San Francisco

Human Resources Manager/Senior Human Resources Manager, San Francisco Foundation

The Organization

With more than $1.5 billion in assets, the San Francisco Foundation is one of the largest community foundations in the country. The foundation is committed to expanding opportunity and ensuring a more equitable future for all in the Bay Area. Together with its donors, the foundation distributed $154 million to nonprofit organizations last fiscal year. The San Francisco Foundation serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties with some initiatives, including this one, serving the nine-county Bay Area.

Position Overview

Reports To: Senior Director of Human Resources and Administration

The Human Resources Manager/Senior Human Resources Manager (HRM/SHRM) is responsible for managing and administering key departmental functions including, recruitment and retention efforts, talent management and development, employee communications and engagement, and human resources projects and research. The HRM/SHRM reports to the Senior Director of Human Resources, and Administration (Sr. HRDA) serves as a thought partner to the Sr. HRDA, the Operations Team, and other organizational leaders in the implementation and execution of initiatives and programs that support the Foundation’s staff, business plan and strategic direction.

Job responsibilities:

People and Recruitment

  • Work with the HR and Administration Team to build and implement meaningful onboarding programs that educate and connect new employees to the Foundation’s mission, vision, values, strategy, and operations.
  • Support the organization’s recruitment processes, which includes working directly with hiring teams to fill open job requisitions, managing the ATS, source candidate leads, and leading the recruitment lifecycle.
  • Continually evaluate the Foundation’s talent management system to ensure that the organization is positioned to attract and retain top talent and coach underperformers through comprehensive reviews, talent development plans and programs, and meaningful, timely, and ongoing learning opportunities.
  • Provide ongoing training to staff and managers on the Foundation’s people practices, local/state/federal labor laws, and wage and hour compliance.
  • In partnership with the Human Resources Team, participate in the Foundation’s annual performance review and talent planning activities.
  • In collaboration with the Sr. HRDA, apply fair, consistent, and legally sound employee relations strategies across the Foundation to provide counsel to staff and managers with responsive and useful advice on the various issues that arise out of an employment relationship.
  • In partnership with the Sr. HRDA, provide consistent, informative communication to staff in meaningful formats regarding HR programs, policies, events, etc.  Collaborate with IT and marketing & communications teams to ensure that messaging is branded and conveyed in a user friendly and resourceful format.
  • Provide consistent developmental support and guidance to Foundation staff to ensure that they have the tools, information, and coaching necessary to carry out their work at the highest level.


  • Assist the Sr. HRDA in the development, implementation, and evaluation of HR strategies that will help to establish and maintain a high performing culture where talent is engaged, recognized and developed, ensuring the success and longevity of the organization and the connection of those who work here to the Foundation’s mission.
  • Support the Sr. HRDA with designing, institutionalizing, and maintaining systems that support the organizations’ focus on Equity practices and norms.
  • Collaborate with local HR professionals to ensure the sustainability and continued growth of the sector’s talent practices.


  • Work with the HR Team to continually evaluate and maintain comprehensive and cost-effective employee compensation and benefits programs to ensure that the Foundation is positioned to attract and retain top talent and provide for the financial stability and wellbeing of staff.
  • Research, develop, and implement additional programs that promote continuous learning (internal and external to the Foundation), equity/diversity/inclusion, safety, and engagement, helping to oversee and staff committees.

Policy and Legal Compliance

  • Work with the Sr. HRDA to develop and maintain effective and legally sound policies and procedures that serve as a resource to staff and ensure consistency across the Foundation.
  • Collaborate with the HR and Administrative Services Team to serve as a key member of the Foundation’s business continuity team.
  • Assist with the Foundation’s benefit programs, including open enrollment and broker negotiations.
  • In partnership with the Sr. HRDA, work with Foundation vendors and external legal counsel.


  • In collaboration with Sr. HRDA, produce an annual HR budget.
  • Provide information for annual organization audits as requested.
  • In partnership with the HR Team, support payroll needs, as requested.
  • Support the HR Team with producing the annual total compensation statements.
  • Assist with periodic compensation reviews for all staff positions.

Qualifications, Credentials, and Technical Skills required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or the combination of education and work experience.  HR Certification’s a plus.
  • Six to nine years of progressively responsible experience in the field of human resources. Note: this is a HR Generalist role scope, not a specialist.
  • Compensation management and benchmarking experience a plus, not required.
  • Proficiency level in Microsoft Suite
  • Advanced knowledge of human resources laws and regulations, including those around employment, benefits, leaves of absence, reporting, and others.
  • Ability to organize, evaluate, and present information effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to effectively interact with and present to a diverse group of individuals at all levels, both internal and external, to the Foundation.
  • Ability to maintain the strictest level of confidence regarding employee and other sensitive information concerning the Foundation.
  • Desire to continually learn and share new topics in the field of human resources and the desire to stay current on issues and initiatives that are important to the Foundation.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, consistently meeting deadlines, and changing directions as necessary to accommodate unanticipated issues that may arise.
  • Ability to take a proactive role in team efforts and promote cooperation and collaboration across the organization.
  • Ability to work accurately with close attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate the highest level of ethical and professional behavior.


Commensurate with background and experience in addition to a competitive benefits package.

The San Francisco Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of diverse backgrounds to apply.

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