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San Diego Wave FC

San Diego Wave FC

Vice President of People & Culture


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Mar 7, 2024


WE’D LOVE FOR YOU TO JOIN US!San Diego Wave Fútbol Club is on a mission to build a world class home for players and fans. We are seeking a dynamic, forward-thinking individual to join our mission to share our story, win championships, increase, and delight our fans. We’re making memories and engaging our community through this beautiful game. We are seeking a Vice President of People Culture to oversee all aspects of HR, Player Safety, and serve as a strategic partner to our leadership team in achieving our Club goals. The Vice President of People Culture will be responsible for developing and implementing HR strategies, policies, and programs that support our mission, drive employee engagement, and promote a positive work culture. This role requires a leader with a track record of driving impactful HR initiatives in a forward thinking, fast-paced, public-facing environment. The position also acts as a Club Player Safety Officer and is responsible for ensuring compliance with all players' safety matters related to strategy, club, and league policy, standards, education, guidance, and effective management of prevention and response. Player safeguarding includes, but is not limited to, protection against physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; neglect; retaliation; exploitation; malnutrition; psychological damage; and severe training. This is a full-time role in San Diego, California. Depending upon education, skill set, and experience, the annual base salary range is $160,000 - $180,000.  ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES:Develop and implement HR strategies, policies, and programs that align with the Club’s objectives and promote a positive culture that excels.Lead and manage the People Culture team and Player Safety team, providing guidance and professional development opportunities.Partner with leadership to understand Club priorities and anticipate People Culture and Player Safety needs to support organizational growth and success.Oversee all aspects of talent acquisition and retention including recruitment, selection, onboarding, and retention strategies to attract and retain top talent.Oversee all aspects of payroll, benefits, 401(k) plan, and insurance including bi-weekly payroll administration, wage and hour training for supervisors, health insurance, workers’ compensation and other commercial insurance coverage.Drive initiatives to enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility across the Club, fostering a culture of respect and belonging.Develop and implement performance development process, including goal setting, feedback, recognition, training, career development, and succession planning. Manage employee relations issues, investigations, and conflict resolution processes, ensuring fair and consistent treatment of employees. Stay up-to-date and ensure the Club is in compliance with applicable state and federal legal regulations, HR/payroll trends and best practices.Drive continuous improvement in HR/payroll processes and practices.Oversee and coordinate team building events for all employees to increase engagement, collaboration, and retention.For the Club’s minor professional athletes, lead and ensure Club compliance with all existing federal and state legal requirements.Build strong and trusting relationships across the Club and actively listen and respond to employee and player needs and concerns as they arise.Serve as a point of escalation for any employee and player concerns (including as a Club administrator for RealResponse), maintaining anonymity as applicable.Support the response process / investigation of a reported incident, ensuring the employee(s) and player(s) are provided the appropriate resources and communication cadence on progress of the matter.Support the delivery of all aspects of the NWSL Safety Strategies within the Club, including but not limited to promoting participation in Player feedback surveys and ensuring training requirements are met by all Club participants.Collaborate with the NWSLPA and the NWSL Player Safety Officer, including through league-wide Player Safety Officer continuous education and check-in meetings.Provide NWSL, including the league Player Safety Officer, with feedback from the Club and Players on future improvements to safeguarding policies and practices.Drive the approach to promote an engaging, inclusive, and safe soccer environment.Educate all Club participants on processes, procedures, and guidelines for safeguarding standards.Cooperate and comply with NWSL’s health and safety policies and procedures.Attend required NWSL-led Player Safety Officer training.Develop and maintain up-to-date safeguarding knowledge and skills through regular training and professional development.Adapt quickly as business needs evolve. QUALIFIED?Bachelor’s degree in HR or related field required.Master’s degree in HR or business management preferred.Professional HR certification either through HCI or SHRM.10+ years’ experience in human resources showing progression in responsibilities. At least five years’ experience in an HR leadership position complying with California state and federal applicable laws.Excellent communication and conflict resolution skills. Empathic, calm leadership qualities and ability to navigate sensitive circumstances and information.Proficiency in current HRIS and payroll technologies.Business and financial acumen including financial planning and budgeting.Strategic and can manage processes and projects.Knowledge of employment law and HR best practices.Ability to have difficult conversations surrounding trauma, psychological and physical safety, and other related matters.Ability to maintain discretion and provide fair and transparent approaches to resolution.Invests time in continuous learning of employee and sports safety regulations and practices.Exceptional at building relationships both internally and externally.Professional, positive, and proactive.Passion for the success of Women’s Professional Sports.Available to work game day and other events often outside of traditional business hours; check out our latest schedule here: TODAYIf you meet the above qualifications and are ready to take on the challenge of leading our professional soccer club to success, we want to hear from you. Please submit your resume and cover letter detailing your relevant experience and why you are the ideal candidate for the position. Our people are our club. We believe different backgrounds and experiences bring new ideas and perspectives. We encourage talented candidates from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds to apply. We’re excited to welcome new members of our team who share our passion. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.

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