Director of Human Resources

Position Purpose 

In collaboration with Foundation leaders, provides leadership and management of the human resource functions of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The Director of Human Resources will:

  • Plan, manage, and strategically integrate all human resource activities, including: recruitment, staffing, orientation/on-boarding, retention, employee benefit programs, training, coaching, community-building, employee relations, employee classification and job descriptions, performance management, compensation, as well as risk management and safety.
  • Act as a trusted advisor to Foundation leaders by providing human resources expertise, guidance, and coaching.
  • Ensure consistent practices for managing employee relations; provide effective advice related to the Foundation’s policies; proactively manage employee relations with thoughtfulness and responsiveness; and support an environment for effective conflict resolution.
  • Collaborate with internal partners to implement a feedback management and professional development process; ensure consistency of the system across the organization.
  • Oversee and maintain the employee benefits programs, including compliance with laws and regulations governing employee benefit plans, such as Employee Retirement Income Security Act rules related to retirement.
  • Oversee the Foundation’s compliance with Federal and State employment law; ensure a safe and legal workplace while also safeguarding the Foundation’s assets. 
  • Establish and oversee effective and productive HR vendor relationships
  • Advise the operations department of ongoing projects, programs, and potential challenges and opportunities.
  • Assess, develop, and implement an integrated training program, including those that are legally mandated.
  • Maintain records of organizational policies and procedures, disseminating as needed
  • Stay informed on federal and state employment regulations; ensuring compliance by recommending and implementing necessary measures.
  • In partnership with Foundation leadership, maintain and foster an environment that nurtures the Foundation’s mission and values.
  • Provide direction, supervision, and leadership to the Human Resources Manager. 
  • Other related duties as assigned.
Education & Experience Requirements
  • BA degree or equivalent; Master’s degree or SPHR/PHR certification preferred.
  • 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in human resources and administration.
  • Ability to understand, communicate, and enhance organizational culture
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to effectively analyze issues, and bring about resolution to employee and organizational needs and challenges
  • Demonstrated team player; flexible; able to work well with diverse groups
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong judgment, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • While not a requirement, knowledge of the education landscape and key organizations is valuable. 

In addition to a generous benefits package, compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. The salary range or this position is $120,000 to $130,000/year

Please Note: Successful candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


  • The Foundation offers a collaborative, community-building atmosphere grounded in an environment of mutual respect.
  • The facility is located in Stanford, California in a quiet pastoral setting near a hiking trail.
  • Amenities include a communal kitchen (coffee, tea, and drinks provided), weekly catered lunches, and outdoor eating/gathering areas.
  • We also offer on-site yoga classes, free parking, and electric car charging stations.
  • Full medical, dental, vision, life, accidental death, disability, and long term care insurance, as well as employer subsidized flexible spending plans
  • A retirement savings plan, including employer contributions and the opportunity for your own tax-advantaged savings
  • Generous time-off benefits including 15 paid holidays and up to 6 weeks paid parental leave
  • Matching Gift program to benefit charitable organizations and Educational Assistance to further your professional development