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People Operations Manager



People & HR, Operations
San Jose, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Coactive makes it easy to search, filter, and analyze visual content. Increasingly image and video data captures the content we watch, the products we buy, and the work we do, and already represents 80% of internet traffic. But rather than being an asset, visual content is often a tax or even a liability because it is so hard to work with and understand. Coactive solves this by bringing structure to unstructured visual data. Rather than spending months (or years) building complex infrastructure, data teams can unlock the value of their visual data in minutes to power use cases such as content understanding and moderation, search, and analytics.

Coactive was founded by experts who shaped the fields of high-performance deep learning and data-centric AI. We have the scars from building and working with the first generation of modern machine learning systems at Google, Meta, Pinterest, eBay, Lyft, and other leading organizations. Through our decades of experience, we have developed a playbook to democratize the toughest parts of machine learning systems; no PhD required.

This is an exceptional opportunity to work with one of Forbes' top 50 AI companies, backed by key investors such as Andreesen Horowitz and Bessemer Ventures. This position is truly a chance to be part of a category-defining team that is attracting top-tier talent interested in pushing the boundaries of what's possible in AI.

What we need:

As the People Operations Manager, you will serve as a strategic and tactical partner to engage and build relationships with the team and make impactful experiences throughout an employees’ life cycle that align with Coactive’s values. You will support the execution of all HR functions and will be primarily responsible for employee experiences, benefits, compensation, performance management, onboarding, HRIS, payroll and special projects. A successful candidate will be highly organized, focused, and have the ability to multitask and prioritize the workload effectively in a high growth startup environment. This is a hybrid position based in San Jose. The Temporary Contract position is eligible for medical benefits and transition to Regular status.

What you’ll do:

  • Manage the employee life-cycle – from processing new hires, conducting new hire orientations and open enrollments, to conducting interviews and processing terminations
  • Manage core people programs such as performance reviews, onboarding training, management coaching, and employee relations
  • Partner with leadership to teach, coach, and cultivate the culture by ensuring our principles are taught, lived, and integrated in each component of people practices.
  • Assess training needs, partner with external vendors where needed and/or build training internally.
  • Develop resources and standards around employee counseling and engagement, performance management, and policies.
  • Onboards new hires by entering relevant information in appropriate systems (Rippling, Greenhouse, Lattice)
  • Coach managers on proper performance management meetings
  • Administration of health benefits
  • Payroll
  • HRIS management including data integrity and efficiency (Rippling)
  • Partner with immigration counsel to manage visas
  • Drive culture engagement initiatives
  • Continuously improve and create processes and workflows, leveraging systems, tools, and automation.
  • Contribute to ad hoc HR projects


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in Business, Human Resources, or related area preferred
  • 4+ years' of experience working in Human Resources as a generalist focused on employee experiences, total rewards, learning and development, and day to day HR management
  • Prior experience at a start-up in high-growth mode is a must
  • Experience working with HR tools including Rippling and Lattice
  • This position requires great attention to detail, the highest level of confidentiality, and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to navigate and manage change effectively
  • Strong emotional intelligence (EQ) and understanding of people
  • Ability to work in our San Jose office Monday through Wednesday

What you can expect from us:

This is a hybrid position based in San Jose, California, with three days in office.

The estimated annual base salary for this position is between $113,000-$146,000.*

At Coactive, cash salary is only one part of our total compensation package. Other benefits for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Equity grants
  • 100% medical, dental, & vision coverage for you
  • Medical, dental, & vision partially covered for your dependents
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Social events ranging from book clubs, happy hours, and hiking to board game nights.

Further, you can expect a supportive work environment from us. We build products, but we develop people.

Join us in revolutionizing data-intensive workflows. If you thrive on creating resilient, scalable, and secure systems in a dynamic environment, your impact at Coactive AI will be truly meaningful. Apply now to be at the forefront of innovation and transformation with the Coactive AI team.

*Actual pay is dependent on an individual candidate’s professional background, experience, skills and qualifications, as well as market demand and business demands. This pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. The salary, other compensation, and benefits information is accurate as of the date of this posting.

We embrace and celebrate the diversity of our employees. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or parental status, disability, veteran status, or other class protected by applicable law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.