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Director of HR - Remote

Formative  is looking for an experienced mission-oriented Human Resources Director with a passion for scaling fast growing tech startups. If you are passionate about making a big difference for teachers and education institutions as a whole, read on! 


Who is Formative?

Craig Jones and Kevin McFarland met at grad school at UCLA - where they together envisioned a world where formative teaching practices could replace traditional end-of-year summative assessments. Craig, while teaching middle school science at a struggling public school in South Los Angeles, patched together a basic student response system and a lot of spreadsheets to help understand his students' strengths and weaknesses. The technique of daily formative assessment, targeted intervention, and faster feedback ultimately led to record-breaking academic outcomes. This seed of an idea from Craig’s classroom, combined with Kevin’s passion for scaling impact in education, nurtured with multiple research initiatives, prototypes, and the help of countless individuals, launched Formative in January 2015. Today millions of students use Formative globally and their teachers are empowered to support their learning journey with the rapid-cycle formative data.

Are you ready to join our team?

Picture yourself working directly with the founders and the rest of our amazing team to make an impact on the teaching-learning experience for educators and students all over the world. Do you want to have an impact on the future of education?

We’re a fast-growing company passionate about empowering our users with rapid-cycle feedback and data. We’re looking for a Director of Human Resources to build and lead our people operations team! This role will report directly into the executive leadership team, to the COO and Co-founder of Formative.

You understand, are excited by, and ideally have experienced the challenges of scaling a fast-growing fully remote tech company. You’ll have strategic and tactical ownership of core HR functions that include organizational strategy, compensation and benefits, performance management, employee experience, legal compliance, recruitment, onboarding, culture and HR tools and systems. You’ll work cross-functionally to design and implement a people-centered strategy that addresses the entire employee lifecycle, while helping nurture and shape our incredible company culture. You’ll develop and scale the necessary HR policies and processes needed to support a rapidly growing and changing organization. Your work in this role will empower our executive team to respond to both the organization and employee needs with rapid cycle feedback and data.


Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Build Formative’s HR function along these four pillars: (1) Strategic organizational planning, (2) Talent acquisition and development, (3) Culture & employee experience, and (4) Administration & Compliance
  • Oversee all day-to-day employee life-cycle activities, projects and programs
  • Collaborate with executive leadership to define Formative’s hiring and talent management needs based on long-term goals. Oversee recruitment programs to ensure a high quality diverse and mission-oriented talent pipeline.
  • Recruit, manage and develop members of the People team; to build a world-class team that delivers excellence across People Operations.
  • Create learning and development programs to prepare employees for more significant responsibilities as the company grows 
  • Champion Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts and ensure an inclusive work environment that fosters belonging and allyship.
  • Stay abreast of laws, regulations, and best practices in employment law, human resources, and talent management. Ensure compliance with employment, benefits, insurance, safety, and other laws, regulations, and requirements.



  • 7+ years of combined human resources and organizational development experience
  • Proven track record establishing, growing and managing a people/HR team
  • Demonstrated people-centered approach to driving policy implementations
  • Comfort with variety of HR systems needed to support a rapidly growing and changing organization
  • Timely surfacing and communicating insights to executive-level audiences
  • Ability to set and focus on top priorities and drive results
  • Strong familiarity with HR and compliance needs
  • Comfort with leading and shaping culture in remote work environments
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills 
  • BA/BS degree or equivalent. SHRM and MBA a big plus 



  • Remote position within the US 
  • Group Health Insurance Access
  • Paid vacation/personal time/holidays
  • Paid parental leave/adoption leave
  • Company stock ownership


Formative is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


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