VP People - Altus Assessments




Are you ready to lead the people function of a growing company? 

Join this great team on their mission to help academic admissions view applicants as whole people - ensuring that the professionals of the future are selected based on much more than book smarts.

Who IAltus Assessments & How are they changing the world?

Altus Assessments is here to create a world served by exceptional professionals. Their products (Casper, Snapshot, and Duet) help higher education institutions to look beyond book smarts, seeing a clearer, more holistic view of applicants. It’s used by 360+ academic partners in Canada, US, Australia (and growing!) with 150,000+ applicants taking the test each year, and covers 90% of all US medical school applicants. They also host the Admissions Summit, an annual 2-day conference, and power the Alo Grant, an annual $100,000 research fund.

How Will I Make An Impact?

Altus is looking for an experienced VP of People who has a genuine interest in creating a world served by exceptional professionals. This is a leadership role overseeing all members and operations of the People and Culture team, driving our people strategy company-wide, and representing the needs of our people (both current and future) in leadership team discussions.  

As the VP of People, you will be responsible for leading Altus’ people and talent strategy, setting a cultural tone that drives employee engagement and enables people to reach their full potential, establishing A+ talent and recruitment operations, building and enabling their diversity and inclusion philosophy programs and initiatives across the organization, and ultimately setting their people and culture up for success in this next phase of growth. 

This is a full-time role reporting to the CEO, ideally located in Toronto (and comfortable working from home for at least the next 4-12 months while we maintain our CV-19 precautions.)

How Do I Know If This Is For Me?


  • You have scaled a company from 100-500 people and are able to pave the way to the next level for Altus through lived, real-life experience

  • You’re genuinely interested in and curious about edtech!

  • You are curious and have a scrappy "roll up your sleeves" approach to work

  • You are an innovative problem solver and systems thinker when it comes to establishing the best talent and people program to build a strong and diverse team

  • You have a “people first” high-performance mindset, and you feel proud modelling behaviours, empowering others and creating infrastructure to build a strong culture

  • You are excited about shaping the company while creating and executing Altus’ people strategy

  • You are confident owning strategy and tactics around performance, rewards/ recognition and compensation evaluation

  • You are comfortable navigating Altus’ transition from a completely remote workforce to a hybrid model, providing flexibility and options for their people while maintaining a productive, effective and equitable work environment

Our Ideal  Candidate Looks Like:

  • You have a minimum of 7-10 years of progressive HR and people leadership experience in a high-growth environment, with a CHRP designation strongly preferred

  • You have led the people function at a scale-up tech organization through a period of hyper-growth and enjoyed the evolving challenges and changes that came along with this journey. Not only did you enjoy it- but you successfully brought the organization along with you! 

  • You have demonstrated passion for thoughtfully building holistically diverse and inclusive teams using a strategic, people-oriented mindset 

  • You have strong knowledge of employment laws, regulations and practices in both Canada and in the USA

  • You have a very high EQ and you thrive in an organization made up of caring, curious and driven people

  • You have strong business acumen and know-how to contribute to strategic conversations and direction, at the leadership level 


We understand, accept, and value the differences between people of different backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, ages, beliefs, and abilities.  We aim to create an inclusive environment and encourage diverse individuals to apply.

What Altus expects from a Mission, Values & Culture Perspective:

  • You are able to live Altus’ core values of Caring, Curious, and Driven to help us attain our goal of creating a world full of exceptional professionals

  • You are a self-starter, highly curious about how the business works, and are able to help us focus where it counts

  • You have exceptional written and oral communication skills

  • You have loosely held, strong opinions - you know what you want, but you are also abundantly humble, can be wrong and you want to seek out the best solution, no matter the source

  • You are interested in being part of an amazing, caring team, and you want to build a sustainable, high growth business

  • You have the ability to thrive in fast-paced environments and you prefer change over status-quo

  • You are nurturing and empathetic with a professional, positive attitude and a sense of humility

What's the Process?

Altus Assessments is hyper-focused on delivering a positive candidate experience. The general hiring process looks like the following:

  • Introductory phone screen: A member of Altus’s recruitment team will review your profile and, if selected, schedule a phone call to get to know you better and tell you more about the role and company.

  • Remote Hiring Manager interview: If you pass the phone screen, you’ll have a video chat with Altus’ CEO, Rich, to discuss your experience in more depth.

  • Remote team interview: If that goes well, onto a remote team interview, where you will meet with 4-6 members of Altus’ team (typically a 2-3 hour session). There may also be a short task assigned that closely mirrors some aspects of the role.

  • Reference Checks: Altus will ask for 2-3 professional references to chat about your time working together.

  • Final Decision: The hiring manager will consolidate all of the feedback and let you know of their decision (there may be a quick additional call at this stage to help them make a decision)

  • Offer: If you are Altus’ perfect match, and you’re theirs, an official offer will be made!

  • And of course your Artemis Canada recruitment consultant and practice leader, Olivia, will work closely with you throughout every step of the process.

Does this sound exciting to you?
Get in touch with Olivia!