Meru Health

An online provider for greater mental health

Human Resources Director / HR Director

San Mateo
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About the role

Why Meru Health?

  1. Collaborative Leadership : Work closely with our COO & Co-Founder, Riku Lindholm, and influence a team of 150+ members.
  2. Autonomy and Impact : Take full ownership of building our HR foundation, functions, and processes with the freedom, trust, and flexibility you need.
  3. Inclusive Culture : Be part of a team that values diversity, inclusion, integrity, empathy, compassion, and high emotional intelligence.
  4. Innovative Mission : Join us in revolutionizing mental health care by addressing root causes and empowering individuals to heal and thrive. Collaborate with top universities like Stanford, Harvard, UC Davis, and partners like Cigna & Humana.

Who We're Looking For

We're seeking someone passionate about HR/People and committed to building processes and supporting our people as we grow.

Your Responsibilities

As the Director of HR/People, you'll shape the strategic direction of our HR policies and initiatives, ensuring we attract, develop, and retain top talent while fostering a positive and inclusive work culture.

Key Goals:

  • Drive HR Strategies : Develop and implement HR strategies that align with our business objectives and mission-driven culture.
  • Innovative Recruitment : Lead talent acquisition strategies to attract top talent.
  • Team Development : Champion development programs and performance management systems.
  • Compliance : Ensure compliance with labor regulations and industry standards.
  • Employee Relations : Resolve complex issues with tact and empathy.
  • Compensation and Benefits : Enhance and manage competitive programs.

Success in This Role

Skills Needed:

  • Alignment with Meru Health’s values and mission.
  • Exceptional leadership and strategic thinking.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of HR best practices and labor laws.
  • Proven ability to drive HR initiatives in a high-growth environment.
  • High emotional intelligence and problem-solving skills.

Experience Needed:

  • 7+ years in HR/People Operations, with 3+ years in leadership.
  • Experience in startups or high-growth environments, ideally in tech or healthcare.
  • Success in building and scaling HR functions.

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in HR, Business Administration, or a related field.
  • Advanced degrees or HR certifications (SHRM-SCP, SPHR) are highly desirable.
  • Proficiency with HR software and systems.

What Success Looks Like


  • Improved employee satisfaction and engagement scores.
  • Reduced employee turnover.
  • Efficient and scalable HR processes.
  • Enhanced recruitment metrics.


  • 90 Days : Understand Meru Health’s culture, mission, and goals. Build strong relationships and assess current HR policies.
  • 6 Months : Implement HR initiatives that drive engagement and retention. Improve recruitment and onboarding processes.
  • 1 Year : Scale HR functions to support growth. Achieve significant improvements in satisfaction and performance metrics. Position Meru Health as a premier employer.

Join Meru Health, a YCombinator-backed company, and be part of our mission to revolutionize mental health care. If you are a visionary HR leader, apply to make a lasting impact on our team and those we serve.


We believe in prioritizing our employees' health and well-being, so that they can focus on the good work of helping 10 million people recover from mental health challenges.

  • Compensation: 

    • $170,000 - $220,000
    • Generous stock options
  • Benefits :

    • 100% employer paid Medical, Dental, Vision, & Life Insurance for full-time employees (50% for dependents)
    • Flexible Spending Account and Health Savings Account options available (HSA eligible employees will receive Meru's annual contributions of $1,500 for single enrollees and $3,000 for enrollees with dependents)
  • Paid Time Off :

    • 15 US holidays annually
    • 20 days of  vacation your first year of employment, then 25 days of vacation thereafter 
    • 8 weeks of parental leave for all new parents and an additional 8 weeks for new birthing parents
  • Hybrid Work Benefits

    • Internet & phone expense reimbursement
    • $250 Onboarding Home Office stipend
    • Work from San Mateo, CA Office 3 days per week

About Meru Health

Meru Health was founded in 2016 with a big vision to help and empower people living with mental health challenges. We are diverse team of scientists, engineers, clinicians and experienced entrepreneurs who have come together to make depression, anxiety and burnout treatment accessible, effective and truly outcome-driven. Our mission is more than business, it’s personal. Our founders have lost friends and family members to depression, and we want to do everything in our power to help people who suffer.


Meru Health
Team Size:55
Location:San Mateo, CA
Riku Lindholm
Riku Lindholm
Albert Nazander
Albert Nazander
Kristian Ranta
Kristian Ranta