Your browser cookies must be enabled in order to apply for this job. Please contact if you need further instruction on how to do that.

Chief HR Officer

Human Resources | Washington, DC | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

At Holistic Industries we are building a great place to work, shop and invest in cannabis. Our mission is to provide patients with the highest quality, safest cannabis medicine possible. As our name suggests, we care for the whole person.  Our company develops and offers a wide range of proprietary strains that increase desired cannabinoids such as CBD. These high CBD strains have become our foundation for growing, packaging, and selling the best cannabis in our markets. Our team includes the nation’s most knowledgeable experts in cultivation and medical dispensing, along with professionals who are top of their fields in medical professions, security, agriculture, real estate, and the legal distribution of other highly controlled substances.

Our well-established company is growing rapidly and adding to our team of professionals and specialists.  Our employees receive medical, dental, and leave benefits as part of our highly competitive compensation package. 

Holistic Industries is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

About the Job:

This new position will report to the Chief Operating Officer.  Currently overseeing the welfare of 250 employees in six states, the CHRO responsibilities include overseeing all HR functions including culture, talent, compensation, benefits, training and compliance and crafting people strategies that meet our business goals. Responsible for providing expert counsel on all HR issues to the Company, the CHRO serves as a member of the executive team and will be a key strategic voice in the growth of the company.

This position requires both building and running the function - if that sounds like your kind of fun, we hope you'll read on!

Duties and Responsibilities


  • The most prominent duty of the Chief Human Resources Officer is leading long-range strategic planning for people practices to anticipate and execute on initiatives that promote people productivity, organizational efficiency, and cost effectiveness.
  • The CHRO oversees and is accountable for all activities of the human resources department. Provides overall leadership and guidance to HR functions by overseeing administration, talent acquisition and development, compensation, benefits, training and development, career development, and so forth.
  • The Chief Human Resources Officer is responsible for ensuring that the business’s values are clearly communicated and understood at all levels of the business, focusing on employee conduct that is necessary for realizing an engaging, high performance culture within the business.
  • Maintain strong relationships across all divisions, departments, and locations by managing an HR team that goes beyond supplying traditional functions to make the business more efficient and effective. Provide leadership to the HR team and evaluate team structure and design to meet the needs of the business and provide professional and personal growth for team members.
  • Lead, direct, and mentor the 3-person HR team.

Talent Strategy and Execution

  • The Chief Human Resources Officer is responsible for formulating people strategies that lead to quality and depth in the talent employed in the business. This is inclusive of leadership, employee development, and the securing of future business growth with a focus on talent, and business culture or company culture.
  • Working with the Director of Talent, the CHRO develops comprehensive strategic recruiting and retention plans that meet the business’s human capital needs. The Chief Human Resources Officer additionally functions as the strategic business advisor to the business executives and departmental heads in regard to key human resource issues.
  • The CHRO will develop and implement of programs in recruitment, retention, succession, and development to ensure the talent needs of the Operations team are met. Align criteria for high performance and succession with organizational goals and strategy to ensure that development, training, and performance management support these criteria.
  • The CHRO leads the HR department in the analysis and evaluation of employee performance, identification of gaps, and creation of strategies from those analyses to cultivate talent and improve performance at all levels of the business.

Total Rewards

  • The Chief Human Resources Officer additionally ensures that the organizational design and rewards structure is reflective of a dynamic business environment and best practices in an increasingly competitive business environment.
  • Identify, design, and implementation of a total rewards philosophy
  • Advise leadership on reward & recognition strategy ensuring fairness and equity and execute on that strategy
  • The Chief Human Resources Officer is further tasked with developing and implementing comprehensive market-competitive compensation and benefit strategies that are cost effective for the business.

Employee Relations

  • Ensure productive and positive employee and labor relations through consistent and fair application of well-communicated and reasonable human resource policies and procedures. Advise managers and supervisors on employee relations issues and partner with all supervisory levels to foster a values-based leadership culture.
  • Support outside counsel in union negotiations and strategies as needed.

Analytics and Knowledge 

  • The CHRO keeps up with the latest industry trends and best practices, ensuring optimal performance of the HR department, which in turn influences the performance of the various departments and the business at large.
  • Play an active role in industry networking groups, events, seminars, and workshops.
  • The Chief Human Resources Officer monitors, analyses, and identifies strategic needs, gaps, and risks in people practices. The Chief Human Resources Officer leverages management tools and system that identify, align, and build on the business’s human capital capabilities in order to achieve overall business results and reach desired targets.
  • Remain informed on HR trends that could impact the business and form strategies to respond proactively to these trends
  • Identify opportunities to effectively implement change management and continuous improvement as tools to enhance business results
  • Partner with members of the HR and Operations teams on strategic communications that ensure that the company has timely, effective messages delivered to internal and external audiences
  • Plan and manage the annual budget and other financial measures of the HR Department.
  • Establish, measure and report out on key HR metrics.

Physical Requirements of the Job

  • Physical requirements of the job include: Long periods of sitting.  Long periods of screen use. Frequent phone use. Moderate to loud exposure to noise level. Office environment with artificial light.

About You:


  • Due to state regulations, qualified candidates for this position must be at least 21 years of age and able to pass a fingerprinting background check – certain criminal convictions may disqualify candidates based on state medical marijuana licensing regulations.


  • BSc/MSc in Human Resources Management, Organizational Psychology or relevant field
  • Work experience as a Chief HR Officer, VP of HR or similar role in a multi-state manufacturing environment with 200+ employees
  • Experience in a range of human resources areas including recruiting, mergers and acquisitions, retention, employee relations, total rewards, change management, compliance, labor relations, training, talent management, and talent acquisition
  • Experience operating efficiently as a senior leader of HR and using the HR function to drive results for the company in a rapidly changing environment
  • Experience working with the executive team of a large company

 Technological Skills: 

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, Work, PowerPoint
  • Hands-on experience with HR software (HRIS, ATS)

 Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proven ability to use initiative to introduce new programs while also ensuring that the HR function executes on core functional responsibilities
  • Excellent communication presentation and interpersonal skills and ability to work well with different types of teams as a leader and a collaborator
  • Ability to develop and manage own team
  • Experience in strategic planning
  • Expert understanding of federal and state labor legislation
  • Excellent leadership abilities
  • Exceptional communication and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent critical thinking, communication, and presentation skills
  • Ability to earn the confidence and trust of others, delivering on commitments, demonstration of high standards of ethical conduct and the protection of confidential information.
  • Demonstrate initiative, innovation and a results-oriented mindset.
  • Willing and able to travel extensively to company facilities