Vice President, People and Culture

POSITION:     Vice President, People and Culture (VPPC)  

REPORTS TO:           Chief Operating Officer (COO)

STATUS:         Exempt


LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, headquartered in downtown San Francisco, is looking for a full-time VP of People and Culture to fill a valued role in our growing organization. Our organization is committed to establishing and codifying a culture, workforce and service that reflects our society and stands against discrimination in any form and lead the organization to ensure our team reflects the blind posit. The new VPPC position will serve as a key leader in bringing the organization to the realization of this goal. The work will require a dedicated, diplomatic, strategic, and passionate individual. LightHouse has experienced significant growth in our social enterprises as well as changes to our remote workforce. This growth has led to the need for additions to our organizational structure to support our growing team.

The VP of People and Culture will lead and oversee strategic initiatives, human resources, and culture building at LightHouse for the Blind. The VPPC role is focused on senior level strategy, advice, policy making, training and execution of culture building programs.

Culture building includes creation of an organizational culture guide, integration of diversity and inclusion goals into the talent life cycle, facilitation of an organizational Diversity Council and creation of a mentorship and coaching program. As a substantial percentage of our employees and governing Board are blind, particular emphasis will be placed on deepening understanding and equal access throughout the organization.

The position will develop and execute an employee onboarding experience for induction of employees into the LightHouse culture. This will include ensuring that all staff are trained in many aspects of blindness and disability.

The VPPC will also have direct oversight of the HR Departmental generalists, employee relations and recruitment staff who conduct day to day HR operations. The VPPC will be the relationship liaison with the current professional employer organization who manages HR policies and the benefits program offered by LightHouse.


Education or equivalent

  • Required bachelors level degree in Organizational Development, Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion or a similar field of work
  • Preferred master’s degree in Organizational Development, Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion or a similar field of work
  • Preferred HR Certification, Coaching Certification


The LightHouse welcomes nontraditional applicants and applicants with diverse backgrounds and experience.

The Lighthouse is looking for a VP with experience working in a diverse work environment with a disability-positive, anti-ableist and anti-racist philosophy. Experience working with people who are blind or have other disabilities.

In addition, we seek 5 years of experience in organizational development, culture building, community advocacy or higher-level HR policymaking and execution.

A successful candidate must embody the values of cultural competency, professionalism, respect, and discernment.

This position will place a high value on a strong ability to write clearly, compellingly and with subtlety on matters of policy and intra-office communication.

We seek a VP with a high proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office 365 suite, particularly Outlook, Word, and Excel as well as competence with video conferencing software.

This VP will have a high proficiency in use of HRIS systems, electronic record keeping, and remote or web or conference-based training platforms such as MS Teams or Zoom.

The successful candidate must have a strong ability to lead group trainings in an accessible, compelling, and clear manner

This VP is expected to possess experience in leading people and culture initiatives within a multi-site and remote based employment organization


The VP of People and Culture duties are the following:

  • The VP of People and Culture will lead and execute strategic initiatives in HR, Talent Life Cycle, Diversity and Inclusion, Professional Development and Culture Building
    • The VPPC will develop comprehensive New Employee Induction and Mentoring/Coaching programs
    • The VP will Develop and execute training programs for Leaders and Managers in the adoption of new policies and programs
    • The VPPC will launch and facilitate the Lighthouse Diversity Council
  • The VP of People and Culture will advise Executive Leadership on strategy and actions in areas of VPPC focus
  • The VPPC will provide background and policy options for use by the CEO and, when requested, by the Lighthouse Board of VPs
  • The VP will advise the CEO on organizational development including developing and reimagining structures and processes that impact employee experience
  • The VPPC will serve on the Administrative Team advising on organizational direction
  • The VPPC will serve as liaison with the current professional employer organization (PEO) and ensure the integrity of the payroll system and benefits information, complying with payroll and HR regulations, and providing statutory reporting.
  • The VPPC will directly supervise all HR Departmental staff positions and serve as the point of escalation for HR related concerns
  • The VPPC will have the ability to navigate complex systems and identities within organization
  • The VPPC will lead the HR department in completing all compliance related reporting
  • The VPPC will lead training and initiatives in coaching and mentoring across differences
  • In coordination with our ADP HR Business Partner, the VPPC will oversee updates of our employee handbook, policies, and procedures to reflect the new culture as it is built.

Other Duties:  Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


LightHouse is an equal opportunity employer. LightHouse policy and the law prohibit discrimination and harassment based on an individual’s race, ancestry, religion or religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, age (40 and over), sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin (including language use restrictions), marital status, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), physical or mental disability (including HIV and AIDS), military or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions, denial of Family and Medical Care leave, height and weight, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws, regulations, or ordinances.  Our policy and the law prohibit co-workers, third parties, supervisors, and managers from engaging in such conduct.

LightHouse personnel are employed on an at-will basis. Employment at-will means that the employment relationship may be terminated, with or without cause and with or without advance notice at any time by the employee or the Agency.

We strive to maintain a scent-free environment and a drug-free workplace. Employees are expected to behave in accordance with these objectives.

All employees at LightHouse are hired for an indefinite and unspecified duration and consequently, no employee is guaranteed employment for a specified length of time. Employment is at the mutual consent of the employee and LightHouse. Accordingly, either the employee or LightHouse can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause (“employment at will”).

How to Apply:

Please visit our website at and complete an application as well as a cover letter and résumé as word processing attachments, (no PDFs please).

Please submit them to Brandon Cox the Chief Operating Officer at . Please include the job title in the subject line. We will not consider videos or hyperlinks to online profiles. Due to time constraints, we will only respond to complete submissions. Thanks for your understanding.

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