Allen Institute Selects TCG for Executive Director of HR Search


Allen Institute

SEATTLE, WA – Allen Institute, a recognized leader in large-scale, open science research, has selected The Christopher Group again to lead their Executive Director of Human Resources search. Founder & CEO, Tom Christopher, and Recruiting Director, Jim May are leading the critical search.

Tom Christopher

“We are again honored to be Allen Institutes trusted search partner as they look to place a new Executive Director of Human Resources,” said Tom Christopher. “This professional will be an integral member of the executive team and a trusted partner at a world-renowned scientific institution.”

Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer, the Executive Director will be the executive partner and thought leader on all people-related strategic initiatives and planning, organizational design, diversity, equity and inclusion, and change management throughout the organization. This position is critical to build and advance their people in support of their institutional priorities and to develop a talent pipeline across the Allen Institute’s diverse teams. The Executive Director will lead and oversee all aspects of Human Resources management, practices, and operations to meet the needs of their growing and evolving Institute including, yet not limited to, workforce planning, employee engagement, employee relations, training and development, performance management, compensation, benefits, and systems. The role will build upon current people, programs, and service delivery strategies, lead organizational decision-making and talent strategy to secure growth while preserving core culture. Leading a talented group of Human Resources professionals, this role is accountable and responsible for all aspects of the employee experience and Human Resources services for a growing team of over 500 employees.

Founded in 2003 by philanthropist, visionary, and Co-Founder of Microsoft by the late Paul G. Allen, the Allen Institute is a recognized leader in large-scale, open science research. Its research institutes include the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Allen Institute for Cell Science, Allen Institute for Immunology, and The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group. Headquartered in Seattle, Allen’s commitment to share all they learn openly with the world has allowed them to solve some of the greatest mysteries of the human mind and body.

To learn more about this opportunity and/or The Christopher Group please contact Jim May at

About The Christopher Group

The Christopher Group (TCG) is the nation’s leading specialized boutique for Agile HR Business Solutions firm focused on Targeted HR Executive Search, Interim HR Leaders, and HR Consulting Services. Staffed by former HR professionals and highly trained search practitioners who have sat in the job, TCG’s award-winning process provides customized solutions for clients, across all industries, locations, company sizes, and verticals.

TCG is the only HR boutique named as one of the Best Executive Recruiting Firms in America by Forbes in 2019 and 2020. We have become the firm of choice for many clients like Kraft, Whirlpool Corporation, Pepsi, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Welch’s, Nationwide, SC Johnson, Walgreens, USAA, Verizon, Penn State University, Honeywell, Hanes, Allstate, Delta Dental, BP, Capital One, Comcast, Dish, Exxon Mobil, First Energy, Goodyear, Johnson & Johnson, Goodyear, Parker Hannifin, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Lamb Weston, Meijer, Petco, Air Products and many more.