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VP of People and Culture


Founded by CEO, GM and Head of Creative Tony Khan in 2019, AEW is offering an alternative to mainstream wrestling, with a roster of world-class talent that is injecting new spirit, freshness and energy into the industry.  “AEW: Dynamite” airs every Wednesday from 8-10 p.m. ET on TBS and attracts the youngest wrestling audience on television.  The fight-forward “AEW: Rampage” airs every Friday from 10-11 p.m. ET on TNT, and the new “AEW: Collision” airs every Saturday from 8-10 p.m. ET on TNT.  AEW’s multi-platform content also includes “Being the Elite,” a weekly behind-the-scenes YouTube series, and “AEW Unrestricted,” a weekly podcast series.  For more info, check out;;;


The Vice President of People and Culture is responsible for driving and executing talent management including recruitment and retention, employee relations, succession planning, compensation design, total rewards, training, executive coaching, and people development. The Vice President of People and Culture will also be responsible for collaborating with the CEO and leadership team to shape and refine the culture and employee experience. This Vice President will create, implement, and monitor programs and policies that support AEW’s core values. This Vice President will sit alongside the broader executive management team and serve as a strategic thought partner on overall business and individual departmental success.



Strategic Leadership

  • Serve as key member of the leadership team on organizational goals and direction.

  • Design a people-centric atmosphere of motivation, interaction, and enthusiasm for the furtherment of the business.

  • Build an acclaimed reputation across culture, community, and people development.

  • Create and maintain an emotional connection for the staff and its stated mission.

  • Collaborate with the executive team on organizational design and human capital strategy as well as implementation.

  • Partner with executive team on goal development, talent mapping, and strategic initiatives.


Talent, Learning, & Development

  • Lead talent management, executive coaching, training, leadership development, succession planning, and change management.

  • Build quality and depth of talent, including employee development, and prepare the organization for future opportunities.

  • Actively work with CEO on identifying top performers at all levels, creating metric-based individual career growth plans to develop future leaders, and building robust succession plans for critical leadership and management positions.

  • Direct the performance evaluation process. Work collaboratively with Finance and department heads on compensation and total reward programs to continue to motivate and incentivize high employee performance.

  • Build sharing and learning platforms for staff to engage, learn, and grow from each other.

  • Facilitate employee recognition, reward, and retention programs to drive performance, and recognize success.

  • Develop and oversee AEW’s Employee Resource Groups.


Recruiting & Hiring

  • Recruit top talent for a wide variety of departments and positions with a focus on a high performing atmosphere.

  • Work closely with hiring managers to meet their current and future needs.

  • Align HR strategy to organizational strategy; ensure the right people are in the right roles.

  • Build a robust external network of best-in-class talent with an emphasis on leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

  • Enhance our employment brand as one that attracts a diverse applicant pool.


Strategic Planning

  • Prepare an annual business plan outlining goals, objectives, and strategies.

  • Develop metrics to assess the climate of the organization and community.

  • Ensure benchmarking and best practices are met with respect to diversity and inclusion.

  • Prepare and manage annual operating budget.

  • Work with Community Impact team to build, manage and execute strategies to support the organization’s efforts to engage with and drive brand advocacy within diverse communities.


  • 8-10+ years of executive-level experience in a HR/culture/diversity specific role.

  • Degree in human resources field and certifications such as SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR or SPHR.

  • A strategic thinker who will develop creative ways to improve the organization and to meet the organization’s strategic goals.

  • Experience in the areas of talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, employee recognition, and retention.

  • Experience cultivating and maintaining a respectful, inclusive work environment where diversity is embraced and developed and where all employees have equal opportunity to reach their potential.

  • Must be a confident communicator with the level of maturity, discretion, and presence necessary to work collaboratively with management.

  • The ability to work independently and in a collaborative work environment is required, along with strong organizational, interpersonal, analytical, and planning skills.

  • A role model, leading by example, and maintaining a positive, open, friendly and respectful attitude, with high ethical standards, and an appropriate professional demeanor.

  • Excellent judgment, who listens well, implements effective, efficient solutions to problems and earns the respect necessary to implement changes to better the organization.

  • An excellent facilitator who is experienced in resolving conflicts between parties to a dispute.

Applications are being accepted online only.  Please do not call to apply for this position.  Please provide complete information.  An incomplete application may affect your consideration for this position.  AEW is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, rules, or legal requirements. 


By submitting this application, you understand that you may be subject to a pre-employment drug test.  You certify that the information in your application is true, correct and complete.  You authorize AEW and its representatives to contact your prior and current employer and other references and all others for purposes of confirmation of the information you have provided.  You understand your application is subject to, among other things, your eligibility to work in the United States.


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