Director of Human Resources

The Opportunity

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is looking for an experienced, dynamic Director of Human Resources  to lead the foundation’s Human Resources strategies. As a key member of the senior staff reporting to the President, the Director of Human Resources will be responsible for managing and implementing human resources programs that enhance, support, and sustain a collaborative and high-performance culture. In partnership with the leadership team and an engaged and knowledgeable staff, the incoming Director of Human Resources will design and lead innovative HR programs and initiatives to support the foundation’s goals. The Director of Human Resources will balance deep human resources and organizational development knowledge with practical approaches suited to the foundation’s culture. This is a tremendous opportunity for a motivated human resource professional with strong leadership skills and strategic expertise to join one of the leading philanthropic institutions in the United States.

The Director of Human Resources will have oversight of the following:

Organizational Leadership:

  • As a key member of the foundation’s senior leadership, advocate for a positive work culture that demonstrates high personal engagement and fidelity to the values of the foundation.
  • Champion and support the foundation’s internal diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
  • Demonstrate and contribute to a culture of transparency where employees feel empowered.
  • Promote, facilitate, and embody an engaged and outcomes-oriented culture grounded in mutual respect, transparency, collaboration, learning, diversity, and inclusion.

Strategic Team Leadership:

  • Lead the Human Resources staff in assessing, developing, and implementing integrated, innovative, and strategic programs and operations to assure the department’s contribution to the organization’s goals.
  • Engage all levels of the organization as an effective listener and a solution-enabler.
  • Develop human resources planning models to identify gaps and design appropriate programs that support recruitment, onboarding, performance feedback, staff and leadership development, and recognition.

Talent Acquisition/Retention:

  • Partner with program and administrative departments to develop effective and integrated recruitment strategies that attract talented and deeply committed staff at all organizational levels. Work closely with managers in all phases of hiring to attract and screen candidates efficiently and effectively.
  • Put systems in place that allow the foundation to encourage the full development and performance of all employees and embrace and support applicants and employees of all backgrounds.
  • Develop staffing strategies designed to identify top talent both within and outside the organization. Identify effective and appropriate external sources of talent for positions at all levels.
  • Evaluate and advise on the impact of new programs or regulations on the ability of the foundation to attract, motivate, develop, and retain critical people resources in all departments.

Learning and Development/Performance Management:

  • Ensure that the foundation’s performance feedback practices support the staff’s professional development goals and enhances their contributions to the organization.
  • Foster excellent team leadership and people management practices and performance across the organization through access and exposure to consistent management best practices.
  • Ensure ongoing development and long-term career planning for all staff through robust goal-setting processes, individual development plans, and evolving a culture of consistent and meaningful feedback.
  • Identify the most pressing learning needs of the organization to support excellence. Assess and build a training and development program to address key skill gaps for staff through in-house trainings and communication of external learning opportunities.
  • Assist staff with the selection of external training programs and consultants.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Develop and maintain robust compensation and benefits programs that align with foundation goals, provide motivation and recognition for effective performance, and serve as tools to recruit and retain top talent.
  • Develop programs that reflect an employee-organization partnership for the short- and long-term health of the organization and its employees.
  • Assess the competitiveness of people-related programs against the relevant market.

Employee Relations:

  • Consult with management on organization and employee effectiveness. Establish credibility and trust throughout the organization with management and employees as an effective partner on sensitive people-related issues.
  • Provide coaching and consultation on employee relations issues. Work with managers and employees on performance and/or conflict matters.


The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications and personal qualities:

  • 10+ years of directly related Human Resources experience; management experience required.
  • Extensive experience and depth of knowledge in all areas of Human Resources and in successfully motivating and engaging people.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to contribute to organizational strategy and HR programming.
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to quickly form trusting relationships and earn the respect and confidence of employees.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong presentation and influencing skills.
  • Collaborative and genuine leadership style with experience leading teams to strong outcomes.
  • Demonstrated expertise with a record of achievement in presenting and evaluating proactive and competitive HR practices, and recommending courses of action to leadership.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong presentation and influencing skills.
  • A commitment to innovation and creative thinking about how best to motivate and inspire a staff.
  • Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in a related field; Master’s degree preferred.


Erin Reedy and Alicia Salerno of Koya Leadership Partners have been engaged by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

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