Organization: California College of the Arts

Location: Oakland, CA

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California College of the Arts (CCA) educates students to shape culture and society through the practice and critical study of art, architecture, design, and writing. Benefitting from its San Francisco Bay Area location, the college prepares students for lifelong creative work by cultivating innovation, community engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. The college was founded in 1907, offers 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate majors and is noted for the interdisciplinarity and depth of its programming.

CCA is currently seeking an experienced and dynamic professional to serve as its Director of Human Resources. Providing hands-on oversight, under the direction of the Associate Vice President of HR, this position will lead a small team to manage core HR functions including, but not limited to, new hire employment and recruitment, benefits, workers compensation, compensation management, policy, performance management, and employee relations. This is an opportunity to build and refine key HR processes and programs that help make CCA a top-notch place to work.

This is a full-time position located in San Francisco, CA. For more information on CCA, please visit


  • Provide leadership and oversight of core human resources functions and related HR programs in a manner that supports the College’s strategic plan and that effectively attracts and retains a talented, productive and engaged staff and faculty.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the Office of Human Resources, overseeing a small team to ensure the smooth delivery of HR services in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Manage employment, recruitment and onboarding efforts in a manner that supports the College’s human capital needs and commitment to diversity; addressing Visa related matters as appropriate.
  • Guide the team and managers in the proper classification of employees, handling any associated pay issues.
  • Manage and direct employee relations activities, handling claims and advising managers and staff on performance, disciplinary action, and other issues.
  • Manage the staff evaluation process and partner with the AVP on directing and coordinating staff development efforts.
  • Support the AVP of HR on Title IX matters by completing intakes and investigations as appropriate and drafting outcome letters.
  • Serve as primary liaison to benefit brokers on benefits administration and Open Enrollment.
  • Serve as a primary liaison to third party leave administrator on the management of leaves of absence.
  • Oversee the effective use and maintenance of our HRIS (Workday), ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of data.
  • Partner with the Payroll to ensure the delivery of accurate data, and to collaborate on functions that cross over both departments.
  • Ensure that HR policies and practices are in compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and well documented (including online access).
  • Guide the team in the transition to electronic personnel files.
  • Partner with the AVP of HR and other departments on special projects.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 5-7 years in a senior human resources generalist role with experience leading a staff to successful outcomes
  • Prior work in an academic setting, and PHR, SPHR, or other HR certification preferred.
  • Expertise in core HR areas including employment administration: employee relations, recruiting, performance management and benefits and leave administration, workers compensation, staff development and training, etc.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of general employment legislation and the application of regulations in the areas of TITLE VII, EEOC, FLSA, ADA, FMLA, COBRA, HIPPA and related employment law.
  • Excellent communicator, written and oral presentation; consultative approach; proven success in conflict resolution.
  • Experience working in and with a diverse, collaborative, productive team.
  • Ability to analyze and develop policies and procedures.
  • Strategic thinker who is able to multi-task and address tactical work.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills and the ability to multi-task and meet aggressive deadlines
  • Strong computer skills required, including proficiency with HRIS Programs (Workday preferred), and computer applications (e.g. Windows, Word, Excel, Access, Internet Navigation), and the ability to leverage new and existing technology.
  • Ability to travel between/and office out of Oakland and San Francisco locations and other light travel, as deemed necessary.
  • Flexibility to work additional hours or shift schedule as needed to support the needs of the business.5+ years of senior leadership experience in a nonprofit or business environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or equivalent experience required

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


California College of the Arts has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Erin Reedy here.

As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.

California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

About California College of the Arts:

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit