Vice President of People and Culture

Vice President of People and Culture

Southern California Public Radio

Pasadena, CA   |   July 20, 2021

About Southern California Public Radio

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public media network that operates across the region, reaching from Santa Barbara down to Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and out to the Coachella Valley. SCPR is a non-profit organization operated as part of American Public Media and funded by member contributions, individual and institutional grants and gifts, sponsorships and corporate underwriting.

The mission of Southern California Public Radio is to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California’s diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information service through radio and other interactive media. SCPR is a public forum that engages its audiences in an ongoing dialogue and exploration of issues, events and cultures in the region and in the world, seeking to provide greater understanding and new perspectives to the people of these communities and their leaders.

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) operates 89.3 KPCC-FM in Los Angeles and Orange County, 89.1 KUOR-FM in the Inland Empire, 90.3 KVLA in the Coachella Valley, 89.9 FM in Santa Barbara, and 89.5 KJAI Ojai in Ventura County. Reaching more than 700,000 listeners every week, SCPR is the most listened-to public radio news service of any kind in Southern California.

SCPR serves the diverse communities of Southern California with award winning local news coverage as well as the most National Public Radio (NPR) content available anywhere in the region. SCPR’s flagship station, KPCC, has garnered more than 300 journalistic honors since 1999, more than all of the other radio stations in Los Angeles combined. SCPR features signature public radio programs from APM, the BBC and PRI. Listeners around the globe can access news, join blogs, download podcasts, as well as hear a live web stream.

SCPR embraces the following core values…

  • Dedication to quality and a commitment to continual improvement in everything that we do.
  • A workplace that values diversity of experience, supports creativity by encouraging entrepreneurial spirit, and seeks to be professional, diverse, dynamic, and enjoyable.
  • A commitment to programming and services that are objective, valuable, credible, accurate, entertaining, intelligent, balanced, and relevant.
  • Dedication to building and redefining audience relationships that foster understanding, trust, loyalty, and goodwill.
  • A relationship with our constituents that is open and candid.
  • A commitment to strengthen public radio nationally.

For more information on Southern California Public Radio, please visit website.

The Opportunity

SCPR, a leading voice in Southern California journalism, is seeking a Vice President of People and Culture to continue the work of fostering a meaningful and equitable work environment for over 150 employees across the region. Reporting to the President & Chief Executive Officer, the VP of People and Culture will join a vibrant and entrepreneurial organization and will support the mission and work of SCPR through leading, directing, and supporting all people functions of the organization.

As SCPR looks to continually operationalize its commitment to inclusion and equity, this is an exciting opportunity for a transformative human resources leader, partner, and thinker to lead the important work of actively listening to the needs of SCPR’s constituencies in order to foster racial and cultural inclusion, equity, and justice in the workplace as SCPR’s first Vice President of People and Culture.

The VP of People and Culture will be responsible for inspiring, developing, and leading a dedicated human resources team to provide sound advice and strategic partnership to senior management and SCPR staff regarding all HR and talent recruiting matters. They will develop and drive the implementation of inclusive HR strategies and initiatives that align with the organization’s culture, priorities, and goals to position the institution as an employer of choice in the region. The Vice President will be an experienced HR professional with extensive HR knowledge and experience and will have the opportunity to bring their entrepreneurial spirit to develop, implement, and promote scalable people strategies and policies.

A skilled communicator and influential leader, the Vice President will serve as a knowledgeable HR thought leader and partner both internally to SCPR’s employees as well as to the American Public Media’s leadership team and outside constituents. They will have strong speaking skills to communicate with leadership and staff at all levels and will be comfortable with speaking up as necessary to emphasis HR opportunities and/or challenges at SCPR. The Vice President of People and Culture will be a highly strategic and accountable leader, and a versatile and capable project manager with an organizational development perspective. They will be experienced in navigating change and its impact on people, policies, and systems.

Candidate Profile

The Vice President of People and Culture at Southern California Public radio will possess the following attributes and competencies:

Passion for the Mission

A purpose driven and values-oriented professional, the Vice President of People and Culture must be driven by a passion for SCPR’s mission to provide the highest quality news and information service through radio and other interactive media. The Vice President should appreciate the rich history of Southern California Public Radio by citing and leveraging the accomplishments of the past in service of a more promising future. This leader must also have a connection to the mission of SCPR of strengthening the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California’s diverse communities, as well as experience working with a diverse workforce and a commitment to racial and cultural equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Collaborative Leadership and Adaptable Management

The Vice President of People and Culture will play an essential organizational leadership role and will work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve key objectives across departments and function areas. The Vice President will be intellectually curious and foster an environment of adaptive learning and management to effectively partner with various stakeholders. This leader will also position the Human Resources team to be a responsive partner to management and staff in order to adapt and adjust to the changing needs of SCPR and its stakeholders. The Vice President will be skilled at balancing the strategic and tactical, and be willing to roll up their sleeves as needed.

Human Resources Expertise

The Vice President will possess comprehensive knowledge of best practices of human resources including compliance, labor relations, compensation/classification, talent acquisition and recruitment, and HR information system integrations. This individual will have managed a complex human resources operation with a substantial budget and headcount. The Vice President will also be skilled in developing inclusive strategies for the recruitment, hiring, and retention of a diverse staff including the implementation of organization-wide learning and development initiatives and opportunities. This leader will take a comprehensive approach to forecasting progress and achieving sustainable, well-supported solutions with accountable, measurable systems for tracking and reporting.

Equity and Inclusion Thought Partner

A compassionate leader, the Vice President will lead with an equity and inclusion lens to identify various way to enhance SCPR’s culture. Experienced in working with diverse populations, this person will have the character and integrity necessary to develop trust and rapport with people of varying lived experiences, backgrounds, and philosophies. The Vice President will relentlessly pursue the creation of an environment where every employee can be their authentic selves. This collaborative leader will build and lead the vision to advance SCPR’s business objective to recruit, develop, and retain top talent. A resourceful coach and capable facilitator, the Vice President will enthusiastically lead the organization’s staff in developing the awareness, comfort, and confidence to address and champion equity in all aspects of the organization and its services through the implementation of inclusive and equitable HR systems, policies, and procedures.

Organizational Development

The Vice President of People and Culture will be a proven strategic thinker with the ability to translate long-term strategic vision into immediately applicable initiatives and objectives. This individual will have strong critical thinking skills and will oversee the diagnosis of critical areas of attention, build consensus with stakeholders, and implement clear strategies that anticipate and address problems with effective solutions. The Vice President will be experienced in leading and managing organizational change, with an emphasis on developing culture, streamlining operations and business processes, building internal capacity of managers and supervisors to mentor and lead their teams, and improving overall organizational effectiveness.

Relationship Building and Communication

The Vice President will possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with an inspired ability to listen intently, think clearly and respond effectively and empathically to a variety of challenges. This individual must root their approach in managing relationships in integrity and highly ethical conduct, with a deep appreciation of the importance of discretion and confidentiality. The Vice President must be able to deliver difficult messages and engage in negotiations while maintaining positive relationships and engendering an environment of trust and mutual respect. The Vice President will be a strong writer, capable of preparing written reports for senior leaders that effectively summarize investigations as well as other material reports.

This individual will be approachable and skilled at building and sustaining excellent relationships across SCPR with a demonstrated ability to connect, build bridges, and earn confidence. The Vice President will promote an open dialogue across the organization, synthesizing divergent views and coalescing the organization around a shared and inclusive vision for human resources. This leader will ensure that communications are streamlined and consistent, providing clarity on HR-related policies and procedures across the organization.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Michelle Bonoan and Maleka Pensky of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or to email to [email protected] and [email protected]. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

About Koya Partners

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