Director of People Operations
Job Title Copy URL

locations NYC
user level Senior
type activity Full-time
posted 8/17/23

About Nabis

Nabis is the #1 Licensed Cannabis B2B Platform in the world with the largest portfolio of cannabis brands, supplying over 100 brands to 99% of California’s dispensaries and delivery services. Our mission is to empower the world to discover cannabis by providing choice, access, and innovation.

Our team, backed by Y-Combinator and from a celebrity roster of tech executives, including Doordash co-founder Stanley Tang, Gmail creator Paul Buchheit, and Twitch co-founder Justin Kan, is scaling the cannabis supply chain with technology with the ultimate goal of becoming the largest distributor of cannabis products in the world. 


The Role

The Director of People Operations reports to the VP of People and will lead multiple people team initiatives as a member of Nabis leadership. Working closely with the entire people team, the Director of People Operations works to align company goals and objectives with the day-to-day HR operations to meet state and federal compliance across all Nabis locations.

The ideal candidate should possess a high work ethic, excellent communication skills, knowledge of labor regulations and HR practices, strategic thinking, strong organizational skills, and a passion for talent development and process. This person must be a proven manager with the innate ability to drive results through encouragement and accountability. The Director of People Operations will constantly work on improving HR processes, implement data driven strategies that support business growth, improve morale and employee retention, enhance employee safety and wellness, and promote the Nabis’ core values.



  • Establish and implement human resources policies and procedures, working with the VP of People to revise and enhance these as needed to support operational strategic objectives.
  • Oversee all People Relations including employee grievances and disputes, manager and employee coaching, investigations, proactive employee relations programs, staff wellness and people-needs, etc.
  • Ensure all investigations are led consistently and prudently in coordination with State, Federal and Local jurisdictional laws.
  • Oversee all requests for LOA, FMLA, ADA and ensure consistency in responses for requests for LOA and accommodations.
  • Oversee all worker’s compensation incidents/accidents including claim status, documentation and managing oversight of each claim. Oversee OSHA reporting and sit on safety committee(s). 
  • Ensure compliance with all Federal and State law regulations.
  • Partner with the VP of People on annual and bi-annual review and adjustment processes. 
  • Work across the organization to support management and the human resources team on personal development plans, succession planning, employee development and career pathing. 
  • Maintain all personnel records, status changes, and conduct regular audits to ensure accuracy. Maintain all people data and create dashboards and tools for the internal team.
  • Process payroll for hourly, salaried, and temporary employees; including reviewing and importing hours from time and attendance system.
  • Process all travel and expense reimbursement credits, recognition awards, bonuses, pay adjustments, etc. Produce scheduled and ad-hoc reports pertaining to payroll.
  • Support in onboarding and offboarding of all staff compliantly, and conduct exit interviews.
  • Multiple-location and time zone management, travel is required.
  • Oversee development and training people team management.
  • Create and foster Nabis’ culture.



  • Excellent analytical skills, specifically in Excel, SQL experience is a bonus
  • A proven track record of managing complex projects from start to finish
  • 5+ years of experience in HR in a dynamic setting
  • Direct experience managing salaried and hourly employees
  • Proven knowledge of federal and state labor laws and regulations
  • Computer literacy, including all Microsoft and Google applications
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • 2+ years of Leadership experience


Desired Skills

  • PHR or SPHR certification
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills



  • You'll work at the fastest growing cannabis startup in the U.S.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision and 401k plan offered to all full-time employees.
  • Competitive salary of $115k - $130k depending upon experience.
  • Industry discounts at cannabis retail shops across California.


Nabis is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Nabis is seeking to create a diverse work environment because all teams are stronger with different perspectives and life experiences. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQIA individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, older members of society, and others from minority groups and diverse backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. All employees and contractors of Nabis are responsible for maintaining a work culture free from discrimination and harassment by treating others with kindness and respect.



#1 Cannabis Distributor

Size: 51-100 employees

Funding Level: Early-stage Startup

Total Amount Raised: 10.5 M

Year Founded: 2017


Y Combinator Soma Capital ESO Fund Gaingels Liquid 2 Ventures Justin Kan