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Deputy Director, Human Resources

Axiom Space

Axiom Space

People & HR
Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Axiom Space is building for beyond, guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leading provider of human spaceflight services and developer of human-rated space infrastructure, Axiom Space operates end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while developing its successor, Axiom Station – a permanent commercial destination in low-Earth orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home.

Axiom Space fosters a diverse environment inclusive of all perspectives. We are the pioneers of commercial space, leading the transformation of low-Earth orbit into a global space marketplace. Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic Deputy Director, Human Resources (HR) who is fueled by problem-solving, continuously curious, and driven to understand our world, science/technology, and life itself, for the benefit of all on Earth and beyond.

SUMMARY: Our team is looking for an energetic and dynamic Deputy Director, HR who will plan, lead, direct, develop and coordinate those policies, activities and HR staff as assigned by the Director of HR. This role is onsite and will be based at our Houston HQ facility.


  • Collaborates with executive and senior leadership to advise, counsel, and provide coaching and resolution to address employees’ performance as well as understand the organizations goals and strategy related to staffing, recruiting, and retention, demonstrating our core value of together.
  • Provides direct management oversight of assigned HR functional areas including, but not limited to payroll, benefits, data analytics, and compensation management, demonstrating our core value of leading.
  • In partnership with the Director of HR, identifies areas of improvement, and best practices, through the creation and development of processes, policies, and procedures in the following areas, including, but not limited to retention, personnel records, job evaluation, compensations management, benefits administration, organizational development, workers compensation, safety, training, AAP/EEO and other special projects, demonstrating our core value of innovation.
  • Creates and fosters a highly engaging culture, through motivation, high levels of teamwork, accountability, communication, and vision to employees.
  • Assists to plan, lead, develop, coordinate, and implement policies, processes, training, initiatives, and surveys to support the organization’s human resource compliance and strategy needs, in alignment with our core value of integrity.
  • Provides consultation and guidance to improve working relationships across the organization and to increase productivity and retention within the HR department and all divisions of the organization, demonstrating our core competency of problem solving.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, human resources, organization development or related degree required.
  • 10+ years of experience resolving complex employee relations issues, and roles of increased and challenging responsibilities, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Prior experience with Human Resources Management preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, both in influencing a complex organization, managing an HR department and change management required.
  • Prior responsibility in creation of business plans, budgets, and performance metrics monitoring
  • Demonstrated breadth of experience and knowledge of human resources practices and processes (benefits, compensation, payroll, recruiting, training, administration, time and attendance) required.
  • Experience in start-up environment strongly preferred.
  • SHRM-CP/SCP, or SPHR/PHR preferred.

Essential Functions

Work Environment: Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.


  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.

Physical Requirements

  • Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time).
  • Equipment and Machines
  • Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


  • Excellent interpersonal skill
  • Excellent communication skill, verbal and written
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Result oriented personality with a creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Self-motivated

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity
  • Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources
  • Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic, and deadline-oriented environment

Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.