Associate Director, HR Engagement and People Success

Brisbane, CA
Nov 25, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Manager: SVP, Chief People Officer
Department:  Human Resources
Location: Brisbane, CA or Point Richmond, CA

Sangamo Therapeutics is a a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a robust genomic medicines pipeline. Using ground-breaking science, including our proprietary zinc finger genome engineering technology and manufacturing expertise, Sangamo aims to create new genomic medicines for patients suffering from diseases for which existing treatment options are inadequate or currently don’t exist. Sangamo takes pride in being the first to edit endogenous human genes, first to treat patients with gene edited T cells, and first to treat patients with in vivo genome editing. Our top priority is to meet the needs of patients with commitment and compassion. Sangamo is a company where individuals can flourish, grow and develop their expertise.

We are seeking top talent to join our team. Let’s build a better future together.


This role offers an exciting opportunity to join the Sangamo HR team and contribute in two important ways as an Associate Director, HR Communications and People Success.   You are passionate about managing our people programs, developing engagement and communication plans that align the HR team with the enterprise and result in an engaged and effective workforce. This role contributes to the health and success of the organization by knowing the HR deliverables and proactively collaborating with the HR team to identify, develop, and implement programs and engagement strategies that meet the needs of the business. The successful candidate will collaborate with HR, Communications, and senior leadership to develop and implement a long-term plan for culture evolution, engagement, change management and development programs that will support our company’s goals and objectives.

The ideal candidate can use data to tell a story, has broad experience leading company-wide initiatives, strong program management and an ability to influence across a diverse organization.  If you are results-driven, can thrive in a fast-paced environment and are skilled in creating and communicating people programs, join us and play a critical role in evolving our culture and programs.


  • Define and evolve an inclusive and consistent HR communications strategy appropriate for our culture
  • Facilitate monthly meetings with internal Sangamo working group to align on upcoming culture/employee engagement activities, communications, responsibilities, and next steps (e.g., develop agendas, action items)
  • In partnership with the Chief People Officer and others on the HR and communications team, this role will be responsible for developing training related to employee growth & development, strengths-based leadership, onboarding and talent management for all Sangamo employees. 
  • Develop an employee experience, engagement and training approach that engages and equips all employees to deliver on our strategy, and owns the programs that support our employee experience (i.e. employee engagement and events, culture and values, manager/leader development, return to office)
  • Lead onboarding, engagement and exit survey strategy, and use the resulting data to shape the employee experience
  • Ensure values are consistently integrated across all HR functions, programs and processes
  • Provide counsel and recommendations as it relates to Sangamo culture and employee engagement priorities, plans
  • Facilitate execution of agreed upon culture/employee engagement activities and communications
    • Track activities (e.g., action plan)
    • Manage event planning and logistics
    • Develop supporting materials and communications (e.g., emails, agendas, event Run of Show)
  • Coach, mentor, and provide development opportunities for direct reports
  • Work on special projects in support of HR initiatives that support the company priorities


  • Bachelors' degree in related field of study
  • 8 - 10 years’ experience in human resources, communications, consulting or business relevant roles
  • Have a deep understanding of the employee lifecycle, communications, performance/talent management, learning & development programs and employee onboarding
  • Direct experience in supporting human resources/people driven internal communications
  • Very strong program and project management and execution skills
  • Demonstrated skills and abilities in implementing talent-related programs
  • Excellent writing, storytelling, facilitation, and presentation skills
  • Possess the ability to clearly and succinctly present information to internal and external audiences
  • Ability to connect with a breadth of employee perspectives and experiences
  • Proven success in working collaboratively across functions to make a positive impact on culture
  • Makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgement
  • Organized, able to prioritize work, able to balance multiple competing priorities
  • Reputation for integrity and dedicated work ethic with desire for ownership of process and product success
  • Technology savvy
  • Team player, willing to adapt based on business needs

Sangamo is an equal opportunity employer


Sangamo requires all U.S. workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of their start date.  This requirement is a condition of employment at Sangamo, and it applies regardless of location or classification of role.  If you are unable to receive the vaccine, you will have an opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation consistent with applicable laws. 

Note to External Recruiters: Please understand that we do not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than from the candidates themselves. Any agency or independent recruiter must have a signed copy of our agency agreement before presenting candidates. Submission of unsolicited resumes without our signed agreement will not create any implied obligation on our part.

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