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Head of People + Culture

About Heath

What began as a small-scale pottery in 1948 has evolved into a collection of businesses anchored in designing and making. Led by husband and wife, Robin Petravic & Cathy Bailey, we are shaping the relationship we have to the things we own, and the way we come to own them. Across two factories, four showrooms, two clay studios, a warehouse, website, newsstand, and sewing studio, all in California, we’re a diverse team of about 225 employees, on a mission: to create products of beauty and integrity, while designing, manufacturing, and running our business in a way that’s better for society and our planet. Learn more at heathceramics.com.

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 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

This is an Executive level position and a key member of our Lead Management team. This role will be responsible for our people and their overall employee experience by enhancing a culture that embodies Heath’s values and overall mission. This position will oversee all traditional Human Resources operational functions including learning and development initiatives and programs.

 

An integral member of the lead management team, the Head 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 Head 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 on-boarding 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: 

 

Leadership

_ 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

_ Build an engaged culture around Employee Ownership

_ 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 on-boarding process for new hires, teaching the skills and behaviors needed to become a successful member of the organization

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

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

_Deliver and facilitate exciting training programs and content to help employees in their daily jobs, create career development pathways to attract and grow talent, and drive a culture of excellence in leadership 

 

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 the company and the employee

 

Human Resources Operations

_ Lead and manage a high performing team of Human Resources professionals to ensure the day-to-day HR operations provide an outstanding level of support for Heath’s employees throughout the entire life-cycle (talent acquisition, on-boarding, benefits/ESOP, HR compliance, payroll and reporting, performance management, compensation programs, learning and development initiatives, employee relations and HRIS management)

_Oversee the relationship with union representatives including contract negotiations and ensure compliance with Collective Bargaining Agreement

_Continue to proactively build the Heath workplace “Brand” as a great place to work

_Market and educate employees on Heath’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”) and benefit offerings

_Oversee the annual benefits review process and compensation/performance management programs and systems

 

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 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.

 

Expertise in: 

_ Customer Focus 

_ Integrity and Trust 

_ Organizational Agility

_ Process Management

_ Builds Effective Teams

_ Managing Diversity

_ Managing Vision and Purpose 

 

Requirements  

_ Bachelor’s degree

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

_ Grounded in theory of relevant disciplines of organizational learning and development, talent management, change management and organization design and transformation 

_Effective coach with a reputation for delivering constructive feedback in a way which leads to the successful development of people and high performing teams in alignment with Heath’s values and mission 

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

_ Incredible eye for detail and an exceptionally high bar for quality

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

_ As a skilled communicator, 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, an extrovert, a leader, and has 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 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

 

Position Details 

_ Location: Heath San Francisco, Mission district. Oversight of three Bay Area locations and one Los Angeles location.

_ Reports to: Managing Director

_ Direct Reports: Two Human Resources Generalists

_ Key relationships: Lead Team, Finance Team, Department Managers

_ Schedule and hours: full-time, Monday-Friday, approximately 40 hours per week

 

Benefits

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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