Director, HR Operations

Seattle, WA Hybrid /
G&A – Human Resources /
Full time
/ Hybrid
Alpine Immune Sciences is a leading clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering and developing innovative, protein-based immunotherapies for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Exciting challenges lie ahead—guided by our core values, we’ll meet these challenges. Join us!

The Director, Human Resources Operations role is both strategic and operational. The Director, HR Operations will see around corners and plan for the Human Resources implications of the dynamic business environment, and they will roll up their sleeves and work with the team in a hands-on way to implement and manage Human Resources programs, processes, systems and policies. This position oversees and administers daily operational activities of the Human Resources function, including benefit program strategy, oversight and administration; compensation practices and structures; HRIS system maintenance and updates; payroll coordination; administration of LOAs, FMLA, ADA, and other federal and state leave of absences; department budget and planning; performance management, including oversight of performance improvement plans and terminations; manager and employee consultation; support for employee onboarding / offboarding; and compliance and policies for all mandated filings for each jurisdiction, including ad hoc state requirements.

In partnership with senior Human Resources leadership, this position helps to maintain and enhance the organization's Human Resources department by planning, implementing, and evaluating policies, programs, and practices. The Director, HR Operations is responsible for promoting a work environment that exemplifies the company's mission and values, and supports the leaders' goals to hire, engage, develop, and retain top talent and build the organizational capabilities required for short- and long-term business success. 
Duties and responsibilities
·         Bring data-informed driven analytics to all aspects of the Human Resources function, assessing trends, informing strategic decision-making, and driving improvements based on insights. 
·         Oversee end-to-end employee lifecycle management, and continuously improve Alpine’s processes. 
·         Maintain compliance and ensure all policies and practices comply with local, state, and federal labor laws and regulations. 
·         Benefits & Compensation 
o   Coordinate company payroll and benefits administration 
o   Ensure all health and welfare benefit programs are current to trend, practices, compliance, company philosophy and competitive environment.  
o   Monitor, administer, and evaluate the company's benefits programs including employee health insurance programs, retirement plans, PTO and leave policies.  
o   Lead compensation planning activities related to performance management, including year-end merit and bonus review. 
·         Systems, Processes, Policies & Compliance 
o   Own aspects of HRIS; maximizing our current systems and implementing new features or systems where needed. Enter changes and updates to employee information, and organizational structure changes. 
o   Act as a consultant to managers and employees regarding procedures, systems, and policies  
o   Make recommendations to communicate changes or the creation of new policies, technology, and programs. 
o   Oversee aspects of the development, implementation, and maintenance of compliance, including aspects of publicly traded companies’ responsibilities. 
o   Conduct audits in partnership with the Finance and Accounting teams as well as outside vendors. 
o   Maintain guides to all processes for training and reference. 
o   Track and integrate new regulations, laws, and best practices into our policies, handbook, record keeping system, and technology. 
o   Annual review and update of all policies and procedures. 
·         Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging 
o   Incorporate company DEI&B strategy and practices into all Human Resources systems, tools, processes, and communication. 
o   Make recommendations to support and improve inclusive workplace. 
o   Participate in DEI&B planning and execution. 
·         Other 
o   Support the recruitment function including sourcing candidates, conducting interviews, evaluating employment factors, salary recommendations, and offer facilitation. 
o   Work on team projects that impact the Human Resources team’s effectiveness and partnership with the organization. 
o   Perform other general Human Resources related duties as assigned.   
·         Bachelor's degree in human resources, business management or organizational development. 
·         10+ years of progressive prior work and experience in people operations / human resources. 
·         Working knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines, including HRIS, benefits, compensation, recruiting, employee relations, DEI, performance management, and federal and state employment laws. 
·         Demonstrated ability to work in and manage ambiguity – dealing with issues that do not always have a process or a system in place. 
·         Ability to position self as credible (garners respect, acts with integrity, keeps commitments); proactive (has a point of view, challenges assumptions, takes initiative); and a trusted thought partner (builds relationships, delivers results). 
·         Independent work style, balancing the need for collaboration with minimal supervision. 
·         Equally adept at consulting, thinking strategically and execution. Exhibits a roll-up your sleeves attitude 
·         SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or HRCI Certified Professional (PHR, SPHR) credential preferred 
·         Excellent consultative, problem solving and interpersonal skills. 
·         Ability to influence and consult effectively with leaders at every level. 
·         Ability to work in an environment with multiple competing deadlines. 

At Alpine we engage equitable workplace strategies to ensure fair compensation. Actual compensation is dependent upon current market data, experience, and pay parity within our organization. This position is a Director level position, with a compensation range of $170,000 to $205,000 dollars per year. In order to be considered for a position, candidates must be located in or willing to relocate to WA and able to work a hybrid schedule with 1-3 days/week from Alpine's Seattle location. We take care of our employees with a competitive benefits package that includes stock options, annual bonus, premium medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and their dependents, as well as life and disability benefits, FSA, and 401(k) plans. We believe quality time outside the office is vital to our employees’ satisfaction at work, so our flexible PTO plan of 160 hours, generous holiday time (generally 12 days), and parental benefits encourages team members to take time off so they can come back refreshed. Alpine team members enjoy competitive salaries and equity participation (stock options).

Alpinists share a passion for meaningful work and are committed to solving the most complex problems in immunology to create new therapies for patients. We believe in innovative thinking, collaboration, flexibility, bias for action, and healthy debate. To foster our team of outstanding scientists and business professionals, we provide a premier work environment with a state-of-the-art lab and office spaces with truly inspiring views, and an open design to facilitate teamwork.

Our treasured culture has been shaped by our diverse team who truly enjoys working and playing together. We nurture Alpine’s culture in many ways, including all-company social events and happy hours, lunch-and-learn and education opportunities, interest groups like book club and movie nights, peer-to-peer recognition programs, a robust wellness program to help support physical, mental, and emotional health, and more.

Alpine is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Alpine is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

Our office and lab are located in the blossoming biotech neighborhood of Eastlake in Seattle. Alpinists enjoy the flexibility to work onsite, remotely, or a hybrid schedule, with evolving options as we prioritize keeping Alpinists safe and healthy. Onsite employees enjoy an open-office layout with comfortable huddle rooms and Zoom Room-enabled conference rooms, a spacious breakroom and kitchen with a coffee bar and snacks, and rooftop access to enjoy gorgeous views of Lake Union and Gas Works Park.

Exciting challenges lie ahead—guided by our core values, we’ll meet these challenges.  Join us!