HR Specialist

HR Specialist

Since 2018, The Synthesis Institute has been offering legal, medically-supervised and science-based psychedelic wellness retreats near Amsterdam for open-minded individuals who want to experience psychedelics for integrative healing and expansion potential. 

Standing on years of experience and a reputation for offering world-class psychedelic retreats, Synthesis is uniquely qualified to set the standard for practitioners to safely, ethically and effectively support people on a journey for healing. As a result, in 2020, we opened registration for the Psychedelic Practitioner Training, a 12-month professional certification program that offers current leading-edge thinking and modalities associated with guiding clients through safe and ethical psychedelic journeys. The inaugural cohort began training in April 2021.

With the FDA designating psychedelic therapy a “breakthrough therapy,” and thereby helping to speed up the process of researching and approving it to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), a new era is now upon us—one in which psychiatrists will be able to legally prescribe psychedelics in the United States. 

Deeply rooted in a vision that everyone should have access to mental health and well-being, Synthesis is uniquely poised to usher in this new era, pioneering as a global leader in advancing research, convening community, educating the public and engaging in activism to promote safe and legal access to psychedelics.

The Synthesis Institute is based in Amsterdam in The Netherlands, with the Digital Education division based in Oregon in the United States. We are accepting candidates globally and will consider candidates willing and able to work remotely.  


Position Overview:

The HR Specialist is a full-time position with responsibilities critical to our success. In support of and collaboration with directors of various departments, the HR specialist will lead hiring and onboarding, facilitating team growth that centers around values alignment, diversity, and inclusion. Responsibilities include developing company practices and policies in accordance with local hiring and employment laws and regulations while safeguarding our core values. 

The ideal candidate is an experienced and scrupulous professional, with a background in human resources, law, or building organizational culture. We are looking for a candidate who has a deep and demonstrable passion for psychedelic care and culture, and who is willing, able and excited to be the organization’s internal advocate for professionalism. The HR Specialist will lead selecting, building, and developing a world-class team that is capable of contributing to the ethical unfolding of the global renaissance in mental health care and transformative wellness.  

Other responsibilities include the development and implementation of seamless, inclusive and transparent recruiting and hiring strategies, that entice heart-centered and bright professionals to work with us. Excellent communication, collaboration and leadership skills are expected. Experience with Dutch employment law, Dutch insurance practices, European employee benefits packages, recruiting and hiring, plus proven success in a fast-paced, scaleup environment are highly preferred. 

The candidate is value-driven and is deeply familiar with employment policies within alternative business models, for example, the Steward Ownership model or Open Book Management. The candidate demonstrates an expert-level understanding of employment policy, recruiting and hiring best practices, diversity and inclusion best practices and has a deep understanding of European work/life cultural norms. In addition, the candidate can demonstrate how they have executed strategic hiring campaigns successfully in the past. Experience developing and implementing custom employee incentive and benefits programs and building teams with high degrees of diversity is ideal.

The ideal candidate finds a unique opportunity and joy at the intersection of empathy and policy.  Enjoying leveraging legal frameworks and structures to empower teams and relationship building.



  • Serve as point person responsible for ensuring company adherence to Dutch employment laws and cultural standards of employment
  • Negotiating, executing and updating contracts, records and reports, working closely with a company employment attorney and external HR partners
  • Steward Company Handbook/policy issuances, updates and improvements reflecting company values, cultural norms and legal compliance
  • Ensure policy adherence including coaching when needed. 
  • Design and manage the process for long-term team participation in evaluating, contributing, amending to company policies and procedures
  • Lead recruiting and hiring reflective of  The Synthesis Institute core values, further develop company inclusivity and diversity hiring practices, work with other departments to develop and leverage a network of mission-aligned organizations for hiring and placements
  • Manage European employment immigration and VISA matters, including working towards attaining status as a registered sponsorship organization in the Netherlands
  • Maintain and keep up-to-date company records and serve as internal point person and administrator of employee online portal and timekeeping 
  • Work closely with Dutch employment authorities (UWV), partner organizations and insurance partners to maintain excellent reporting practices
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for team questions about contracts and employment
  • Complete other duties as assigned


Required Experience: 

  • 3+ years experience in a senior HR role within the Netherlands
  • Proven success recruiting, hiring and retaining well rounded and diverse teams with top talent
  • Extraordinary attention to detail and nuance especially as it pertains to legal language
  • Proven track record of crafting and facilitating innovative company policies and procedures
  • Prior experience executing contracts in compliance with local laws 
  • Experience working with insurance providers and company doctors
  • Experience working with Collective Labor Agreements (CAO’s)
  • Experience working with employment authorities (like the UWV in the Netherlands) and a deep understanding of how to best leverage their services for maximal employee benefit
  • Experience executing employee benefit and incentive programs within alternative business structures 
  • Experience successfully growing organizations and expanding to new/different regions
  • Familiar with Dutch recruiting and hiring laws/best practices
  • Superb written and spoken English skills 
  • Keen and willing to support the responsible and intentional delivery of safe, legal, and ethical psychedelic care
  • Experience working independently in a cross-functional team environment
  • Track record of making sound and responsible decisions including in demanding or high-pressure situations
  • Prior successes facilitating conflict resolution and employee coaching 
  • Deep understanding of servant leadership philosophy
  • Has a personal spiritual, self-care or personal-growth practice and values introspection and personal growth as a priority 
  • Awareness of non-ordinary states of consciousness
  • Highly organized with excellent project management skills 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Displays sound analytical ability to develop and analyze options, recommend solutions to and solve complex problems and issues.
  • Inspires confidence, appropriate risk-taking and achievement of high standards
  • Prior success working in an environment of frequent change, promoting teamwork and collaboration
  • Personal experience with altered states of consciousness is a must


Highly-Preferred Qualifications:

  • Native Dutch speaker
  • Personal experience with plant medicine/psychedelics/plant medicine ceremonies
  • Proven and demonstrable working understanding of Open Book Management and Steward Ownership business models 
  • Familiarity with scientific psychedelic research 
  • Professional experience working with a diverse, multicultural, international organization
  • Experience with affirmative action policy


Compensation Package: 

  • Competitive base salary commensurate with experience
  • Annual performance and salary review