Director, Human Resources - Big Ten Network

Job Number: R50025371

Brand: Fox Sports

Sub Brand: Big Ten Network

Job Type: Human Resources

Location Type: Hybrid

Experience Level: Experienced Hires

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Posting Date: April 24, 2024

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FOX Sports, the industry leader in live events, is the umbrella entity representing Fox Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Network; FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes, as well as a joint-venture business in the Big Ten Network and digital properties including and the FOX Sports App. FOX Sports has delivered the most watched television program, NFL’s America’s Game of the Week on FOX, for fourteen consecutive years.


A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and FOX Networks, Big Ten Network is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 2,200 live events across all platforms, the 24/7 network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. 

Big Ten Network is seeking a Director, Human Resources to join their team in Chicago, IL. This role will directly support the Big Ten Network employee population including employees based at the Chicago studio as well as those who work on remote events. The Director will lead the HR function for the BTN business and will focus on overseeing and providing strategic human resources planning, talent acquisition, training & development programs, employee relations, performance management, succession planning, and compliance. This includes hiring & onboarding, payroll support, training, and assisting with summer programs for students and recent graduates of Big Ten institutions. The ideal candidate will be exceptionally detail-oriented, resourceful, collaborative, and have experience working in a fast-paced environment.


  • Utilize the Workday platform to update freelance employee actions, including new hire onboarding, terminations, transfers, and additional data
  • Communicate and partner with hiring managers and crewing teams to ensure successful and accurate onboarding. Including, but not limited to, troubleshooting and validation for data integrity
  • Manage the form I-9 process and ensure consistent follow-up and procedures are performed daily while partnering with the FOX Compliance team
  • Monitor and track freelance headcount approvals and business justifications
  • Liaise with Payroll, Recruiting, and HR Operations to manage and resolve day-to-day employee issues or discrepancies
  • Respond and resolve internal and external freelance HR-related inquiries
  • Conduct training sessions for business related to freelance onboarding and I-9 verifications
  • Communicate and interpret company policy and procedures
  • Special projects and other duties as requested, including providing the Human Resources department with overflow assistance, employee engagement, etc.


  • 8+ years of experience in Human Resources
  • 3 years of experience managing a team
  • Knowledge & experience with the Workday HRIS software
  • Working knowledge of Human Resources practices, policies, and basic Illinois employment laws  
  • Able to develop and maintain strong working relationships with the HR team and all employees particularly those that are remote
  • Business savvy and demonstrate a strategic focus and sense of urgency and confidentiality
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)


  • Union and sports industry experience
  • Knowledge with Equifax database and I9 compliance standards

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

At FOX, we foster a culture and environment where everyone feels welcome and can thrive. We are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent across our company. We live in a diverse world, with different ideas and different perspectives that come together to spark new ideas and make great things happen. That means reflecting the diversity of the world around us is critical to our company’s success. We ensure that our viewers, communities and employees feel heard, represented, and celebrated both on screen and off.

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