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Director, People & Culture - CORA

CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse) is San Mateo County’s only provider of comprehensive intimate partner abuse prevention services. Our organization is the result of the 2003 merger between the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention and Sor Juana Inés Services for Abused Women. This restructuring combines expertise in serving the Latinx community with seasoned prevention and crisis intervention services for all affected by intimate partner abuse.

Before the merger, back in 1977, the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (previously named La Casa de San Mateo) served residents with one of the nation’s first 24-hour crisis hotlines. Founded in 1993, Sor Juana Inés Services for Abused Women focused on the unique needs of the Latina population with community-based legal and counseling services in Spanish. With the merger of these two pre-existing agencies in early 2004, we became CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse). Our name reflects our understanding that it takes a community, working together, to end intimate partner abuse. Today, we provide services to more than 12,000 individuals every year. You may visit for more information about CORA.

Our values and vision recognize the connection between social and institutional oppression (including sexism, racism, and heterosexism) and violence, including intimate partner abuse, and the fact that intimate partner abuse results from and is perpetuated by societal beliefs and norms. Our broad spectrum of services address the intergenerational nature of violence and our goal of creating a community where intimate partners treat one another with mutual respect, compassion, and integrity.

To ensure we continue to provide opportunities to the people within our community, CORA has exclusively retained Nonprofit HR to assist in the recruitment efforts for its next Director of People & Culture (Director).  The Director will collaborate with the Executive Director in managing human resources and implementing a comprehensive culture strategy within the organization. The Director is responsible for directing the full suite of people functions for the organization and partnering with the Executive Director and leadership teams to develop the internal culture as well as that of the Board of Directors.  CORA is looking for an experienced Human Resources professional with deep HR knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit to design, advance, implement and promote scalable people strategies, policies, and a healthy working culture.  The Director will lead the work of the HR consulting team, provide sound advice and thought partnership to senior management, and support and develop managers and staff regarding all HR and talent matters. 

As a strategic partner and member of the Executive Team, the Director will assist in developing the organization’s plans and programs, particularly from the perspective of the impact on people.  The Director will enhance and/or develop, implement and enforce creative HR policies and procedures for the organization by way of systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the organization across locations, programs and departments.

S/he/they will work to ensure that their Human Resources team is a leader in continuing CORA’s culture and trusted across the organization.  The Director will coach and lead the HR consulting team to deliver excellence and efficiencies in all aspects of the company’s day-to-day and overall HR and recruiting operations including, but limited to talent acquisition, onboarding and exit interviews, leadership development, training, benefits management, compensation planning, policy setting, performance evaluations, employee relations, HRIS and employee engagement.  The Director is expected to remain current on national, state, and local regulations, laws, industry trends, and best practices; and to keep the organization compliant by advising management and making timely changes in practices and policies.  The Director must have experience creating and maintaining an organizational culture that attracts, motivates, and retains a diverse, talented staff to blend skill sets, meet objectives, and provide efficient program execution.  

The ideal candidate will possess a Master’s degree in Human Resources, Business, Organizational Development, or a related field, with at least five years of experience in Human Resources with a minimum of two years in a management role; HR certification preferred.  S/he/they will possess demonstrable experience in employee relations, employment law, compensation, organizational planning, recruitment, organizational development, and employee engagement.  The position requires someone with a demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity, the ability to think strategically in seizing opportunities, assessing risk, and streamlining processes and procedures across multiple locations.  The successful candidate will have demonstrated success owning all aspects of HR operations as a part of a strategic leadership team with the ability to create and execute an innovative and scalable HR roadmap and vision aligned with CORA’s overall strategic goals. It is essential to have demonstrated expertise in handling employment legal claims and developing/implementing risk management strategies. This position requires a leader with the poise, knowledge, and communication skills to be an influential business partner and coach to executive staff and maintain effective relationships with employees at all levels.  The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial nature and thrive in an environment where servant leadership is respected.

For consideration, interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter must address your experience, qualifications, and why you are interested in joining the CORA team. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. 

To obtain further details about this opportunity, contact Myra T. Briggs, Managing Director at Nonprofit HR.


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