Director of Human Resources

  • Job posted by California Institute of Integral Studies

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Yearly Salary




San Francisco
United States


Company Description:

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an internationally-recognized leader in integral education. CIIS has an enrollment of over 1,400 students pursuing degrees in a variety of academic programs in its schools of Consciousness and Transformation, Professional Psychology and Health, Undergraduate Studies, and American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition, CIIS hosts a vibrant art exhibition program through The Arts at CIIS, and offers a dynamic array of events through its Public Programs & Performances division, including workshops, concerts, and conferences. The University provides low-cost mental health and acupuncture services to the San Francisco Bay Area through its 10 award-winning counseling and acupuncture clinics. CIIS is accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

Job Description:


The Director of Human Resources has responsibility for the management of the HR Department. The small department requires an individual who can both lead and perform key functions of the office. This individual must have strong interpersonal skills and an intuitive understanding of the needs of an organization, and understand that Human Resources is not just about policies, procedures and textbook change efforts, but part of a continually-functioning and evolving system. The individual hired for this position must be a strategic systems thinker while simultaneously operating as a "hands-on" professional.

This is the perfect position for a strong and dynamic HR generalist who is poised to move from the role of coordinator or manager to leader of a small HR department at a small university. The Director must be a a strategic practitioner who can both ensure that HR is working in alignment with the Institute's priorities, and roll up their sleeves and execute tasks and projects in a busy department.


The Director of Human Resources is responsible for overseeing all areas of HR, including: employee relations, benefits, compensation, policy development, records maintenance, payroll interface, and management development, and must have a strong understanding of local, state and federal laws and regulations related to employment.



This position requires excellent interpersonal, writing, oral communication and presentation skills; strong analytical and problem-solving skills; proficiency in software applications and ability to work effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff and students.

  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • 5+ years of HR generalist experience, preferably in a higher education environment
  • 2+ years of management experience; not necessarily in human resources
  • A keen understanding of the complexity of issues around diversity and difference
  • Experience in training and organizational development preferred
  • Knowledge of federal, state, local regulatory labor laws required
  • Superior oral/written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and problem resolution skills
  • Strong judgment and decision-making ability
  • Experience with Paycom and/or other HRIS/HCM/Payroll systems

Additional Information:


Salary commensurate with skills and experience.


  • Working Conditions -- Duties are primarily performed in an office environment at a desk or computer terminal, typically, Monday through Friday.
  • Background Check -- Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position. If your job requires driving on behalf of CIIS you will be required to provide proof of a valid driver's license.
  • Visa Sponsorship -- Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
  • Relocation Assistance -- This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.


CIIS is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio- economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or medical condition. We seek to increase the presence, representation and inclusion of U.S. historically under-represented people of color, international, bilingual and bicultural students, faculty and staff; and, to provide an environment that will attract and retain individuals identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQQI).

Application Instructions:

Screening begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Using the Apply Now link, please submit a Resume and Cover Letter online.


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply