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Director of People + Culture

This is an Executive Level position and key member of our Lead Management team, responsible for our people, their employee experience, and all traditional HR operational functions.

About Heath

At Heath Ceramics, we design, manufacture and sell dinnerware and architectural tile of good and enduring design. We believe in the benefits of local manufacturing and support a growing community of people committed to and inspired by the process of designing, making and sharing. We have a very diverse workplace of 240+ employees that encompasses manufacturing, shipping, retail, design, communications, digital, and administrative functions. Our original dinnerware factory and showroom is in Sausalito, we manufacture tile along with a showroom and clay studio in the SF Mission with a shipping/warehouse location down the street, have a store in the SF Ferry Building, and a showroom and clay studio in Los Angeles. As of 2018, we are Employee Owned. Learn more about our company, at


About People + Culture at Heath

We’re committed to a culture where people can do their best work and love doing it, where employees are actively engaged, driven, and aligned. The People team is responsible for creating a work work culture consistent with our mission, vision, and values - providing support, training, vision, and tools in developing our organization and partnership, processes, and systems in our day to day operations. We are an organization that is professional, organized, efficient, serious about accomplishing great things, always open to creative opportunities, uniquely thoughtful in the way it sets goals, design focused throughout, and always focused on what’s best for the organization as a whole. Our People team is committed to delivering excellence in both our day to day operations, and in our employee experience. 

Role Summary

An integral member of the lead management team, the Director of People + Culture partners with all areas of Heath to guide policies, objectives, programs, and initiatives, all in support of our vision, mission and values. This position leads the People team, driving supportive relationships with all employee groups and guiding informed policies which empower managers to be better leaders. The Director of People + Culture provides hands on leadership, coaching and mentoring, is comfortable challenging convention, and asks great questions. This position leads our learning and culture efforts to provide robust onboarding and learning and development tools. 

Essential Role Functions

This position has responsibility over leading efforts around building a great Employee Experience and maintaining solid Operations, including: 


_ Passionately lead the employee experience, culture and organizational development for the company

_ Make Heath a great place to work with an established culture around our Mission, Vision, and Values

_ Engage as an integral part of our visioning process

_ Offer thought leadership to Lead Team around organizational structure and development

_ Lead the People team as an outstanding example of internal customer service and solid operations

_ Provide support, leadership, coaching, mentorship, and development for the People team

Organizational development and Performance Management

_ Build a strong program of individual and organizational learning and development, identifying and developing training and learning opportunities throughout the business

_ Continuously evolve tools and structured processes to drive meaningful performance conversations and employee development for all employee groups

Setting People up for Success

_ Evolving and maintaining a consistent onboarding process for new hires, teaching the skills and behaviours needed to become a successful member of the organization

_ Working with teams to establish working synergy within teams and between teams

_ Creating the tools and experiences that keep all employees aligned and in touch with the company vision


_ Make Employee Ownership come alive, and be a tangible aspect of working at Heath through education and communication

_ Connect with other employee owned companies and organizations

Employee Engagement

_ Guide employee events

_ Oversee Heath’s/employee involvement in the community

Organizational Services and Support

_ Build a strong business relationship with the internal customer: lead team, managers, and staff

_ Long term planning for the needs of a larger and growing organization, including establishing structures for scale and related future planning

_ Promote employee empowerment through user friendly and professional communication tools

_ Maintain consistent People representation in all locations for all employee groups

_ Maintain consistency in the handling of employee issues and concerns, looking to achieve the best balance for company and employee


_ Lead a robust recruitment process for all open positions

_ Proactive outreach and development of a workplace “Brand” in establishing Heath as a great place to work

_ Build a bench at all levels


_ Ensure internally fair and competitive compensation that reward our employees for great work

_ Responsibility over compensation structures and analytics that maintain parity

_ Annual salary band and market reviews


_ Designs, plans and implements robust employee benefits programs with a strong sense for market offerings, and that are reviewed annually

_ Ensures that programs meet employee needs, comply with legal requirements, are cost effective, and well-communicated

Labor Relations

_ Oversee relationship with the Union, including contract negotiation, and ensure compliance with the CBA

_ Work with third-party labor relations partner

Payroll and HRIS

_ Lead the People team in providing payroll services to the organization

_ Continuously evolve HRIS systems, building upon current organization-wide systems and platforms

Compliance and Policies

_ Oversee all policy development and improvement

_ Maintain legal compliance, providing leadership to managers and HR team

What we’re looking for

An individual that is passionate about great culture. Requires a track record of success in recruiting, compensation, benefits, performance management, policies and compliance. Has held a People Operations leadership position at a company of plus 200 people with multiple locations. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals with a wide creative latitude. Has a strong appreciation for design and company culture.


_ Bachelor’s degree

_ 15+ years of experience in all aspects of human resources operations

_ At least eight years as a leader of the function in a similar sized company with a track record of success

_ You have an incredible eye for detail & an exceptionally high bar for quality

_ You build strong relationships and can expertly navigate through stakeholder discussions to successful outcomes

_ Advanced verbal communication, initiative, and solid judgment abilities/skills. You have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of management and employees and speak effectively in front of groups. You are driven by empathy, eternal optimism, extrovert, leadership, and a desire to make organizations their best.

_ Excellent organizational and project management skills, specifically, the ability to raise issues in a timely manner, meet deadlines and pay attention to detail 

_ Experience working with a broad range of employees, from hourly employees with minimal job experience to salaried employees with specialized skill areas

_ PHR, or other HR certifications a plus

_ Prior industry experience in retail, design/creative and manufacturing preferred. (Union experience and Employee ownership a plus). 

_ Extensive knowledge of state and federal employment law

_ Systems and tech savvy; is a systems thinker

_ Excellent spreadsheet skills; familiarity with Google Docs, ADP, Jazz a plus


We are committed to your health and well-being. Heath offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees that includes a choice of medical plan, dental, vision and life and works very hard to keep employee costs low for excellent coverage. We do not require an employee contribution for individual premiums, and we pick up a large portion of the costs for dependent coverage. A generous 401k match starts after three months on staff. Our Employee Stock Ownership Plan provides an additional retirement benefit linked to the long term performance of our company. We offer a generous time off allocation, paid family leave, and of course a healthy discount on all Heath products.

How To Apply

If you would like to be considered for this position, please send your resume and a cover letter that speaks directly to the position. Heath Ceramics is an equal opportunity employer. 

Thank you for your interest!

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