Vice President, Human Resources

Gladstone Institutes San Francisco , CA 94118

Posted 3 months ago


Join Gladstone to Support Science Overcoming Disease

The Gladstone Institutes, a world-renowned biomedical research organization located in San Francisco, California, seeks a creative, strategic leader to champion its culture and serve as its Vice President, Human Resources. This is a remarkable opportunity to be part of Gladstone and its mission of overcoming human disease through impactful research and scientific discovery.

An integral member of the senior management team, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the successful candidate teams with leadership colleagues as the thought leader to guide the long-term people strategy and to direct the functional activities for human resource planning and operations for Gladstone

The ideal candidate will embody and embrace Gladstone's Core Values:

  • Dare to Take Risks

  • Evolve Relentlessly

  • Commit to Teamwork

  • Lead to Integrity

  • Bring Your Passion

  • Enjoy the Journey


Responsibilities include but are not limited to overseeing and managing all functions related to recruitment, employee relations, benefit programs, training, compensation management, diversity, inclusion, and employee engagement. A champion of the workplace culture.

  • Plans, develops, organizes, implements, directs, and evaluates the institutes' human resource function and performance.

  • Participates in the development of the institutes' plans and programs as a strategic partner, particularly from the perspective of the impact to people and people operations.

  • Translates the strategic and tactical business plans and programs into human resource strategic and operational plans and implements and manages them to achieve designated goals and objectives.

  • Evaluates both short-term and long-range planning for new and existing programs, strategies and any applicable regulatory or other requirements to ensure the institutes meets business expectations.

  • Provide technical human resource advice and knowledge and supervise the work of staff, including: planning, assigning and scheduling work; reviewing work and ensuring quality standards; training staff and overseeing productivity; and, making decisions on hiring, termination and pay adjustments.

  • Maintains knowledge of and administers Human Resources policies and procedures to reflect the goals of the organization and ensures compliance with Federal and State employment and benefits laws, and other applicable requirements.

  • Continually assess the competitiveness of all programs and practices against reasonable and applicable comparable organizations, industries, and market. Directs the development and administration of proactive and progressive compensation and benefits programs to attract, motivate, incentivize, and recognize effective performance. Oversees compensation reviews including the annual executive compensation review for compliance with applicable IRS guidelines for non-profits.

  • Directs recruitment and hiring functions. Ensures that hiring practices are in compliance with organization's policies and applicable governmental regulations, and reviews practices and outcomes for nondiscriminatory and gender equity.

  • Oversees the program for administering immigration issues for foreign nationals.

  • Develops and directs appropriate policies and programs for the effective management of people resources in the organization, including employee relations, affirmative action, and programs serving promote appropriate workplace behavior including sexual harassment prevention among others.

  • Advises leaders on employee relations issues. Provides employee relations services to all staff including job-related counseling, conflict resolution, development, and training.

  • Evaluates and recommends enhancements in policies, procedures, and systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the organization. This includes human resources systems and databases, and providing critical analytics of these human resources programs for their performance and effectiveness.

  • Manages the unit's budget and is responsible for the financial performance of the human resources unit.

  • Serves as the organization's AA/EEO officer. Implements and directs EEO and Affirmative Action programs.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or related field. Applicable graduate or professional degree preferred.

  • Ten-plus years managing a complex, multi-faceted people resources function.

  • SHRM-SCP is desirable

About Gladstone

The Gladstone Institutes is an independent, not-for-profit research institution. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of all people through medical research and education in neuroscience, cardiovascular biology, immunology, and stem cell biology. Home to notable leaders in science and biomedicine, Gladstone comprises four institutes as well as various centers and programs, with the most recent addition of the Gladstone Institute for Data Science and Biotechnology, which focuses in on applying computational modeling of big data to target biological questions. All of its approximately 500 members are aligned in their mission to carry out or support discovery science that overcomes disease. Located in an award-winning building at the Mission Bay area of San Francisco, Gladstone offers a competitive salary and benefits program. It provides an ideal environment for those seeking to maximize and fully leverage their potential.

Be a part of big ideas and consider Gladstone. Your difference will make a difference in human health.

Gladstone is an equal opportunity employer.

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