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Director / VP, Human Resources

TwinStrand Biosciences

TwinStrand Biosciences

People & HR
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2023

POSITION: Director / VP, Human Resources

REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer

DEPARTMENT: Human Resources

STATUS: Exempt


TwinStrand Biosciences is a Seattle-based genomics company focused on developing cutting-edge approaches for early detection of cancer, treatment optimization, and risk prediction using our ultra-accurate TwinStrand Duplex Sequencing™ technology. Our technology enables researchers to detect genetic “needles in a haystack”. By identifying ultra-low frequency DNA mutations with a resolution 10,000-fold greater than conventional tools on the market, TwinStrand enables detection, quantification, and characterization of variants that were previously undetectable.


TwinStrand Biosciences is looking for an exceptional leader in Human Resources. This is a critical position that partners with every aspect of the organization to ensure our people strategies and capabilities are aligned with TwinStrand’s mission and strategic plan. This leader will thoughtfully contribute to TwinStrand’s employee experience lifecycle, always looking for meaningful and practical ways to help us facilitate an exceptional and inclusive employment experience for all.

This leader of Human Resources will have primary responsibility to ensure policies, programs, and practices are aligned with TwinStrand’s philosophies, goals, strategies, and objectives and comply with all federal, state, and local regulations. This position provides leadership and support to bring a proactive and consistent approach to Human Resources and will be an advocate for all. This will also include performing sensitive HR duties autonomously and with discretion, as well as ownership of all HR administration, benefits, and operations.


  • Provide strategic guidance and support to drive organizational effectiveness, talent development, talent management, and foster a culture of innovation and inclusion
  • Be a champion for TwinStrand’s culture and employee experience by building and maintaining relationships at all levels of the organization; partner with leadership to instill and drive the principles of servant leadership into daily life
  • Lead talent acquisition and ensure that the company has a strong and diverse talent brand
  • Lead HR operations and total rewards which includes performance management, compensation strategy, benefits, HRIS, and employee growth and development
  • Support managers in addressing performance management, employee relations, and employee development needs, promoting a culture of continuous growth and learning
  • Champion employee engagement and cultivate an inclusive work environment that nurtures innovation, creativity, and collaboration
  • Act as a strategic thought partner, providing forward-thinking insights and recommendations on organization design and talent strategies that drive scalability and agility
  • Serve as a confidante, coach, and advisor to team members at all levels, including leading training and workshops for people managers regularly
  • Stay at the forefront of industry trends, regulations, and emerging practices
  • Manage benefits administration, including annual open enrollment, changes and terminations for all benefit plans
  • Ensure company-wide compliance from an HR perspective


  • 7-10+ years’ progressive experience in HR or Talent Acquisition is required; preferably with a mix of experience in high-growth, fast-paced environments, and more established organizations
  • Demonstrated a deep commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion, driving a culture of belonging
  • Exceptional written / verbal communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to foster strong relationships and influence across all levels of the organization
  • A detail-oriented, yet flexible and creative approach to problem solving; a high tolerance for ambiguity and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly scaling environment
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple work streams; strong business acumen and experience aligning HR initiatives with overall company strategies
  • Enthusiasm about joining a company that embraces a collaborative mentality, where HR solutions are developed collaboratively with leaders, teams, and employees
  • Experience in writing simple policies and procedures that support the organization as it relates to people and culture
  • Strong prioritizing skills and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities, and ability to quickly adjust to shifting priorities and demanding deadlines
  • Experience in the life sciences industry not required, but nice to have


  • This position is based in Seattle, Washington and it is essential to be onsite daily
  • Some travel may be necessary but is not a core requirement of the position


  • A mission to be proud of; you will help to provide access to a technology with unprecedented sensitivity that makes it possible to solve previously unsolvable scientific problems in basic research and translational medicine, with direct and immediate benefits to human health
  • Beautiful waterfront facility overlooking Elliott Bay with parking available
  • Competitive compensation plan
  • Comprehensive benefits: medical, dental and vision benefits for employees and dependents, sponsored life, short and long-term disability insurance, and 401(k) retirement savings plan with company matching.
  • Subsidized transportation program: parking, bus, ferry, rideshare, and more.
  • Onsite gym, showers, bike storage
  • Social events, happy hours, well-stocked kitchen
  • Recognition that outside life exists and is important, that flexibility is needed for family and that work can sometimes be effectively carried out remotely
  • Casual, but high-performing work environment


We are a vibrant, young company committed to applying a powerful new genomic technology across disciplines to improve human health and accelerate scientific discovery. Our mission is to develop and deliver the unprecedented accuracy of duplex sequencing for applications in the life sciences and medicine where it can do the greatest good for the maximum number of people.

Our business is multifaceted and encompasses internal development projects, external collaborations, and empowering of our partner organizations and customers. Our mission is strongly rooted in academic principles of responsible citizenship within the broader scientific community, yet executed with the nimbleness of a startup, such that research can be rapidly translated into solutions that benefit the scientific and medical community. To the greatest extent possible, we strive for open sharing of knowledge and discovery through academic presentations and peer-reviewed publications.

At TwinStrand we put a premium on creativity, dynamic thinking, and a rigorous scientific approach. You will be challenged to push the boundaries of your knowledge, skills, and comfort zone and to take ownership of your area of expertise. We expect all team members to take on some form of leadership role over time and mentor new team members as we continue to expand. We want every member of our community to come to work excited each day and able to take pride in the high-quality science to improve human health that they are contributing to.

TwinStrand Biosciences is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.