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Senior Total Rewards Manager (Hybrid, San Francisco)



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Everyone is welcome at Handshake. We know diverse teams build better products and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized or underrepresented groups to apply.

Job Description

Everyone is welcome at Handshake. We know diverse teams build better products and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized or underrepresented groups to apply.

Your impact

Handshake is hiring a Senior Manager for Total Rewards reporting to the Sr Director of People Operations. The Sr. Manager of Total Rewards at Handshake will be responsible for overseeing the company’s global compensation and benefits programs, contributing to strategic direction and managing execution of offerings across the globe. You will be the subject matter expert regarding Handshake’s Total Rewards design and administration and will regularly collaborate with leaders, HR business partners and recruiters to attract and retain best talent.

Your role

  • Lead the development and maintenance of job evaluation methodologies, salary structures, and pay ranges to ensure internal equity and external competitiveness
  • Contribute to the development of a global compensation strategy that aligns with the organization's goals, competitive market positioning, and internal equity considerations
  • Conduct internal evaluation, analysis, external research, and benchmarking to learn/understand the company’s current status, positioning, and trends to ensure competitive practices
  • Develop a multi-year benefit strategy, which considers competitive market and industry trends and cost-effective approaches
  • Create innovative and engaging employee benefits programs by thinking outside the box to offer unique benefit packages to all levels of employees throughout the organization, that will best suit their needs
  • Utilize data and market research to analyze trends, evaluate the effectiveness of compensation and benefits programs, and provide recommendations for enhancements
  • Design and administer cyclical compensation programs, open enrollment and year-end activities including change management and roll out
  • Develop effective communication strategies to educate employees about total rewards programs, ensuring they understand the value and purpose of the offerings

Your experience

  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in the design and delivery of total rewards programs
  • Expertise with compensation modeling and standard benchmarking systems
  • Familiarity with local, state, and federal employment laws that impact total rewards
  • An aptitude for analytics and problem solving including the ability to seek and diagnose root causes
  • A natural ability to influence, inspire, and motivate others, fostering a sense of shared purpose and alignment
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize tasks, delegate, and coordinate efforts across functional teams to meet project objectives
  • Excellent communication and presentation abilities to effectively convey complex compensation and benefit concepts to employees at all levels
  • Masters or Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or relevant field.

Bonus areas of expertise

  • Experience with Workday, Greenhouse, and Adaptive Planning

Compensation range

  • $202,500-$215,000 + Equity

For cash compensation, we set standard ranges for all U.S.-based roles based on function, level, and geographic location, benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. In order to be compliant with local legislation, as well as to provide greater transparency to candidates, we share salary ranges on all job postings regardless of desired hiring location. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors, including geographic location as well as candidate experience and expertise, and may vary from the amounts listed above.

About us

Handshake is the #1 place to launch a career with no connections, experience, or luck required. The platform connects up-and-coming talent with 750,000+ employers - from Fortune 500 companies like Google, Nike, and Target to thousands of public school districts, healthcare systems, and nonprofits. In 2022 we announced our $200M Series F funding round. This Series F fundraise and valuation of $3.5B will fuel Handshake’s next phase of growth and propel our mission to help more people start, restart, and jumpstart their careers.

When it comes to our workforce strategy, we’ve thought deeply about how work-life should look here at Handshake. With our Hub-Based Remote Working strategy, employees can enjoy the flexibility of remote work, whilst ensuring collaboration and team experiences in a shared space remains possible. Handshake is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Denver, New York, London, and Berlin and teammates working globally.

Check out our careers site to find a hub near you!

What we offer

Benefits below apply to employees in full-time positions.

At Handshake, we'll give you the tools to feel healthy, happy and secure.

  • 💰 Equity and ownership in a fast-growing company.
  • 🍼 16 Weeks of paid parental leave for birth giving parents & 10 weeks of paid parental leave for non-birth giving parents.
  • 💝 Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision policies including LGTBQ+ Coverage. We also provide resources for Mental Health Assistance, Employee Assistance Programs and counseling support.
  • 💻 Handshake offers $500/£360 home office stipend for you to spend during your first 3 months to create a productive and comfortable workspace at home.
  • 📚 Generous learning & development opportunities and an annual $2,000/£1,500 stipend for you to grow your skills and career.

(US Handshakers)

  • 🏦 401k Match: Handshake offers a dollar-for-dollar match on 1% of deferred salary, up to a maximum of $1,200 per year.
  • 🏝 All full-time US-based Handshakers are eligible for our flexible time off policy to get out and see the world. In addition, we offer 8 standardized holidays, and 2 additional days of flexible holiday time off. Lastly, we have a Winter #ShakeBreak, a one-week period of Collective Time Off.

(UK Handshakers)

  • 🏦 Pension Scheme: Handshake will provide you with a workplace pension, where you will make contributions based on 5% of your salary. Handshake will pay the equivalent of 3% towards your pension plan, subject to qualifying earnings limits.
  • 🏝 Up to 25 days of vacation to encourage people to reset, recharge, and refresh, in addition to 8 bank holidays throughout the year.

For roles based in Berlin and Romania: Please ask your recruiter about region specific benefits.

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