Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United Stated serving children, adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse, and emotional challenges.

The Help Group’s 9 specialized day schools offer pre-K through high school programs for more than 1,000 students. Its broad range of mental health and therapy services and vocational and residential programs extend its reach to more than 6,000 children and their families each year, including innovative affirming programming for LGBTQ+ youth. With more than 700 staff members, The Help Group’s state-of-the-art schools and programs are located on six campuses in the Los Angeles area.


The Help Group is seeking a collaborative and passionate Vice President of People and Culture to drive the organization's overall HR strategy.  As a key member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Vice President will manage the 7 person HR team to develop and implement HR strategies that align with the organization's commitment to helping young people fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives. This includes enhancing talent management and constantly looking for ways to improve organizational culture to attract, develop, engage and retain talented individuals in a strong and supportive work culture.

The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic and compassionate leader who will cultivate and support staff, as well as model the core values of The Help Group to all stakeholders.  The position requires a strong work ethic, knowledge of labor regulations, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion practices, and excellent strategic thinking, communications, organizational and interpersonal skills.


Organizational Strategy & Leadership

  • Develops and implements a comprehensive human resources strategy with short and long-term planning for the department, including timeline, budget, and key metrics for success.
  • Participates as a member of the Senior Leadership team to provide a united, visible, and strong leadership presence across the organization.
  • Collaborates on strategic staffing plans, compensation, benefits, training and development, budget, and employee relations.
  • Supervises the Human Resources team of 7 professionals.
  • Fosters a positive and engaging work environment, promoting a culture of teamwork that supports the well-being, professional growth and job satisfaction of all employees.
  • Identifies opportunities to cultivate leadership among staff, including developing and enhancing mentoring and communications systems, and serving as an internal consultant to managers in various employee situations.
  • Develops and implements organizational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts, and ensure integration of DEI lens into relevant processes and frameworks.
  • Leads organizational change management and communications, including approaches, policies and procedures to improve overall efficiency across agency. 

Human Resources

  • Oversees the recruitment, selection, and onboarding processes to attract and retain top talent for all positions within the organization and serves as a trusted advisor and resource for all employees. 
  • Drives the performance management process, regarding performance management and employee development, and recommends new and improved measures for performance evaluation.
  • Oversees employee relations investigations, documentation, and recommended resolution, working with designated legal advisors as needed to provide expert counsel and guidance on complex employee matters.
  • Establishes appropriate HR functional metrics, analyzes workforce dynamics and trends, and translates data into meaningful recommendations for improving productivity and performance (e.g. employee turnover, performance ratings, engagement surveys, exit interviews).
  • Oversees and develops new leadership programs to accelerate development of high potential employees at senior and mid-career levels, to improve the pipeline of high performing professional talent.
  • Ensures effective benefits administration, including employee enrollment, retirement plans, leaves of absence, workers’ compensation and unemployment claims, compliance, reporting, reconciliation, and answers employee inquires.
  • Monitors and ensures compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws, regulations, and recommended best practices, reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance, and oversees facilitation of training for employees on compliance related matters.
  • Identifies and recommends HR technology solutions with current systems and works with the Tech team to implement selected software systems for better efficiencies.


  • Bachelor's degree in human resources, organizational development, business administration, or a related field.
  • Proven experience as an HR leader; experience in the nonprofit sector or in organizations serving youth desirable.
  • Successful track record of progressive responsibility in human resources/talent management.
  • Working knowledge of all human resource functional areas including legal, employee relations, recruiting, compensation and benefit administration, and training and development.
  • Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving skills with the ability to anticipate and address HR-related challenges.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and collaborate effectively at all levels of the organization.
  • Impeccable communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Previous experience coordinating DEI efforts and action plan or similar initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise others, support and evaluate colleagues and reports, and maintain high morale and productivity.
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and sensitivity to the needs of underrepresented populations.


The annual salary range is $165,000 to $185,000. The position is located in Sherman Oaks, CA. Benefits include: Employer paid medical & dental insurance for employee, life insurance, 401(k), 403b plan, paid holidays, vacation, sick days, cell phone stipend and on-site parking.

Envision Consulting was retained by The Help Group to conduct the search for their incoming Vice President of People and Culture.

The Help Group is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.  All employment decisions at The Help Group are based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to age, race, color, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by federal and CA state laws.

Applicants needing accommodation for any part of the application process may contact Envision Consulting at 626.889.7905 to request and arrange for assistance.

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