Associate Director, Human Resources

Children Now is a nonpartisan whole-child research, policy development and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children’s health, education, and well-being in California. Children Now also leads The Children’s Movement of California, a unique network of more than 4900+ parent, youth, business, labor, civil rights, faith, and community-based organizations, as well as thousands of individuals, working together to make children a top priority in public policy. Learn more here including about Children Now’s core organizational values.


We are seeking a highly motivated Associate Director to lead Human Resources (HR) in supporting Children Now’s mission, strategic priorities, and values. The Associate Director will cultivate a vibrant, engaged and committed workforce, that is building power for California kids. The position will be primarily responsible for leading all aspects of the human resources practices and processes, including but not limited to employee relations, employee engagement and retention, recruitment, employee benefits, performance management, staffing, legal compliance, and administration of HR programs. This full-time exempt position is based in our Oakland office, with the opportunity for a hybrid work environment, and reports to the Vice President, Operations and Engagement.

Ideal applicants

Ideal applicants have excellent strategic thinking and project management skills, as well as outstanding written and oral communication skills, including the ability to leverage data to develop effective and scalable HR/People solutions. The ideal applicant is also highly motivated, resourceful, flexible, and solution-oriented, who can build collaborative relationships with all stakeholders and can address human resources matters strategically, judiciously, and empathetically. The Associate Director, Human Resources should be a team player, have a positive attitude and thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative work environment with multiple internal and external deadlines. This position is ideal for a mid-level HR career professional who has a deep commitment to racial equity, and a firm belief in Children Now’s mission to improve the health, education, and well-being of all children in California.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Under the primary supervision of the Vice President, Operations and Engagement, this position will manage a broad range of HR activities including onboarding, offboarding, employee relations, organizational change, infrastructure development, and risk management.
  • Lead change management and implementation efforts in adoption of Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) time tracking and payroll system and own ongoing data integrity and systems security.
  • Monitor and audit employee data for accuracy in HRIS system including employee status, benefits changes, accrual leave balances, Paid Time Off tracking, and benefit enrollment/deductions.
  • Lead and manage recruitment lifecycle for all exempt, nonexempt and temporary workers; work with supervisors to interview job candidates and extend employment offers.
  • Partner with internal working group to develop performance lifecycle management plan and support staff’s ongoing learning and development, including helping to build competencies and structure to organization-wide professional growth areas.
  • Partner with Associate Director of Operations to plan and implement, staff social events, new hire orientations, onboarding and offboarding, staff training and organization-wide professional development trainings.
  • Responsible for maintaining and updating employee handbook and establishing and communicating related policies and procedures.
  • Provide consultation and coaching to employees and supervisors to facilitate resolution.
  • Ensures compliance with all local, state and federal laws and regulations; stays current on legislation and best practices around people operations. Prepare, review, and submit annual employment and annual organizational compliance reports as needed.
  • Directly oversee the open enrollment process and benefits programs, including researching alternative providers; ensure updated communications about options to staff.
  • Manage, coordinate, and oversee all leaves of absence, advise all staff on required or personal leaves (i.e. SDI, CFRA, PFL, COVID-19).
  • Maintain organizational chart, job descriptions, and personnel data.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  1. A minimum of six to eight years of progressive Human Resource experience, with at least two years of experience providing support to senior leadership.
  2. Excellent fast-paced project management skills with highly organized processes, efficient communication abilities, exceptional detail orientation and ability to work efficiently under shifting internal and external deadlines;
  3. Highly skilled in adoption and use of Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) time tracking, recruitment and payroll systems as well as ongoing data integrity and systems maintenance.
  4. Experience administering a variety of leave types and benefits.
  5. Ability to learn quickly with judgment and discretion, and knowing when to seek consultation from others;
  6. Ability to work effectively with others in a vibrant, diverse, and multicultural environment;
  7. General knowledge of and/or an interest in learning about child-serving health, education and other systems, which are the focus of our advocacy, as well as an understanding of the institutional racism and other systemic barriers that adversely impact children’s well-being in California;
  8. A commitment to our mission to advance the well-being of children and to address racial, economic, gender and other inequities that limit children’s opportunities to reach their full potential; and
  9. Highly skilled in using technology platforms and systems, including expertise in Microsoft Outlook, advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and working knowledge and familiarity with AirTable.
  10. S/PHR or SHRM-S/CP certification strongly preferred.
  11. At least one year of supervisory/management experience in human resource management.
  12. Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, business administration, organizational psychology or other related field preferred;


Salary range is competitive and commensurate with skills set and experience. Generous benefits.

To Apply

Please complete the online application form. All applicants must attach the following as part of their online application: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, 3) two-to-three-page writing sample, and 4) three to five references (including former supervisors). Please submit attachments in PDF or Microsoft Word format only.

We do not accept phone inquiries regarding the position; please do not call. Position open until filled.

Children Now COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

The health and safety of our employees is our number one priority. Thus, Children Now has implemented a COVID-19 vaccination policy covering all employees. To be compliant with this policy, all new staff members shall be required to provide proof of their vaccine status at the start of their employment, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and approved.


Children Now is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to staff diversity, equity, and inclusion. Children Now values diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing our work and views diversity as including differences in race, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, veteran status, job skills, education, and geographic location and any other category protected by law. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.