We’re hiring a VP of HR in Columbus, OH

Company: Root is a car insurance company founded on the simple idea that people who drive well are less likely to get in accidents, and that means they should pay less for insurance. With a small initial venture capital investment, Root was faced with the challenge of building the entirety of the technology necessary to run a car insurance carrier from scratch. Through applying techniques to gain significant engineering leverage in the short-term without compromising long-term velocity, the engineering team at Root was able to deliver successfully, creating one of the fastest venture-backed companies to ever reach a billion dollar valuation.

Progress: We’ve been in business now for four years. In those four years, we have become the fastest growing auto insurance company, on a % growth in premium basis. Our most recent round of funding valued us at $1B and brought our total VC funding to $178M. In the last year and a half, we have grown our team from 60 to 650.

Embrace the love of the problem.
Question the norm.
Tackle the tough challenges head-on.
Have the uncomfortable conversations.
Ask forgiveness rather than permission.
Judge on the merits of work.
Celebrate ambitious teamwork.
Lead with empathy.
Filter the temptation to do the obvious.
Invest, don’t spend.
Empower the customer to solve.

Culture: Root has been rapidly growing for the last few years. Our early signs of success are in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our product is only as good as the people building it. We look for passionate problem solvers who can find solutions by moving through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity and rigor. We work together as one team and expect every team member to lead with empathy and courage.

Position: We are looking for a senior human resources leader to spearhead the evolution of our HR infrastructure with an emphasis on employer compliance and employee relations. This individual will be expected to set the strategy for how we scale our HR practices as we grow the company in team size and locations.

Reports to: VP of People


  • Launch our HR business partner function
  • Ensure the compliance of our employee handbook
  • Establish compliant employer practices in states where we expand our employee base
  • Lead our current team (Payroll Manager, Director of Benefits, and Onboarding Specialist) in their areas of responsibilities
  • Strengthen and manage the company’s yearly performance review process in collaboration with the broader People Team and other internal folks
  • Provide guidance on employee relations issues, organizational structure, workforce planning, and other HR initiatives
  • Conduct all employee relations investigations
  • Oversee work authorization status and employer-sponsored visa programs


  • Executive-level strategy setting
  • Knowledge on state and federal employment laws - major focus on Ohio, Arizona, Texas, and California
  • Experience handling employee relations issues
  • Experience managing HRIS systems - experience with Paylocity a plus
  • PHR/SPHR certification
  • Experience in scaling into new job markets across multiple states
  • 8+ years in the HR field
  • 4+ years managing a team

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Finding the right people to help us build Root is a top priority. Whether you would like to explore the possibility of working together or simply learn more about the position, we’d love to hear from you!

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If you’d like to be a part of what we are building but don’t see an opening that suits you, email us at [email protected].