People Operations Generalist

Remote or In-Person (Tempe) /
Operations /
Full Time
Who We Are

Culdesac is a real estate and technology startup that builds cities for people, not cars. Our goal is to create the first car-free city in the US. We started by creating the first car-free neighborhood built from scratch in the US - Culdesac Tempe, a $170 million mixed-use neighborhood development for 1,000 residents opening in 2022. The neighborhood covers 17 acres and features 55% open space, shared courtyards, and abundant bookable spaces. Culdesac is the co-developer and tech-enabled property manager.

Read more about our vision, our product, and how we are changing how people live, work, and move:

Introducing Culdesac: Building car-free neighborhoods from scratch by Ryan Johnson (CEO & Founder)
The Capital of Sprawl Gets a Radically Car-Free Neighborhood by The New York Times
Paying Rent Will Get You Wheels in New Car-Free Complex by Bloomberg
New Arizona Development Bans Residents From Bringing Cars - WSJ by Wall Street Journal
11 rules for buying an ebike. Ebikes are about to change the world. By Ryan Johnson (CEO & Founder)

We’re headquartered in Tempe, AZ and were founded in 2018. CEO Ryan Johnson was previously on the founding team of Opendoor. We raised $30M Series A in January 2022. Our investors include top VCs like Khosla Ventures, Zigg Capital, Initialized Capital, and Y Combinator

The Role

As a People Operations Generalist at Culdesac, you will be an integral part of building a sustainable and forward-thinking People & Operations team.

We’re seeking a People Operations Generalist who champions a best-in-class team culture, adding delightful touches throughout the employee life cycle and in our physical/virtual team spaces. You will focus on stewarding and constantly improving elements of the employee lifecycle, especially in Talent Management, Employee Engagement & Culture, and Benefits.

In addition to championing team culture, you will help us anticipate future people operations needs, looking around corners to plan for our future as a company, while maintaining and iteratively improving experiences and processes in the here and now.

The Requirements

While our role description represents what we are ideally looking for, we encourage you to apply even if your resume includes strengths and experiences that don’t match everything listed here.

Experience partnering with the broader team to facilitate, communicate and implement HR programs, policies, and other rollouts that both support business goals and ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. This is more important to us than a specific # of years of experience, but we expect most to need at least 3-5 years in the industry to gain this experience.

Experience in designing and maintaining process documentation, streamlining operational processes, and researching and providing recommendations on new technologies and services that enhance operations and the employee experience. You handle confidential and proprietary information with utmost care.

Broad experience coordinating subject matter experts in HR, compensation, benefits, legal, and business leaders to ensure proper execution of policies and practices.

Passion for problem solving; you consider yourself scrappy, and self-motivated. You are someone who can and work well with tight deadlines and are willing to roll up your sleeves to execute on the details of a plan or process that you designed at the strategic level.

Prioritizes a lifestyle leveraging public transportation, micromobility, and other alternatives to private cars.


We're headquartered in Tempe, AZ, with our office located in the heart of downtown Tempe. We encourage employees to work in our beautiful Tempe office and offer relocation assistance to those who’d like to move to Tempe. We also have remote positions, and we work hard to create a first-class, remote-friendly environment.

Benefits & Perks

🏥 Benefits Package - Includes options for medical, dental, and vision.
🥚 Family Planning Benefits
🐣 Parental Leave - Up to 12 weeks paid time off for qualifying events.
🏦 401K Savings
🖥️ Work From Home Stipend - Up to $500 for equipment paid by the company.
🌎 Co-Working Stipend - $100 per month paid by Culdesac for space intended for work productivity directly related to Culdesac business (e.g., co-working space pass for the day). Remote employees only.
🚲 Mobility Stipend - Up to $500 to invest in employee micro-mobility setup (e.g., e-bike, e-scooter, micro-mobility accessories).
🛴 Car-Free Commuter Benefit - $400 per month paid by Culdesac. Tempe employees only.

Our Values

As sprawl became commonplace in our cities, we felt less connected to each other. We normalized hour-long commutes, even as private vehicle ownership became the largest source of carbon emission pollution. Our cities blend technology, real estate, and culture to reimagine our daily lives. Come help us make our residents happier, healthier, and more productive in the years they spend with us and the moments they spend together.

At Culdesac, we:

Work as a team
Be inclusive, drawing on the strengths of people who bring a different perspective.
Find ways to work together that overcome disciplinary and geographic separations.

Ship, including the last 10%
Be output oriented. Ship.
Our mission weaves us deep into people's lives. Respect that trusted relationship by seeing your work through to the end, including the last 10%.

Embrace the full stack
We have a competitive advantage in operationally complex, capital-intensive work.
Tackling all the layers in the stack gives us an opportunity to deliver an exceptional user experience.
Always remember Rule #0: learn from those who have done it before.

Ask people for feedback
Only users know if we’re creating value for them.
We get better by observing behavior and asking others how we can improve.
Respect the limits of what we can know and plan. In the complex organism of a city, emergent behavior rules.

Design for humans
The messiness of human preferences and decision making is the rich soil where our product grows.
Human paradoxes and contradictions are our opportunity to create joy.

Next Steps

If you think Culdesac might be a good fit, we encourage you to apply! You have nothing to lose, and we'll respond to you within a week.

If we move forward, here's our typical process:

1. A 30-minute video call with our People Operations Leader to understand your high-level background and cover logistics & expectations.
2. A 30-minute take home assignment.
3. A 45-minute video call with our Head of People to review the take home and answer case study questions.
4. A 45-minute video call with our COO overviewing how you would fit in Culdesac’s mission, vision, and culture.
5. A final 30-minute video call with our CEO overview of a list of company scenarios.

At each step, we leave time for you to ask us questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
Culdesac is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.