Director of Human Resources at CCOF


Director of Human Resources

Full-Time in Santa Cruz, CA - Senior - People Services

Director of Human Resources (People Services)

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) advances organic agriculture for a healthy world. We advocate on behalf of our members for organic policies, support the growth of organic through education and grants, and provide organic certification that is personal and accessible.

CCOF is a nonprofit organization governed by the people who grow and make our food. Founded in California more than 40 years ago, today our roots span the breadth of North America and our presence is internationally recognized. We are supported by an organic family of farmers, ranchers, processors, retailers, consumers, and policymakers. Together, we work to realize a future where organic is the norm.

The Director of People Services will lead programs, services, and compliance strategies related to CCOF employees. This is an incredible opportunity for a leader to shape the future of our People Services department. The ideal candidate will have a passion for developing and implementing systems that help CCOF advance organic agriculture for a healthy world. As a service-based organization, CCOF values its individual staff and the unique needs of its diverse departments. We are a seeking a collaborative director with experience in all human resources functions—including but not limited to recruiting, onboarding, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, human resource administration and training, professional development programs, coaching, and leadership development.

The Director of People Services leads a team of five with three direct reports (two HR staff and the operations/facilities manager who supervises two front desk staff) and provides direction and support to the Certification Training Manager. This is an exempt position reporting to the Chief Operations Officer (COO). This position is based in Santa Cruz, CA. Candidates must be available to interview in person. Relocation assistance is not available for this role.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the organization's management to support initiatives by understanding the organization's objectives, issues, needs, and key success factors. Participate in planning processes and promote best practices; provide leadership for workforce planning efforts.
  • Design and help implement strategies for facilitating organizational and behavioral change. Perform needs assessment, analysis, and consulting on organizational issues; make recommendations on organizational design and development issues.
  • Develop and implement talent management (recruitment and staffing plans), and structure employment offers. Support or lead higher level searches as needed.
  • Assess organizational and individual staff development needs. Identify, communicate, and consult with staff on training and career development opportunities. Develop and conduct relevant training and participate in training design for staff.
  • Investigate basic and complex employee relations issues and initiate appropriate resolution; recommend and facilitate effective solutions in alignment with applicable policies and laws. Coach and advise staff on organizational, employee, and labor relations issues.
  • Develop and implement performance review systems that meet organization’s evolving needs. Provide relevant coaching and guidance.
  • Apply knowledge of local, state and federal regulations to advise managers and ensure compliance in all areas.
  • Lead a team of HR and facilities staff, including setting team objectives, priorities, and the annual department budget in coordination with the executive team.
  • Develop and implement strategies to increase diversity and inclusion within the organization.
  • Performs other duties and special projects as needed.

Knowledge, Education, Skills and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Employment Law, Business Administration, or a related field required.
  • 5+ years’ experience managing a Human Resources department required; experience in a non-profit organization is a plus.
  • Experience helping management achieve P&L responsibilities by advising in human resources areas such as employee relations, employment and labor law, compensation, staffing and employment, training and development, performance management, and organizational development.
  • Demonstrated capacity for creative and proactive problem solving.
  • Passion for serving others and collaborating with diverse colleagues
  • Strong knowledge of local, state and federal employment laws and regulations.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion in an open‐office environment.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in applying and interpreting HR policies.
  • Excellent computer/technical skills (MS Office Suite required, PayComm a plus).
  • Alignment with CCOF’s mission, vision, and core values.
  • Formal coaching and leadership development certificates a strong plus.


CCOF takes pride in offering competitive salaries and excellent benefits. The compensation package will be based on the applicant’s qualifications and experience and will include base salary with bonus potential. We offer an excellent benefits package with your choice of HMO or PPO medical plans, dental, vision, chiropractic care, and life insurance. We encourage employees to save for retirement and offer a 401k plan with up to a 5% salary match. And, CCOF provides a generous paid time off plan that includes sick and vacation time, and a floating holiday to use on your birthday!

Company Environment

Located just 1 block from the beach, we encourage a work/life balance. And if you have a well-behaved dog, we welcome your furry friend in the office.