Director, People Advisor

    • San Francisco, CA

Join the leader in entertainment innovation and help us design the future. At Dolby, science meets art, and high tech means more than computer code. As a member of the Dolby team, you'll see and hear the results of your work everywhere, from movie theaters to smartphones. We continue to revolutionize how people create, deliver, and enjoy entertainment worldwide. To do that, we need the absolute best talent. We're big enough to give you all the resources you need, and small enough so you can make a real difference and earn recognition for your work. We offer a collegial culture, challenging projects, and excellent compensation and benefits.

This is a unique opportunity to lead a new People Advisor function from Dolby's San Francisco headquarters. This global team will be responsible for coaching and advising employees and managers on a wide range of complex employee relations matters, including workplace investigations, performance management, conflict resolution, and policy adherence. The successful candidate will be both strategic and hands-on in approach, able to: manage a small team of experienced professionals and oversee a wide range of cases, drive programs that mitigate employment risks, and directly manage complex matters.


Strategic Leadership: You will provide thought leadership for how the company maintains and enhances a culture that is safe, fair and respectful

  • Develops and refines a framework for the People Advisor function, including strategies to continuously improve case management and employee relations activities.
  • Collaborates with HR leaders and business partners to align on business and industry trends and work together in enabling a positive and productive work environment.
  • Provide effective leadership and development to a global team of People Advisor Managers and Specialists, including employee relations and employment policy subject matter experts.
  • Balances mitigating employment risks and fostering a positive employee experience using company policies, training and education, and values and leadership principles; assesses employment risk in coordination with HR leadership and Legal based on domestic and international regulatory landscapes.
  • Collects, analyzes, interprets and makes recommendations based on case management data.

Case Management: You will be adept at navigating and resolving high-complexity workplace issues
  • Assesses, diagnoses, and coaches managers and employees through complex employee relations matters, including workplace investigations, performance management, conflict resolution, professional development, reasonable accommodations, and policy exceptions.
  • Creates guidelines, best practices, and trainings to educate employees, managers, and other members of HR on how to mitigate and properly address and resolve behavioral issues in the workplace.
  • Interprets and applies understanding of corporate policies and practices, employment law, and other regulations to provide advice and guidance on employee relations matters.
  • Partners with HR Operations team on ensuring smooth triage and escalation of matters.
  • Leads investigations on employee relations matters in partnership with Legal and other compliance teams.
  • Maintains and advances an organized case management system, including key metrics, reports and dashboards.

  • Bachelor's degree with preference for MBA, JD, or other advanced degree/certification.
  • Minimum of 8 years of exempt-level employee relations or employment law compliance experience, preferably in a global technology company.
  • Minimum of 3 years professional experience leading an employee relations group or related leadership experience, preferably with a global scope.
  • Strong ability to think strategically and creatively about programs, processes, people, and risk.
  • Broad knowledge of labor regulations, policies, and best practices in global HR management.
  • Exemplary written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to successfully operate in a sometimes-ambiguous work environment.
  • Experience in designing and delivering successful training and education programs.
  • Strong ability to be a coach, mentor, advise and partner with stakeholders at varying levels of seniority.
  • Expert knowledge of employee relations, including performance management, investigations, reasonable accommodations and conflict resolution.
  • Deep understanding of federal and state employment laws; international experience is a plus.
  • Strong project and time management skills with ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects to closure.
  • Able to handle confidential information in a mature and professional manner.
  • Highly analytical thinker who uses good reasoning and sound judgement to make well informed decisions.
  • Significant and demonstrated professional experience as a highly effective people manager.
  • Ability to maintain a regular and in-person presence in our San Francisco office - some international travel will be required.

Dolby will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco Police Code, Article 49, and Administrative Code, Article 12

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Dolby is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Our success depends on the combined skills and talents of all our employees. We are committed to making employment decisions without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, marital status, family status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

Dolby leverages tech and engineering to enhance the sound of entertainment. The company’s innovations in audio continue to expand the creative and artistic possibilities of film, music, and media.

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