Director, Talent

Emeryville, CA
Nov 24, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Director, Talent, is responsible for the Talent Development, HRBP, Employee Relations, and Organization Development programs. By Partnering with Leaders and the HR team to provide operational support for 4D’s growth strategies. This individual will also run or participate in projects that impact all employees. As an HR professional, you will consult and partner with, advise, coach, negotiate, influence, innovate and challenge leaders, managers, and individual contributors on people-related issues; work in partnership with functional leaders to design, develop and drive Talent initiatives that meet strategies and scientific goals, improve the effectiveness of the organization in collaboration with the management team; and provide recommendations and outcomes that will enhance management capability and organizational performance.
  • Talent Development/Human Resources Business Partner
  • Broker and enable performance management systems (e.g., performance appraisal, promotion process, core competencies).
  • Educate and empower employees navigating life events, leave of absences, workplace injuries.
  • Provide support to employees, including assistance with confidential problems and issues
  • Provide (directly or indirectly) training, coaching, and mentoring to managers and leaders on individual contributor track, management, and leadership skills and strategies.
  • Perform all duties in keeping with the Company’s core values, policies, and all applicable regulations.
  • Drive adoption/consistency of HR programs, special emphasis on Diversity and Inclusions initiatives, Engagement and Change Management for client groups
  • Coach and consult line managers in all issues regarding talent acquisition, talent development, organizational development, employee relations, culture, and building strong teams
  • Collaborate with HR Team on cross-team initiative and programs adding value, insights, and support
  • Employee Relations/Compliance
  • Own and drive Employee Relations, in multiple states to resolve any employee concerns according to local legislation.
  • Ensure compliance with all local and federal laws pertaining to hiring and employment and prevention and resolution of issues. Support all employee-related requests and needs.
  • Manages and resolves Employee Relations (ER) issues through effective and objective investigation processes, ensuring adherence to appropriate employment laws and 4DMT policies. Also, develops prevention plans.     
  • Continue improving the programs,  policies, practices, and processes associated with meeting the strategic and operational people issues of the organization.
  • Develop and implement HR policies and programs, employee handbook, anti-harassment training, and all other employment law and compliance-related programs in order to protect the interests of the employees and the Company.
  • Ensure  HR  Organizational readiness in view of the transition from a  private to a public company.
  • Learning and Development and Organization Development
  • Build and manage the activities involved in the strategic design, preparation, delivery, and needs assessment of learning and development programs for company managers and employees.
  • Personalize the L&D program to best fit the company culture and overall training appetite. This may include e-learning courses, career plans, learning sprints, onsite and offsite workshops, and more.
  • Join in partnership with other HR professionals to assess and implement learning and development strategies, programs, processes, and training initiatives to support organizational strategies.
  • Develop, approve, communicate, and rollout content, methods, and materials for training staff.
  • Develop methods for evaluation of program effectiveness from feedback and analytics. Modifies programs as needed.
  • Partner with People Ops to integrate any L&D systems/platforms with the HRIS system.
  • Maintain budgets and relationships with vendors and consultants.
  • Develop and implement effective strategies to measure and monitor employee satisfaction.
  • Interpret feedback and provide an informed and independent perspective on 4D organizational strengths and weaknesses given its scientific and commercial ambitions and competitive environment
  • Research and implement HRIS as part of the HRIS team
  • Define and implement other key HR programs (e.g., performance management, rewards & recognition, talent review and succession planning, promotions, supporting DEI efforts, etc.)
  • Develop and maintain an independent, trusted advisor relationship with leadership and a professional network of relationships within and outside of 4DMT
  • Work closely with company leadership to define and actively promote the company culture/values and employee engagement creating an open, supportive, high-performance environment where all are empowered and can thrive.
  • Other duties as assigned, nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time

  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in relevant field preferred
  • Experience:
  • 12+ years of HR experience, with 5 in a specific area of expertise, e.g., HR Operations, Total Rewards (Compensation, Equity, and Benefits Administration), or People Analytics
  • Salary Survey and Data Analytics expertise, Radford/AON
  • Preferred – experience in a publicly-traded company.  Nice to have: within the Life Sciences industry
  • HRIS and Payroll system selection, implementation, and management experience. ie. Workday or equivalent
  • Skills:
  • Must possess in-depth negotiating, influencing, coaching, and consulting skills. 
  • Must be able to develop solutions to a wide range of highly complex problems, which require an in-depth degree of analytical skills, ingenuity, creativity, and innovation. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Maturity of temperament; able to render a calm stabilizing presence without compromising influence and authority. 
  • Passionate about people and culture, with an emphasis on inclusion. 
  • A strategic thinker, inspiring leader, effective manager, and team player 
  • Demonstrate credibility, integrity, and trust. 
  • Collaborative and with the ability to create opportunities that facilitate buy-in and teamwork. 
  • Lead innovation and constantly drive for results; a disruptor who thinks bigger, beyond incremental improvement. 

4DMT provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, status as a covered veteran, and any other category protected under applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

About 4DMT:
4D Molecular Therapeutics, Inc. (“4DMT”) is a clinical-stage gene therapy company pioneering the development of product candidates using targeted and evolved AAV vectors. 4DMT seeks to unlock the full potential of gene therapy using its platform, Therapeutic Vector Evolution, which combines the power of directed evolution with approximately one billion synthetic capsid sequences to invent evolved vectors for use in targeted gene therapy products. The company is initially focused on three therapeutic areas: ophthalmology, cardiology, and pulmonology. The 4DMT targeted and evolved vectors are invented with the goal of being delivered through clinically routine, well-tolerated, and minimally invasive routes of administration, transducing diseased cells in target tissues efficiently, having reduced immunogenicity, and, where relevant, having resistance to pre-existing antibodies.

Attention: Search Firms / 3rd Party Recruitment Agencies*
The Talent Acquisition / HR team manages the recruiting for all positions at 4D Molecular Therapeutics. We will only accept resumes from a search agency/recruiter if we have a signed agreement in place and the Talent Acquisition / HR team has formally requested your help on a specific role. Unsolicited resumes sent to 4D Molecular Therapeutics will be considered property of 4D Molecular Therapeutics. 4D Molecular Therapeutics will not be responsible for any fees associated should we hire from unsolicited resumes.

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