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Capella Space VP of People in San Francisco, California


Capella is at the forefront of making vital information about our world accessible in a timely manner. We’re leveraging proven technologies and building new capabilities to create a constellation of earth observation radar satellites that can collect information about any spot on the planet within an hour.

At Capella you’ll work in a collaborative team environment, alongside smart people with a history of space mission success. No prior space experience is needed—we’re looking for people excited about tackling seemingly impossible challenges, learning new skills and concepts, and helping each other achieve success.

Our mission and our products are meant to understand the whole world and help everyone in it, regardless of race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger. We value diversity at Capella and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech.

As the Vice President of People, you will work to engage and develop our people as they progress through their careers at Capella. You will lead and build a world class people team, delivering exceptional results across people operations ranging from benefits administration to learning and development. You will have a comprehensive understanding of the team member lifecycle from hire to exit and strive to build a seamless, stellar experience at each stage. You are passionate about people, are inspired by our mission and know how to shepherd a company’s HR systems, processes and culture through different growth stages. You don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion - you live it every day.

We are looking for someone that will raise the bar to attract top talent and champion Capella’s innovative and inclusive work culture by partnering with a lean People Ops team and growing it to match business needs.


● Lead, grow and develop a budding People team of 3-4 people, with opportunities to expand as the organization grows in the US and internationally

● Ideate and execute a cohesive strategy on recruitment, retainment, and development of talent at Capella

● Manage the day to day operations for all things related to human resources

● Shepard and continue to shape Capella as an amazing place to work

● Provide best practices and institute best in class programs for onboarding, performance management, employee engagement, long-term organizational planning, and individual contributor and manager/executive training

● Lead and improve our benefits and compensation programs

● Improve and scale performance management programs

● Lead management training and up-leveling

● Own employee and employer compliance programs across our sites

● Be a trusted strategic partner and advisor to the executive team and people managers


● A progressive and modern approach to people operations

● Experience growing HR functions and processes across multiple offices and internationally

● High social and emotional intelligence - you truly enjoy mentoring team members and cultivating strong relationships with all types of people

● Proven track record of scaling human resource functions in hyper-growth organizations specifically in venture backed startups

● Roll up your sleeves person that can manage, lead and implement everything from strategy to execution

● Management experience leading a growing team of different sizes both on-site and remote

● Excellent knowledge of culture, HR best practices and industry standards

● Experience establishing relationships as a trusted advisor to executive team members

● The ability to recruit, train and develop an amazing people ops team

● Prior experience in technical and non-technical recruiting

● In-depth knowledge and ownership of compensation and HR analytics programs

What would set you apart:

● 7-10 years of progressive HR or People Ops leadership experience

● Strong thought leadership and best practices in People Ops

● Consulting experience and a broad exposure to technology organizations a plus

● Demonstrated leadership and strong personal presence

● Take initiative, are results-oriented, and act with a sense of urgency

● Adhere to a roll up your sleeves approach to solving problems, prioritizing and getting things done

● PHR/SHRM-CP or SPHR/SHRM-SCP certification a plus


We are building the most advanced small-satellites in the world and bringing to market a capability that has never existed before. Capella will change humankind's ability to monitor our world and make better decisions. Besides the opportunity to take part in an innovative and fast-growing business with a highly motivated and skilled team, we also take pride in taking care of our employees. Here are just a few ways that we show our appreciation:

● 100% paid medical/dental/vision insurance for employees, 50% contribution toward dependents

● FSA and HSA

● Gourmet-style, daily free lunch; regularly planned team activities

● 401k plan

● Flexible vacation policy

● Commuter and Parking benefit