HR Business Partner, Newsroom

Job Description

The New York Times is seeking an HRBP to support newsroom employees and leaders across our Art and Visuals desks, as well as the Print Hub. Reporting to the director, HRBP, this role will be responsible for providing guidance and solutions to client groups on people related matters. While this person will support the newsroom as a whole, the focus will be on employees dedicated to designing our pages and bringing our report to life through innovation in visual storytelling.

You will work closely with the rest of the HRBP team, and the greater HR department, to build organizational capabilities, behaviors, and structures that support an evolving digital first strategy. You will be a strong partner and liaison between your clients in the newsroom and members of the HR team, and are able to deliver services that support the overarching strategy. With a keen ability to navigate the organization and collaborate effectively in a fast paced environment, you will coach and guide newsroom managers and employees on talent management, employee and labor relations, compensation, performance, team effectiveness, learning and development, and other related initiatives. If you are passionate about building a high performance work environment at The Times, we'd like to hear from you!

What You'll Do:
  • Build relationships with clients in the Print Hub, Art and Design, Graphics, Photography, Video, and more. Act as a trusted and credible partner who anticipates needs and proactively recommends solutions.
  • Provide credible guidance, advice, and support.
  • Serve as an active member of the HR team, influencing and challenging colleagues.
  • Gain a deep understanding of how your clients work. Scan for future trends internally and externally.
  • Support the diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy of The Times.
  • Provide day to day performance enablement guidance to line management (coaching, career development, performance feedback, etc.).
  • Assess employee climate, track trends in employee behaviors, and offer solutions to leaders as appropriate (employee pulse surveys, exit and stay interviews, and check-ins are examples of tools to help with assessments).
  • Work to manage and resolve complex employee and labor relations issues, keeping necessary stakeholders involved as needed.
  • Partner with the legal department and labor relations as needed to reduce legal risks and ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Work with Talent Development to identify training and other organizational development needs for newsroom teams and individuals.
  • Lead/implement complex HR programs and projects that improve talent management functions in the newsroom (job profile review, reporting structures, recruiting processes, compensation studies, and more).
  • Liaise with the broader HR organization to deliver services and programs that meet business needs.
  • Support change efforts by providing consulting support, guidance and a framework for leading and managing change.
  • Work with HR colleagues to develop succession/talent planning efforts that ensure the teams have the talent needed to deliver on their strategy.
  • Develop and use actionable people metrics to provide insights that help drive business decisions.
  • Collaborate as required with other newsroom support functions, as well as centers of excellence embedded in the newsroom.

What You'll Bring
  • 5+ years of experience in an HR Business Partner or Generalist role working with senior leaders.
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Broad expertise in organizational behavior, change management, talent management, policy implementation, employee relations and communications.
  • Ability to build cross-boundary relationships. Easily gains trust and support of peers. Can work effectively at all levels in the organization.
  • Ability to cope effectively with change - can shift priorities easily, and is comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Willingness to take unpopular stands when necessary and to challenge the status quo.
  • Ability to organize and track quantitative data, analyze and identify trends, and provide actionable recommendations based on data analysis.
  • Excellent customer focus to build strong rapport with clients.
  • Proven negotiation, conflict resolution, influencing and stakeholder management skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • While not required, experience in media and/or working with client groups in the creative and visuals space is a plus.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.