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Director of People



People & HR
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2024

About Alethea

Please note it is preferred that applicants reside in the Washington D.C. or New York City area

Founded in 2019, Alethea is a tech company that detects and mitigates instances of disinformation and social media manipulation to help clients navigate the new digital reality. We protect clients from the threat of disinformation that targets brands, reputations, employee safety, or financial bottom lines through our industry-leading investigation and remediation services.

Position Summary:

As the Director of People, you will be responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the human resources function within the organization. This includes developing and implementing HR policies, programs, and services, as well as overseeing talent acquisition, employee relations, performance management, benefits administration, and compliance with employment laws. The successful candidate will play a critical role in fostering a positive and inclusive workplace culture that aligns with the company's values and strategic objectives.

You are the ideal candidate if you have experience in a start-up environment, building remote and hybrid teams, rapidly scaling headcount to meet aggressive goals. You have successfully seeded and supported healthy company cultures where employees thrive. You are driven and organized, and people seek you out for your guidance and counsel. You love helping others, and actively seek to find where you can add the most value.


  • Strategic HR Leadership:
    • Collaborate with executive leadership to align HR strategies with organizational goals.
    • Develop and implement HR plans and strategies that support and contribute to the company's growth and performance.
  • Talent Acquisition and Management:
    • Oversee the recruitment and onboarding process to attract and retain top talent.
    • Develop and implement effective talent management strategies, including performance management, career development, and succession planning.
  • Employee Relations:
    • Proactively manage employee relations issues, ensuring a positive and respectful work environment.
    • Investigate and address workplace concerns, disputes, and conflicts in a fair and consistent manner.
  • Compliance and Risk Management:
    • Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.
    • Develop and implement HR policies and procedures to mitigate legal risks and promote a compliant workplace.
  • Benefits Administration:
    • Oversee the administration of employee benefits programs, including health, retirement, and wellness initiatives.
    • Collaborate with external vendors to optimize benefit offerings and ensure competitive packages.
  • Training and Development:
    • Identify training and development needs and design programs to enhance employee skills and capabilities.
    • Foster a culture of continuous learning and professional development.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
    • Drive initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization.
    • Work to create an inclusive culture that values and respects the contributions of all employees.
  • HR Metrics and Reporting:
    • Develop and maintain HR metrics to measure the effectiveness of HR programs and initiatives.
    • Provide regular reports and analysis to leadership on key HR metrics.


  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or a related field; Master's degree or HR certification preferred.
  • Proven experience in a senior HR leadership role.
  • Strong knowledge of employment laws, regulations, and HR best practices.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build positive relationships at all levels of the organization.
  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a high-performing HR team.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary and stock options are negotiated based on experience.
  • Healthcare at the gold-tier level, dental, and vision is fully funded by the employer. 50% of dependent coverage is provided by the employer.
  • Unlimited vacation, sick leave, including office closure between Christmas and New Year’s, and extended holidays at Thanksgiving and the 4th of July.
  • Employer sponsored 401k with a 3% match.
  • Hybrid work environment, with 3 days per week required in office in Washington, D.C or New York.

Alethea is an equal opportunity employer that encourages people of all backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, abilities, and sexual orientations to apply. We are committed to being an inclusive place to work, while maintaining a workforce that represents the communities we serve.