Vice President of Global People Operations and Culture
Remote in Brazil, Mexico, Canada or the United States
Mercy For Animals aims to end industrial animal agriculture by constructing a just and sustainable food system. We envision a world where animals are respected, protected, and free.
As a leading farmed animal advocacy organization, we know that achieving this goal requires a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative work environment—one that welcomes and sparks new perspectives and innovative ideas. If you are passionate about our mission, driven to make a big impact for animals, and eager to be part of a dedicated team, join us!
We currently seek a vice president of global people operations and culture to join our operations team. In this role, you will develop and oversee Mercy For Animals’ global people operations and DEIJ (diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice) strategy, policies, procedures, and programs, as well as guide regional people operations and DEIJ teams.
You will do invaluable work:
- Partner with regional people operations teams and the senior leadership team to develop Mercy For Animals’ global objectives for talent acquisition; talent development; and team compensation, benefits, and relations in alignment with Mercy For Animals’ global and regional strategic plans
- Support the development, execution, and management of DEIJ initiatives in support of Mercy For Animals’ global strategic plan, including leadership of global and regional committees and communities
- Foster an intentional global culture based on Mercy For Animals’ core values, leadership principles, and ongoing commitment to a work environment that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just, taking into account the cultural aspects of each region and language justice
- Seek out new best practices and innovative solutions to elevate the ways we attract, develop, and retain team members
- Act as a liaison between hiring managers and global employers of record in some international hiring processes
- Recruit for multiregional positions
- Offer thought leadership regarding people-related and DEIJ strategy
- Partner with regional people operations teams and the finance team on the development and management of the global people operations and DEIJ budget
- Oversee, guide, and mentor a team of direct reports to successfully implement global people operations objectives and diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives
- Ensure the global organization’s compliance with employment laws for each region in partnership with regional people operations and legal affairs teams
- Partner with the deputy general counsel on sensitive or confidential team member relations issues, such as complaints, disciplinary actions, and separations, as necessary
- Regularly collect, analyze, and review internal global people operations and DEIJ metrics and trends and discuss them with the senior leadership team, making recommendations and implementing improvements as necessary
- Conduct research on people operations and external DEIJ trends, best practices, and technologies and recommend new or changes to existing policies, programs, initiatives, and practices
- Lead global and regional compensation and benefits structures
- Adhere to all organizational policies and procedures
- Perform any other duties assigned by the senior vice president of global operations
Your qualifications will take our operations team to the next level:
- Minimum of ten years’ work experience in human resources and DEIJ
- Minimum of five years’ experience in a leadership role at a global organization
- Bachelor’s degree in human resources, psychology, or a related field or an additional three years of work experience in human resources (master’s degree preferred)
- Demonstrated understanding of strategic work in human resources, including talent development, talent acquisition, DEIJ, employee relations, employee engagement, compliance, and compensation
- PHR or SHRM-CP certification in the United States (or equivalent in Mexico or Brazil) or willingness to participate in advanced human resources training in first year of employment
- Strong understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles and experience leading DEIJ initiatives
- Proven experience in developing and accomplishing organizational strategic and budget objectives
- Strong spoken and written communication skills that can be applied to a remote workplace
- Excellent interpersonal, persuasion, negotiation, and conflict-management skills, particularly in a multicultural environment
- Strong research and analytical skills
- Good judgment and problem-solving skills
- Proven leadership skills, including the ability to build and maintain high-performing teams
- Strong organizational and time-management skills, with the ability to delegate in ways that upskill team members and promote career development
- Ability to travel up to three times per year for conferences and retreats
- Commitment to the mission and values of Mercy For Animals
About Your Team Leader
Mamta Valderrama, our senior vice president of global operations, oversees finance, technology, research, and human resources. Before Mercy For Animals, Mamta spent 10 years in healthcare operations and has led multimillion-dollar income reports. An activist in her free time, she took a break from corporate America to write a book about human trafficking that became an Amazon bestseller. Born and raised in the Jain culture, she grew up with the principle of ahimsa, or nonviolence toward all sentient beings. Mamta runs Global Majority Vegan, a social media community that amplifies vegan lifestyles and experiences through a DEIJ lens. Originally from Los Angeles, Mamta lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and daughter.
Compensation and Benefits
Earn an annual salary of $105,000–$118,000 (in the United States*), depending on qualifications. In addition to a collaborative and innovative work environment, you will be able to take part in our benefits package, including no- or low-cost health, vision, and dental insurance; generous paid time off and sick leave; and 401(k) retirement plan, with a dollar-to-dollar employer match of up to 3 percent of your annual earnings.
*Benefits and salary outside the United States will be shared early in the interview process.
We consider traditional and nontraditional qualifications and carefully review each application, resume, and cover letter. Feel encouraged to go outside a traditional cover letter and state how you would add to our culture; what we would gain from having you on our team; and how you align with our organizational vision, mission, and values.
Our Commitment to You
Mercy For Animals is a globally minded organization. We are committed to the principles of equity and justice, and our culture celebrates authenticity—enabling every team member to shine. All employment decisions are based solely on individual qualifications, job needs, and job requirements, and potential team members of every color, orientation, age, gender, origin, veteran status, and ability are encouraged to apply. We strive to include candidates from historically marginalized communities and those from or in communities impacted by environmental, social, and economic injustice.
Come as you are, and help us transform our society and construct a truly compassionate food system.