Nov 01, 2022

Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Development

$150,000 - $165,000 yearly
  • The Byers Group
  • Oakland, CA, USA
Full-Time Advocacy/Lobbying Civic Engagement Human Resources/Recruiting

Job Description

The Greenlining Institute (Greenlining) envisions a future where communities of color can build wealth, live in healthy places filled with economic opportunity, and are ready to meet the challenges posed by climate change.  Founded in 1993, Greenlining is committed to building a just economy that is inclusive, cooperative, sustainable, participatory, fair, and healthy. Greenlining’s multifaceted advocacy efforts address the root causes of racial, economic, and environmental inequities in order to meaningfully transform the material conditions of communities of color in California and across the country. Greenlining is an incubator of new policy ideas, a bridge builder between people, communities and government, and an advocate to build momentum for transformative change.  Greenlining’s approach connects community leaders with policymakers, researchers, and private sector leaders. Greenlining’s design and support policies are created to open doors to opportunity, recognizing that America’s racial wealth gap was created by deliberate policy choices, and it will take deliberate, race-conscious choices to end it. Greenlining reaches for win-win solutions that expand opportunity for all Americans. 

The Greenlining Institute seeks a courageous, strategic, collaborative, and visionary leader in the role of Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Development (VP HR) to build on its legacy of advancing economic opportunity and empowering people of color; ensure consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives; and position the organization for strategic growth while embodying an unrelenting focus on equity.  As a member of the organization’s senior leadership team, the VP HR reports to the CEO and is a key advisor and consultant to the CEO and the Leadership Team on all HR talent matters.  Greenlining works under a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) model with ADP-Total Source as its PEO. The VP HR is the primary contact with ADP.

The VP HR’s primary responsibility is leading the strategic and operational activities of the Talent Development functions which includes Human Resources, Payroll, and the Leadership Academy.  This key leadership role creates and leads people-centric and multigenerational strategies that support staff through their entire employment life cycle and makes strategic decisions supporting Greenlining’s efforts to be an “employer of choice.”  The VP HR’s charge is to build a culture that advances Greenlining’s mission while also providing leadership development opportunities throughout the organization and especially for participants of the Leadership Academy. 

The VP HR will be a demonstrated leader with a successful track record of creating a high performing HR department that encompasses strategic approaches to talent development in the nonprofit sector.  The ideal candidate is a big picture thinker who creates and leads the people and organizational strategy that aligns with Greenlining’s strategic objectives and ensures that an effective HR system infrastructure is in place.  Candidates who personify an influential and facilitative leadership style, possess outstanding interpersonal skills and a forward-looking collaborative approach to managing talent in the non-profit sector are ideal. 

Hiring Organization

The Greenlining Institute


Successful candidates will have strong hands-on HR generalist backgrounds and are able to perform and direct the various HR functions with solid experience in HR systems, learning/organizational development, and culture building.

Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree.  A master’s degree in a related field is strongly preferred.  At least 7 years of experience in a similar executive level role with a strong and significant track record of success in strategic organizational development, workforce development, executive coaching and HR systems is required.

Industry/Service Area

Advocacy/Social Action, Human Services, Social Justice



Application Instructions

The position will remain open until filled.  First consideration will be given to applications received by November 23, 2022.  To apply for this outstanding opportunity, please electronically submit your resume and letter of interest to The Byers Group at: The letter of interest should outline why you are interested in joining The Greenlining Institute and your relevant accomplishments.  Also please provide two examples of why you would be a strong candidate and the key attributes you would bring to this position.  A complete job description is available at The Byers Group website.

Confidential inquiries are encouraged and can be directed to: Ms. Brett Byers, 323-403-8279, and/or Ms. Gwendolyn Catchings, 228-456-6610,

Apply Now