Human Resources Director

  • Human Resources
  • New York, United States

Human Resources Director

Job description

Bisnow is the largest producer of news and events within the commercial real estate industry across North America, Canada, the UK and Ireland. Like any other industry, executives within CRE need to be informed and connected to do their jobs well. And in CRE, doing your job well means doing smarter deals and more of them. 

Our mission is to inform, connect and advance the commercial real estate community to do more business. We aspire to be the most data-driven and humanizing digital media, live events and intelligence platform in the galaxy — and through this effort, drive the industry to do smarter business. From events and news to branded content and video, our singular voice, attitude and perspective reaches 18 million all-digital readers and more than 100,000 industry insiders who attend our 300+ Bisnow events each year. Operating in more than 50 cities across North America and Europe, we tend to think globally, but strive to connect people hyper-locally.

We are seeking an experienced HR Director to immediately join Bisnow’s management team, working alongside an established People Operations/Talent Acquisition department. This person will own all things “HR”, improving on current processes and consistently developing/spearheading the implementation of new initiatives focused on overall organizational effectiveness. This individual must be ready to apply their strong previous experience (ideally within like-minded firms), to the Bisnow organization while consistently maintaining a “roll up your sleeves, no job is too big or too small” mindset. For the right person, this is a huge opportunity to make a significant impact within a fast-growing company.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Work with a positive, entrepreneurial and cross-functional management team on an everyday basis to provide day-to-day Human Resources support, guidance, direction and education. 

  • Support organizational change in an agile and flexible manner, keeping the current needs and overall goals of the organization in mind at all times. In order to do this, you will be expected to identify and provide creative solutions to help solve the challenges which will arise associated with our fast-paced, quickly-evolving organizational growth. 

  • Work closely with various departments heads to strategize, develop and implement new performance management initiatives in order to maximize retention and over employee performance in each department. Spearhead the planning and execution of company-wide training initiatives to ensure understanding and adoption of these key performance management processes. 

  • Become an absolute expert on all employment laws and practices across all US and UK markets which Bisnow functions in. Meet with multiple HR professionals within similar organizations to gain a deep understanding of HR best practices in order to implement new systems and processes which will improve the overall HR function. 

  • Obsess over Bisnow’s employee org-chart in order to strategically plan for, prepare for and successfully deliver updated compensation plans for all Bisnow employees across the US and UK. Spearhead compensation analysis initiatives to help drive the decisions made for each department.  

  • Provide support to Bisnow’s managers and their local, “on the ground” teams in regards to any potential employee relations issue. Ensuring consistent application of company policies and practices.

  • Alongside the accounting & people operations departments, manage the employee-related databases and train new hires on how to properly utilize the resources available to them through these databases.  

  • Prepare, ensure accuracy of, and deliver each individual employee’s onboarding and offboarding HR paperwork. 

Our dream candidate will already have:

  • A Bachelor's degree within Human Resources / Organization Development.

  • 5-8 years of progressive HR experience, most recently within an HR leadership role.

  • A deep understanding of US and UK employment laws and practices.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills in order to professionally and effectively interact with all levels of staff and management.

  • A “think on your feet” approach to their work, taking initiative and working independently with limited direction. 

  • Experience in the development and execution of compensation and individual performance plans.  

  • The ability to maintain confidentiality at all times and manage sensitive conversations with discretion/tact.

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver and drive HR processes for each and every employee across a wide-spread, complex organization.

What Are The Benefits?

  • We have a competitive compensation structure that rewards those who win, well

  • Vacation is important and we want you to take it. We’re also not into bureaucracy so tracking vacation sounds insane and that’s why we decided to offer unlimited vacation

  • Health, dental, vision, commuter, short term disability and 401k benefits.

  • You’ll get to work with smart, passionate, driven, ambitious, kind, caring and mindful people and will rarely experience an overload of policies, bureaucracy or toxicity (the latter, we do not tolerate. Period)

What Are the Drawbacks?

Most companies wouldn’t dream to include drawbacks on a job description - but we know we’re not perfect and don’t pretend to be. So here are the most common drawbacks voiced by people who did not find Bisnow to be a good fit.

  • “Lack of structure.” – we’ve gone from a handful of entrepreneurs to a company with 100 employees relatively quickly and our management team are mostly in their thirties which means we don’t have decades of experience. We’re figuring things out as we go, so if you’re someone who needs structure in place, we’re probably not the place for you but if you consider yourself an entrepreneur and want to help figure things out with a smart team of like-minded go getters, this could be your dream career.

  • “Chaotic at times, Bisnow should put proper policies in place.” – Mario Andretti once said that if things seem under control, you’re probably not going fast enough. We don’t encourage chaos but we do see a healthy amount of it as a result of exciting growth and we’re also not big fans of bureaucracy and find the more policies we implement the more bureaucratic things become.

  • “Long hours, not a lot of time off, unlimited vacation means no vacation.” – We encourage taking long vacations and time off and we truly believe that those sorts of trips can lead to more productivity when people come back and feel more inspired by new ideas. We do work long hours and for some people that’s not ideal. As entrepreneurs, we have to love what we do or else we wouldn’t be particularly good at it and when you love what you do, you don’t really separate work and play but rather integrate the two.

At Bisnow, we believe the interview process is a two way street. We ask that you interview us during this process as much as we plan to interview you. At Bisnow, we expect people to believe in our mission, our vision and our values. We don’t simply put these words on a wall. We hire, we fire, we promote, we demote, we bonus or don’t bonus, based on our mission, vision and values. So please, take them as seriously as we promise to take your application. Thank you.


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