Walton Family Foundation Is Looking for a “Director of People”
The Walton Family Foundation (WFF) has created a new HR (human resources) position: Director of People.
This person is supposed to be trained in HR and have experience in HR “some experience in international HR preferred”), but to go beyond HR and be a “people expert”– whatever that means.
The WFF ad reads like a search for a charismatic HR director who is supposed to successfully foster/extract the maximum amount of Waltonism from among WFF employees.
It seems that “director of people” is an actual position that has been around at least for several years. Workology termed 2013 “the year of the Director of People.”
It seems that several years later, WFF has decided to try this “Director of People” concept, which Workology defines as follows (excerpted):
It’s sometimes our inclination to focus on the avenues of our business that bring immediate and blatant results, but you’ve got to look past the obvious and discover what really makes the wheels of the organization move. There’s no denying that sales are important, customers are a priority and goals must be met, but it’s the people within your company make all of this happen.Meet the Director or VP of PeopleThe Director of People is unlike any other position currently held in your organization, yet is reminiscent of several positions at the same time. Your Director of People is first and foremost people focused. Much like a human resources professional, they are in tune with the general attitudes and feelings of employees and know that those two factors largely contribute to working styles and actual work produced. Similar to an employee committee Chair, they focus on creating a fun and light work environment, yet are able to see the big picture and understand how small actions make up a larger effort, strategizing as a CEO would. This position even goes a step further to take on some managerial traits as the Director of People also understands what motivates employees and how to encourage the best work possible from your talent force.
WFF wants to “attract, develop, retain and leverage the best talent possible”– even as Walton Family Foundation Is Looking for a “Director of People” | deutsch29: