Vice President, Human Resources - Ziff Davis Inc.
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Ziff Davis, Inc. is a leading digital media company specializing in the technology market and reaching over 40 million highly engaged in-market buyers and influencers every month. Ziff Davis sites, including,, ExtremeTech,, and, feature trusted, comprehensive lab-based evaluations of the newest and hottest products.

Vice President, Human Resources, reports to the CEO of Ziff Davis, Inc. and is part of the Executive Team. VP, HR Leads the development of the organization and the employees by providing expertise in human capital management, HR policies and procedures and HR initiatives that support the growth of the business. Oversees and manages all aspects of the day-to-day human resources function, payroll and office administration for domestic operations and provides guidance and recommendations for international offices in order to maintain consistency and cost-effective measures worldwide.

Responsibilities include:
Establishes organizational structure and disciplines by developing the appropriate HR functions, plans, programs (e.g., benefits), information systems, products (e.g., policies) and payroll.

Ensures compliance with all federal and state labor laws and international labor standards related to benefits, policies, reporting, postings, etc.

Provides expert guidance on all employment actions (e.g., hiring, termination, LOA, etc.) by ensuring that appropriate labor laws and standards are applied within each state or country the organization does business.

Ensures compliance with all external and internal audit mandates under public company guidelines. (e.g., SOX, 401K, Healthcare, Worker’s Comp, OSHA, payroll, tax, long-term incentives, etc.)

Ensures that competent and qualified employees are available to meet current and future organizational needs by developing and implementing recruitment, selection, and retention strategies. Works as a liaison with outside recruiters.

Provides due diligence for M&A and applies appropriate guidance for integration.

Minimizes risk for the organization by filing legal and regulatory reports; keeping records of plan participation and applicant/employee statistics; consulting with legal counsel to ensure the organization is in compliance in each state and country the organization does business.

Provides guidance regarding compliance with company policies on equal employment opportunities, disability accommodation, career management, compensation, and benefits.

Assesses work processes and develops accountability oriented job descriptions; establishes training/development and career management plans to build organizational “bench strength.”

Ensures the organization is paying competitively by conducting external pay surveys, maintaining internal equity and providing rewards that motivate employees to drive results.

Delivers cost-effective human resource management by using technology to minimize corporate bureaucracy and administration (e.g., integrated Human Resource Information Systems).Increases organizational effectiveness by analyzing employee development needs and delivering meaningful employee training and development.

Desired Skills and Experience:
Prior experience as Vice President of Human Resources of similar size digital media/internet/online company.

15+ years of Human Resources experience in a mid-sized organization with responsibility over Organization Development, Change Management, Talent Management, Performance Management, Payroll, with proven ability to put in place an efficient scalable business based HR department.

Recent and current knowledge of state and federal employment-related legislation required.

Solid understanding digital media, games, or software development preferred.

This position requires an undergraduate degree. MBA or advanced degree is preferred.

3 to 5 years recent experience, as a Vice President of Human Resources, with business based proven experiences are required in a digital media/internet/online company environment and culture.

Strong initiative and ability to manage projects, operate independently and motivate employees.

Requires flexibility with the ability to work in fast paced, high pressure and rapidly changing environments.

Energetic and exceptional at team building with dynamic leadership abilities.

Ability to travel up to 25%.

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