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Generation Bio Director/Senior Director, People Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Generation Bio is an innovative genetic medicines company focused on creating a new class of non-viral gene therapy to provide durable, redosable treatments for people living with rare and prevalent diseases. The company’s non-viral platform incorporates a proprietary, high-capacity DNA construct called closed-ended DNA, or ceDNA; a cell-targeted lipid nanoparticle delivery system, or ctLNP; and an established, scalable capsid-free manufacturing process. The platform is designed to enable multi-year durability from a single dose of ceDNA and to allow titration and redosing if needed, and our scalable manufacturing process supports our mission to extend the reach of gene therapy to more people, living with more diseases, in more places around the world. Our vision is to make the ravages of genetic disease as imaginary to the next generation as polio feels to children today.

We are a thriving, collaborative, creative community of 120 people with diverse talents, beliefs, and experiences headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The Director of People Development will build programs, practices and organizational capabilities that ignite sustainable growth at an individual, team, and organizational level. We have created a highly collaborative learning organization that thrives on our people authentically engaging with our work. Our leadership model is centered around the concept of leaders worth following – in essence, people who are both inwardly sound and others focused. As a result, you will play a critical role scaling our dynamic, rapidly growing organization to deliver on our patient focused mission.

In this newly created position, you are a progressively experienced, versatile and team player who can deepen and extend the reach and impact of our leadership model, manifested in your individual presence, programs, and in your contribution to our organizational design. You will champion Generation Bio’s culture and values to help our colleagues to uncover their rich potential and reach their individual goals. We seek a creative and influential thought leader who can balance the need to be a strategic partner with a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude. You’re a leadership development coach and a trusted advisor that embodies a growth mindset, and someone who can translate that worldview into a matrix of programs and activities across the organization.

This role will join a strong, growing HR team and report to the Chief People Officer.


  • Creating a long-term strategy and roadmap to catalyze people development across the organization that enables our people to learn, unleash the superpowers of others and deliver on our company mission and objectives.

  • Foster the continued integration of our leadership model and philosophy into the fabric of the way we work throughout the organization, as well as formally in our people programs and practices.

  • Lead, design and consult on organizational change processes.

  • Design and facilitate interventions for cross-functional teams that improved group dynamics, work processes and productivity.

  • Stay abreast of learning, training and development best practices and current trends in pharmaceutical and life science industries - utilizing current advances within digital, live and virtual platforms.

  • Communicate needs proactively within our HR team and functional leaders to develop integrated and sustained solutions.

  • Sense, convey and offer solutions to grow overall organizational needs, capacities, and capabilities.

  • Design, facilitate and manage multidisciplinary learning experiences both virtually and in-person that focus on:

  • leadership development

  • management development

  • career development planning

  • critical gaps you identify as part of assessing the organization’s needs and priorities.

  • Manage partnership with external learning and development providers.

  • Coach and engage collaboratively with managers to build their capacity to grow themselves and their team members.


  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressive experience designing, developing, delivering and evaluating learning and development programs is required; a minimum of five (5) years in a leadership role in learning and development; Masters degree preferred but not required

  • Passion for people and building on a culture that fosters employee engagement, growth, and development.

  • Savvy at assessing and anticipating organizational, leadership development and learning needs.

  • Seasoned facilitator skillful at holding space for inclusive, open dialogue with diverse audiences; curious, able to listen with empathy and humility.

  • Clear and versatile communicator with the ability to build rapport and trust with a diverse mix of people.

  • Strong organizational, analytical skills, and problem-solving ability – both strategic and tactical planning.

  • Sense of urgency, resourceful with a high-level of quality.

  • Looks at their work with a strategic, systemic, and future oriented perspective.

  • Successful track record of managing multiple projects in a fast-paced and changing environment.

  • Emotionally intelligent and self-aware.

  • Experience in life sciences a plus, but not required.

POSITION: Full time, Exempt

EEOC Statement: Generation Bio believes in a diverse environment and is committed to equal employment opportunity for all its employees and qualified applicants. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. Generation Bio will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.