Chief People Officer



People & HR
Virginia, USA · McLean, VA, USA · United States
Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2024

More Lives, Better Lived®
As the largest and leading value-based kidney care and cardiovascular care company, Somatus is empowering patients across the country living with chronic kidney disease to experience more days out of the hospital and healthier at home.

It takes a village of passionate and tenacious innovators to revolutionize an industry and support individuals living with a chronic disease to fulfill our purpose of creating More Lives, Better Lived. Does this sound like you?

Showing Up Somatus Strong

We foster an inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration and innovation at every level. Our values bring our mission to life and serve as the DNA for every decision we make:

  • Authenticity: We believe in real dialogue. In any interaction, with patients, partners, vendors, or our teammates, we are true to who we are, say what we mean, and mean what we say.
  • Collaboration: We appreciate what every person at Somatus brings to the table and believe that together we can do and achieve more.
  • Empowerment: We make sure every voice gets heard and all ideas are considered, especially when it comes to our patients’ lives or our partners’ best interests.
  • Innovation: We relentlessly look for ways to improve upon the status quo to continuously deliver new solutions.
  • Tenacity: We see challenges as opportunities for growth and improvement — especially when new solutions will make a difference for our patients and partners.

Showing Up for You

We offer more than 25 Health, Growth, and Wealth Work Perks to help teammates learn, grow, and be the best version of themselves, including:

  • Subsidized, personal healthcare coverage (medical, dental vision)
  • Flexible Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Professional Development, CEU, and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Curated Wellness Benefits supporting teammates physical and mental well-being
  • Community engagement opportunities
  • And more!

About the Role

The Chief People Officer (CPO) is the senior leader on the HR team reporting to the CEO. This executive will be an essential part of leading a World-Class, strategically oriented human capital team to meet the needs of a rapidly growing organization that operates in geographically distributed markets. The CPO converts the business strategy into a people strategy ultimately driving value by intentionally aligning the HR function to optimize and drive the desired business outcomes.


The successful candidate will ensure alignment with the dynamic competitive environment and Somatus’ strategic direction to optimize human capital solutions at the organization, team, and individual level. Overall, the CPO will be a dynamic thought partner to senior leadership, and will anticipate and drive innovative, best in class organizational design, management process and human capital solutions and thought leadership to enhance the organization’s capability and the capabilities of its partner physician groups. In addition to serving as a trusted business partner and leader, they will be hands-on and will architect world class HR systems to enable the business’ rapid growth. It is important that they are a builder; with a nimble, flexible, and entrepreneurial orientation.

  • Total Rewards: ensuring Somatus offers world class compensation and benefits to attract, retain and incentivize top talent including equity management, incentive bonus programs and executive compensation
  • Performance management: aligning teammate activity and behaviors to Somatus goals and core values driving a high-performance culture
  • Talent acquisition and onboarding: build dynamic talent attraction strategies coupled with best-in-class onboarding processes
  • HR Shared Services (including HR Information Systems): maximizing exceptional people system operational processes enabling the organization to best manage human capital
  • Employee and Labor Relations, including Diversity, EEOC, and Affirmative Action: supporting Somatus HR compliance and reporting requirements
  • Business Leadership Group, including the HR Business Partner model and human capital planning: developing best in class strategic people function supporting business objectives and growth

Additionally, this individual will partner with HR Leadership on Organization Development initiatives including Engagement, Talent Management, Executive Leadership Development, and Performance Management.

  • Identify, develop, and guide the execution of the People Strategy for Somatus: Responsible for overall strategic direction, guidance, and oversight of short and long-range Human Capital plans, while ensuring integration with strategic business and financial goals, which contribute to the successful long-term growth and viability of Somatus.
  • Assist in the co-creation of the Company’s overall business strategy: Serve as a member of the Somatus Leadership Team (SLT) directing and participating in corporate strategy development, planning and decision-making, and providing appropriate communication and support.
  • Identify and oversee key practices in talent management, continuously driving efforts to attract and retain top talent, and develop new leadership capabilities: Lead a best-in-class Talent Acquisition organization utilizing workforce planning.
  • Collaborate with HR Leadership to drive engagement, performance management initiatives, and leadership development.
  • Architect a total rewards philosophy, including market-based compensation: Direct the development and implementation of varied innovative, cost-effective and market competitive total reward programs, which meet employee needs and reflect organizational values and priorities.
  • Continually build and mature the HR function: Implement HR infrastructure, compensation systems, and collaborate with HR leadership on the organizational development process.
  • Drive contemporary human capital data analytics, including the implementation of an HRIS platform: Ensure all key human capital work is data driven and creates a measurable impact on advancing business outcomes.
  • Collaborate with HR Leadership to support leadership development initiatives involving the delivery of high quality, targeted leadership development programs and ensuring processes are in place to measure their effectiveness.
  • Succession Planning: Lead succession planning processes throughout the enterprise. This includes ensuring that the process considers the future strategic direction of the business and the ideal culture for Somatus.
  • Create a deliberate approach to the continuous development and stewardship of the Company's culture: Provide operational oversight and leadership to further a high performance, diverse, inclusive, and equitable culture. Lead and support the development of effective employee and organizational feedback and engagement techniques. Drive a Culture of Engagement across the enterprise.

The CPO will be responsible for developing and mentoring a talented team of human resources professionals. Other key relationships include partnering with corporate and regional leaders, in-house physician partners and their executive teams to translate business needs into long-term viable solutions and to identify opportunities for integration and leveraging of Human Capital. Additionally, the CPO will promote a diverse, inclusive, and equitable culture and continuous improvement strategies.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred), preference for concentration in HR, Business Administration, or related field.
  • At least 15 years of relevant leadership experience with significant depth in the various functional disciplines of Human Resources. Previous SVP, HR experience reporting directly to the executive leadership within a healthcare service (or analog services) business is highly preferred. Must have a track record of success in job performance.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to advise and partner with senior level leaders to achieve business objectives using HR strategies, operations and tactics and can build a world-class Human Resources organization that is able to scale to meet the needs of a high growth business.
  • Must have experience of creating and implementing a strategic vision for the HR function inclusive of talent & performance management, organization structure & design, total rewards, talent acquisition, culture, and change management
  • Experience working in a similar decentralized field-based organization (e.g., multi-unit, franchise, distributed operations, or retail) that is rapidly growing, ideally healthcare services, retail, etc.
  • Experience developing a team, fostering productive team environments, and building relationships, and appropriately enhancing it to meet the needs of a growing business, with a continuous improvement mindset and strong analytical skillset.

*This position is required to be onsite at our corporate office in McLean, VA a minimum of 3 days per week.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Our priority is the health and safety of our members, colleagues, partners, and community. Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination is required for employment. If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons or sincerely-held religious beliefs, we will consider requests for reasonable accommodations consistent with our policy, and where we are able to provide such accommodations without undue hardship to the company. All requests for proof of vaccination or for exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be subject to any limitations stipulated by current state and/or federal laws. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Somatus, Inc. provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Further, the company takes affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment without regard to any of these characteristics. Discrimination of any type will not be tolerated.