Sr. Specialist/Manager, People Operations


Boston, MA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: HR
  • Post Date: 04/28/2021
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  • Company Address: 116 Huntington Avenue , 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02116, US

About Imara

Imara Inc. is dedicated to developing novel therapeutics for people living with sickle cell disease and other hemoglobinopathies.

Job Description

Imara is a clinical stage company committed to developing novel therapeutics for hemoglobinopathies. With IMR-687’s ease of administration and stable properties, our goal is to develop and deliver therapies to serve a broad range of patients suffering from hemoglobinopathies around the world, including those in underserved regions.

Imara is looking for an employee experience-oriented Sr. Specialist/Manager, People Operations to join our growing company. This is a generalist role and is a great opportunity for an individual who is looking to broaden their skill set across multiple HR activities and contribute to the company in a meaningful way. Reporting directly to the Vice President of People you will be responsible for interview coordination, on-boarding and off-boarding, benefits administration, HRIS, and employee experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide excellent candidate experience through management of interview coordination from phone interview through offer acceptance and on-boarding; including creating offer letters, background check initiation and employee file creation
  • Manage on-boarding and offboarding of all employees and contractors; including providing electronic new-hire packet, assembling new-hire welcome kit, developing on-boarding itinerary, and delivering first day orientation
  • Benefits and leave administration; including managing open enrollment and other internal benefits programs (wellness, etc.)
  • Respond to employee and manager inquiries regarding benefits, policies, and HR systems, escalating as appropriate
  • Manage and develop Imara Co-Op program through partnership with Hiring Managers and VP of People
  • In partnership with VP of People develop and implement People team initiatives related to employment branding, employee engagement, DE&I, and company and department level teambuilding
  • Collaborate and partner with colleagues across finance, operations, and IT on cross-functional initiatives
  • Opportunity to develop new systems, programs, and policies where useful to the organization


  • Bachelor’s degree or related experience

Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • At least 3 years of human resources experience or a blend of human resources and operations experience.
  • Experience in an emerging or growing company preferred.
  • Experience working with HRIS systems such as BambooHR and Jazz HR
  • Highly organized and efficient with a high attention to detail
  • Customer service and employee experience oriented
  • Capable of building trust and relationships with employees across the organization
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Ability to act with integrity and model company values at all times
  • Ability to maintain and handle sensitive and confidential situations and materials
  • Solutions and results oriented
  • General knowledge of laws and regulations

*Note: Opportunity to work from home 2 days/week

Imara is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and to provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or gender identity, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Imara complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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