People and Culture Manager

South Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara
Full Time

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MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

About MOXI

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation® is dedicated to igniting learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s redeveloped tourist area at 125 State Street, the museum is LEED-certified Gold and serves guests of all ages through its hands-on exhibits and education programs. MOXI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization generously supported by its daily guests, members, facility rentals and donations from individuals, foundations, and corporate partners.

MOXI is a collaborative, creative, and fun place to work. Our team is guided by a set of core values that help create a culture where work and play need not be mutually exclusive. We are playful. We are collaborative. We are experimenters – we take risks and we embrace failure. We believe diversity is critical to creativity. We are MOXI. For more information, visit moxi.org.

Position Summary

MOXI seeks a People + Culture Manager to play a critical role in advancing MOXI’s mission and supporting a culture that is inclusive, cooperative and motivating. This position will be responsible for all functional areas of Human Resources, including recruitment, orientation, compensation and benefits, employee relations, culture, and training and will act as internal consultant to all levels of management regarding employment issues.

The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic, outgoing, and detail-oriented person that is highly organized, provides excellent customer service, able to work independently, and passionate about cultivating a creative and collaborative organizational culture.


  • Recruit for all open positions.
  • Manage the interviewing and hiring process by screening all resumes and applications, performing background and reference and checks, verifying employment eligibility.
  • Conduct initial applicant interviews and make recommendations.
  • Prepare offer letters and other hiring documentation.
  • Orient new employees and complete onboarding process of new staff, in coordination with Hiring Managers.
  • Maintain all employee records.
  • Ensure a culture that aligns with MOXI’s core values; works across all departments to elevate diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in the organization.
  • Oversee employee morale programs and events and lead our culture committee.
  • Develop and maintain compensation and benefits programs for Museum employees.
  • Prepare compensation analysis for market value of jobs and internal equity.
  • Participate in compensation surveys (Center for Nonprofit Management, SBHRA and others as needed).
  • Manage semi-monthly payroll for all employees and manage relationship with payroll service provider.
  • Maintain all payroll records and produce management reports as necessary.
  • Manage the benefits programs, including medical, dental, retirement plans.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Operations, administer Workers Compensation, including filing and managing claims, advising supervisors on their role with injured employees, maintaining records.
  • Manage all unemployment claims and reporting.
  • Evaluate, analyze and make recommendations for any changes in benefit structure, specific plans, or providers.
  • Acts as a liaison between the benefits providers (insurance companies, etc.) and the employees.
  • Evaluate, revise and implement performance evaluation system as necessary; and provide training to supervisors
  • Plan, develop, and implement consistent onboarding training and continuing internal training for all staff. Identify and support external professional development opportunities for staff as requested and/or needed.
  • Keep current on Federal and State employment laws and related human resource practices; facilitate and communicate HR policies, updates, and changes in accordance with company objectives and federal/state legal requirements.
  • Act as internal consultant to management and supervisory personnel in matters related to employment law, policies and practices.
  • Advise supervisors on performance and disciplinary matters and issues.
  • In collaboration with managers/supervisors, create and review all job descriptions.
  • Develop procedures and appropriate forms for personnel related practices.
  • Perform internal investigations of harassment charges and other such complaints and keep confidential records of same.
  • Maintain internal and external staff contact lists and Outlook contacts & groups.
  • Conduct exit interviews and process separation paperwork.
  • Responsible for completing other human resources related projects and duties as assigned.
  • Recommend and implement a HR software platform.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of human resources management including current Federal and State employment law
  • Ability to represent needs of employees and advocate as necessary, but at the same time effectively represent management to employees, without compromising trust of either
  • Team player
  • Confidentiality, discretion and integrity
  • Ability to maintain a positive demeanor in difficult situations
  • Advanced training and/or certification in Human Resources or equivalent in experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; must be receptive to the ideas of others and able to work cooperatively to prioritize tasks and accommodate many different and conflicting concerns.
  • Passion for creating a world-class museum that is recognized as a truly outstanding educational experience.
  • Enthusiasm for working in an organization where change is frequent, structure is evolving, and flexibility, teamwork, and good humor are absolute necessities.
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications and ability to learn new systems and adapt with emerging technologies.
  • Awareness of issues relating to access and inclusion and the ability to build inclusive and accessible programs.
  • Spanish fluency a plus

Previous Experience Required

  • Minimum 5 years experience working in Human Resources management or demonstrated capability to operate at this level.

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.


Essential Functions

This position requires the ability to:

  • Applicant must be able to bend, squat, lift push/pull up to 20 lbs.
  • Be able to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Schedule and availability reflect that the organization is a 7-day a week operation, with periodic early morning and evening programs;
  • Regular predictable attendance is required.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made in order to allow individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Employment background/criminal check is required.


How to Apply

To be considered, all applicants must submit a cover letter and resume.

Website:          http://www.moxi.org/careers

Salary range : $60,000- $65,000 Annually

MOXI is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.

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