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Human Resources Director

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Swords to Plowshares

San Francisco, CA

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About Swords to Plowshares

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. We promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities. Believing that war causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield, our mission is to heal the wounds of war and to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to end homelessness and poverty among those we serve. To learn more about Swords to Plowshares, please visit our website at


The Human Resources Director (HRD) leads a team of four and is responsible for HR services for 200 full-time, part-time, and on-call personnel. Swords’ employees work in multiple programs in seven locations in San Francisco and Oakland. In addition to administrative and compliance responsibilities, the HRD contributes to the well-being of the agency by shepherding the Cultural Humility Initiative, the wellness-at-work program, the education benefit and other employee support systems. The HRD works with Management on personnel matters, salary strategies, recruitment, and employee separations to ensure all employee-related functions are addressed with informed equity. The HRD reports to the CFO and maintains regular office hours with occasional evening or weekend duties.

Human Resources

Oversee recruitment in cooperation with hiring managers and HR team: creating job descriptions, posting job announcements, conducting background checks, requesting work station resources

Oversee new employee ‘On Boarding’

Provide support for managers in personnel matters using knowledge of employment law with the principles of cultural humility and supportive supervision

Facilitate HR In-Service trainings to update and review benefits, policies, employment ordinances, best practices

Update annual staff compensation report and inform on salary comps and ranges

Administer a cost-effective staff benefits package

Develop and maintain performance management strategy that supports managers efforts to conduct an effective performance review process and fosters professional development throughout the organization

Stay well-informed on Federal, State and local employment law and best practices.

Review and revise Employee Handbook annually or as required with support from Pro Bono attorney.

Communicate and facilitate understanding of Swords to Plowshares’ Employee Handbook and policies

Coordinate mandated and optional trainings and maintain training records


Ensure that new hire, employee status changes and employee benefit changes are processed accurately in semi-monthly payroll

Provide managers/supervisors with information needed to use HR function in electronic timekeeping system effectively

Maintain and support effective use of HRIS/payroll system to ensure that personnel records and benefits information are maintained and processed accurately

Reconcile employee benefits invoices

Oversee Family Leave and other employee leaves of absence

Provide support for annual audits: Single Audit, funder audits, 403b Audit, Workers Comp Audit.

Ensure timely filing of federal, state, county and city reports, tax forms and applications including HCSO audit

Risk Management/Loss Prevention

Secure annual workers’ compensation insurance premium quotes, and make recommendation

Report and monitor all Workers’ Compensation insurance claims

Administer Injury & Illness Prevention program and serve as chair of organization’s safety committee.

Respond to subpoenas or other inquiries from law enforcement with support from CFO and Pro Bono attorney.

Oversee Office Manager/Loss Control Specialist

Other duties as assigned


Bachelor’s degree in behavioral science (social work, psychology, community studies, etc.) or three years of experience may be substituted

Translatable military experience and skills may be alternatively substituted

Broad knowledge and experience in employment law, compensation strategies, organizational planning, employee relations, safety, training and development

Familiarity with Government contracting is preferred

Strong analytical abilities, interpersonal skills, and management skills

Excellent ability to organize and motivate self and others

Ability to work and interact well with individuals (staff and volunteers) from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds in a culturally diverse environment

Current knowledge of federal and state employment laws as well as current human resources practices

Good listening skills and an ability to exercise sound judgment when dealing with human resource matters

Ability to balance appropriate cost controls with organization development

Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

Great computer skills: especially Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word and Powerpoint

Employee must be able to perform all essential job requirements and responsibilities within what would be considered reasonable accommodation

Must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of personalities and be comfortable working with an at-risk client population, including embracing the agency’s Cultural Humility Initiative

Salary & Benefits

Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits:

Excellent medical and dental packages

403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution

17 vacation days in the first year

12 holidays every year

Wellness program

How to Apply

(No calls please)

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in Swords to Plowshares, where/how you found out about this career opportunity, and your salary requirement. Email the cover letter along with your resume.

Please write the title for this position (Human Resources Director) in the subject line of your email.

Job Type: Full-time

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Required experience:

HR: 3 years

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