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Rent The Runway // designer dresses & accessories rental
Brooklyn, NY (Rent the Runway HQ)    Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2022
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About Us:

Rent the Runway (RTR)  is transforming the way we get dressed by pioneering the worlds first Closet in the Cloud. Founded in 2009, RTR has disrupted the $2.4 trillion fashion industry by inspiring women with a more joyful, sustainable & financially-savvy way to feel their best every day. As the ultimate destination for circular fashion, the brand now offers infinite points of access to its shared closet via a fully customizable subscription to fashion, one-time rental or ownership. RTR offers designer apparel, accessories & home decor from 700+ brand partners & has built in-house proprietary technology & a one-of-a-kind reverse logistics operation. Under CEO & Co-Founder Jennifer Hymans leadership, RTR has been named to CNBCs Disruptor 50 five times in ten years, & has been placed on Fast Companys Most Innovative Companies list multiple times, while Hyman herself has been named to the TIME 100 most influential people in the world & as one of People magazines Women Changing the World.

About the Role:

As the VP, People Strategy you will lead the most critical work at RTR that will impact our global workforce of salaried employees & hourly associates. The projects will evolve as the needs of the business shift & you will help identify the most pressing needs. One immediate priority will be employee experience & other example projects include international talent expansion effort, employer branding, org design, new manager training, etc. This role will report to the Chief People Officer & requires an analytical, creative & thoughtful thinker who enjoys working with data & knows what it takes to succeed in a high-growth, high-demand cutting edge company. As the leader for this function, you will initially lead a team of 2 - 3 people & you will be empowered to build a team over time.  

What Youll Do: 

  • Design, articulate & implement the overall People strategy for the RTR & tailor, as appropriate, for departments - partnering closely with the Chief People Officer & other exec & senior leadership team members 
  • Work on the most critical people related projects for RTR, which includes helping determine what those projects are & how they evolve over time. You will lead the projects with a team composed of not only your direct reports, but key leaders & individual contributors across the organization. 
  • Oversees talent management, including staff training & leadership development, retention, recognition, employee communication & career development. Assesses & evaluates training & staff development needs & develops programs to meet needs.
  • Develops & maintains a semi-annual review process & collaborates with the Head of Total Rewards to link performance to compensation increases. 
  • Develop & implement organization wide communication campaigns to support the implementation of new ideas & priorities to ensure the organization is excited about & supportive of upcoming changes. 
  • Works to build external relationships that will allow RTR to better deliver on our agreed upon People strategy. 
  • Provides coaching & direction to direct reports in the performance of their duties, establishing work priorities.
  • Prepares & manages budgets associated with Employee Engagement & Learning & Development. 
  • Improve SLTs understanding of the People strategy & the why so they are act as ambassadors who reinforce key messages. 
  • Establish, track & monitor key operating metrics used to drive the business to greater efficiency.
  • Create ad-hoc analyses to drive business strategy, improve efficiency & maximize ROI.

About You:

  • Preferred but not required: Bachelor's degree in business, human resources or equivalent  
  • 7 - 10 years of professional experience in all aspects of human resources management & staff development 
  • Experience developing People strategy, redesigning organizational structures, & leading complex projects that require significant coordination from various groups. 
  • Proven track record in supporting employee engagement & experience as well as communication strategies & plans, preferred 
  • Exceptional problem solving, project management, execution, & change management skills 
  • Strong & effective communication skills; ability to communicate in ways that inform, persuade, & engage target audiences
  • Strong writing & editing skills, with the ability to distill complex information into clear, concise content accessible to employees at all levels
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships & credibility quickly & consult with key partners to translate business priorities; collaborative individual that can meet high performance expectations 
  • Able to handle complex situations & multiple responsibilities simultaneously, balancing long-term projects with more urgent, immediate demands
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, strategic & organizational skills
  • Highest integrity & professional standards; able to deal with confidential information with discretion
  • Superior PowerPoint/presentation skills i.e., having worked with PowerPoint in a professional capacity to produce presentations to senior management


At Rent the Runway, were committed to the wellbeing of our employees, & aim to create a workplace that fosters both personal & professional growth. Our inclusive benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Paid Time Off including vacation, paid bereavement, & family sick leave - every employee needs time to take care of themselves & their family.
  • Universal Paid Parental Leave for both parents + flexible return to work program  - because we know your newest family member(s) deserve your undivided attention.
  • Paid Sabbatical after 5 years of continuous service - Unplug, recharge, & have some fun!
  • Exclusive employee subscription & rental discounts -  to ensure you experience the magic of renting the runway (and give us valued feedback!).
  • Comprehensive health, vision, dental, FSA & dependent care from day 1 of employment - Your health comes first & weve got you covered.
  • 401k match - an investment in your future.
  • Company wide events & outings - our team spirit is no joke - we know how to have fun!
  • Hybrid Work - Our corporate employees have the option to work remotely up to 3 days a week, in accordance with Company policies. 


RTR is requiring all US corporate employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to work in person, unless an employee requires a reasonable accommodation for medical or religious reasons.  If you believe that you may require an accommodation, please apply for any roles that interest you & if hired, you will receive information on how to request a reasonable accommodation after your start date. RTR will evaluate all such requests in accordance with Company policy & applicable law.   

Rent the Runway is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable law, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (40 & over), national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing & characteristics), veteran status, uniformed service member status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

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