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Senior Director, Human Resources

Energy Foundation
San Francisco, California 94111
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About the Organization



Energy Foundation’s (EF) mission is to serve the public interest by building a strong clean energy economy. EF supports non-partisan policy solutions that advance renewable energy and energy efficiency while opening doors to greater innovation and productivity—growing the economy with dramatically less pollution. We are a complex, multi-site, multicultural nonprofit organization with big plans for the future. Now into the tenure of a new CEO, EF has embarked on a major strategy refresh, a prioritized commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and rapid geographic expansion.


For more than 25 years, Energy Foundation has supported grantees to help educate policymakers and the general public about the health and economic benefits of a clean energy economy. Our grantees include business, health, environmental, labor, equity, faith, and consumer groups, as well as policy experts, think tanks, universities, and more.


Our comprehensive approach advances energy efficiency and renewable energy in the power, transportation, and buildings sectors. Working together, our Policy and Public Engagement programs focus on developing innovative policies and campaigns to help propel clean energy development in these sectors, while our Strategic Communications Program develops powerful narrative and communications strategies designed to build support for our work regionally and nationwide. Our States and Regions Team is a cross-disciplinary team of policy, communications, and campaign experts dedicated to advancing strong state and regional climate and clean energy policies.


Energy Foundation’s founding office is in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices in Raleigh, NC; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; and Las Vegas, NV.







Energy Foundation’s complexity and growth offers an experienced Human Resources (HR) generalist the opportunity to provide dynamic, thoughtful leadership and implement best-in-class HR practices that support talent development, employee engagement, and organizational scale. This is a critical enabler role working across the entire organization that aligns people and practice to EF’s core mission and values.


The Senior Director, HR works closely with EF’s Management Team and reports to the COO. As a key partner to the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), the Senior Director, HR plays an instrumental role in guiding hiring, onboarding, training, and retention practices that support EF’s DEI goals. Responsibilities span the HR lifecycle from recruitment to onboarding, compensation, organizational staff planning, talent development and retention, performance evaluation, transitions, and benefits administration. After assessing HR operations, they will select and manage consultants and external partners, as needed, to support talent and HR administration needs.


Working to harmonize operating and program areas across cultures and geographies, the Senior Director, HR needs a “whole organization” approach to ensure programs, policies, and benefits support the development of talent that can scale with EF’s continued growth.


This is a proactive, in-service leadership role that models responsiveness, partnership, flexibility, and collaborative problem-solving. With 25 percent of staff in remote offices, the Senior Director, HR plays a critical role in ensuring that teams in regional offices and working remotely are woven into the fabric of EF and receive the expert HR support they need to be successful.






The Senior Director, HR must proactively build and maintain trust-based, productive relationships with the COO and the Management Team by providing insightful advice and recommendations on HR practices, systems, culture, and HR matters. An important aspect of this role is serving as a champion of cross-functional and geographic cooperation and shared practices. Relying on strong functional expertise, the Senior Director, HR will recommend and oversee programs, policies, and benefits across the employee lifecycle to support a healthy, positive culture and a unified team, while also ensuring that all programs, management, and employee actions are consistent with policies and in compliance with employment laws and applicable regulations.


Employee Relations

EF places a high priority on ensuring employees receive prompt support in managing their workplace needs, from benefits questions to grievances and legal matters. The Senior Director, HR must maintain strong, trust-based relationships with employees, creating safe and confidential ways to provide advice, counsel, and support in resolving issues, disputes, and other sensitive matters. They will support ongoing efforts to encourage effective, fair feedback processes to support well-being, learning, and growth. Particular emphasis should be placed on strategies to support remote staff. This is a growing percentage of EF staff and the Senior Director, HR will guide EF’s learning journey on how best to serve, include, and support a multi-cultural, multi-site organization.


Recruiting, Onboarding, and Retention

Building a culture that is inclusive, diverse, and equitable is a top priority for EF and requires a cohesive strategy for recruiting and onboarding staff that is committed to EF’s mission. The Senior Director, HR will work alongside the DEI team to develop and implement recruitment practices with a DEI focus, including recruitment protocols, interviewing guidelines, evaluation methods, training for hiring managers, and onboarding. Modeling EF’s values of learning, accountability, service, and ownership, the Senior Director, HR will promote respect, consistency, and connectivity and ensure systems and practices meet staff needs and organizational goals.


Talent Development and Coaching

The Senior Director, HR manages efforts to support professional development and pathways for all staff to continue to learn and grow throughout their tenures at EF. This includes assessing needs and developing and implementing a curriculum to meet them. EF has many first-time managers and the Senior Director, HR will ensure they have the skills they need to supervise, mentor, and develop their teams.


Performance Management

Working with leaders across the organization, the Senior Director, HR will assess performance management approaches and help set criteria for expectations and performance goals. They will lead the refinement of systems including establishing consistent, equitable processes and clear guidelines for all staff to follow.


Benefits Administration

The Senior Director, HR oversees and regularly reviews all benefits and serves as a primary point of contact for all offices on benefits, and related administrative issues.


Office and Facilities Management

The Senior Director, HR manages the receptionist in the San Francisco office, and oversees office operation standards, and safety procedures. They manage relationships with building administrators and sub-tenants for all offices and play a lead role in opening and expanding remote offices, serving as the first point of contact for support and troubleshooting issues.



The Senior Director, HR will assess EF’s comprehensive compensation practices. Applying their practical experience as well as the latest thinking about best practices that link individual performance to organizational goals and values, the Senior Director, HR will drive recommendations and integration of changes across the whole organization.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

With initiatives underway to strengthen EF’s commitment to DEI, the Senior Director, HR will support the Director of DEI by implementing HR practices that promote an inclusive, welcoming environment for all staff, including remote teams. An early focus will be on revamping the recruitment process to ensure alignment with DEI goals and best practices. They will develop all policies with a DEI lens to ensure these values are core to EF’s practices and culture.


The Ideal Candidate

EF seeks a senior HR generalist who is service- and solutions-oriented, and a collaborative problem-solver who is at home in a diverse, dynamic, complex environment. They are partner, implementer, guide, and expert in equal measures. The position calls for a strong communicator and collaborator who conveys expertise and empathy and can interact across the organization with professionalism and humility. The ideal candidate has a thorough understanding of HR best practices and has operated in environments where the bar for HR excellence is high. The Senior Director, HR will provide the Management Team with thoughtful, insightful advice grounded in functional knowledge to inform strategy and decision-making. While experience in the climate and energy sectors is not required, candidates must have a meaningful personal connection to the pursuit of climate solutions and a commitment to EF’s mission and values.


Functionally, candidates should bring a track record of success leading HR efforts cross- functionally and culturally in a complex and growing organization. EF is looking for demonstrated strength establishing connection and engagement up, down, and across a growing organization with diverse cultures, workstyles, and needs. Experience implementing DEI best practices across the HR lifecycle is an advantage.


Excellent communications skills are essential to success to ensure staff feel heard and supported without judgment while also having clarity about processes and expectations. The HR role has many competing demands and strong attention to detail coupled with the ability to manage multiple priorities with grace will be essential for success. Integrity, confidentiality, sensitivity, respect, and good judgment are critically important to demonstrate daily.



Candidates should bring a minimum of 8–10 years of experience in progressively responsible, hands-on HR generalist roles. Proven success working with and across teams in a high-performing, complex, multi-site organization is essential.

Ideal work experience includes HR leadership roles such as an HR business partner in a philanthropic, nonprofit, NGO, and/or related experience in social purpose companies, the private sector, or government. Certifications such as PHR, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-CP, or SCP are valued.


The Senior Director, HR role is located in EF’s San Francisco office.


To Be Considered


Energy Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To be considered, please go to Waldron’s Candidate Portal and submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your passion for the mission and fit for the role.


The search for a Senior Director, Human Resources is being assisted by a team from Waldron:


Melissa Merritt, Principal

Direct: 206.792.4300



Megan Malcolm, Engagement Manager

Direct: 206.792.4217







One Post Street, Suite 2150

San Francisco, CA 94104



Posted: 2019-09-10 Expires: 2019-10-10

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