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Human Resources Manager


Sense is a fast-growing greentech scale-up based in Cambridge, MA. We build smart home monitoring systems to help people take command of their energy usage, saving money while combating climate change. Our mission is to reduce global carbon emissions by making homes smart and efficient, and we’re looking to make an impact at scale: Sense’s technology has the potential to remove one gigaton of carbon from the atmosphere every year.

We’re looking for talented self-starters who want to be part of the energy transformation and are ready, willing, and able to tackle tough challenges and complex technical problems. When you join the Sense team, you’re helping us build a cleaner, more resilient future.

Position Overview

The HR Manager is responsible for ALL HR-related activities for all functional areas of business. As the third member of the founding People team, this person will be instrumental in developing best practices for talent development, benefit management, employee relations, policy development and much more. Building a People function is hard but rewarding work. This requires managing a high capacity of initiatives while prioritizing work fiercely. You will work with employees at all levels of the organization. The needs of our teams vary significantly, and you will build agility along the way by developing your skills in a wide variety of HR initiatives and systems.


  • Work collaboratively with the management team to create, support and drive a positive company culture through all departments
  • Develop and implement compliant HR programs and procedures across all areas of the company
  • Advise employees and managers on HR related policies, programs, and procedures
  • Research effectiveness of HR programs and propose improvement to policies, programs, and procedures to improve human resources effectiveness and operations
  • Support administration of the Company’s employee benefits programs, including interaction with outside professionals
  • Maintain employee records / files and compile reports concerning data such as hires, transfers, performance appraisals, attendance, etc.
  • Ensure legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable human resource federal and state requirements; conducting investigations; maintaining records; representing the organization at hearings
  • Administer, process and evaluate company benefits
  • Ensure Federal and State compliance pertaining to all day to day HR activities, policies and procedures
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality and professionalism
  • Performs other related duties as required and assigned

Education, Certifications and Licensure

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources preferred
  • SPHR/PHR Certification preferred

Minimum Technical Skills and Experience

  • Broad knowledge of HR generalist functions, including:
  • Implementation of HR policies and procedures
  • Benefits administration
  • Compliant record keeping
  • Employee relations
  • Employment law and regulatory compliance
  • Outstanding attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Excellent prioritization and time management skills
  • Strong computer skills, including comfort with web-based applications
  • Thrives when performing job duties in a fast-paced environment; stays even-keeled during stressful times
  • Comfortable in a casual but fast-paced work environment

Ideal Soft Skills

  • Solid interpersonal skills with demonstrated experience building relationships with employees at all levels
  • Proficient written communication skills to produce succinct correspondence and reports
  • Strong collaborative skills and the ability to work effectively in teams
  • Independent thinker who embraces opportunities for change
  • Ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong bias for action, with a knack for being proactive and solving problems

Why Sense

Sense supports a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other. We welcome candidates with backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in tech, and we strive to foster an engaging, respectful and supportive community where everyone feels empowered to do their best work. Sense is committed to being an equal opportunity employer.

Sense is a growing VC-backed startup with an experienced leadership team and revolutionary machine learning technology.

  • Best Startups in Cambridge - Tech Tribune
  • "One of the world's top 100 AI companies" - VentureBeat
  • Clean Tech Company of the Year - New England Venture Capital Association
  • 50 on Fire - BostInno
  • Top 100 - Red Herring
  • Best Consumer AI Technology - AI Dev World
  • Global Cleantech 100


  • Competitive compensation including equity
  • Hybrid in our Cambridge Central Square office
  • Home office setup allowance ($200/year)
  • Great work-life balance
  • Flexible work hours
  • Vacation starting at 3 weeks/year + 1 week paid sick time
  • Paid parental leave (5 weeks or more depending on location)
  • Dependent Care Accounts
  • Generous healthcare benefits for employees and dependents
  • Medical (90% of the premium and first 50% of the deductible)
  • Dental (90%)
  • Vision (100%)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life, AD&D, long- and short-term disability insurance (100%)
  • 401k plan including Company Match
  • Free Sense energy monitor for your home, discounts for friends and family

Sense’s mission is to reduce global carbon emissions by making homes smart and efficient. We make it easier for people to take care of their homes and to actively participate in a cleaner, more resilient future.

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