Director, People Strategy

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Director, People Strategy


Company Description

Rapid7 (NASDAQ: RPD) is helping organizations around the globe advance securely. Our technology, services, and community-focused research simplify complexity for security teams, helping them reduce vulnerabilities, monitor for malicious behavior, investigate and shut down attacks, and automate routine tasks. With more than 9000 customers across 120+ countries, Rapid7 is a recognized leader in cybersecurity that has proudly earned numerous industry accolades and strong recognition for our technology and culture. For more information, visit our website, check out our blog, or follow us on LinkedIn.

Our Mission By continuously improving our technology, stemming the creation of risk in the community, and making security more usable and accessible, Rapid7 enables technology professionals to gain the clarity, command, and confidence they need to safely drive innovation and protect against risk. Our product suite helps organizations to quickly predict, deter, detect, and remediate attacks and obstacles to productivity. The Opportunity

The People Strategy team is, at its core, obsessed with bringing out the best in our people to achieve transformational growth within themselves and for Rapid7 because we believe that our people are the lifeblood of our company and central to achieving our mission. We do this through a People Strategy partnership model that starts with a deep understanding of our business, our culture and our people.


Rapid7 is looking for a business-savvy, growth minded, collaborative, and people-focused leader to join our People Strategy team and be a key driver in achieving the company’s mission. As a Director of People Strategy reporting to the VP of People Strategy, you will partner with business leaders and people managers in North America to develop, implement and improve people programs with a shared goal of creating incredible experiences for our employees, while supporting our growth and the achievement of Rapid7’s business goals. 


The Role

The Director of People Strategy will be in charge of implementing, scaling and improving people strategy programs designed to support business goals. They will be asked to understand overall people trends, challenges and opportunities and with the support of a people strategist, they will implement solutions that increase engagement, strengthen the effectiveness of our managers, and reduce unhealthy turnover, thus creating the most productive and satisfying work experiences for our people. 


In addition, the Director will be leading the implementation (with a focus on scalability, accountability and consistency) of management practices such as talent assessments, 9-boxing, career development planning, continuous feedback and performance management with an emphasis on enabling leaders to make effective decisions that promote the development of our people and the success of our teams. With a deep focus on our culture and the “HOW” we engage with our people, the Director of People Strategy is not your typical HR leader. We are looking for someone who is passionate about our people and their experience as well as our business and is driven by the desire to make an impact in people’s careers and for Rapid7.


What the role will look and feel like:

  • You will be managing the day-to-day People Strategy initiatives for technical and G&A talent. In doing so, you will not only manage a people strategist but be a trusted and knowledgeable leader partnering with the other people teams such as Total Rewards, People Development and Talent Acquisition to ensure seamless support to our people and teams.

  • You will be a trusted partner to people across all levels of the organization, laser-focused on understanding business goals and challenges and the people dynamics that exist to build exceptional experiences and support strong talent decisions that enable achievement of those goals.

  • You will be a partner and advisor to our leaders and proactively diagnose and communicate trends around their people and teams (i.e., engagement, development, retention, collaboration) and lead the development of solutions to address them - with the goal of supporting their business goals through a people lens.

  • In partnership with the Total Rewards leader and our People Strategy team, you will lead the execution of activities within the employee lifecycle for your line of business - including performance management, merit and bonus planning, promotions and internal transfers and exits/terminations.

  • You’ll be a key partner to the People Development team and help determine learning needs for our people and build strategies to ensure effective application of learning principles on the job.

  • You will be a coach and advisor to our leaders and managers in their efforts to strengthen their management bench and build teams that scale.

  • Working with the People Strategy team and business leaders, you’ll ensure that employee initiatives are in line with and reinforce our company’s culture and core values.

  • You’ll lead and deliver with a consistent focus on building a high-performing culture of growth and development through a connection to our people and managers built through effective communication, trust and feedback.

  • You’ll be laser-focused on understanding and leveraging People Strategy data to articulate insights and develop action plans to address people challenges.

Qualifications and Traits:

  • 8-10 years of professional work experience in HR (with a focus on Business Partner experience), Organizational Development, Talent Consulting or a related field

  • Bachelors of Arts or Science required

  • A natural leader with an impressive balance of business acumen, influencing skills, empathy, relationship building, and courageous authenticity with unquestionable integrity

  • A instinctive influencer with a clear point of view - you are seen as a trusted advisor, people seek you out, trust your advice and follow your lead 

  • Excellent at delivering difficult feedback/messages with a unique balance of directness, objectivity and transparency

  • Able to embody Rapid7 core values in how you lead and manage through complex and challenging situations

  • Expert at coaching leaders through challenging team dynamics and helping them build alignment through effective communication, conflict resolution and an ability to truly understand the root cause of issues

  • Strong management track record in building and developing people strategy talent and skills

  • Capable of imbuing teams with a learning mindset - you encourage your team to try something different and learn from mistakes

  • Proactive, self-motivated with a strong work ethic 

  • Posess an amazing attitude – personable, approachable, and always eager to help

  • An amazing communicator, able to effectively work with discretion and sensitivity across all levels of the business

  • Creates a team culture that handles ambiguity well, and actually thrives in it

  • People love working with you because you:

    • Don’t just enjoy being in “HR” because you “love people” - you value the difference your role can make in the experience people have at work 

    • Avoid drama like the plague

    • Provide insight and support without solving their problems for them

    • Are collaborative, warm, and instill a sense of support

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Rapid7 is conveniently located between the North End and West End of Boston, with plenty of restaurants, bars and public transport close by.

An Insider's view of Rapid7

What does your typical day look like?

For the majority of the day it’s a mix of weekly check-ins with various teams, project updates, and the occasional brainstorm.

When I’m not in meetings I’ve got headphones in while planning, writing, or designing — at my desk or perched somewhere around the office.


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What are some things you learned at the company?

When we talk about being a moose and impact together, what we are saying is that we support each other on our journey forward. We actively look for ways to collaborate, strengthen our ideas and learn from each other, no matter what department you may be in at Rapid7.


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What are Rapid7 Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Once a year, Rapid7 offices across the globe close for the day so employees can volunteer.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Rapid7 is led by a diverse management team that represent the security community we serve. We believe that we all have a responsibility to continuously improve our DE&I efforts.
Unconscious bias training
We believe in continuous learning, our in-house trainers conduct consistent diversity trainings. We advocate for diverse thinking and strive to cultivate a workforce that mirrors the best minds.
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
We have so many amazing and organically created employee resource groups! These internal Rapid7 communities allow for an authentic experience where diverse employees and allies can come together.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We've taken the Parity Pledge, we reinforce strategic recruitment, we are committed to diversity partnerships, and we understand the importance in training around unconscious bias.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes full-time remote for specific positions, Work remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive unlimited hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive unlimited hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Rapid7 has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored sparkling water you can handle.
Some Meals Provided
Employees get free lunch during quarterly in-office Town Halls and some team meetings.
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications
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