) to help us lead our efforts and help us with some exciting HR projects. 

Who We Are 

WhoWhatWhy is a news organization and community providing the public with high-quality investigative and analytical forensic journalism on the great issues facing humankind. A nonprofit that accepts no advertising, we are staffed largely with skilled volunteers dedicated to elevating public awareness and fostering a more vigorous democracy. 

At WhoWhatWhy, we go at each story with an open mind, boundless curiosity, and a willingness to dig deep and ask hard questions — even when we’re told not to. Nothing is going to stand in our way when it comes to discovering what is going on beneath the surface, and why. Call it naive to believe such fearlessness is possible, but we think it’s the essence of true journalism. 

And because we’re straight to the point, we make clear that we’re looking for volunteers — skilled volunteers. Yes, we’re a nonprofit that wasn’t funded by a zillionaire. Yes, we decline to accept corporate ads. Because of that, we look for volunteers —  with the possibility, down the road, of compensation based on proven results.

We are looking for a passionate, high energy individual who is excited about creating and implementing HR programs, structures and processes. As a startup, we are looking for people who would bring structure and scale to complex growth challenges of a non-profit organization and at the same time willing to roll up their sleeves to get stuff done! In addition to doing groundbreaking work, this role will be pivotal in establishing a culture of openness, positive communication, and continuous learning. 

This is an opportunity for you to be part of an organization where you can influence the thinking around our people processes and systems, which results in a direct impact on our employee experience and growth of WhoWhatWhy.

Expectations 

You will work remotely and on your own schedule as we believe remote work is essential to cultivate a productive and happy culture. We also require a minimum commitment of 6 months for at least 10-15  hours a week (Though doing more is not discouraged!). Because our staff is spread throughout the world, we communicate mostly through Slack and email, and team members are requested to be highly responsive in a timely manner. All staff are required to respond to emails on a daily basis. 

If you possess a high level of self-motivation, and work well independently —  but also have strong collaboration skills and enjoy the opportunity to partner with like-minded individuals, and can commit quality time per week on a regular basis to help achieve team goals, we’d like to hear from you.

Responsibilities

  • Partner with leaders and the HRBPs to develop the talent strategy needed to support our tremendous growth and build a collaborative work environment; to understand both current and future organizational needs 
  • Function as a consultant to key leaders, engage in strategic planning meetings to translate business needs into HR plans.
  • Participate in leadership meetings to diagnose and solve talent and organization problems
  • Works closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention. 
  • Partner with the business to understand our current market position and work to continuously build on our presence and brand, with target demographics
  • Orient and assist business leaders with key talent development processes 
  • Coordinate the development and execution of HR communication strategy
  • Assist in planning, developing, writing and maintaining procedural documents, instructions and guides for new or modified HR processes.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and 7+ years of HR experience, including experience in successfully managing various projects and interacting with department heads 
  • Recruitment experience with an emphasis on identifying and hiring a diverse group of talented individuals
  • Ability to grasp and project the WhoWhatWhy brand, its values, and its distinct vision in the HR policies and processes
  • Ability to take initiatives and build strong relationships with hiring managers, colleagues, and candidates, to meet hiring objectives
  • Strong understanding of HR-related metrics and reporting
  • Ability to establish trust and confidence by demonstrating a high level of credibility and integrity
  • Exceptional communication skills, time management, and attention to detail are key attributes in this role
  • PHR/SHRM-CP certification preferred but not required

Perks

  • Channel your passion in a stimulating environment
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations
  • Interact with people at all levels and collaborate with smart, accomplished coworkers 
  • Develop new skills and gain valuable experience that can enhance your professional trajectory
  • Do amazing work on a flexible, part-time basis
  • Have fun while you make a difference

To Apply 

Please send us a resume and carefully reasoned, customized cover letter that outlines your experience, skillset and explains why you're a good fit for this position.Our mission must resonate deeply with you. If there is no option to attach a cover letter, please send a cover letter to hr@whowhatwhy.org.

* Please confirm your understanding that this is a volunteer position. We will not review applications that appear to be mass submissions.

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