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Skillshare is looking for an experienced and strategic people partner (Human Resources Business Partner) to partner with our functional teams. This role, reporting to the Head of People, will act as a strategic partner to our leaders in order to create and execute on thoughtful people strategies that accelerate business objectives and allow us to scale.

What you'll do:

  • Work closely with the Head of People and our executive team to help set strategy and execute on our People Ops roadmap
  • Consult with leaders and teams on talent development strategies and enhancing overall organizational effectiveness
  • Develop and implement systems and processes to drive continuous learning and knowledge-sharing across the organization through the lenses of transparency, growth and scale
  • Proactively lead the implementation of People initiatives, including: reviews, performance management, succession planning, employee engagement and retention; leadership and people development; diversity & inclusion; and culture, workplace and employee experience
  • Develop thoughtful organizational design and partner with business leaders and the Recruiting team to align hiring plans to strategically staff all functional areas of the business 

Why we're excited about you:

  • Minimum of 6 years of HR experience, with 3+ years as a People/HR Business Partner
  • Strong EQ and sense of empathy towards all employees, with a keen ability to prioritize employee happiness while also driving organizational effectiveness
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills - you can work effectively across all levels, and utilize a variety of methods to ensure shared understanding
  • Thorough understanding of relevant employment laws
  • Demonstrated track record of growing inclusive organizations in a culture and values-aligned way
  • Experience applying best practices around coaching, employee engagement, and change management
  • Proven track record of identifying people problems and using strategic skills to drive and influence appropriate solutions
  • Ability to work independently and come up with creative solutions
  • Ability to balance strategic leadership responsibilities with a bias towards action - you have experience with managing both short-term and long-term goals
  • You have experience with remote and global teams 

Why you're excited about us:

  • Impact: You’ll be a key player in building how we operate, communicate and treat each other
  • Growth: You’ll have the opportunity to expand your leadership, influence and responsibility as Skillshare continues to scale
  • Team: We have a passionate, talented team that elevate each other and are truly the most fun to work with
  • Mission: We’re doing work that matters – inspiring people around the world and empowering them to pursue their creativity
  • Flexibility: We believe that doing your best work means living a full life. That means different things for everyone, so we optimize for trust, invest to support remote teams, offer home office stipends and co-working spaces in multiple cities, have an unlimited vacation policy (with a required minimum!), and encourage work-life balance.
  • Remote Culture: A healthy, productive working environment means different things for different people. We optimize for trust and invest in supporting remote teams, offer home office stipends for those that work best in their own space and co-working spaces for those that thrive in a social office environment, and focus on transparent communication to ensure an inclusive, equitable work environment for everyone.
  • Benefits: We believe that doing your best work means living a full life. We support our team with unlimited PTO, gender-neutral parental leave, anniversary bonuses and sabbaticals, and healthy stipends for creativity, learning, and personal wellness.

About Skillshare: 

Skillshare is an online learning community whose mission is to connect curious, lifelong learners everywhere – and, in so doing, build a more creative, more generous, and more prosperous world. Today, our community has grown to millions of members who come to Skillshare to learn creative and entrepreneurial skills, network with peers, and even teach a class themselves. We are backed by OMERS Growth Equity, Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital, Amasia, Spero Ventures, and Burda Principal Investments. 

Skillshare is committed to building a diverse team that reflects a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We work to ensure a consistent interview process, and inclusive work environment for all.

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Skillshare Benefits Overview

At Skillshare, we strive to create an inclusive culture in which each person is compensated fairly, has robust learning and development opportunities, and feels supported in bringing their whole self to work. We also believe that doing your best work means living a full life – that means different things for everyone, so we optimize for trust, invest to support remote teams, have an unlimited vacation policy (with a required minimum!), and encourage work-life balance.

Our perks include:

- Health, Dental and Vision coverage
- 401(k)
- Unlimited vacation (with a required minimum!)
- 14 weeks parental leave (gender neutral)
- Paid sabbaticals for tenured employees
- Learning and conference stipends
- $750 stipend for setting yourself up for success at home (think: desk, headphones, plants, ergonomic chair)
- Monthly reimbursement of up to $75 for high-speed internet services
- Stipend for mental health/well-being tools (Headspace, Talkspace, Peloton, etc.)
- Monthly coffee/tea reimbursement of up to $25
- Ongoing manager training with LifeLabs
- Inclusion workshops with Paradigm

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
In addition to our social committee, we have dedicated Diversity & Affinity groups in which team members decide to come together around a shared identity or background.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Read more about how we think about equity compensation here: https://medium.com/swlh/a-no-b-s-guide-to-startup-stock-option-grants-526a8bc33c2b
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Skillshare offers 14 paid weeks of paid parental leave to both birth-giving and non-birth-giving parent/s.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Happy Hours
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Skillshare creates professional development opportunities by offering an annual budget to attend external conferences, in addition to ongoing internal learning programming.
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

In addition to the above, we also offer a number of perks around flexibility – including the option between a 1-month bonus or sabbatical at your 3-year mark, and the ability to work remotely for up to a month from anywhere in the world when you've been on the team for one year.

An Insider's view of Skillshare

What are some social events your company does?

Moving fully remote has meant changing our approach to team-bonding. We are keeping the energy up with happy hours, trading Zoom backgrounds, and, recently, our affinity group for women of color hosted company-wide trivia that kicked off with a Rihanna dance break.

Chantel

Senior Creative Producer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Cross-team collaboration is frequent and organic at Skillshare; we foster a uniquely friendly atmosphere of openness and shared purpose. Through cross-team threads, project-based meetings, comments on RFC's, pull request reviews, Q&A sessions, and, of course, simple conversations, collaboration commonly happens across a table or across time zones.

Justin

Director of Engineering

What are some things you learned at the company?

I was immediately impressed and encouraged by the creative problem solving at Skillshare. Data plays a huge part in learning about our members, determining the most popular classes, and fostering creative community. I was a student within the community long before helping build it. My favorite experience so far has been learning watercolor basics.

Zhen

Director of Business Intelligence

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

As a management team, we strongly believe in making ourselves accessible. This includes: 1:1s with direct reports, skip-level meetings, team-wide meetings, coffees with people across departments, and attending team events. More broadly, we apply the same foundational rule we all learned in kindergarten: treat people the way you want to be treated.

Sabrina

COO

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We're in an exciting position - we have a product that we believe in and a community that believes in us. The question we face is: how can we build a platform which works for the Skillshare of today, but will scale to the needs of the Skillshare of the future? It’s not enough to keep up with growth; we must build for where our growth will take us.

Samantha

Director of Engineering

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