Quick take: Axios is a media company dedicated to providing trustworthy, award-winning news content in an audience-first format. We’re hiring a Chief People Officer who will report into our CEO and serve on the Executive Team. As Axios scales from a startup to a media enterprise, we are looking for an HR veteran who can scale their function to support a thriving media company.

Go Deeper: In this strategic role, you will make an impact to Axios through the following responsibilities:

  • Oversee human resource functions and an HR organization of 30+, including Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Employee Experience, and Compliance and Benefits
  • Manage and mentor senior leaders who oversee HR functions, enabling a team to create the HR roadmap and identify processes / systems that scale
  • Innovate on our DEI philosophy, infusing components of each DEI pillar into the full life-cycle of an employee’s experience
  • Serve as the strategic business partner to the CEO and the Executive Leadership team by providing strategic and operational guidance
  • Establish and standardize human resource policies and procedures across the company correlating from our Axios core values; building and reinforcing an inclusive, results-driven culture of accountability and trust
  • Identify and embed the latest relevant HR trends and best practices
  • Develop and implement programs that produce superior employee engagement, including communication strategies to inform and activate all levels of employees
  • Develop and implement a performance based culture that is adaptable to a hyper-growth media company
  • Partner with Operations to define and track metrics for success
  • Ensure all HR activities and operations are performed in compliance with applicable laws, partnering with Legal and Compliance
  • Bring holistic knowledge of total rewards and compensation philosophy

The details: This is a People-centric role that requires superior communication skills, leading with empathy and guiding with authenticity. Ideal candidates will also have the following skills:

  • 15+ years experience in managing, building and leading People functions
  • Skilled in driving organization / culture change, employee engagement, change management at scale
  • Proactive, approachable and people-oriented with strong interpersonal skills
  • Hands-on leader comfortable spending time with sub-functions to understand and engage with the workforce
  • A commanding executive presence, with ability to distill and communicate dense HR metrics to non-HR leaders that can be easily consumable
  • Strong business acumen, demonstrating intellectual curiosity with a quantitative approach to the business

Don’t forget:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health insurance (100% paid for individuals, 75% for families)
  • Primary caregiver 12-week paid leave
  • 401K
  • Generous vacation policy, plus company holidays
  • Commuter and cell phone benefit
  • A commitment to an open, inclusive, and diverse work culture
  • Annual learning and development stipend

Additional pandemic-related benefits:

  • One mental health day per month
  • $100 monthly work-from-home stipend
  • Tele-mental health services
  • OneMedical membership, including tele-health services
  • Increased work flexibility for parents and caretakers
  • Access to the Axios “Family Fund”, which was created to allow employees to request financial support when facing financial hardship or emergencies
  • Classpass discounts
  • Virtual company-sponsored social events

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Axios is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. Axios makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

Base salary for this role is in the range of $225k – $325k and is dependent on numerous factors, including but not limited to location, work experience, and skills. This range does not include other compensation benefits.