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Sr. Director Strategic People Initiatives

Company name
2U, Inc

Lanham, MD, United States

Employment Type

Executive, Manager, Project Management

Posted on
Mar 29, 2023

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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 seeking a Senior Director, Strategic People Initiatives. The individual will provide direct support to our Chief People Officer (CPO) as part of the People leadership team. The role will be responsible for project management, operational support, and planning in support of the CPO’s priorities and initiatives and will have a high level of exposure across the team and with executive leadership, including the CEO, CFO, and Chief Legal Officer.

Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To:

Project Management/Operations

Manage and coordinate a variety of priorities and projects on time and on budget, as assigned by the CPO.

Support and partner on projects led by others on the People team, including the People SLT, to ensure they remain in line with the CPO’s priorities, broader team goals and are delivered on time and on budget. Examples of projects include

systems/reporting alignment with Finance and continued evolution of the HR organization structure allowing for excellent service delivery by COEs and Business Partners.

Identify initiatives or projects that need additional support or are not tracking as they should be and proactively problem solve.

Proactively identify strategic opportunities to add value, solve problems and address the needs of the business and propose and deliver tangible solutions.

Coordinate across HR to execute annual planning, projects and budget.

Work closely with the CPO to ensure consistent and clear communication to team members and to set agendas for leadership and all-hands meetings.

Collaborate with a diverse set of leaders and stakeholders throughout the business to deliver upon the CPO/people team’s goals.

Manage the hiring approval process for the team.


Support development of communications and presentations on behalf of the CPO, often in partnership with the corporate communications team. Types of content or presentations include decks for team-wide meetings, content for exec and leadership calls, materials for quarterly board of directors updates and committee meetings, etc.

Ensure the CPO’s priorities are effectively communicated to the appropriate stakeholders.


Lead the annual budget process by coordinating across the People Team to ensure that business needs are accounted for and that the People Team budget aligns to the company’s financial goals

Manage the monthly and yearly budget process including accruals, budget management, resource allocation and planning.

Executive Briefings/Follow-Up

In partnership with the CPO’s executive assistant, ensure the CPO is briefed and well-prepared for all events, projects and meetings and the appropriate expectations are set.

Identify any action items or outstanding issues from meetings or events and ensure a plan is in place for their completion.

Things That Should Be In Your Background:

7-10 years work experience

Experience working in fast-moving, global matrix organization

Experience in project management, communications, and/or change management

Ability to work in both team and individual contributor settings

Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and tasks concurrently

Ability to independently communicate and report initiative, and project status to corporate executives

Strong problem solving skills

Strong work ethic with a “can do” positive attitude

Authentic focus on the importance of people and culture

Solid organizational skills with a laser-focused eye for detail

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Flexible and able to multitask, switch priorities as needed within a collaborative environment

A desire to remain and grow in this role for at least two years

We are looking for candidates 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

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.

2U is committed to providing reasonable accommodations during our recruitment process. If you need assistance or accommodations, please reach out to us at:

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

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

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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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