Director, Human Resources and Total Rewards

Office based – San Diego, CA

About IconOVir

IconOVir Bio is a preclinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the next generation of oncolytic virus therapy to improve the treatment of patients with cancer. The Company’s proprietary oncolytic virus platform is based on technology developed by scientific founder Clodagh O’Shea, Ph.D., of the Salk Institute. It is designed to address key limitations of first- and second-generation oncolytic viruses and provide a personalized therapy for cancer patients.

Summary of Position

We are seeking a Director of Human Resources and Total Rewards to lead IconOVir’s talent acquisition, development, and retention efforts. A successful candidate will partner closely with and support functional groups across the organization, including corporate-level management. The candidate will influence the overall people strategy of the company, oversee talent acquisition, drive the evolution of compensation philosophy and management, and ensure effective execution of HR solutions to achieve desired business results. The successful Director of HR and Total Rewards will quickly establish credibility with business leadership and management and will be the key go-to person for all HR-related needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with corporate stakeholders by demonstrating a solid understanding of IconOVir’s business objectives and people needs
  • Work in conjunction with the Chief of Staff, functional leaders, and Head of Business Operations to help deliver effective HR strategies, policies, and operational solutions that drive business-specific objectives
  • Focus on talent-related initiatives that contribute to the growth and competitiveness of the business, including compensation and leveling philosophy and administration
  • Work with talent acquisition resources and functional leaders to execute against IconOVir’s annual hiring plan, and track progress against budget
  • Serve as a trusted advisor on people-related issues to business leaders while demonstrating empathy, credibility, and integrity and maintaining the confidentiality
  • Provide advice and support on a wide range of HR issues to business leaders in keeping with our IconOVir enterprise-wide practices, culture, and values
  • Serve as a trusted source of answers for a wide range of HR questions from employees
  • Track, synthesize and, if appropriate, recommend policy and/or benefits changes based on employee requests and feedback received in the course of daily work
  • Provide HR support for escalated employee inquiries; conduct and manage the investigation of complaints and concerns that could result in legal ramifications; assess the severity of such issues; involve appropriate stakeholders, and facilitate appropriate action based on policy and practice
  • Own and facilitate execution against IconOVir’s performance review and compensation cycle
  • Lead the interdisciplinary team tasked with administering IconOVir’s onboarding process for new employees and consultants
  • Brings best practice and external perspectives to strategic and operational business discussions and people management decision-making


  • BA/BS in business, HR, or related discipline is required
  • Generally has 7-10+ years of progressive HR experience; preferably with experience as an HRBP
  • Experience in at least two of the following HR functional areas is preferred: employee relations, talent acquisition, total rewards, talent development, team effectiveness
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical/biotech/healthcare industry is strongly preferred
  • Proven ability to leverage innovation in a growing organization
  • Demonstrated strong knowledge in HR practices and policies
  • Proven success driving diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and role modeling associated cultural values
  • Exceptional relationship building and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact positively with stakeholders at all levels across the organization
  • Demonstrated advising and coaching skills
  • Demonstrated ability to define problems, establish alternative solutions, and determine the optimal course of action in the context of broader business objectives
  • Work well under pressure, prioritize, meet deadlines, deliver projects to completion, manage results
  • Ability to handle sensitive and complex situations with sound judgment, tact, and discretion
  • Able to understand, navigate, and design in a highly matrixed organizational structure


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

IconOVir is an equal opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

IconOVir does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws.

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