Sr. HR Generalist

Administration (100) · Seattle, Washington
Department Administration (100)
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level




Chinook Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing precision medicines for patients with kidney diseases.  We apply our proprietary research platform to discover and develop therapeutics with novel mechanisms of action against key kidney disease pathways. Our development focus is on rare, serious disorders with clear unmet medical needs and defined and rapid clinical development opportunities.  Our lead program, atrasentan, is a late-stage clinical program for the treatment of primary glomerular diseases, which is planned to move into a phase 3 registrational trial for IgA nephropathy and a phase 2 basket trial for glomerular diseases, both in early 2021. We are also evaluating BION-1301, an anti-APRIL monoclonal antibody, in a phase 1b trial for IgA nephropathy, and are advancing CHK-336 towards a planned IND in 2021 for an ultra-orphan kidney disease.  In addition, our pipeline has several other preclinical programs at the validation and lead optimization stages, and we are also evaluating business development opportunities for early and late-stage clinical assets to enhance the pipeline. 


Chinook launched in 2019 with a $65 million Series A financing from leading healthcare investors Versant Venture, Apple Tree Partners and Samsara Biocapital.  In October 2020, we merged with Aduro Biotech, Inc. and completed a $115 million financing with leading healthcare investors, including EcoR1, Orbimed and others.  Chinook now has over $275 million in operating capital and trades on Nasdaq under the ticker “KDNY”.  The company has locations in Vancouver, BC, Seattle, WA and Berkeley, CA.




The Sr. HR Generalist is responsible for the day-to-day management of HR operations for Chinook’s US and Canadian locations and will work on a wide variety of HR issues and programs. They will provide guidance and/or management in the administration of company policy, procedures, and programs.  This position will ideally be located in Seattle.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supports and manages parts of programs aligned to talent acquisition, employment processing and onboarding, compensation, health and welfare benefits, HRIS and records management, HR policies, procedures and guidelines, performance management process (including merit and bonus), employee relations and training and development.
  • Acts as project manager for HR department initiatives
  • In support of talent acquisition, recruit for exempt and nonexempt positions either directly or indirectly below Director level; assist hiring managers in writing job descriptions and keeping a job description library, write and place advertisements; may screen and correspond with applicants; conduct reference and background checks.
  • Prepare new employees for assignments by conducting onboarding activities.
  • Perform benefits administration, including communicating benefits information and other employee programs to employees; supporting and managing various health and welfare benefits programs, and administering FMLA and other employee leave administration
  • Maintain and utilize HRIS system; maintain employee confidence and protect the organization by keeping information confidential; maintain employee files and records in electronic and paper form; complete annual EEO-1, OSHA reporting and other state/provincial/federal reports
  • Act as liaison between employee and management to answer questions or concerns regarding company policies, practices, guidelines, and regulations. May write up practices and guidelines and help to continuously improve practices and guidelines. May develop, recommend, and implement new and necessary personnel policies and procedures.
  • Assist managers with development of their employees through the performance appraisal system, creation of development plans and/or performance improvement plans. Monitor and manage the performance management programs, such as merit and bonus, and revise, as necessary.
  • Assist managers with promotion recommendations and process; help managers think through development plans for high potentials; may identify training and development needs by consulting with managers and employees and offer programs to meet the needs
  • Provide support and advice on employee relations issues and activities. May include identifying and clarifying problems and evaluating potential solutions, providing counsel and advice to managers, conducting investigations with recommended courses of action, and conferring with VP, HR and Legal on disciplinary courses of actions.
  • Provide informational updates to all employees such as new hire announcements, or changes in policies or procedures that affect employees.
  • Comply with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
  • Other duties assigned based on the needs of the business


Education and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business administration or relevant field preferred.
  • Minimum of 4 years in a HR Generalist or related role, ideally including HR experience in a biotechnology or other life sciences environment.
  • Experience and working knowledge in the following areas: recruitment, performance management, employment labor law, training & development, management practices, compensation & benefits, and policy writing.
  • SHRM Certification (PHR or SPHR) preferred


Skills and Abilities:


  • Ability to prioritize workload, set priorities, deal with ambiguity, utilize analytical and reasoning abilities, and work independently with minimal supervision and see projects through to completion
  • Experience in the administration of benefits and compensation programs and other Human Resources recognition and engagement programs and processes
  • Excellent customer service skills, including the ability to interface with all levels of employees, customers, vendors, and shareholders
  • Well-developed verbal communication and administrative writing skills
  • Proficiency with MS Office and HR Software
  • Strong interpersonal skills (characterized by availability, respect for others, and the ability to highlight and exemplify Chinook Values)
  • Able to learn and understand broad business issues, enabling contributions to corporate goals and objectives, as well as management decision-making
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion
  • Problem-solving skills and sound judgment in decision making
  • Understanding of general business practices and organizational development needs
  • Ability to work well under pressure and effectively handle peak volumes of work


Chinook is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, place of origin, religion, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and disability or any other federal, state, provincial or local protected ground.

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    Seattle, Washington
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    Administration (100)
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