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Vice President- Human Resources

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
San Diego, CA

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Employment History Include your last ten (10) years of employment history, or length of your employment history if less, including all positions (even those that are not relevant to this position) and periods of unemployment. 

Job location is at 10240 Science Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92121

Reporting to the President and serving as an integral member of the executive leadership team, the Vice President, Human Resources (VP-HR) is responsible for the strategic vision and leadership of human resources functions at Salk. The VP, HR will lead a transparent and client-focused human resources function that effectively evolves strategic vision into operational excellence.  Key functions include strategic human resource planning, direction and implementation of strategies, practices and programs that continue to position Salk as an employer of choice though development of a world-class employee experience that attracts and retains high-caliber employees.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to overseeing and managing all functions related to, employee relations, compensation and benefit programs, learning and development and immigration. Work is performed under minimal supervision and incumbent receives little instructions on routine work and limited instructions on new assignments.

This role works in close coordination with other constituents and regularly collaborates with the Chief Science Officer, the VP, Equity & Inclusion and members of the faculty to ensure that diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement of all members of Salk are priorities.

  • Plans, develops, organizes, implements, directs, and evaluates the institute’s human resource function and performance.
  • Participates in the development of the institute’s 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 institute meets business expectations.
  • Provides technical human resource advice and knowledge and manages the HR department, including: planning, assigning and scheduling work; mentoring and furthering career development; 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 California employment and benefits laws, and other applicable requirements. 
  • Continually assesses the competitiveness of all programs and practices against 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 employment functions, ensuring that practices are in compliance with Salk’s policies and applicable governmental regulations, and that practices and outcomes are inclusive, equitable, and nondiscriminatory in areas including but not limited to age, gender, race, disability, veteran status, etc. 
  • Develops and directs policies and programs to support effective management of people resources in the organization, including employee relations, affirmative action, and programs serving promote respectful workplace behavior including sexual harassment education and prevention among others. 
  • Advises and coaches leaders on employee relations issues. Provides employee relations services to all staff including job-related counseling, conflict resolution, professional and leadership 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 human resource department’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 of increasing responsibility for managing a complex, multi-faceted and progressive people resources function in an organization accustomed to high levels of individualized client service.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, awareness and leadership in the practices, trends, and policies within the profession and industry.
  • Experience with California labor laws, wage and hour laws, and regulations. 
  • Expertise in developing and maintaining a positive environment for employees, a highly engaged workforce, and developing creative solutions that foster retention.
  • Strong skills in succession planning, leadership and organizational development, management training and performance management systems.
  • Experience in scientific research institutions and/or academic settings (including non-employee classifications and federal grant and contract compliance) and a passion for the people who both drive and support the mission is preferred.
  • Understanding of a non-profit, academic research environment with shared governance and the relationships between a central business function and the research mission of the Institute.
  • Experience working effectively with boards of directors on strategic human resources matters is preferred.


Working at Salk Institute for Biological Studies

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world's preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused on both discovery and mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines.

Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, M.D., the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.

Salk Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Statement

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is committed to providing equal access to opportunities for students, employees, applicants for employment and other persons.

Our policies prohibit harassment or unlawful discrimination against individuals on the basis of sex, gender, marital or parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions/disabilities related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation age, ancestry, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), family and/or medical care leave status, disability (mental or physical), registered domestic partner status, legally protected medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status (disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era, other covered veteran status), national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license), race, religion or any other classification protected by local, state or federal laws.

The Salk Institute participates in the E-Verify program.

Reasonable accommodation is available for qualified individuals with disabilities and for individuals with religious restrictions.

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