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Senior Director, Talent & Human Resources

Stoke Space

Stoke Space

People & HR, Sales & Business Development
Kent, WA, USA
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2024

A thriving economy in space is needed to make life on Earth more vibrant, sustainable, and equitable. Space technology will enable global access to information, solutions to climate change, answers to global food security, products that transform healthcare, clean energy production, and more. Today, rocket launch options are slow, expensive, and unreliable. Stoke is building the world’s most efficient fully and rapidly reusable rocket designed to fly daily that will radically increase access to space and open up the space economy to safeguard our precious home, Earth.


Reusable systems are the key to seamlessly connecting Earth and space. The Senior Director, Talent & Human Resources will report directly to the COO and will serve as the senior leader for the Human Resource and Talent Acquisition team. In this role, the individual will provide oversight for a broad set of talent development, management, and acquisition functions. In addition, this role be responsible for policy and process development to ensure alignment with industry best practices, state and federal regulation, and Stoke culture. This will include long term strategic planning for the Stoke talent workforce and pipeline. The role will also work with the financial organization to develop comprehensive and attractive total compensation and benefits packages. This individual will be expected to work as an individual contributor on tactical problems and quickly pivot to big picture strategic thinking and planning.


  • Oversite of Talent Acquisition and Human Resources functions
  • Development of Talent Acquisition and Human Resources process and policy
  • Benefit & Compensation planning and execution
  • Manage full lifecycle of the employee experience
  • Provide strategy and input around employer branding
  • Own performance review process
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to direct reports


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, management, organizational development, human resources, or closely related field
  • Minimum of 12+ years of experience in a role demonstrating expertise and thought leadership in implementing talent management solutions to include talent acquisition management and development, leadership development, human resource policies and practices, and cultural scaling.
  • Experience operating within a fast moving, hardware focused, agile environment.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for learning with the flexibility to adapt to shifting priorities and navigate ambiguous situations
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams and participating as an individual contributor to drive successful business outcomes
  • Experience collaborating with executives to ensure employee-satisfaction regarding project and/or process goals, objectives, strategic plans
  • Must be willing to travel 25% of the time
  • Outstanding organization and project management skills with the ability to manage the delivery of high-quality, on-time programs in a dynamic environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, collaboration, communication and relationship-building skills with an ability to collaborate with managers with diverse needs in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Willing to work on-site at our Kent, WA headquarters


  • Medical, dental, vision and basic life insurance
  • 401(k) match
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Equity


  • $150,000 - $220,000

Our job posts are intentionally written to attract a wide variety of experience levels, and we make decisions about the right fit on a per-candidate basis.

Your actual level and base salary will be decided based on your specific experience and skill level.

Equal Opportunity

The Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including with respect to disability and veteran status. It is committed to compliance with all equal opportunity laws, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and Title VII. It does not discriminate on the basis of nationality, race, citizenship, immigration status, or any other protected class when it comes to employment practices, including hiring.

Employment at the Company is contingent upon satisfactory completion of reference and background checks, and on your ability to prove your identity and authorization to work in the U.S. for the Company. Employees must comply with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services employment verification requirements, and, therefore, they must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 at the start of employment and re-verify authorization to work periodically.

Separate from this I-9 process, this position entails access to certain technology and technical data that is restricted under U.S. export control laws and regulations. Employment or continued employment may be conditioned on your legal authorization to work with or have access to export control materials as necessary to perform your job.