About Pagoda

Pagoda is the first-ever Web3 Startup Platform where developers and entrepreneurs can build, launch, and operate new blockchain-based products and services. As a primary builder of the NEAR Protocol, Pagoda delivers capacity, velocity, simplicity, and affordability needed to power tomorrow’s Web3 startups.

We are looking for an innovative, empathetic, and productive person who is excited about building the next generation of crypto startups, feels comfortable challenging opinions, and most importantly who shares with us the same desire to make the web free again.

We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. Pagoda is committed to creating an inclusive culture, and we celebrate diversity of all kinds.

What You’ll Get For Joining:

  • Unlimited Annual Leave / PTO
  • $2,000 Yearly Continued Education Reimbursement
  • $2,000 Home Office Setup Reimbursement
  • Yearly Company Retreats (2021’s was in Lisbon!)
  • Paid Holiday Week: the last week of the year
  • Paid Summer Wellness Week: the first week of July
  • Mental Health Support and access to licensed therapists through Spill, 100% paid by us

About The Role

We are building the team rapidly across the globe. We also support the developers and entrepreneurs of the NEAR ecosystem along their respective journeys as much as we can. Our goal is to create an inclusive ecosystem where its members grow, learn and collaborate together rather than operate in silos.

To achieve the first part of this, you will need to extend and augment Near Inc’s existing people operations to handle the scale at which we need to operate. You will own the implementation of programs which support the culture of the company, including everything from learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and team wellness. Basically, your mission is to make everyone working at Pagoda wake up each day excited and empowered to build.

Because people are the lifeblood of this team and project, you will have full access to the resources and people you need to facilitate your mission. You will be expected to own the result and do whatever it takes to get there, including laying out a roadmap and building out your own team along the way. You will interact frequently with all areas of the company.

To be successful, you will need to bring the unlikely combination of 3 things:

  • A strong and creative vision for building a world class, people-focused, open source culture
  • Experience building, leading and managing teams which are people-first but also highly effective and operational
  • Familiarity with the zeitgeist of the blockchain and developer-focused open source communities

What You'll Be Doing

  • Create the long term vision and strategy of the People function 
  • Implementation of a clear people growth plan and culture support plan that scales with rapid organizational growth
  • Implementation of a robust orientation/onboarding experience for new hires 
  • Operationalize a market-leading compensation and benefits program
  • Implementation of new initiatives, such as DE&I, wellness, L&D, and HR compliance programs
  • Build out and manage a high performing People team

What We're Looking For

This is a senior-level position which requires someone who combines the experience of working in successful technology ventures with the scrappiness of someone who understands startups and the open source space in which we work.  Specifically:

  • Ideally you’ll have 10+ years experience working in people operations, human resources and similar roles which required you to own programs end-to-end.
  • Has led the scaling of a tech startup from approximately 100 to 500 people and/or built out an open source developer community of core contributors along the same path
  • Experienced navigating an engineering culture
  • Demonstrated ability to build world class teams and create strong cultures in large organizations and open source projects.
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly in English.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources or related field is a must

Here’s What Our Interview Process Looks Like:

Depending on calendar availability, from the first stage to the final stage, we do our best to keep the entire process to under three weeks. Our interviews take place via Zoom and typically consists of the following stages:

  • Internal Recruiter Call (30 to 45 minutes)
  • Meet with the Hiring Manager (30-60 minutes)
  • Technical & Leadership Interviews (2 x 60 minutes)
  • Culture & Values Interview (30 to 45 minutes)

Please let us know if you require any special requirements for your interview and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

Location

This is a full-time, remote position with Near Inc. Candidates must be based in the US.

Our Values at Pagoda

Innovate and deliver—so our customers can build. We deliver new solutions for real, often urgent, customer needs. Practical over hype. We uphold our standards of excellence while balancing velocity and pragmatism.

Focus precious time and energy on what matters. We are intentional about where we aim our resources. We channel our talents to focus on the critical missions in order to make an outsized impact. 

Favor ownership, agency and action.Everyone is an owner. As individuals, we are responsible and accountable for our work. We empower builders to make decisions and innovate without the burden of unnecessary roadblocks or complexity. 

Work as a team of empathetic humans. We practice mutual respect, open communication, humility and collaboration. We are kind and empathetic. We are welcoming towards diversity in all forms, including differences of perspective.

Never break trust. Integrity is rare—and valuable—in this space. Reputation is hard to build and easy to break.

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