Head of People & Culture

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Albany, NY, United States

Posted on: 2024-04-18

Category: food

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About the company:

We’ve studied and become inspired by mycelium. We’ve learned there’s a lot you can do with it—from textiles to building materials to packaging alternatives, even to food! Really tasty food. Guided by the wisdom of the woods, MyForest Foods is harvesting this new approach to meatless food—one that can sustain AND satisfy all types of eaters. Our mycelium is grown—not ground, so it actually feels like you’re biting into a whole cut of meat.

Have you heard of Mycelium?

It’s the root structure of mushrooms, growing juuuuust beneath the forest floor. 

We believe mycelium is the forests’ best-kept secret. With a naturally savory umami flavor and a wonderfully meaty texture, mycelium is a delicious, naturally sustainable option for people seeking a meat alternative. At MyForest Foods, we grow this gourmet mushroom mycelium inside our vertical farm in big, WHOLE pieces that can be sliced up just like traditional cuts of meat. Our first product, MyBacon is winning the hearts of vegans and carnivores alike—and we're just getting started! 

Intrigued? If you’re a motivated, inspired, passionate foodie with a drive to revolutionize the future of food, we should definitely talk.

Are you prepared to ignite a revolution in the future of food? At MyForest Foods, we're not merely thinking outside the box; we're reshaping its very definition! Our mission is to introduce healthy, delectable, and nutritious "whole-cut" mycelium meat to the global stage, and we're seeking a passionate Head of People & Culture to join our vibrant team!

As the Head of People & Culture, you'll plunge into the exhilarating realm of human resources, where each day presents fresh challenges and opportunities for innovation. Talent acquisition, team cultivation, and fostering high-performance cultures will be your daily pursuits as you tirelessly construct top-tier teams that thrive in our dynamic environment.

But wait, there's more – we're not solely focused on business; we're committed to making a positive impact on the planet. By coming aboard, you'll spearhead efforts to reduce emissions from animal agriculture, starting with the most challenging segment of the market: whole cuts. With our mouthwatering meatless bacon, packed with protein and essential nutrients, you'll help pave the way toward a more sustainable future.

Why join us? Because we're not just another company – we're a movement. We're deeply passionate about our mission, and we're seeking individuals who share that fervor. If you're ready to dive in and make a tangible difference, then we want you on our team!

As our Head of People & Culture, you'll:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Lead and assemble a high-performance team spanning all levels of our organization, from the farm team to executives, dedicated to achieving our mission
  • Oversee all facets of people operations, office management, and talent acquisition
  • Collaborate with the executive team to craft short and long-term people strategies that drive growth
  • Cultivate strong relationships with all leaders, guiding them through complex people matters
  • Harness an entrepreneurial spirit to engage and empower our teams
  • Foster a positive and collaborative team environment, encouraging open communication, trust, and respect among team members
  • Continuously seek opportunities to enhance team efficiency, productivity, and overall performance
  • Spearhead culture initiatives to boost employee engagement and morale
  • Develop and implement systems and processes to support our people objectives
  • Ensure adherence to employment laws and best practices
  • Embrace a mindset of relentless reprioritization when faced with challenges
  • Demonstrate a high level of emotional intelligence
  • Report directly to our CEO
  • And much more!

To excel in this role, you'll need:

  • A Fervent commitment to building and leading high-performing teams
  • Exceptional communication and influencing skills
  • Exceptional results orientation, with a high degree of personal initiative and leadership, in a low-resource environment
  • Extremely detail-oriented, well organized, high standard of accuracy, and a “roll-up-the-sleeves” attitude
  • Low ego and organizational humility with the ability to navigate between the front line & the boardroom
  • Proven success in driving performance through effective people management
  • The ability to thrive in a fast-paced, forward-thinking environment

Education and/or Experience: 

  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 10 years of experience in people, process and culture development
  • Five (5+) years experience in Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in business management, HR certification, and a strong passion for sustainability

The Albany pay range for this role is based on the candidates' skills and experience. The range is $175,000-225,000. 

Location: To secure the best talent, this position can be virtual/remote with travel to Green Island, New York as needed.

If you are eager to join a company that’s revolutionizing the food industry, apply now and become part of something truly extraordinary!


If you’re inspired by the potential of mycelium and the promise of a well-fed future, join us! Our team is always seeking passionate problem-solvers and forward-thinking foodies.

As a part of this bold and quirky band of fun-loving world-changers, you can expect...

  • A diverse and welcoming work environment
  • A fresh company culture (full of opportunities for involvement!)
  • Team-bonding retreats & community-based events
  • Immediate benefits (medical and dental coverage starts on day 1!)
  • Multiple voluntary benefit options; access to tele-med, pet insurance, 401k

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