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Associate Director, People Operations

Company: Clara Foods
Location: South San Francisco
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Job Title: Associate Director, People Operations

Reports to: Controller

FLSA Status: Exempt, Full Time

Location:  South San Francisco, CA

NOTE about job location:  This role will be based in our South San Francisco office, this role will work from that office four days a week with one day working from home.



If you are

  • ready to move past a traditional 9-5 and work towards moving the needle on the Earths most existential threats of deforestation, mass extinctions, climate change, and food shortages
  • insanely hungry and entrepreneurial with no ego and a relentless work ethic
  • ready to change the course of history, push the frontier of science and do it alongside the most passionate, intelligent, and humble people youve ever met, then look no further. 

This job isn't for the faint of heart. Join our team, own your destiny, and lead the world's transition to animal-free protein

A growing syn-biotechnology company is seeking an experienced Associate Director, People Operations to join their South San Francisco-based team. The Associate Director, People Operations is a seasoned advisor to the leadership team, who will act as an employee champion, able to assess and anticipate HR-related needs and develop successful solutions that help advance the companys goals.. In this position, you will address all issues related to employee relations, organizational development, performance management, and day-to-day general human resources. You should be a proactive communicator and change agent, someone who can successfully balance employee needs with business objectives to create integrated solutions that benefit everyone. The ideal candidate has solid experience with HR practices, employee management, and implementation.


  • Partner with senior management to implement and support Clara Foods policies, practices and programs.
  • Develop and implement effective hiring and employee retention programs.
  • Oversee the administration of current employee benefit plans, seek to improve existing benefit offerings, and research new programs to maintain the companys competitive position in the market.
  • Develop programs and/or processes in support of employee engagement and development.
  • Provide day-to-day performance management support to managers; provide coaching, counseling, and disciplinary actions to employees as needed.
  • Work alongside hiring managers to meet recruitment objectives.
  • Maintain accurate records in HRIS and payroll systems.
  • Foster and communicate company policy and promote adherence to best practices.
  • Ensure company meets all compliance requirements with a myriad of complex state, federal, and local laws and regulations.
  • Identify training needs for business units and participate in facilitation.
  • Assist in immigration matters for foreign nationals.
  • Maintain an effective level of business literacy including company goals, mission, financial position, strategy, competition, technology and culture.



  • At least 7 years experience in Human Resources, with 3 years in a leadership role, preferred.
  • Progressive HR experience in a start-up/biotech organization strongly preferred.
  • Working understanding of core HR functions, including compensation, benefits & incentives, employment law, career development, employee engagement, and recruiting.
  • Demonstrated experience with cross-functional collaboration.
  • Strong ability to use data to influence decision-making.
  • Comfortable working in fast paced, rapidly changing environment.
  • Experience with HRIS (Namely), compensation software (Payscale), IT vendors, recruiting software tools (JazzHR), and facilities management preferred. 


NOTE about job location:  This role will be based in our South San Francisco office, this role will work from that office four days a week with one day working from home.


Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • SHRM-CP or equivalent certification required; SHRM-SCP or equivalent preferred
  • Bachelors Degree in Human Resources or related program
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for Clara Foods

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience at a high-growth startup in the ingredient, flavor, agricultural and food a plus
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, both in creation and execution
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills required.
  • Strong Interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of the organization and in a variety of cultures both internal and external.
  • Available to travel domestically approximately < 5%
  • Ability to take risks to achieve desired results
  • Ability to adapt and support others through change, ambiguity and complexity


What Clara Foods can offer:

  • Generous benefits package; 100% medical, dental, and vision employee coverage, 401k matching, and stock options
  • Optional benefits; FSA, HSA, Commuter, Pet Care, and additional life insurance
  • Flexible PTO
  • Free parking, unlimited gym access, lounge, mini-golf patio, yoga and fitness classes onsite
  • Unlimited supply of sparkling water, granola bars, snacks, local coffee and tea
  • Weekly themed happy hours and quarterly company outings
  • Monthly all-hands meetings and 1:1 with CEO and leadership
  • Close to South San Francisco BART and Cal Train stations, including free shuttle service

About Clara Foods

Clara Foods is a venture capital-backed company working towards a disruptive advance in food technology by producing animal proteins using fermentation --- without the animal. We join a new generation of entrepreneurs, activists and scientists who recognize that the decades-old factory farm model cannot sustain the dietary needs of 7 billion people and counting - and that technology may hold a solution. 


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