Associate Director / Director, Total Rewards

Human Resources (150) · Seattle, Washington
Department Human Resources (150)
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced



Chinook Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing precision medicines for kidney diseases. Chinook’s product candidates are being investigated in rare, severe chronic kidney disorders with opportunities for well-defined clinical pathways. Chinook’s lead program is atrasentan, a phase 3 endothelin receptor antagonist for the treatment of IgA nephropathy and other proteinuric glomerular diseases. BION-1301, an anti-APRIL monoclonal antibody is being evaluated in a phase 1b trial for IgA nephropathy. In addition, Chinook is advancing CHK-336, an oral small molecule LDHA inhibitor for the treatment of primary hyperoxaluria, as well as research programs for other rare, severe chronic kidney diseases. Chinook is building its pipeline by leveraging insights in kidney single cell RNA sequencing, human-derived organoids and new translational models, to discover and develop therapeutics with differentiating mechanisms of action against key kidney disease pathways.  Chinook trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol KDNY and has locations in Vancouver, BC, Seattle, WA and Berkeley, CA.




Reporting to the VP Human Resources, the Associate Director (Director), Total Rewards will be a hands-on leader with an understanding of scaling compensation and benefits programs and practices, conceptualizing strategies, leading action plans, communicating to key stakeholders and executing against organizational goals. This role is responsible for the continuous evaluation of and modifying existing programs, ensuring these comply with current legislation, supporting the company’s people strategies and values, and managing day-to-day compensation and benefits-related activities.  The successful candidate will provide consultative services to both HR, senior leadership and the organization and will contribute to the development and maintenance of a positive team-focused company culture.  Based in Seattle, WA, this position will support Chinook’s international operations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage, maintain/evaluate, modify and/or develop and implement compensation and benefits programs that adhere to the total rewards philosophy and company culture and values
  • Partner collaboratively with Legal and Finance on stock administration and forecasting efforts
  • Manage/lead/participate in internal/external audits as needed



  • Partnering with the VP, Human Resources, participate in the creation of and support the Compensation Committee work, including executive compensation programs
  • Maintain a good pulse on market data and drive effective rewards programs to ensure competitiveness in the marketplace.  Conduct regular total compensation market analysis to validate total compensation structure, philosophy and market competitiveness for all positions/functions
  • Propose and leads the development, execution, and support of cost-effective and compliant corporate compensation programs (Incentive and bonus plans, job classification structure, job descriptions, salary structure, benchmarking activities, salary survey management, annual merit process, and communications, etc.)
  • Drives annual variable compensation plan development, merit increase and promotion process, annual and ongoing salary monitoring programs
  • Participates and ensures budgets and schedules meet corporate requirements
  • Ensure compensation programs and practices comply with applicable regulations such as Fair Pay Affirmative Action/EEO etc.



    • Manage and regularly evaluate the vision for the benefits and wellness strategy
    • Conduct benchmarking and manage vendors to ensure competitiveness, good programs and great service
    • Ensure compliance with applicable state, provincial and federal regulations relating to benefits and retirement programs
    • Advise and consult with the appropriate HR and/or senior managers on all issues relating to benefits, leaves of absence management and other benefits as applicable
    • Managing the benefits programs, and the benefits brokers, of several benefits arrangements in US and Canada (healthcare, life insurance, etc.)
    • Having the latest market knowledge, including recent tax inferences particularly in relation to benefits
    • Conduct and manage the open enrollment process from beginning (examining the benefits and making recommendations) to end (processing open enrollment with vendors)

      Education, Experience, and Skills:

      • Bachelor’s degree, in Human Resources Management, business administration or a related field is a plus, or equivalent experience
      • Experience in life sciences preferred
      • 6 – 9 years of experience in compensation and benefits, with an emphasis on experience from HR, Finance or payroll
      • Extensive knowledge of compensation and benefits programs, policies, procedures and relevant, applicable legislation in both the US and Canada
      • Experience in publicly traded companies, including equity and SOX experience
      • Excellent communication, people and project management skills
      • Excellent problem solving skills (identify, analyze, research, evaluate, resolve)
      • A high degree of analytical skills
      • Advanced Excel skills including pivot tables and macros
      • Ability to align total reward policies to business objectives
      • Excellent influencing, collaboration, and relationship building skills

      Chinook is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we prohibit discrimination or harassment of any kind.  We are committed to fostering an environment where ALL people are welcome and supported.  We respect and value different experiences and viewpoints.  We act respectfully toward one another and embrace diversity of people and ideas. Having a diverse workforce made up of team members who bring a wide variety of skills, abilities, experiences, and perspectives is essential to our success. Creativity and innovation flourish in an environment of openness, inclusion, and mutual respect.

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      • Location
        Seattle, Washington
      • Department
        Human Resources (150)
      • Employment Type
      • Minimum Experience