Director of Human Resources

Montreal, Quebec

About Ventus Therapeutics:

At Ventus, we are pioneering a unique approach to structure-based drug discovery to address biologically validated, but elusive, drug targets.  Using two platforms, we expand the set of targets amenable to small-molecule medicines including targets which have never been drugged and others for which existing chemical matter leaves significant room for improvement.

We are rapidly advancing a pipeline of new medicines to treat autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, neurological disorders, and cancer. Our most advanced programs are enabled by our structural biology and computational chemistry capabilities that unlock rational, structure-based drug discovery for nodal targets in innate immune pathways. In addition, our ReSOLVE platform reveals novel druggable sites for targets thought to be beyond the reach of small molecule medicines, allowing us to expand our pipeline into oncology and neurology.

Our team includes experienced biopharmaceutical executives and scientists who have delivered multiple approved medicines and luminary academics spanning the fields of structural biology, immunology, and computational chemistry.

In April 2021, it was announced that Ventus Therapeutics closed US $100 million Series B financing led by RA Capital Management with participation from a select syndicate including BVF Partners L.P., Casdin Capital, Cormorant Asset Management, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, and Alexandria Venture Investments. Founding investor Versant Ventures also participated in the round, as did existing investor GV (formerly Google Ventures). 

The Opportunity:

Due to organizational growth, Ventus is seeking a hands-on Director, Human Resources who will be responsible for developing and executing the human resources strategy in support of the overall business strategy of Ventus. Reporting to the CEO, this senior leadership position will lead the HR function, including the management of recruitment, compensation, performance management, employee relations, and legal compliance.

Primary Responsibilities Include (but not limited to):

  • Counsel senior management in addressing organizational growth issues and develop and implement appropriate strategies for optimizing organizational design
  • Develop and implement short and long-term HR plans to support overall corporate and division goals
  • Manage effective hiring process by appropriately identifying effective and cost-effective candidate sourcing venues (e.g., social media, trade organizations, etc.), establishing constructive working relationships with external recruitment firms, positively marketing Ventus to external applicants and implementing internal hiring processes to support company staffing plans
  • Manage full life cycle recruitment activities such as partnering with hiring managers on developing recruiting strategies, reviewing resumes, screening, and interviewing candidates and developing competitive and equitable job offers
  • Manage staffing on-boarding activities assuring the timely placement and integration of employees into the organization
  • Develop and maintain effective internal communications programs and advise management and employees on employee relations issues and consult with outside legal counsel as appropriate.
  • Develop and administer compensation programs to motivate and retain employees and ensure equity within the Company
  • Oversee the management of employee benefit programs such as health, dental, vision, life, flexible spending accounts, EAP, disability, paid time off, 401(k) and other related plans
  • Administer performance management, objective-setting, and salary review processes
  • Oversee all employee relations activities to include counseling, and coaching; administers advice, assistance and follow-up on company policies, procedures, and documentation
  • Interpret and administer policy and procedures ensuring compliance with federal, provincial/state, and local legal requirements
  • Develop and implement HR best practices as needed


  • University Degree in Human Resources or related field required, Master’s Degree preferred
  • 10+ years human resources experience
  • Human Resources industry recognized designation (CHRP, CHRL, CHRE etc..)
  • Experience working within a start-up environment and the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Experience in strategic human resources planning
  • Knowledge of HR policies, procedures, practices, and trends as well as understanding of HR functional areas
  • Change management, implementation planning and successful delivery of HR solutions to a growing company
  • Knowledge of federal, provincial, and local employment laws required
  • Strong Proficiency in using Microsoft based applications to include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and HRIS
  • Ability to multi-task, and manage multiple priorities and possess strong organizational skills
  • Highly self-motivated, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, results oriented with hands on skills
  • Ability to work independently and proactively identify and implement best HR practices
  • Must be approachable and have strong employee relations skills
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and professionally address sensitive employee relations issues

Ventus offers competitive benefits and compensation programs including incentive based stock and cash bonus programs in addition to a collaborative, academic and scientific based culture.  If you would like to contribute to cutting edge science and be part of an innovative and team based company, send CVs to