Director of People Operations

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SonderMind is looking to hire a Director of People Operations to support our growth. As the Director of People Operations, you will enable SonderMind to identify, develop, and retain the best people that will allow SonderMind to achieve its goals. You will report directly to our Chief Financial Officer, and work closely with our Chief Executive Officer, executive team, and the broader company in driving our people initiatives forward. 


 Our Ideal Candidate 

As our ideal candidate, you have previous experience working in a high-growth environment. You understand the nuances and speed of early state companies, and have built underlying people processes from scratch. You are a clear communicator, and know how to make the complex simple. You thrive on coaching, mentoring, and supporting others’ success. 


Key Responsibilities

  • Leadership: Build and manage a trusted People Operations function that serves as an advisor, coach, and partner to employees, managers, and leaders throughout the organization.
  • Process Improvement: Drive continuous improvement across the team in the areas of processes, systems, and workflow; ensuring all the above a simple for people to use, support the business as it scales, and have an eye toward efficiency 
  • Employee Engagement: Be the champion for the employee experience. Build programs and processes that are supportive of that experience throughout the entire employee lifecycle
  • Professional Development: Develop learning and development plans for the employees of SonderMind
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Build a DE&I programs to support the needs of employees, including building an employee base that mirrors the diversity of our clients
  • People-centered: Manage the people needs across the organization, including payroll, benefits, and employee relations. Ensure compliance with federal,state, and local laws, as well as, industry best practices

Expected Outcomes 

  • Build a world class people team that has outsized company impact. Ensure the team’s goals support the short-term needs of the business while also planning for the long-term growth of the company.
  • In partnership with the executive team, ensure SonderMind maintains its leadership around being one of the best places to work in Colorado and expand the company’s reputation to being one of the best places to work in the country.
  • Ensure talent metrics, including funnel, time to hire, and candidate experience are best in class for the industry. Support the broader organization in hitting company targets for growth. Ensure the hiring targets (both the number of people hired and the associated personnel costs) are met. This means being on target in terms of the number of people hired, the cost to hire, benefits, and discretionary costs. Ensure personnel costs are +/- 5% of budget.
  • Launch a manager training program that employees love (including a way to measure the impact of the training - e.g. usefulness score of greater than 80%).

Gotta Have 

  • A positive attitude and a passion to learn. You understand that everything you do impacts our candidates and internal client groups. Know how to jump in and work well with people across a myriad of functions and levels.
  • A deep desire to make the internal client, employee and manager experience simpler, pleasant and more productive. 
  • Experience building out part of the people operations function in a VC-backed, high growth company.
  • Know-how to make the complex simple: a proven track record of taking complicated problems or complex projects and making them clear and simple.
  • An analytical mindset, the ability to use data to make decisions.
  • An eye for scalable solutions and a passion for technology and automation - you are always exploring new systems solutions for you and your team in pursuit of increased efficiency and effectiveness. Solve for the long term.
  • Experience with an HRIS and other solutions in the HR tech stack.
  • Discretion. You know how to maintain confidentiality but also recognize what needs to be escalated.
  • Humble, self-aware, trustworthy, you treasure great colleagues and relationships and are committed to nurturing the culture of the team and company. 
  • No task is too small, and you keep cool under pressure when work volume is high.
  • Ability to adapt and adjust quickly: Demonstrated ability to work within and be successful in a high-growth environment; knows what it means to scale teams, people, and organizations while also delivering against stated objectives and goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead high-performing teams.
  • 8-10 years of progressive experience working in a People team, and leading at least some aspect of the People Operations function.

Nice to Have 

  • Industry experience in mental health or healthcare more broadly.
  • Experience across multiple people operations functions (preferably recruiting and HR generalist functions)
  • Experience leading, managing, and working on company-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Experience leading the selection and deployment of People Operations Systems and Tools (HRIS, Payroll, etc)

Other Details

  • This role is a full-time, exempt position 
  • Starting salary range is $150,000
  • This role will be eligible to participate in the following:
    • full employee benefits package
    • employee stock option purchase plan
    • variable performance-based bonus incentives

To apply please submit your resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please explain how this role fits into your career goals and experience.  


Commitment to an Inclusive Workplace

Mental wellness impacts people of every community. At SonderMind, building and supporting a diverse workforce is foundational to our goal to redesign behavioral healthcare to be more approachable and accessible. SonderMind is a committed equal opportunity employer and provides a workplace that will not tolerate discrimination or harassment.

Our employees may be exposed to sensitive personal information throughout their regular duties. For this reason, we maintain exceptionally high expectations of ethical conduct and require all incoming employees to pass a background check.


Our Employee Benefits Philosophy

As a leader in redesigning behavioral health we are walking the walk with our employee benefits package. We focus on meeting SonderMinders wherever they are and supporting them in all facets of their life with both mental and physical aspects in mind. Where most companies say "good enough" we ask ourselves "how can we do better." That includes:

  • Therapy coverage benefits to enable our employees to get the care they need
  • Employer-paid disability & AD&D to cover life's unexpected - not only that, we cover the difference in salary for up to Eight weeks of short-term disability leave
  • Eight weeks of paid parental leave (if the parent also qualifies for STD, this benefit is in addition)
  • A generous PTO policy and a company mandate of at MINIMUM three-weeks of PTO a year; flexible work-from-home policy
  • A commitment to reward our team members for the long-term success and growth of SonderMind with stock option grants and bonus potential
  • Competitive market salary, up-to 4% salary company match on 401K, professional development and advancement opportunities as we rapidly scale, and so much more.

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Location

While we can't share our exact office location, know that we have easy access to public transit options and plenty of restaurants and bars nearby.

An Insider's view of SonderMind

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

I'm really lucky to work with a team that genuinely cares about the mission & are dedicated to making it a success. With that comes a lot of trust from leadership. We are encouraged to work efficiently, not measured by the hours we spend at our desk. As long as we are adhering to milestones & timelines, where & when we work is not questioned.

Clarissa

Manager of UX/UI Design

What projects are you most excited about?

As part of Sondermind’s goal to be a complete solution for therapists & their patients, we handle all the therapists' billing, insurance billing, & invoicing. We’re continually expanding out this functionality, & I’m really excited to provide more robust & convenient features to make it easier for people to get therapy & for therapists to get paid.

Anthony

Senior Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

It's important to me to find someone that aligns with our core values. This person contributes their fair share, is motivated and invested in achieving our goals, and believes in our mission. I'm looking for individuals that care for their teammates and the company and is willing to go above & beyond their job description.

Jenny

Director of Revenue Operations

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

This all comes back to our core value of Courage. Risk-taking is part of the fabric of SonderMind & creativity is risk-taking on a very personal level. It's having the courage to think differently. The team is empowered via our very public celebrations of courage & highlighting how it's OK even when the results fall short the first time.

Brannan

Chief Development Officer

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Refreshing is the word that comes to mind! Everyone treats you with genuine care & everyone helps each other succeed which is such a rarity in my opinion. You can just feel it in the air that everyone is pushing for success because we all believe in what we are doing.

Jasmine

Associate Manager of Customer Operations

What are SonderMind Perks + Benefits

SonderMind Benefits Overview

SonderMind was awarded #1 Best Place to Work by the Denver Business Journal two years in a row! We don't know for sure, but we think it has something to do with our authentically collaborative environment, supportive leave and remote policies through COVID, and opportunities to learn and grow every day!

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Team members are encouraged to promote volunteering. SonderMinders have participated in Soup Kitchens, KindKyts, blood drives, and more!
Partners with Nonprofits
We collaborate dozens of local community organizations to increase access to therapy and to support our providers.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Our company encourages employee-lead committees, social events, and resource groups.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Diversity sourcing plans for leadership roles, partner with code schools that promote training underrepresented groups in tech, employee training on implicit bias, diverse interview panels
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
SonderMind employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Dental Benefits
Our exceptional dental plan covers up $75 of monthly premiums.
Vision Benefits
Our no-cost vision plan covers up to $150 for frames and up to $230 for contact lenses.
Health Insurance Benefits
Our insurance plan covers up to 90% of monthly premiums, covers 100% of preventative costs, and we provide plans with as little as $1000 monthly deductibles.
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
We provide mental health benefits including $0 copay for therapy sessions on most of our healthcare plans.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
SonderMind provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by MassMutual. We match 4% of contributions up to 4% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
We want all of our team to be focused on long-term success and growth. Full-time employees are granted stock options for purchase on a vested schedule (fully vested after 4 years)
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Up to 16 weeks of parental leave for the birthing parent and a guaranteed 8 weeks of parental leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
SonderMind provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes unlimited time off, flexible hours in the office, and occasional work from home options.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
While we are not required to provide FMLA by law, we believe in the importance of personal medical leave and have a policy to provide up to 12 weeks leave for eligible employees.
Company sponsored family events
We have regular family-friendly office events and host an office picnic every year to include SonderMind families to meet and mingle.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
We have an unlimited PTO policy for exempt employees; non-exempt employees receive 18 days PTO in addition to paid holidays, jury duty, and bereavement leave. Additional days are added for tenure.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive unlimited PTO for sick days as well as personal wellness days.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
SonderMind covers employee RTD EcoPasses 100%
Company Outings
SonderMind employees engage in group outings at least once a month for events such as our quarterly book club, a Star Wars Premiere night, escape rooms, and much more!
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Our kitchen has unlimited free snacks and beverages, and is conscious of a variety of dietary preferences and restrictions.
Happy Hours
Social Happy Hours are hosted on a monthly basis.
Pet Friendly
SonderMind has regular furry friends visiting and has a pet calendar for easy communication - all pets are welcome from our Sonderdogs to bearded dragons.
Relocation Assistance
Relocation stipend for qualifying candidates.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We encourage employees to pursue educational opportunities to advance their careers from Mental Health First Aid, to Start Up Week conferences, to online courses that are expensed to the company.
Lunch and learns
SonderMind hosts a monthly SonderSeries for employees to learn more about each department, about our field, and to share their expertise.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

While the list of benefits above does a good job of highlighting our benefits, our office is always looking to adopt benefits and programs that our employees request. Employee-Lead initiatives are the bread and butter of our office; don't see something you'd like above? Join our team and help us make it a priority!

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