VP of People

Project Wayfinder - Remote - Full time

The Organization

Imagine if adolescent education was designed for all students to develop lives of meaning and purpose? In 2015 Project Wayfinder was founded at the Stanford d.school to answer this call. With our fifth academic year upon us, our toolkits + trainings have journeyed to over 20,000 students, 1000 teachers, 200 schools across 25 states and 20 countries.

With our $1.5M seed funding secured, we are now pushing our expansion across the country + globe. Our goal is to continue to double our impact and revenue each year for the coming years. Our vision is to become the preeminent SEL curriculum company in the world - leading the global movement of purpose learning, meaning making and belonging-based education world wide.

What We Value

You will be joining a staff of incredibly motivated and dedicated staff members that are committed to living the values of our organization. We have a very close culture where team members get to know one another and build lifelong relationships. We also feel and act like a purpose-driven organization. To the best of our abilities each person’s role aligns with their own sense of purpose which feeds into the organization’s larger sense of purpose.

Read this article by our Founder about our workplace culture in Conscious Company.

We also value access, equity, diversity, and belonging. This is represented primarily in three ways: our product, our staff, and our schools.

Product: We have intentionally developed our curriculum to be able to cross national, racial, and socio-economic boundaries. During the process of curriculum development, we have had over 30 educators work on and develop the curriculum from a variety of backgrounds.

Team: Our team is composed of people from a diverse range of backgrounds and life experience. We intentionally recruit, hire, and work with people from diverse identities + experiences.

School Partners: We intentionally target a wide array of educational partners from traditional to non-traditional that work with a range of students from different socioeconomic groups: we have taught our curriculum in low income schools in the Bronx, independent schools in Silicon Valley, and after-school programs in San Antonio.

Learn more: Project Wayfinder Team + School Partners

The Role

Wayfinder’s VP of People owns all HR functions across the organization to make sure everyone on the team has a sense of belonging and a clear purpose. The role will be in charge of scaling people at a quickly growing company (currently 30 people, and at 200 schools) that will double in the next 18 months - we need someone that can do this fast! This also means you’ll be doing the hard stuff when things aren’t working, then identifying hurdles and adapting. This role reports directly to the CEO.

We strongly encourage people from traditionally underrepresented populations in tech - such as women, People of Color, People with Disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people, etc - to apply!



  • Work closely with existing Director of Operations and HR to improve and streamline the HR processes at Wayfinder
  • Manage hiring of staff and onboarding experience as we continue to grow
  • Make sure all systems are compliant
  • Inform and improve upon our existing management and accountability structures, such as OKRs, reviews, and team structures and responsibilities.
  • Document our policies and processes, and communicate them effectively to the team
  • Lead the recruitment efforts of a quickly growing start up
  • Support with event planning and team building activities
  • Collaborate with executive leadership to define the organizations long-term mission and goals
  • Identify key performance indicators for the organizations human resource and talent management functions
  • Research, develop, and implement competitive compensation, benefits, performance appraisal, and employee incentive programs
  • Maintain knowledge of laws, regulations, and best practices in employment law, human resources, and talent management.
  • Draft and implement the organizations staffing budget, and the budget for the HR department.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Essential experience

  • Minimum of 5-10 years managing HR and/or People at a fast growing organization
  • Proven ability to emotionally and effectively grow a team from 20-30 people to 50-100. You have to have done this before at another quickly growing start-up to be considered for this position.
  • Experience managing a team of direct reports in HR
  • Experience leading negotiations and recruiting efforts at a company
  • Experience developing company wide HR protocol and dealing with complex HR matters
  • Experience developing and overseeing DEI initiatives within a company
  • Expertise working with a remote team
  • Exceptional collaboration skills with an ability to communicate simply and effectively with a range of stakeholders
  • Outstanding time-management skills and experience working efficiently in a fast-paced environment
  • An entrepreneurial mindset and a bias towards action
  • Technical Skills: Gsuite, Slack, Trello, Workable, Gusto

Preferred experience

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • Prior experience in EdTech, SaaS and/or K-12 education a helpful benefit



We offer a competitive package that is based on location and experience. We also offer the following benefits:

  • + Stock: Ownership in a fast-growing venture-backed company.
  • + 401k: We care about your ability to save for your future.
  • + Family Focus: Parental leave and flexibility for families.
  • + Time Off: Flexible vacation policy to encourage people to get out and see the world.
  • + Healthcare: Medical, dental, and vision policies.
  • + Goodies: Whatever hardware and software you need to get the job done.
  • + Team Fun: Regularly scheduled events, annual retreat, and celebrations.
  • + Learning: Learning & Development Opportunities to grow your skills and career.
  • + Great team: Working with fun, hard-working, kind people committed to making a difference!
  • + Flexible culture: We are results-focused. We don’t work at the office every day.
  • + ...And much more! Lots of other perks make this company an incredible place to work.


Remote work. This role is remote, but requires you to be available for calls for at least 4 hours between 9am-5pm US Central Time. As such this role can be anywhere where you can commit to working half the day to overlap with that timezone, and will not require relocation once COVID is over.

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