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Job Description



HR Manager (full time)


You are passionate about people.  You are mission driven and want to help make a difference.  You are empathetic and want to make sure your colleagues feel supported and can be their best selves at work.

As the HR  Manager here at Addgene, you will help to define and manage the Addgenie experience.  As the HR Manager you will take on a wide variety of responsibilities such as organizational design,  employee experience, on/offboarding, benefits, compensation, recruiting, professional development, and compliance.  You will manage our People Operations team (Specialist & Coordinator).  You will also work collaboratively with our Sr. Director of HR to develop and implement programs that will create an environment of trust, inclusion, and engagement across Addgene.


Senior Director of HR


Fall 2022


This position will work out of our Watertown, Massachusetts Headquarters with an opportunity to work hybrid. Our beautiful office space has ample parking with a free shuttle from Harvard Square and is on multiple bus lines, with the cost of public transit covered by Addgene.

Addgene's Covid-19 Safety Measures

At this time, all employees of Addgene are required to have been fully vaccinated (two weeks out from second dose) in order to enter our office space.


The Organization:

Addgene is a thriving non-profit life sciences organization that supports and accelerates important research and discovery for scientists all over the world. Since its founding in 2004, Addgene has grown and innovated in order to assist the research community by archiving and sharing useful research materials and resources (such as plasmid DNA samples, viral vectors, and recombinant antibodies) with scientists worldwide. Broad availability of these unique research materials promotes the advancement of research in a wide variety of disciplines, including cancer, heart disease, and neurodegenerative disorders, while increasing collaboration within the scientific community. Learn more here from one of our founders, Melina Fan.

In joining our team as an “Addgenie”, you will work with multidisciplinary internal teams to help fulfill this mission, including scientists, software engineers and product developers, renowned customer support teams, marketing gurus, and business development professionals. Together, Addgenies create and enhance opportunities for research scientists to deposit their materials, find products and resources easily on our website, and receive unparalleled support in receiving and expertly using our materials in their own experiments. 

Addgene is a small non-profit of just over 100 employees with multiple team leads and people managers, and is now poised to grow and enhance its centralized HR function to remain a true “best place to work”.The HR Manager will report directly to the Senior Director of HR, manage a small team, and collaborate closely with Talent Acquisition to provide the best possible employee experience to all Addgenies.

To Succeed in this Role, You Will:

  • Consult, advise, and coach managers at all levels on ways to strengthen their teams’ effectiveness; drive effective coaching, and boost employee engagement
  • Work with managers and team leaders across a variety of multidisciplinary departments to ensure  Addgenies have a substantially positive employee experience across the employee lifecycle, from onboarding to exit and beyond
  • Collect, analyze and present people data to Addgene’s key stakeholders that will inform opportunities to continuously improve employee engagement metrics. Examples include managing internal feedback mechanisms as well as conducting market research.
  • Identify and analyze root causes of work environment issues, managing solutions in collaboration and cooperation with key stakeholders
  • Identify learning and development programs designed to enable Addgenie growth
  • Oversee employee relations, including handling all performance issues as they arise
  • Recommend, develop, and implement employee policies
  • Manage, mentor, and support the People Operations Specialist and Coordinator, overseeing their daily workflow
  • Work with the Senior Director of HR to proactively identify best practice workflows and streamline processes to increase efficiency across all HR functions, including Talent Acquisition, Onboarding, and employee growth and development
  • Oversee administration of and participate in surveys regarding total rewards, including benefit plans and annual salary surveys
  • Manage immigration sponsorships/visas of applicable Addgenies
  • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, new technology within the HR realm
  • Ensure compliance with city, state and federal regulations
  • Ensure all HR policies, practices, and procedures include a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion lens

Skills and Competencies

  • 7 years of experience in human resources with at least 3 years of managing others
  • Functional expertise in employee experience, performance management, compensation, benefits, recruiting, employee development, employee relations, and employment law
  • Credible & savvy HR professional that will serve as a trusted advisor 
  • Strong desire to deliver excellent customer service to internal teams
  • Proactive, resourceful, creative problem solver with a collaborative team mindset
  • Agile and effectively prioritize work efficiently and delegate when appropriate, maintaining a meticulous level of detail in daily work
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills and ability to build relationships and communicate respectfully at all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to be involved at all levels, willing to roll up one’s sleeves
  • Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Background in encouraging inclusion and a diverse culture
  • Ability to identify and recommend improvements in processes
  • Experience with HR analytics and data collection
  • Ability to deal with confidential information and all employee matters with diplomacy and discretion
  • Experience with HRIS systems, Applicant Tracking Systems, other HR platforms and Google drive
  • Knowledge of visa processes including H1-B, OPT, Green Card
  • Knowledge of all federal, state, and local employment laws

Life at Addgene:

Addgene prides itself on being a truly special place to work. We are an inclusive and welcoming group of people from many backgrounds and perspectives, and we believe in flexibility and strong work/life balance. Our staff are engaged in multiple professional development opportunities, and give the company their ideas and feedback regularly. We also never pass up an opportunity to have a little fun, whether it be popping popcorn for our outdoor movie night, dressing up as Schitt’s Creek characters for our Halloween costume contest, or sharing hilarious pictures of our fur babies on our Slack #pets channel. Whether you’re a bookworm, an athlete, or an interior design connoisseur, there’s a place for you to step away from your daily work and connect with your colleagues.

Addgene also provides very competitive benefits and continuously works to maintain an inclusive culture:

  • Benefits: Addgene puts its people first. We offer a comprehensive 100% company-paid benefit package that includes health, dental, life, short-term, and long-term disability insurance. In addition, employees are encouraged to participate in an individual 403(b)(7)-retirement account. The cost of public transportation is fully paid by the company.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Addgene: Addgene is committed to creating and fostering a diverse, supportive, and inclusive working environment. All of our initiatives benefit from the diverse and open worldwide scientific community that we work with, and we believe that the best innovations and discoveries come from diverse teams. Addgene will continue to build these diverse teams, as well as continue to do the hard work of examining how Diversity, Equity and Inclusion can be meaningfully woven into our work life, foremost and always to combat bias of all kinds. We are looking forward to continuing to get to know and celebrate a variety of perspectives and backgrounds as we grow our teams; and in doing so, we will bring more scientists together to share their resources in order to change the world.

Addgene is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, active military or veteran status, age, handicap, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, State or Local law.

Company Overview

  • Website
  • Headquarters WATERTOWN, MA
  • Size 50 - 100
  • Founded 2004
  • Type Private
  • Revenue $10M - $50M
  • Industry Business Services
  • About addgene
  • Addgene is a nonprofit plasmid repository located in Watertown, Massachusetts. Addgene's mission is to accelerate research and discovery by improving access to useful research materials and information. Addgene facilitates the sharing of high-quality scientific materials, research reproducibility, and open science by archiving and distributing DNA-based research reagents and associated data to scientists worldwide. Addgene's repository contains over 70,000 plasmids, including special collections on CRISPR, fluorescent proteins, chemogenetics, optogenetics, and viral plasmids. All plasmids in A ... ddgene's repository were deposited by your scientific colleagues from around the world. There is no cost for scientists to deposit plasmids, which saves time and money associated with shipping plasmids themselves. All plasmids are fully sequenced for validation and sequencing data is openly available. Addgene also provides ready-to-use AAV and lentiviral preparations of commonly requested plasmids as a service to scientists. Addgene offers free online educational resources and protocols about molecular biology topics such as common vector backbones, cloning, CRISPR, AAV and lentivirus production, and science careers. These resources include the Addgene blog, eBooks, guides, videos, and a podcast series. More

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