Skip to content Skip to search

We’re hiring a Chief People Officer

Applications for this role have now closed. Please see our jobs page for our open positions.

Starting salary: $115,000/year
Location: Austin, Texas

The 19th’s Chief People Officer will help make us the model news organization we strive to be, overseeing day-to-day human resources in a fast-growth start-up environment, as well as directing our recruiting, training and development, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and best practices. The CPO will serve as counsel to an extraordinary staff, and as thought partner to the CEO, publisher and editor-in-chief, providing strategic guidance on culture, employee relations, compensation and performance management.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversight of the full suite of 19th HR needs, from providing advice and counsel on cultural, performance, interpersonal and organizational issues to administering employee compensation and benefits systems 
  • Instituting best practices around diversity, equity and inclusion, including developing and implementing effective and consistent training and mentorship programs
  • Managing talent initiatives, from recruiting and onboarding to employee retention and offboarding 
  • Developing relationships across staff and becoming someone who is sought for advice and counsel 
  • Advising senior leadership and managers on HR best practices, employment law and labor regulations, and diversity and equity in fundraising
  • Helping to maintain a strong and connected staff culture in a remote work environment

Relevant skills include:

  • 5+ years of leadership experience in human resources 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of all facets of staff-facing HR
  • Personal integrity, fairness and the credibility needed to gain trust across all levels of an organization 
  • Experience supporting senior leadership teams 
  • General business and financial acumen
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • The ability to adapt HR solutions to a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, start-up environment that spans a dozen states
  • Demonstrated success at cultivating strong relationships and creating partnerships across organizations. 
  • Experience in recruiting and developing candidates who bring greater diversity to an organization. 
  • Experience providing training in diversity, equity and inclusion
  • News media or not-for-profit human resources experience a plus

We know there are great candidates who might not check all these boxes or who possess important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We also encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities.


  • 20 days paid time off, plus major holidays (12 per year)
  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • 401(k) with matching 
  • Flexible work hours
  • Professional development/conference stipend
  • Up to 6 months paid family leave
  • Flex Plan (for medical or child care expenses)
  • Disability insurance (ST and LT)
  • Life insurance
  • Caregiver leave

How to apply

Interested candidates should apply here by Feb. 15. Have questions about this position? Contact [email protected]. (Note: We are not accepting résumés or applications via email; apply here.)