Associate Director, People Operations
Run for Something
People & HR, Operations
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2023
About Run for Something
Run for Something recruits and supports young progressives running for down-ballot offices in the United States. Since launching in 2017, we’ve recruited 126,000+ young people who want to run, and we’ve endorsed over 2,300 candidates across all 50 states + DC. We’ve elected 793 candidates across 49 states – 57% are women, 57% are BIPOC, and 21% are LGBTQIA+. and all are age 40 or younger. Our alumni have meaningfully and intentionally made life better for millions of Americans across the country. We are a high-reaching, hungry team changing the face of politics in America. Learn more about our work in this clip.
The Run for Something network includes Run for Something (a 527 non-federal PAC),Run for Something Action Fund (a 501c4), and Run for Something Civics (a newly launched, non-partisan 501c3).We have ambitious plans for 2023 and beyond. Read about them in our Strategic Plan here.
We highly encourage all job applicants to visit our Careers page to learn about our work environment, values, compensation and benefits policies, interview process, and more.
Position Name: Associate Director of People Operations
Reporting Structure: This role reports to the Director of People & Culture
Location: Remote (U.S.)
Job Classification: Full Time, Exempt
Essential Duties: The Associate Director or People Operations will manage the following functions: Compensation and Benefits, Talent and Performance Management, Employee Engagement and Culture
Position summary: Run for Something is currently hiring for an Associate Director of People Operations. In this role, you will report to the Director of People & Culture. This is a new position, with the opportunity to make an impact on our mission and remote organization with staff across 20+ states. We are a rapidly growing organization that is building our People infrastructure as we grow. This is a role for you if you thrive in and enjoy change. Also, this is a role for you if you are both strategic and operationally minded where you can see the big picture, along with downstream impacts, while being in the details of People Operations. Lastly, this role is for you if you like to think beyond traditional HR practices and want to be part of a team that is laying the foundation that will support the transformation of the People function.
Your near-term responsibilities are twofold during this time of growth. First, you will be responsible for leading and executing the human resources information system (HRIS) transition to build a key component of our foundational needs in supporting staff, creating capacity and transforming how we work. Second, you will shape how we evolve our benefits based on staff feedback and peer benchmarking along with near- and long-term strategies and day-to-day benefits management and administration.
As a member of the People & Culture team, this position must also contribute, integrate, and hold themselves and their team accountable to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals that Run for Something has established, and actively contribute towards the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.
Near-Term Responsibilities for 2023
HRIS Transformation [60% of time]
-Lead transition and implementation to new HRIS based on learning current and future processes, along with identifying and partnering with vendor to customize how future processes will function
-Actively develop change management strategy, quick reference guides and training sessions to proactively launch new HRIS to optimize utilization
-Manage the established vendor relationship and the approved budget for this transformation
Compensation and Benefits Evolution Management & Administration [25% of time]
-Build annual employee survey that minimizes bias and gathers feedback from staff on their benefits utilization and feedback to assess potential new benefits
-Benchmark benefits of peer organizations to evaluate our offerings to ensure we remain competitive in our benefits offerings
-Provide near- and long- term benefits recommendations to build an innovative and progressive benefits program balancing staff asks and the organization’s resources
Onboarding [15% of time]
- Dedicate time in the first 90 days to learn about Run for Something’s teams, policies, procedures, etc.
-Assess current onboarding from a people operations perspective to identify areas of improvement to elevate existing process and build plans for further customized onboarding based on roles
-Build relationships with direct manager, team and key stakeholders
6 months to 1 year+ Responsibilities
Depending on our growth, this role may have a direct report at a later date to support People Operations
Compensation and Benefits [25% of time]
-Implement any new approved benefits recommendations through accessing vendors, scoping out pricing and rolling-out benefit(s)
-Manage our existing health care and 401K benefits through Professional Employer Organization (PEO)
-Assess utilization of internally managed benefits through analyzing budget versus actual spend
-Educate staff on benefits to raise awareness and utilization of benefits
-Periodically assess compensation to ensure equitable practices
-Support budgeting and budget versus actual for salaries & benefits (S&B) management
-Own the payroll management relationship with our vendor and review payroll to ensure accurate payment to staff
Talent and Performance Management [25% of time]
-Lead and evolve performance management to new feedback process and utilize new HRIS to transition the process
-Partner across the People & Culture Team to evolve talent management in onboarding, leadership development, workforce planning, succession planning
Employee Engagement and Culture [25% of time]
-Bring our culture and values to life in new HRIS through employee wellbeing, employee satisfaction and performance management
-Opportunity to create and do something different from traditional HR to elevate culture and values within people operations. Space to own, create and develop new initiatives. Examples could include brainstorming ways to create a diverse, inclusive and psychologically safe work environment so all staff can thrive, fostering a sense of fun and community in a remote organization or other ideas based on staff feedback.
-Manage and prioritize updates to policies and the employee handbook based on organizational and/or legal needs
General People Operations [25% of time]
-Serve as the subject matter expert of our People Operations systems to staff across the organization through troubleshooting and answering questions along with partnering with other system owners to sync relevant people data to other systems
-Additional projects based on People & Culture and organizational priorities
Near-Term Key Goals
-Implementation, customization, training and management of HRIS with 100% utilization by all staff
-Near- and long-term total well-being benefits strategy and implementation that incorporates >85% staff input participation and market analysis
-Thorough understanding of current state of on-boarding and plan to transition on-boarding towards more customization based on roles
-At least 5 years of People experience in Compensation & Benefits, Talent & Performance Management, and Employee Engagement & Culture. Does not need to have deep experience in all areas, rather exposure to all areas and strong strategic people experience with intellectual curiosity to learn and be agile in implementing change. Open to experiences with transferable skills related to Compensation & Benefits, Talent & Performance Management, and Employee Engagement & Culture .
-Prior experience integrating People Operations work with Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging lenses in people work including employee handbook, policies, benefits and/or talent management.
-Experience with organizational change management and scaling organizations
-Ability to navigate a soon to be 80+ person organization and build relationships across the organization in a remote environment
-Information systems management experience and end-to-end systems thinker that can translate business needs and use cases into user friendly systems. Not looking for a Technology person, rather someone who can translate People processes into a flexible and customizable HRIS.
-Ability to effectively communicate to staff at all levels of the organization in a remote environment in an inclusive manner
-Proactive problem-solver with judgment and discretion
-High level of integrity working with confidential information
-Ability to pivot and reprioritize when time-sensitive people work surfaces
-Demonstrated time management skills transferable to working a four day work week
-Demonstrated ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
-Ability to demonstrate Run for Something’s organizational values: Bold & Fearless; Open & Honest; Supportive & Respectful; Progressive & Diverse; Long-term & Strategic.
-Ability to work independently for extended periods of time in a remote environment
-Strong commitment to the Run for Something mission
-Experience in Political or Non-Profit industries
-Expertise in BambooHR
-Experience in project management
-Knowledge of Federal and local employment laws
-Experience in making data driven decisions
-Experience managing teams
-Knowledge of utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) in People Operations
Run for Something is committed to building teams that reflect the diversity of our candidates, and to building equitable and inclusive environments that fully leverage the skills, potential, and unique perspectives of our employees. We strongly encourage applications from members of marginalized communities who have been disproportionately affected by lack of representation in elected office, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities. Learn more about our commitment here.
In order to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, all Run for Something employees are required to provide proof of COVID vaccination. Run for Something will discuss reasonable accommodations with employees who may be unable to receive a vaccine due to disability, the advice of a medical provider, or sincerely held religious beliefs.
Run for Something is (and always has been and will be) a remote office environment; you will collaborate with colleagues who are based across the United States. You should be prepared to either work from home or a location of your choosing.
This position requires the ability to work core hours, Monday through Thursday. This position will require attendance at approximately 2 all-staff or team events per year, which may include overnight travel. Run for Something’s reasonable accommodations policy applies to employees who are unable to travel or participate in gatherings.
As Run for Something grows, your role responsibilities may evolve to ensure it's always aligned to organizational priorities and continuously contributing to our mission of recruiting and supporting young progressives running for down-ballot offices.
Essential Physical Requirements
As this is a remote position, the person in this position must be able to communicate with colleagues and partners via phone, including conference and video calls, as well as written communication such as Slack and email. The position requires the ability to work on a computer for all or part of the work day. This position will include travel, as described above.
Compensation & Benefits
Salary for this position is set at $120,000. In order to counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, salaries are non-negotiable for new and current employees. Run for Something salary bands for a given staff level are benchmarked to the 75th percentile for our sector, and all new employees are paid at the entry point of those bands. Employees then have the opportunity to progress through current salary bands through annual cost of living increases and performance-based pay increases, and into new salary bands through promotions.
Learn more about our compensation policy here.
Benefits at Run for Something include:
Four Day Work Week (learn more here)
Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
Platinum Medical Insurance (100% of premium covered for employees; 50% of premium covered for dependents)
Dental and Vision Insurance (99.9% of premium covered for both employees and dependents)
Professional Development Stipend
Treat Yourself Stipend ($500 a year to do something that brings you joy)
Work from Home Stipend
Cell Phone/Internet Stipend
12 weeks paid family leave
Paid Sabbatical (after 3 years of service to RFS)
~ Four weeks in organization-wide holiday closures, including a two-week winter break
Flexible, remote work environment
Transition payment for departing employees
Given campaign finance restrictions, candidates for this position must possess valid work authorizations, and cannot be foreign nationals. This means that we are legally prohibited from hiring anyone for this position who is not a US citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder).
We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, with priority review given to earlier applications.
Learn more about our interview process here.
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