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Director, HR Operations

Human Resources | Brisbane, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Title: Director, HR Operations

Location: Brisbane, California

About Us:

Vera Therapeutics (Nasdaq: VERA), is a late-stage biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for serious immunological diseases. Vera’s mission is to advance treatments that target the source of immunologic diseases in order to change the standard of care for patients. Vera’s lead product candidate is atacicept, a fully humanized fusion protein self-administered at home as a subcutaneous injection once weekly that blocks both B-cell Activating Factor (BAFF) and A Proliferation Inducing Ligand (APRIL), which stimulate B cells and plasma cells to produce galactose-deficient IgA1 (Gd-IgA1) and associated autoantibodies, which together form immune complexes that are fundamental in the pathogenesis of IgA nephropathy (IgAN). Vera is also considering evaluating the role of atacicept in other immunologic disorders. Additionally, Vera is developing MAU868, a monoclonal antibody designed to neutralize infection with BK Virus, a polyomavirus that can have devastating consequences in certain settings such as kidney transplant. For more information, please visit:

Our values are the cornerstone of our culture. Our values inspire us every day and guide everything we do—from how we hire great people, to advancing our mission together, to achieving our ultimate goal to improve medical treatment for patients suffering from immunological diseases.

Position Summary:

The Director, Human Resources Operations will report to the VP, Human Resources and will be responsible for enhancing internal processes and systems to drive greater efficiency and support the organization as we continue to grow, scale and strengthen our team. Working across the organization with key personnel including functional leadership, this position will manage and oversee people operations and systems including but not limited to employee life cycle, policies, data management, compliance, and more.


  • Develop and implement HR strategies and initiatives aligned with the overall business objectives with a focus on operational excellence and adherence to procedures and practices.
  • Owning the creation, documentation, and management of the end-to-end employee lifecycle processes including new hire processing, on-boarding and integration, employee benefits and exits.
  • Build dashboards & reporting capabilities to enable transparency and access to information and metrics informing HR and business leaders including Board of Directors.
  • Provide leadership and build organizational capability within the HR team, sharing knowledge and information in collaboration with teammates to develop others while managing, mentoring and developing HR Specialist.
  • Partner with benefits broker on annual benefits analysis, reviewing benefit plans to ensure compliance and equity, and lead the benefits open enrollment process each year.
  • Assist VP, Human Resources with budget management and HR team meetings/action items.
  • Identifying and actioning opportunities for automation, and for manager and employee self-service wherever possible.
  • Interface with Finance and other key stakeholders on crossover processes and initiatives including effective payroll operation, tracking data changes, and audit of regular payroll reports.
  • Collaborate with key partners to ensure appropriate internal controls and relevant internal audits are in place.
  • Act as the system administrator for our Human Resources Information System (HRIS), ADP Workforce Now.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of colleagues, reducing legal risks and ensuring compliance. Partner with the legal department as needed/required.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures, including maintaining and updating the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct, and other critical People-related policies.
  • Guide the team in developing and maintaining SOPs and playbooks on all employee policies, procedures, and processes.


  • BS or higher in Business, HR or related field.
  • 10+ years of people operations experience. 5-7 years’ experience within small biotech companies preferred.
  • Project management expertise to successfully complete projects and achieve quality and timely results in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and manage project stakeholders across multiple levels of the organization.
  • Design and implementation experience in process enhancement, performance management, reporting, and compensation.
  • Experience using various enterprise systems and technology with an understanding of broad data/information flow.
  • Ability to understand and identify business needs and translate those to practical solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and in a rapidly changing team environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure, organize and prioritize projects and workload, working to tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a positive approach and demeanor.

Vera Therapeutics Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer.

Vera Therapeutics is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices, and we strive to provide employees with total compensation packages that are market competitive. The starting base pay range for this position is $180,000 per year. The exact base pay offered for this role will depend on various factors, including but not limited to the candidate’s geography, qualifications, skills, and experience.

At Vera, base pay is only one part of your total compensation package. The successful candidate will be eligible for an annual performance incentive bonus, new hire equity, and ongoing performance-based equity. Vera Therapeutics also offers various benefits offerings, including, but not limited to, medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401k match, flexible time off, and a number of paid holidays.

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