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Chief People Officer

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11 years into our mission to help bring creative projects to life, Kickstarter has grown from a tiny crew of early believers to 95+ renowned engineers, designers, community outreach leads, data scientists, and more. We’re looking for a well-rounded HR pro (SVP or CPO level) to steward an inspiring, impactful, high-performing, and mindful work experience for our team.

About The Team

As Chief People Officer, you’ll lead all four areas of Kickstarter’s People Team: People Operations, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, and Workplace. The People Team works to recruit, develop, and retain the group of people who bring our mission to life. Outside (and sometimes inside) the office, members of our team sing opera, volunteer with nonprofits, and perform improv comedy.

In This Role, You Will:

  • Sit on Kickstarter’s Leadership Team, contributing to high-impact company decisions and helping to shape the way those decisions are communicated to the organization.
  • Report directly to our CEO, advising on how to tie business results to individual or team performance.
  • Drive the strategy that aligns Kickstarter’s company culture with our newly-established guiding principles.
  • Help to make Kickstarter more radically inclusive and celebratory of difference.

About You:

  • You have led a People Team before, and are comfortable doing so for a company of our size. We are small but mighty. You’ll need to both be able to dig in and delegate.
  • You know how to communicate difficult situations or decisions with equal parts empathy and solid confidence in your judgement.
  • You are a proven leader for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • You work towards the best long-term outcome, even if that means dealing with short-term discomfort or tension.
  • You are comfortable presenting at company-wide meetings.
  • You understand communication systems and have created the right lanes for information to be shared, feedback to be given, and decisions to be challenged.
  • You have experience developing frameworks around compensation. Bonus points if you’ve also worked with incentive structures that are not revenue-focused.
  • You are open to taking risks, trying new methods, and experimenting to remain nimble in your approach to strategic leadership.
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We like to be happy, healthy, and inspired.

We offer 25 vacation days, four months parental leave, time off for creative and volunteer work,employer-paid health benefits, and plenty more — from cultural events, screenings, and art shows to company meals and fresh produce from our rooftop garden.

We work as a team.

Team Kickstarter is only just over a hundred people — still a tight-knit group, considering everything that’s happened so far. Every week brings new challenges, and every week we work together to meet them. (We also have plenty of fun together: hack days, happy hours, trips, workshops, movies, lunches, and a lot of laughing.)

Kickstarter at a glance

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Kickstarter focuses on Art, Creative, Entrepreneur, and Crowdfunding. Their company has offices in Vancouver and Brooklyn. They have a mid-size team that's between 51-200 employees. To date, Kickstarter has raised $10M of funding; their latest round was closed on March 2011.

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