Vice President, People Operations

| Chicago

What we do

At Civis, we take a science-first approach to solving business problems using person-level data. With a blend of proprietary technology and statistical advisory services, we help public and private sector organizations find, understand and connect with the people they care about, so they can stop guessing and start using mathematical proof to guide decisions. We know others use “data science” and “analytics” as buzzwords, but at Civis we don’t stand for fluff, and we will always deliver scalable products and technologies — not PowerPoints — to drive your business forward. Learn more about Civis at

Our mission

To democratize data science so organizations can stop guessing and make decisions based on numbers and scientific fact.

What we are looking for

The Vice President of People Operations will oversee and scale a progressive human resources organization that is responsive to its employees and enables their success. The Vice President will champion a work environment that promotes inclusion, diversity, trust, transparency, and accountability and advances a culture of innovation. The Vice President is a key business partner and member of the leadership team, responsible for the strategic direction and planning of HR, including talent acquisition, onboarding, training, learning and development, performance management, employee relations and engagement.

This role will operate out of our downtown Chicago office (200 W. Monroe) and report to the Chief Financial Officer.


  • Lead and inspire our People Operations department with a focus on fairness, consistency, integrity, diversity, equity, and inclusion stretching across the organization. 
  • Act as an effective change agent and internal communications expert that ensures positive employee experience during all transformational initiatives.
  • Build and maintain strong partnerships with internal stakeholders.
  • Provide advice and guidance to all employees on the interpretation and administration of HR policies and best practices.
  • Establish a talent management system using a cultural framework that ties together our values, core competencies, employee development and career progression.
  • Monitor and analyze trends in key employment metrics and develop recommendations accordingly.
  • Own total rewards strategy and implementation, i.e., compensation philosophy, market analysis, benefits, and HRIS.
  • Implement company-wide workforce planning.
  • Partner with senior leadership and the Director of Talent Acquisition to solidify and advance talent acquisition strategy.
  • Refine and build upon existing onboarding experience to decrease new employee ramp-up time and increase employee engagement.
  • Evolve and improve performance measurement, review processes, employee survey processes and goal-setting practices.
  • Manage all aspects of an HR budget, including facilities, vendors, travel/expenses, and administrative support.


  • 8-10+ years of human resource operations management experience in tech forward, high growth, fast-paced progressive environments.
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, industrial and organizational psychology or related field.
  • Knowledge of relevant local/state/federal/provincial employment laws.
  • Proven leadership in building, managing, and coaching a Human Resources team to high performance; strong background in management and organizational effectiveness.
  • Superb communication skills across all mediums - specifically in written communications, presentations, and in both verbal and nonverbal interpersonal communications.
  • Ability to manage workflow for multiple projects, with minimal oversight, in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Knowledge and experience handling/supporting sponsorships and work visas.
  • US work authorization

Preferred qualifications

  • MBA or advanced degree.
  • Proven track record of building multi-site operations to scale

Why join our team?

  • The opportunity to be part of a growing tech startup focused on solving interesting and meaningful problems, invested in internal promotion, and committed to fostering a diverse, equal and inclusive workplace. 
  • Competitive benefits, including unlimited PTO, 401K match with immediate vesting, health, dental, and vision benefits, paid parental leave, breastfeeding support including breastmilk shipping services for traveling moms, flexible work from home policy, commuter benefits, wellness initiatives including weekly group meditations, monthly on-site massage therapy, and pet insurance.
  • Modern office, conveniently located in the Loop. Close to public transportation, great restaurants and beautiful city views.

Civis Analytics embraces the individuality of our employees and we celebrate each other's differences. Our products, services, and culture benefit from and thrive on the unique perspectives brought by each person in our community. We're proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, age, sex, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please contact [email protected]

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States.


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ReactLibraries


As one of the popular hubs for tech startups, Chicago is the perfect backdrop for Civis's growing team.

An Insider's view of Civis Analytics

What's something quirky about your company?

One of my favorite parts about Civis is the culture of learning—talking about academic papers is encouraged as well as sharing weird facts about things people are interested in. I also love the people at Civis because they genuinely care about each other and also serving the wider world.


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What are Civis Analytics Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Acme employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to $6000 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 50000 times an employee's annual salary.
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Acme Co. provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by [provider]. We match 1% of contributions up to 100% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Acme Co. also provides 8 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 4 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Civis believes that if you are sick you should stay home. We have a flexible sick policy with no stated limits.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

Parental Leave. Short & Long Term Disability + Life Insurance. Halloween Costume Contest, Monthly Birthday Celebrations, Happy Hours, & Other Fun Events!

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