HarperCollins Publishers

VP, People

Job Locations US-TN-Nashville
Human Resources


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HarperCollins Christian Publishing (“HCCP”) is seeking a VP, People to lead its People function.   This position will report to HCCP’s President and CEO.


A business minded individual with a clear vision and coaching mindset describes this leader. A collaborative yet decisive approach to identifying employee, business, and People team opportunities is a must. A solution oriented, skilled communicator with excellent analytical and interpersonal skills further describes this leader.  In addition to aligning  with HCCP’s mission, values and content, this leader will need a flexible skill set, including the ability to think strategically, execute tactically, and establish alignment across many teams, levels, and situations.


With nearly 300 years of publishing expertise, HCCP is the leading provider of inspirational content.


We work alongside some of the world's most renowned inspirational voices like: Rick Warren, Max Lucado, Lysa TerKeurst, Shauna Niequist, Andy Stanley, Bob Goff, Jen Hatmaker, and Sarah Young. Plus, pop culture influencers such as Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, former TODAY cohost Kathie Lee Gifford, financial advisor Dave Ramsey, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, among other professional athletes, musicians, lifestyle personalities, bloggers, vloggers, and political figureheads also call HCCP their publishing home.


Representing the works of over 2,000 authors and the world's largest Bible translations, HCCP is the most award-winning inspirational publisher in the industry, publishing bestselling content in every format, connecting words and people together wherever they live, work, or play.


Your Areas of Ownership and Impact


  • Create and lead the overall People strategy in support of HCCP’s business strategy. The People strategy must respond to internal and external drivers, challenges, existing practices and identify new and better ways of working
  • Work as an integral member of the Executive Leadership Team, providing mutual support and challenge, take responsibility as required to ensure positive teamwork and transparent and aligned communication to all stakeholders.
  • Create and maintain a pipeline of talent that meets current and future business needs by managing talent acquisition and development as a key strategy. This includes continued leadership in the areas of recruiting, coaching, development, succession planning and headcount management.
  • Utilize business knowledge and HR expertise to provide leadership in organizational design.
  • Able to lead, coach and mentor at all levels within the organization.
  • Provide leadership to ensure competitive and equitable pay and pay practices are maintained.
  • Key champion and leader in support of HCCP’s culture. This includes finding innovative and impactful ways of sustaining culture in a hybrid, multi-site work environment.
  • Partner with the CEO and other senior leaders to reinforce HCCP’s deep and ongoing commitment to diversity, inclusion, and well-being. Lead efforts to create and maintain an environment where everyone can be the best version of themselves.
  • Identify opportunities to improve employee engagement, leveraging matrix resources to achieve identified improvement targets.
  • Represent HCCP as a member of the Global HR team.


Valuable Experiences and Skills You Will Bring


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred, professional certifications a plus
  • 10+ years of experience in a human resources leadership position. Experience in both corporate and business facing human resources roles is a strong plus
  • Proven leader and strategic thinker, effective people coach and manager, problem solver, and influencer
  • Strong communicator who can attract and recruit top talent, motivate the team, delegate effectively, celebrate diversity within the team, and manage performance; widely viewed as a strong developer of others and able to get the best from strong HR professionals on the team
  • Clear experience of leading the people agenda in a decentralized, multi-site, hybrid organization
  • Significant experience and a proven track record in talent acquisition, management, development, engagement, and retention
  • Skilled at fostering an environment, culture, and brand to attract the best and most diverse talent, bringing a thoughtful approach to talent planning, culture change, organizational design
  • Business transformation experience with a proven track record of developing and implementing innovative solutions at an operational, tactical, and strategic level
  • Demonstrable executive experience of organizational development particularly around change management and developing organizational culture
  • Understanding of people systems and their strategic importance to effectively deliver the people strategy
  • Ability to effectively balance the desire/need for broad change with an understanding of how much change the organization is capable of handling, to create realistic goals and implementation plans that are achievable and successful
  • Ability to persevere in the face of challenges with a relentless commitment to higher standards which commands respect from stakeholders, employees, and HR leadership
  • Ability to help the company navigate post-covid work culture
  • Experience implementing or maximizing the potential of HR technology tools
  • Ability to set clear and challenging goals while committing the organization to improved performance
  • Lead by example and drive performance with an attitude of continuous improvement by being open to feedback and self-improvement


While the preference is for this role to be based in Nashville, TN in a hybrid capacity, remote candidates will be considered.


HarperCollins Christian Publishing is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team and highly values diverse backgrounds and insights that fuel our innovation.


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