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Director of People and Culture

Full Time | Remote Position | 4-5 weeks of travel annually

Company Description

Vacation Races is an endurance event company that hosts running events at National Parks around the country and in stunning locations around the globe.

Application Details

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Position Overview

Director of People and Culture Position Overview

The Director of People & Culture (DPC) at Vacation Races (VR) will own staff development and cultural stewardship, in addition to owning staffing and leadership initiative programs within our culture. As a key member of the Leadership Team, the DPC will act as an advisor & collaborate with all positions at the company in designing people practices, shaping and defining the culture to align with our mission & values. This role is key to ensuring our business strategies support the vision for the future of our organization.

This is a hands-on role frequently transitioning from tactical to strategic work, keeping the bigger picture in mind while executing on the details. In cultivating a healthy community within the entire VR team, the DPC will work with staff to facilitate development needed to be successful in their roles. This will require a high degree of coaching across all levels - from entry-level employees to middle managers to the Chief Executive Officer.

Why We Need This Position

Why We Need This Position

Vacation Races is already an established running event company with productions across the United States and globally. In addition to being a world-class event company, we want to be known as one of the best companies to work for. A place that attracts and retains talented individuals who are excited to build amazing experiences for our global active community.

The Director of People and Culture will collaborate with the leadership and already established VR teams to support the hiring (that are intended to secure talented staff) and onboarding process for new staff while continuing to be a resource for personal development and creating a supportive culture that inspires creativity and motivates all employees to be their best selves. The DPC will be responsible for developing the leadership skills of all team members throughout the company.

Who We Are Looking For

Who We Are Looking For

A people-focused leader. A well-organized individual with exceptional interpersonal skills who enjoys building teams, developing individuals, & willing to say “Yes” to challenges. We need a proven leader and strategic thinker with a broad vision, and a strong bias for action. The ideal hire excels at balancing short-term decisions with longer-term vision and is capable of managing change for a fast-paced, ever-changing, and rapidly growing company.

We need someone who can be a trusted advisor with high emotional intelligence, who can generate strong employee engagement, who is skilled at resolving conflict, and who is sensitive and adaptable to the needs of our people and our business. More than only task-oriented, we need a seasoned expert in the nuts and bolts of creating leaders. Someone who is influential and will be the primary cultivator of company culture, passionate about ensuring that Vacation Races is a desirable place to work. The ideal candidate will think big when envisioning the future but is also unafraid of lacing up their running shoes and throwing themselves into the details.

If you want to support the Vacation Race’s team as it builds the future and are confident that you have what it takes to inspire the team to greatness, then come as you are. We want to hear your story.

Key Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities for the Director of People and Culture
  1. 1
    Work with the CEO to drive the future of Leadership & Culture at Vacation Races.
  2. 2
    Assist in establishing measurable standards company-wide in the form of KPIs and OKRs.
  3. 3
    Drive and manage the hiring process to secure talented employees and contractors world-wide.
  4. 4
    Manage the onboarding of new hires to ensure they have the tools, guidance, and resources to be successful.
  5. 5
    Develop relationships with all employees and key contractors, in an effort to become a trusted resource.
  6. 6
    Meet regularly with key staff to continue to be an available resource for personal development.
  7. 7
    Develop and implement strategies to nurture a positive and cohesive company culture that aligns with our mission, vision, and values.
  8. 8
    Develop the company’s performance review process to result in faster and more impactful feedback.
  9. 9
     Educate and lead the company on efficiency and effectiveness strategies.
  10. 10
    Champion efforts to make diversity and inclusion endemic to all staff roles and responsibilities and throughout our events. Work to ensure that our events and the entire VR community are welcoming and accessible to participants of all backgrounds and abilities.
  11. 11
     Facilitate and help organize all non-event in-person meetings, including the annual company retreat. This includes facilitation of content as well as all logistical arrangements.

Qualifications "Requirements"

Qualifications "Requirements" for the Director of People and Culture

If you don’t have them all, please still give it a shot!

  • Education: Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Human Resources or related field
  • Experience: 5+ years of leading teams in fast-paced environments; proven ongoing professional development. 
  • Specific Skills: Genuine expertise in all things people, culture, operations, and an ability to connect the dots to deliver value; strength in developing and executing strategies, policies, and programs in a scaling environment, leading talent acquisition and retention, continuous improvement processes, strong project management or agile practices.
  • Passion: A love for running and the outdoors will improve your chances of success. The job requires partnering at all levels across the organization to get things done and enrich the value proposition for our employees, volunteers & partners. Authenticity will help you.
  • Role: Collaborating with leadership and listening to employees to design People programs that support our growing business, enhance our culture, and help Vacation Races consistently reach its goals.
  • Personality: Authentic, charismatic, inclusive, diplomatic, collaborative, big picture thinker, full of ideas with a bias toward action and results.
  • Travel: Attend, and facilitate as needed, all in-person strategic planning sessions/retreats; Ideally 4-5 weeks/year. 

Ideal Characteristics for the Role

Ideal Characteristics for the Role
  • Unimpeachable integrity: Our remote work environment requires exceptionally high levels of trust. You don't have to be perfect, but you do have to be authentic, with a willingness to speak up and accept tension as part of the role.
  • Experienced: We need someone with real experience who has a proven track record of success in similar roles. This is not an entry-level position.
  • Empathetic: We are a people-first organization. We need someone who can understand how others feel and respond appropriately.
  • Kind & Direct: It is important to be direct, but it is more important to us to be kind. We prefer someone who can do both well.
  • Curious: Ala Ted Lasso. Ask a lot of questions, and suspend judgment.
  • Passionate: Our company thrives on making all Stakeholders successful. This includes participants, contractors, employees, and partners. We seek someone who loves what we are bringing to the world.
  • Communicator: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Proactive: Someone who actively seeks opportunities to add value to the company and takes ownership of everything listed above.  

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