HR Manager

Living Goods
San Francisco, CA
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Do you want your work to matter? Do you want to use your advocacy skills to make a difference, not just a living? Do you want to improve millions of lives, including your own?

Living Goods works to reinvent how we improve the lives of the under-served. We think big, but operate lean and nimble. We train community health workers to bring health services and life-saving products to people’s doorsteps.   Services like prenatal assessments and well baby visits.  Products like medicines, fortified foods, and modern contraceptives.

We also transform community health through mobile phones. We train community health workers to assess the health of mothers and children with mobile phone apps and to treat common illnesses like pneumonia, malaria, and diarrhea. We also create predictive algorithms to make the best use of their time.  And we test new cool tools like paperless referrals to clinics and biosensors to monitor infant and child growth.

At Living Goods, you will have the chance to apply your ideas and creativity every day.  If you work well in a dynamic collaborative culture, set high standards, and meet challenges with determination and a sense of humor, you’ll thrive at Living Goods.

Human Resources

We know that our work at Living Goods depends on more than careful research and creative ideas.  It also requires great people.  That’s why we’ve been adding more people every month for four years. There are now roughly 300 Living Goods employees.  Four years from now we’ll be over 1,000.

But growing a global team takes great care and watering.  That’s why we are adding a gardener to our US team – also known as a Human Resources Manager. The Human Resource Manager will be required to work 75 percent time (23 hours/week) and will report to the Global Director, People & Culture.

Your Charge

We need you to help us keep great people on our US team.  To promote a fun and inclusive workplace.  Ensure that employees keep learning and improving.  Provide guidance on thorny personnel issues. Create competitive compensation packages.

Develop strategy.  We need you to translate business goals into a people strategy for the US.  Working with managers, you will forecast the number and type of staff Living Goods needs in the US.

Build a culture based on our values.  You will champion our organizational culture in the US, striving to create a positive and productive workplace.  One that values hard work, feedback and continuous improvement, inclusion and commitment.  You will further our progress towards becoming a Great Place to Work ™

Promote learning.  You will identify training needs and opportunities for US staff to hone their knowledge and skills – including in-service trainings, external conferences, workshops, and courses; and assignments to help staff stretch their skills and flex their creative muscles.

Recognize and reward greatness.  You will develop creative ways to celebrate employee effort and reward results.

Keep great people. You will develop and spearhead our efforts to identify and manage talent.

Coach managers.  We need you to help managers learn how to best guide and motivate employees in the US .  You will guide managers on how to address performance issues in ways that preserve employee dignity and promote productivity.

Make sure we play by the rules.  You will serve as the chief human resources compliance officer in the US.  You will oversee internal and external audits and ensure reporting to relevant audiences. You will also incorporate human resources policies into the rhythms and work of US staff.  Finally, you will track employee data, like work anniversaries, paid leave, and employee goals.


Your background

Human resources acumen.  You have at least 8 years of human resources experience in the US.  Your experience is in a variety of areas, such as employee relations, compensation and benefits, engagement, career development and performance management.  You have a basic understanding of US employment law.

Problem solving skills. A natural detective, you can easily identify human resources needs and the resources to meet them.  You are also adept at guiding managers towards solutions on human resources issues.
Leadership skills.  You have a track record of leading human resources initiatives and of managing change in a growing environment.  Your knowledge and gravitas makes you a trusted partner to senior managers.
Global organization experience.  You have experience in an international company or NGO.
Customer service skills.  Like the acronym “HR,” our team is both human and resourceful.  Your can-do spirit shifts the HR paradigm from “you can’t do that” to “yes we can.”
Lives our values. You can thrive in our culture – you can demonstrate inclusion, integrity, innovation, quick footedness, collaboration, and accountability.
Team player.  You play well with others enjoy seeing the impact of our work as a team.
Multitasks.  You’re able to juggle multiple tasks at once while ‘staying calm and carrying on.’  You think strategically, handle ambiguity and work well in a multicultural environment.


A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance and bonus opportunity.  The opportunity to be your best while making lives better for those in need.


Living Goods is an equal opportunity employer and will consider every qualified applicant for employment. Living Goods does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Our current job openings are displayed on our website, where you can search for open positions and apply directly.  Living Goods does not offer any positions without an interview and never asks candidates for money.  If you are asked for money, we strongly recommend that you do not respond and do not send money or personal information.