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Sr. Director, People and Culture

Kapor Center
California, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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Position Type
Programs, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Human Resources
Community Foundations, Education, Other Fields, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Kapor family of organizations (The Kapor Center, SMASH and Kapor Capital) works to remove barriers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and tech careers for underrepresented people of color. We take a comprehensive approach to fixing the leaks at every stage of the tech pipeline, from K-12 education through the workplace with education programs, advocacy, and gap-closing investing.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Chief People Officer, the Senior Director of People and Culture will be responsible for developing and executing strategies to support an engaged, and energetic Kapor Center community. This individual will support people and culture functions for all Kapor Center staff, Oakland-based and those based in other regions. The incumbent will have primary responsibility for developing and executing a values-based culture strategy, including developing year-round training curriculum for managers and staff, creating an approach for assessing culture, spearheading efforts to organize Kapor Center committees (membership, coordination between committees, etc.), chair the Kapor Center Culture Committee, work with the Chief People Officer on performance management approach and best practices, compensation, human resources compliance, organizational policy and procedures development.

The Sr. Director of People and Culture must be familiar with and demonstrably committed to the mission and values of the Kapor Center. All initiatives must reflect this approach, and should be customized. The focus of this role is to build practices and a culture that support employees to have maximum impact in their respective organizations, each of which are regarded as leaders in their respective sectors in addressing the intersection of tech and racial justice. We believe that employees deserve to be treated with respect and that being treated fairly means taking individual needs and differences into account. However, this approach is in service of enabling talented, energized people to have as much impact as possible. Metrics of success are as much about accomplishing organizational missions as they are about employees having a strong sense of belonging and feeling heard and respected.

Key Responsibilities/Outcomes:

Training and Development and Performance Management

  • Develop training and development plans for year round curriculum for all staff, with an emphasis on building strong management practices
  • Identify and engage with training partners to deliver values-based training
  • Working closely with the Chief People Officer, help to oversee the development, implementation, and management of the Kapor Center’s performance management system.
  • Work with supervisors on suggestions for individual training that will enhance growth and development for staff.
  • Prepare and analyze HR metrics for the organizational performance reviews and provide reports that support decision making in specified areas.
  • Lead a monthly meeting of organization supervisors to discuss and share best management practices, identify areas for needed training, test new programs/ideas, etc.

Organizational Culture

  • Develop relationships with Kapor Center staff and become someone who is sought for advice and counsel on HR, cultural, and organizational issues.
  • Chair the Kapor Center Culture Committee, working with staff from across the organization to keep culture initiatives centered and intentional
  • Oversee and rationalize the Kapor Center committees, including how/when people join or drop from a committee, assessing when or if new committees should be formed
  • Conduct “stay” interviews with staff to gain feedback and suggestions about improving and addressing organizational and cultural issues.
  • Implement new and enhance existing staff recognition and reward programs, wellness initiatives, etc.
  • Develop strategies to help staff stay connected and engaged while working remotely, through and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • With leadership from across the organization, develop and implement opportunities for greater cross-collaboration between and within the Kapor Center entities
  • Help to draft and facilitate construction of relevant internal communications relating to issues, internal or external, that do or could affect organizational culture
  • Develop ways to strengthen Kapor Center onboarding process and experience, and conduct new hire orientation for new staff.

Compensation and salary management

  • In conjunction with the Chief People Officer, implement compensation, promotions and salary adjustment program and process. Ensure compensation data is current, and position decisions (promotions, increases, etc.) are managed consistently.
  • Ensure all job descriptions are current, consistent with established salary guidelines and are woven into the performance review process and employee goals and objectives.

Policy and Procedure Oversight

  • With the Chief People Officer, create and / or update policies, procedures, and guidelines. Evaluate the current HR processes and recommend changes as appropriate.
  • Keep abreast of tech industry knowledge and trends by participating in conferences and educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining professional networks, and participating in professional organizations.

All other duties and responsibilities, as assigned by the Chief People Officer.



  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 8 years of people operations experience in the above areas
  • Experience overseeing people operations functions in multiple markets and locations strongly preferred.
  • Proven success at establishing/creating a positive culture in previous positions.
  • Demonstrated experience in building and managing diverse teams and inclusive cultures is required.
  • Familiarity and experience with utilizing technology to mitigate bias and create fair workplaces
  • Must bring a strong diversity, racial equity, and inclusion lens with experience driving DEI priorities across recruitment, benefits and compensation, and talent management.
  • Thorough understanding of people operations policies and procedures, and knowledge of Federal and State regulations.
  • Familiarity with all aspects of people operations, including compensation, recruitment, benefits, training.
  • Ability to advocate for both staff and management.
  • Highly proactive style of work, with a demonstrated track record of developing people-centric approaches
  • Proficiency and/or comfort with people operations technology (e.g., performance management software, applicant tracking systems, etc.)

Ideal candidates will also demonstrate the following qualities:

  • High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to lead with collaboration, transparency, and integrity.
  • Deep and authentic commitment to our organizational values:
    • We Close Gaps, Open Doors, and SMASH Barriers
    • We Value Tech as a Tool to Scale Social Impact
    • We Lead with Racial Justice and Reflect the Communities We Serve
    • We Honor Distances Traveled, Not Just Finish Lines
    • We Challenge with Urgency, Respect, and Purpose
    • We Don’t Just Talk. Positive Intent Must Lead to Positive Action

The Kapor Center provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, and an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life/disability insurance, paid time off, 401k, volunteer time, flexible spending accounts (i.e. parking, transit, medical and dependent care), student loan repayment assistance and on-demand mental healthcare. Our collaborative office is located in Oakland’s dynamic Uptown District.

We are seeking candidates with a personal commitment to fairness, social justice, and innovation--values that are embedded in our culture. We are committed to representation and inclusion, and we welcome applicants with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

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