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Greentown Labs seeks Director of Human Resources

Job Title: Director of Human Resources

Job Level: Full-Time, Salaried 

Compensation: Salary Range $93,000 – $111,000

About Greentown Labs: 

Greentown Labs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit catalyzing climate solutions through entrepreneurship, partnership, and collaboration. As the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America, Greentown brings together startups, corporates, investors, policymakers, and others with a focus on scaling climate technologies. Driven by the mission of providing startups the community, connections, and resources they need to thrive, Greentown offers lab space, shared office space, machine shops, electronics labs, tool shops, software and business resources, and a large network of corporate customers, investors, and more. With incubators in Somerville, Mass., and Houston, Texas, Greentown is home to more than 200 startups and has supported more than 500 since the incubator’s founding in 2011. These startups have collectively created more than 11,000 jobs and raised more than $5.7 billion in funding. For more information, visit www.greentownlabs.com or follow Greentown on LinkedIn.

About the Position:

Greentown is looking for a mission-driven Director of Human Resources to enhance its human resources infrastructure and strategy as the organization expands its impact over the next critical decade of climate action. In 2023, Greentown transitioned from a Public Benefit Corporation to a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and as such we are looking for Director of Human Resources candidates who have both nonprofit and private-sector human resources experience.

The Director of Human Resources will report to the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and will play a central role in recruiting and retaining top talent as the organization expands on its more than a decade of climate impact, as well as shaping our organization’s culture and success. This role will be responsible for leading all aspects of human resources, from talent acquisition and employee engagement to compliance and workforce development. This role requires a strategic mindset, exceptional interpersonal skills, and the ability to create and implement HR strategies that align with our mission and values.

The Director of Human Resources role will encompass five key elements: 1) talent acquisition, 2) employee development and engagement, 3) performance management, 4) staff activities that focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion, and  5) legal and regulatory compliance.

Primary Responsibilities of the Role:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive HR strategy that aligns with the organization’s goals and values, ensuring that HR policies and practices support our mission
  • Enhance and manage the full employee life cycle, covering onboarding, offboarding, training, and performance management for the full organization while keeping employee personnel files up to date
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of our employee handbook and HR policies while ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal employment law
  • Oversee the optimization of our human resource information system for improved efficiency and employee experience.
  • Lead the recruitment process to identify and attract top talent for a wide range of roles within Greentown; participate in job-description development to support the success of these recruitment efforts
  • Establish mentorship and training programs to drive employee professional development and job-specific skill development.
  • Develop and oversee wellness programs to support employee mental and physical health, recognizing the importance of well-being in the workplace
  • Foster a positive, inclusive, and collaborative workplace culture that aligns with our values of being open, respectful, appreciative, resourceful, resilient, and making work fun
  • Promote and drive initiatives to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization
  • Oversee the HR budget, ensuring efficient use of resources in recruitment, training, employee programs, and HR technology
  • Travel for one week per quarter will be required 

Who We’re Looking For:

  • Mission-driven professional who is motivated by the goal of supporting early-stage entrepreneurs and solving some of the world’s biggest climate challenges
  • A professional with a positive, creative, can-do attitude and a constant focus on strengthening effective and healthy communication 
  • Experience as a human resources professional or equivalent role in a similar-sized or larger, fast-growing nonprofit organization with 5-7 years of experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources or other related field; master’s degree or HR certification a plus
  • Knowledge of employment laws and regulations
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to create and maintain solid working relationships at all levels across the organization and externally
  • Ability to develop and implement HR strategies that align with the organization’s mission and values
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice
  • Experience with startups in climatetech or cleantech industries is a plus
  • Proficiency using Google Workspace and Microsoft 365

Compensation, Location, Benefits: 

The salary for this position is $93,000 and is commensurate with experience up to $111,000. In addition to a competitive salary, Greentown Labs also offers a generous benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, and 401k plan, and 25 days (5 weeks) of PTO plus holidays. This role is expected to be on-site at Greentown in Somerville, MA. or Houston TX at least three days per week, with the option to work remotely two days per week.

Employment with Greentown Labs is on an “at will” basis, which means either the applicant/employee or Greentown Labs can end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without prior notice.

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and  cover letter that answers the following four questions to our Application Portal

  • How does your prior experience prepare you for the role of Director of Human Resources?
  • Why are you interested in this position with Greentown Labs, a mission-driven 501(c)3 focused on climatetech innovation?
  • How have you demonstrated your commitment to DEI through your work or oversight of human resources functions or other lived experiences?
  • Why is now the right time for you to be taking on this role?

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