Director of Human Resources

Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
San Jose, California

About Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley advances the rights of historically excluded individuals and families across Santa Clara County through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. Every day, our attorneys, social workers and advocates craft inventive solutions to the life-changing legal issues facing low-income people in Silicon Valley.

Now with almost 100 employees, the Law Foundation is the largest provider of free legal services in the South Bay. Located in downtown San Jose, the Law Foundation is a dynamic and interesting place to work. We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. We are working towards a Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-centered, community and movement lawyering-based legal services practice.

Due to COVID-19, the Law Foundation is primarily working remotely through the end of 2021.  The team is currently exploring ways to support continuing flexibility for remote work and expects that most staff will have the opportunity to work remotely for some of their work week.

We serve over 10,000 individuals and families each year with a focus on housing, health, and children and youth.  Highlights of our work includes finding stable homes for foster youth, connecting people with chronic illnesses to the benefits they need to remain healthy and self-sufficient, providing tenants access to safe and affordable housing and policy advocacy and litigation in areas including disability rights, health equity, affordable housing,  immigration, education, and child welfare.  For more details about our innovative programs, please visit our website at and on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.


The Opportunity

Working passionately towards access to justice since 1974, the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley (“LF”) is seeking a hands-on, strategic human resources professional to be its next Director of Human Resources (“Director”). This is an exciting opportunity for a visionary and creative leader to support a healthy work culture with inclusion and belonging at the forefront and build the HR infrastructure necessary to support the organization’s next stage of impact.

The Director will oversee and lead all human resources functions, so that LF can fulfill its vision of achieving social and racial justice in Silicon Valley and beyond through vigorous legal advocacy. The Director will also collaborate with a passionate, mission-driven employee base to actively build a highly impactful team.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly regarded organization, and a vibrant and growing community of individuals dedicated to advancing the rights of historically excluded individuals and families.


Position Summary

Reporting directly to the CEO and acting as an integral and strategic partner in LF’s leadership team, the Director will manage all human resources functions like recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, HRIS software, training, onboarding/offboarding, compliance and employee relations including oversight of a collective bargaining agreement. This leader will ensure that the necessary HR strategies, policies, and programs are in place for LF to successfully achieve its mission.  The Director will set and implement strategy as well as a be a person who is comfortable rolling up their sleeves and executing the work necessary to support that vision.

Dedicated to the development of LF staff, the Director will support a culture of feedback that promotes inclusion and belonging.  This work should include the design of a performance management program and incorporate coaching of managers to foster trusting relationships with their teams through clear communication, professional development strategies, and accountability. The Director will partner with programmatic leaders to identify solutions to individualized employee issues, as they arise. This human resources leader will spearhead communications between union stewards and management to nurture a trusting and transparent relationship to improve employee relations.

The Director will partner closely and effectively with leadership and staff to incorporate race equity and inclusion principles into internal operations, policy and decision making. This individual will lead efforts to develop a recruiting and selection process that cultivates pipelines of candidates of color and promotes diverse hiring and improved retention.


Candidate Profile

The Director of Human Resources (“The Director”) will possess comprehensive knowledge of human resources best practices and will have the expertise needed to confidently lead all its function areas within a legal aid organization. The Director will be a visionary leader who brings fresh ideas to the role, while also possessing the problem-solving and organizational skills needed to effectively carry out day-to-day operations. This leader will serve as a strategic partner to the leadership team and CEO by developing organization strategies related to human resources issues; contributing to organization strategic thinking and direction; and establishing human resources objectives in line with organizational goals and initiatives. They will be knowledgeable of HR compliance rules and regulations with the ability to communicate those clearly to other organizational leaders.  The Director will utilize sound judgment and discretion in all activities, and will display the highest degree of integrity in the role.

In addition, the Director of Human Resources of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley will possess the following attributes and competencies:

Relationship Building and Interpersonal Skills

Possessing a people-first orientation and a highly collaborative nature, the Director will be approachable and interested in engaging with staff to understand their values and needs. This personable individual will excel at building trust and credibility with staff, advocating for staff, and acting as a bridge to management.  The Director will also invest in supporting and developing managers into effective supervisors who elicit results from their teams.  Inclusive and open minded, the Director will bring significant experience in building healthy work cultures that incorporates employee wellness and results in staff who feel a strong sense of belonging.  Able to work in partnership with a union, the Director will bring an understanding of negotiation and collective bargaining practices and policies.

Communication Skills

The Director will be a highly effective communicator and will possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Personable, understanding, and compassionate, the Director will listen to and value the voices of the LF team.  The Director will effectively articulate a clear vision for LF’s policies and procedures around recruitment and training, compensation and evaluation, benefits administration, compliance, and employee relations in order to garner organization-wide buy-in and support.

Operations Excellence and Infrastructure Development

A self-starter, the Director will excel at building the infrastructure and implementing the standardized systems, policies and procedures required to support HR functions.  This analytical and tech savvy individual will come up with innovative solutions to streamline HR processes.  A skilled and detail-oriented project manager, this individual will excel at managing multiple projects simultaneously and seeing them through to implementation.

Human Resources Expertise with a Race Equity and Inclusion Lens

Possessing a strong interest in and orientation towards social justice work, the Director will integrate race equity and inclusion principles into HR policies, procedures and decision-making within the organization.  While prior experience in the race equity field is preferred, the Director must share a commitment to continuous learning and incorporate its principles into every aspect of their work.

Passion for Social Justice

The Director will have a passion for the mission of LF, a clear understanding of its work and an abiding respect for the communities it serves.


Compensation & Benefits

The annual base salary for this role will be competitive and commensurate with successful candidate skills and experiences. The starting salary range will begin at $130,000 with a generous benefits package.



Michelle Bonoan and Maleka Pensky of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials or email Maleka directly at  All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Law Foundation of Silicon Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Law Foundation of Silicon Valley United strongly encourages people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, persons with disabilities, and people with lived experiences of homelessness to apply.


About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

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