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Senior Director, Total Rewards



Sales & Business Development
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2024

Reporting to the Chief People Officer, the Senior Director, Total Rewards is responsible for designing, implementing, and overseeing the organization's compensation and benefits strategies to attract, retain, and motivate employees. This role is critical in shaping the employee experience, fostering engagement and retention, and ultimately contributing to the organization's success.

This is a hybrid role, with a requirement of two days per week in office. We prefer that this role work out of our San Francisco, CA office, but will consider Palo Alto, CA, Sunnyvale, CA and Bellevue, WA.


  • Strategic Planning: Develop comprehensive total rewards strategies aligned with the organization's objectives and culture.
  • Compensation: Design competitive compensation structures, including base pay, bonuses, incentives, and equity programs. Develop and manage executive compensation programs, ensuring alignment with business goals and shareholder interests.
  • Benefits Administration: Oversee the administration of employee benefits programs, such as health insurance, retirement plans, wellness initiatives, and other perks. Evaluate benefits offerings regularly to ensure competitiveness and cost-effectiveness. Negotiate contracts, monitor service levels, and ensure vendors deliver value for the organization.
  • Performance Management: Collaborate with HR and management teams to link compensation and benefits to performance metrics and organizational goals. Develop performance-based reward systems to recognize and incentivize high performers.
  • Market Research and Benchmarking: Stay abreast of industry trends, best practices, and regulatory changes related to compensation and benefits. Conduct regular benchmarking studies to ensure the organization remains competitive in the market.
  • Employee Communication and Education: Develop effective communication strategies to educate employees about the organization's total rewards offerings, including the value of their compensation and benefits packages.
  • Data Analysis and Reporting: Utilize data analytics to assess the effectiveness of total rewards programs and identify areas for improvement. Prepare regular reports for senior management on key metrics, trends, and insights related to compensation and benefits.
  • Change Management: Lead change initiatives related to total rewards programs, such as organizational restructurings or changes in business strategy. Ensure a smooth transition for employees and alignment with the organization's overall vision.
  • Leadership and Team Development: Provide leadership and guidance to the total rewards team, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement. Develop talent within the team and support their professional growth and development.
  • Relationships: Build trusting relationships with team mates, leaders and employees. Collaborate on key initiatives, driving high performance and meaningful programs for the business.
  • Compliance and Risk Management: Ensure total rewards programs comply with relevant labor laws and regulations. Mitigate risks associated with compensation and benefits practices.


  • Education: A bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Finance, or a related field.
  • 10+ years experience within HR with an expertise in Compensation & Benefits.
  • 5+ years experience leading Total Rewards at the strategic level.
  • 3+ years working with Board level Compensation Committees.
  • Strong leadership and management skills are essential.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and interpretation is critical for this role, as it involves making data-driven decisions regarding compensation, benefits, and rewards programs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are necessary for effectively communicating total rewards programs to employees, senior leadership, and external stakeholders.
  • The ability to think strategically and align total rewards programs with business objectives is essential for success in this role.
  • A thorough understanding of relevant labor laws, regulations, and compliance requirements related to compensation and benefits is necessary to ensure the organization remains in legal and regulatory compliance.
  • Familiarity with industry trends, benchmarks, and best practices in total rewards management is important for designing competitive and innovative rewards programs.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced hybrid environment and handle stress appropriately and/or ability to solve practical problems and be sufficiently adaptable to handle dynamic situations with little advance notice.

The total compensation package for this position includes a new hire offer base salary range of $258,200 - $302,000 + bonus + equity + benefits.

Individual pay within this salary range is determined by work location and additional factors, including assessed job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can answer any questions about new hire total compensation during the hiring process. An overview of benefit offerings for your location can be found on the careers page.

Join the Niantic team!

Niantic's global-scale augmented reality platform and digital map powers spatial computing experiences in the real world. Incubated out of the Maps team at Google, Niantic first created Ingress and then Pokémon GO, a cultural phenomenon and hit game played by tens of millions of people each month. Niantic’s Lightship platform, which powers Pokémon GO, also supports the company's other games including Pikmin Bloom, Peridot and Monster Hunter Now. Developers use Niantic’s platform to build their own AR applications and experiences, either with the Lightship Platform or directly through the web with 8th Wall.

We believe that cultivating a workplace where our people are supported and included is essential to creating great products our community will love. Our mission emphasizes seeking and hiring diverse voices, including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the technology industry, and we consider this to be one of the most important values we hold close.

Niantic is a hybrid first company. We believe that in person interaction and collaboration fosters creativity, a sense of community, and is critical to our future success as a company. Our hybrid work schedules allow for a mix of remote and in-office work.

We're a hard-working, fun, and exciting group who value intellectual curiosity and a passion for problem-solving! We have growing offices located in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Bellevue, Kansas, London, Tokyo, Hamburg, Hyderabad, and Zurich. #LI-HYBRID