The Athletic

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People Partner (Remote) at The Athletic

Location
United States / Remote
Job Type
Full-time
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About the role

About Us

The Athletic is a direct-to-consumer digital sports media company committed to helping subscribers experience storytelling in a whole new way. Founded in 2016 and headquartered in San Francisco, The Athletic has over 500 full-time employees and covers more than 250 professional sports and collegiate teams in the US, Canada and the UK. The Athletic’s newsroom has produced thousands of in-depth articles along with more than 120 podcasts and premium video content. The Athletic is a remote-friendly company as we have offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, and Melbourne.

About the Role 

We are hiring a People Business Partner to help serve the needs of our team at The Athletic. This role has the exciting opportunity to help scale the business through the implementation and iteration of new and exciting People initiatives, built to further develop our growing business while fostering deep, impactful professional relationships. The People Partner will have the opportunity to partner and collaborate with our expansive Headquarters team, ensuring our employees and managers have the optimal employment experience. As a People Partner, you will be the go-to trusted HR resource for the leaders and employees. 

The ideal candidate will collaborate extensively with the broader People Team and Headquarters management to ensure working at The Athletic is a world-class experience for all. The People Business Partner must possess strong business acumen and a deep understanding of our core business to best support their stakeholders. Strong attention to detail, comprehensive knowledge of HR, high EQ, and an enthusiastic start-up mentality are a must in this position. The ideal People Partner is eager to develop deep connections, confidently advise management, roll up their sleeves to build alongside an innovative team, and foster a world-class employee experience. 

This is a full-time role with a competitive salary, benefits, and equity. The position will be remote-based within the United States and may require some travel.  

Responsibilities

  • Serve as a business partner to the Headquarters team, acting as a liaison between your employee population, senior leadership, and the People Team. 
  • Advocate on behalf of the Headquarters staff to ensure your people have the tools, resources, and support they and the business need to be successful.
  • Serve as a key stakeholder to help build, iterate, implement and facilitate core People programs (performance reviews, benefits, onboarding/offboarding, training, etc.)
  • Develop and maintain meaningful, high-touch relationships across the Headquarters management team.
  • Understand our business model and goals, partner with Headquarters management to drive business priorities forward.
  • Approach people matters with a compliance-driven mindset, sound judgment, discretion, empathy and confidentiality.
  • Manage employee relations cases and investigations including performance management, conflict resolution, and employee concerns.
  • Perform an array of HR generalist tasks to ensure data integrity across all systems, reports, and programs.
  • Partner with Headquarters management and Talent team to drive workforce planning and internal mobility efforts. 
  • Operate as a change agent, rolling out new programs through strong communications, trainings, and management partnership.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent and relevant professional experience.
  • 3+ years’ experience in a People/HR role.
  • Reputation of integrity, accountability, service, and dedicated work ethic.
  • Demonstrated strong competence in core HR areas, federal and state employment laws and HR best practices.
  • Fundamental understanding of the business, key success metrics and organization structures.
  • Ability to confidently coach, mentor and advise employees and management. 
  • Deep desire to connect with employees and build relationships; trusted advocate.
  • Self-starter comfortable under pressure in a fast-paced, fluid environment. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and documentation abilities. 

The Company is backed by Founders Fund, Evolution Media, Courtside Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Bedrock Capital, Advancit Capital, Y Combinator, and other leading investors. The Athletic is headquartered in San Francisco, California. The Athletic was awarded a 2020 Great Place to Work.

The Athletic Media Company is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. The Athletic will consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Why you should join The Athletic

The Athletic is a direct-to-consumer digital sports media company committed to helping subscribers experience storytelling in a whole new way. Founded in 2016 and headquartered in San Francisco, The Athletic has over 600 full-time employees and covers more than 250 professional sports and collegiate teams in the US, Canada and the UK. The Athletic’s newsroom has produced thousands of in-depth articles along with more than 120 podcasts and premium video content. The Athletic is a remote-friendly company as we have offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, and Melbourne.