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Director of Employee Experience and Culture, Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Oakland, California 94612

About The Foundation

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation (Rainin Foundation) is a family foundation that collaborates with creative thinkers to enhance quality of life by championing the arts, promoting early childhood literacy, and supporting research to cure chronic disease. Founded in 2008, the organization believes in taking smart risks to achieve breakthroughs. Today, with a team of over 40 and total annual grants of approximately $19.5 million, the Foundation supports visionary artists in the Bay Area, creates opportunities for Oakland’s youngest learners, and funds researchers on the forefront of scientific discoveries to cure chronic disease. Through grantmaking and operations, the Foundation embraces the values of collaboration, leveraging of all assets, innovation, responsibility and equity. Inherent in our core values is a belief in compassion, respect, humor and joy.

The Foundation also embodies a combination of strategic and creative approaches. While it engages in three diverse program areas with a focus on long-term growth, it embraces innovation and allows for its passionate staff to pursue the best possible paths to impact their respective areas of expertise. The result is a developing culture that is both unified and intentional and includes momentum in staff engagement across workgroups focused on Culture; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Strategy; and Information Technology.


About the Position

The Foundation seeks an approachable, effective and strategic Director of Employee Experience and Culture to oversee the organization’s Human Resources functions and develop initiatives to support an inclusive and healthy workplace culture. The Director serves on the organization’s Executive Team to ensure equitable and inclusive HR policies and practices and advise on internal matters and will co-lead the Culture Workgroup alongside the Rainin Foundation’s CEO. This position is responsible for developing and implementing the Foundation’s talent strategy, including talent acquisition and retention, performance management, professional development, employee engagement, payroll and benefits administration, and employment-related risk management. The Director will assess the organization’s needs and articulate a plan to enhance HR capacity across their three-person HR team and external supports (e.g. consultants, vendors, etc.) as needed.

With a focus on building trusted and authentic relationships throughout the organization and having a deep understanding of core organizational needs, the Director simultaneously develops, supports, and represents the immediate and long-term interests of the organization.Additionally, the Director is the leader to ensure Rainin meets or exceeds all HR risk management and compliance needs, including policy development and consideration of best practices in HR management. The Director actively works toward full realization of a 100% high-performing and happy staff team.


  • Legal Compliance & Personnel Policies
  • Talent Recruitment, Retention & Development

  • Organizational Culture & Performance Expectations

  • Compensation, Benefits & Payroll


The salary range for this position is commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is included.



  • Bachelor’s degree (BA) or equivalent in HR management or business-related field required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; Master’s degree in HR management or business-related field preferred
  • Minimum of ten years progressively responsible HR work experience and five years supervisory experience
  • Senior level HR certification or similarly recognized certification required or attainment within one year of employment
  • Passion for HR as a driver of organizational results; strong business acumen and the ability to identify critical business issues and apply HR expertise to deliver solutions
  • Demonstrated excellence and professionalism in the areas of: HR management; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; organizational change and development; leadership; consulting; analysis; project management; negotiation; conflict management; and problem solving
  • Strong skills in presentations, communication, customer service, interpersonal/relationship-building, decision-making and time management
  • Strong working knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations related to HR
  • Ability to drive HR objectives of the organization and oversee them to successful completion
  • Ability to work in a confidential, team-oriented and time sensitive environment
  • Ability to work under pressure and successfully meet deadlines
  • Flexible, innovative, organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to handle shifting and multiple priorities in a fast paced, growth environment
  • Working knowledge of Outlook; Human Resource Management Systems; payroll systems (ADP preferred); Excel and Word


To apply, email a cover letter, resume and list of three references (candidates will be notified in advance of any outreach to your references) to krfoundation@walkeraac.comon or before 5:00 PM on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Use the subject line: HR Director. Submit Microsoft Word or PDF files only (one combined PDF file is preferred). Resume review begins immediately.

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a work environment where every member of our team is valued and respected. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and seek to hire talented team members that embrace the Foundation’s values, and share its dedication and commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, geography and socio-economic status.


Posted: 2019-10-07 Expires: 2019-11-06

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