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Sr Manager, Global Workforce Design



Lanham, MD, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2023

At 2U, we are all in on purpose. We are motivated by our mission – to eliminate the back row in education – and connected by our shared passion to deliver world-class digital education at scale. As the parent company of edX, the world’s leading online learning platform, 2U powers more than 4,000 online higher education offerings – from free courses to full degrees. Together with more than 230 colleges, universities, and corporate partners, we are helping to unlock human potential.

What We’re Looking For:

2U is looking for an experienced global workforce design leader to drive the global workforce strategy and day-to-day global workforce operations for our organization. This role sits within the People Operations Team. As the leader of global workforce design, you are a strategic thought partner across all areas of the People Team, as well as within the organization more broadly. You will lead the assessment, design and execution of global workforce plans including global location viability, insourced/outsourced employment models, international employment requirements, sourcing options, risk management, vendor management, and effectiveness in delivering organizational value. You will define and lead projects that ensure the necessary global people resource plans and pathways exist and are executed upon. As the subject matter expert you will work with several partners across the organization including Legal, Contracting, Finance, Global Mobility and Compliance and collaborate directly with the People Team COEs and HRBPs. Your primary objective will be to ensure the global workforce needs of 2U are activated upon.

Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To:

Strategy Design & Alignment

  • Design and maintain an overarching global workforce strategy that meets current and potential future workforce needs.
  • Partner with leaders across the organization to understand business strategies and ensure readiness for all global employment-related needs.

Operations & Project Management

  • Use data and insights to forecast and monitor 2U global workforce demand, trends, and impact.
  • Lead or partner on projects related to managing the global workforce including resource planning, technology implementations, contracts, compliance, etc.
  • Identify and partner with compliance on new and changing employment regulations.
  • Oversight of global aspects of the employee experience including partnering with colleagues in the US and South Africa to ensure consistency.
  • Build and maintain resources that allow HRBPs and business leaders to ‘self-serve’ on some aspects of global employment.
  • Train across the People Team and effectively communicate changes happening in the global workforce design space.

Relationship Management

  • PEO (Professional Employer Organization) contract ownership, oversight, and management.
  • Build and continue strong partnerships across the organization.

Things That Should Be In Your Background:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or a related field
  • 5-10 years’ experience in HR, compliance, data analytics, vendor management, project management, strategy design or management consulting
  • 3-5 years’ experience in building global people programs and strategies, international compliance, PEO management and/or international workforce planning
  • 5+ years’ Vendor Management
  • Ability to gather and use data to inform decision-making and persuade others
  • Strong problem-structuring and problem-solving ability
  • Specific experience with global HR
  • Strong Google Workspace skills
  • Proven ability to challenge and motivate a team to foster innovation in an atmosphere of mutual respect

While this position is open to remote candidates across the U.S., we will prioritize those who live in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area and who are available to come into our Headquarters in Lanham, MD two days a week.

Benefits & Culture

Our global employee base is a diverse collection of innovators, dreamers, and doers working together to transform lives through higher education. We believe that every employee can advance our shared purpose, and that life at 2U should be fun and meaningful. If you’re excited by the opportunity to provide over 40 million learners and counting with access to world-class online higher education, then join us – and do work that makes a difference. #NoBackRow

We offer comprehensive benefits (unique per country) and excellent work/life balance.
Full-time, U.S.benefits include:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Life insurance, disability, and 401(k) employer match
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Free snacks and drinks in-office
  • Generous paid holidays and leave policies, including unlimited PTO
  • Additional time off benefits include: volunteer days, parental leave, and a company-wide winter break

The anticipated base salary range for this role is ($110,000-$120,000), with potential bonus eligibility. Salary offers are made based on the candidate’s qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, budget for the position and cost of labor in the market in which the candidate will be hired.

2U Diversity and Inclusion Statement

At 2U, we are committed to building and sustaining a culture of belonging, respect, and inclusion. We are proud of the steps we’ve taken to bring together an employee base that embodies diverse walks of life, ideas, genders, ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities and other unique qualities. We strive to offer a workplace where every employee feels empowered by what makes us different, as well as by how we are alike.

About 2U Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU)

For more than a decade, 2U, Inc. has been the digital transformation partner of choice to great non-profit colleges and universities delivering high-quality online education at scale. As the parent company of edX, a leading global online learning platform, 2U provides over 45 million learners with access to world-class education in partnership with more than 230 colleges, universities, and corporations. Our people and technology are powering more than 4,000 digital education offerings — from free courses to full degrees — and helping unlock human potential. To learn more: visit 2U.com.

About edX

edX is the education movement for restless learners and a leading global online learning platform from 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU). Together with the majority of the world’s top-ranked universities and industry-leading companies, we bring our community of over 45 million learners world-class education to support them at every stage of their lives and careers, from free courses to full degrees. And we're not stopping there — we're relentlessly pursuing our vision of a world where every learner can access education to unlock their potential, without the barriers of cost or location. Learn more at edX.org.

Learn more at https://2u.com/careers/

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position, and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

2U is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against applicants or employees and ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship, military or veterans’ status, or any other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 2U’s equal opportunity policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, job benefits and pay.

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