Director, Human Resources

Harpoon Therapeutics is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company focused on the discovery and development of novel, proprietary bispecific T cell engaging biologic drug candidates for the treatment of various cancers.

The Director, Human Resources will report directly to the VP, Finance & Administration, and will be responsible for supporting all Human Resource-related planning, compliance, execution and strategic efforts.

Key Responsibilities

  • Directs the planning, development, implementation, and administration of the following human resources programs: employment, compensation and payroll, benefits, employee relations, equal employment opportunity, compliance, organizational development, human resource information system management, and training.
  • Develops and drives company-wide programs and initiatives (e.g., salary review, compensation benchmarking, stock option grants renewal, workforce planning, and organizational change).
  • Responsible for developing company-wide policies and ensuring compliance with various Federal and State labor laws, including ensuring employee handbook is up to date. Responsible for distribution and maintenance of such policies.
  • Key liaison with outside counsel on employment and other HR matters.
  • Participates with senior management to establish strategic plans and objectives. Recommends final decisions on administrative or operational matters and ensures effective achievement of objectives.
  • Preparation and presentation of materials for the Compensation committee, as well as the full Board.
  • Supports recruiting efforts, working with in-house Recruiting Consultant.
  • Maintains all HR employee files and leads onboarding and offboarding process for employees.
  • Responsible for data inputs, review and maintenance of TriNet.
  • Responsible for managing payroll.
  • Responds to employee relations issues, such as employee complaints, harassment allegations, etc. Conducts employee relations counseling, investigations, performance plans and terminations.
  • Facilitates organization and leadership development efforts, working with employees and managers to address root causes of various issues.
  • Supports the development, implementation, and maintenance of the company compensation functions.
  • Conducts annual salary surveys and recommends merit pool (salary budget) and analyzes compensation for external and internal competitiveness
  • Manages performance evaluation and employee engagement programs, including training programs
  • Prepares and maintains reports including headcount, census, organizational charts and other reports as requested.
  • Manages benefits renewal process, including evaluation of alternatives, management of vendors, presentation to management and employees.
  • Works with legal counsel as needed on immigration matters


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in Human Resources

Knowledge, Skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Demonstrated success in interaction with management and Board
  • Public company experience
  • HR experience in biotech industry
  • Well versed in compensation practices and structures
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal, organizational, problem solving, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong knowledge of HR policies, practices, and current employment laws.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions in a manner consistent with sound business objectives