HR Manager

Walker Warner Architects Walker Warner Architects Employer:
San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Tue, Oct 1 '19Posted on:


Walker Warner Architects is an award-winning San Francisco firm with a staff of 50+ that has completed many residential, winery and hospitality projects in California, Hawaii and other Western states. Our work is tailored to the uniqueness and diversity of each client and place, maintaining a consistent focus on design excellence, thorough project management and superior service. We believe in collaboration, continuous learning and sharing, and actively support candidates on the path to become licensed architects. Our office is friendly and spirited, with regular happy hours, field trips and design-focused presentations. We are conveniently located in SoMa within walking distance of all major transit systems.

For more information about our projects and firm, please visit us on Instagram or our website.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in HR Management or related field
  • PHR/SPHR certification preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years HR experience in a similar role, including recruitment, employee relations, benefits
  • administration with a working knowledge of federal and state labor relations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in architecture or other creative environment is a plus


The Human Resources Manager’s primary role is to manage and coordinate all HR functions within the firm, including day-to-day administration of benefits and personnel issues, establishing policies and practices to allow the firm to operate optimally and dealing with the full employee life cycle.

Policies and Compliance
  • Demonstrate and maintain a thorough knowledge of laws and other regulations which impact the firm’s HR policies & procedures and implement any necessary changes to ensure firm’s compliance
  • Maintain and regularly update the firm’s employee manual
Benefits and Payroll Administration
  • Set up new employees on payroll and benefits systems and adjust when necessary
  • Establish and maintain HR department records and systems
  • Work with brokers and third-party providers for benefits administration
  • Plan and coordinate annual open enrollment program
  • Keep current with industry conditions, pay rates and benefits to ensure firm’s competitiveness
Employee Relations
  • Serve as a point of contact for employee issues and questions; coordinate positive resolution of employee issues; communicate results as appropriate
  • Provide advice and guidance to staff on HR-related matters, including benefits information
  • Monitor, suggest and implement plans to maintain high staff morale
  • Develop strong working relationships with staff members
  • Support firm’s equity, diversity and inclusion goals and initiatives
Training, Staff Development and Performance Reviews
  • Schedule and facilitate regular employee performance reviews and document action plans
  • Develop and implement staff training and development plans
Strategic Direction of Company and Business Objectives
  • Develop working relationship with Principals to understand direction of the firm
  • Formulate and implement plans for staffing to fulfill strategic objectives
Recruiting, Hiring and Terminations (in coordination with the Hiring Team)
  • Advertise open job posting, screen resumes, coordinate candidate interviews, check references and background screening
  • Engage with various architectural schools to recruit new candidates for internships and full-time positions
  • Maintain a database of potential future candidates for longer-term recruitment
  • Maintain firm role descriptions and related hiring documents
  • Facilitate new employee onboarding process
  • Administer all voluntary and involuntary terminations and track any necessary records


We offer a competitive compensation package including profit sharing, 401(k), health, dental, vision and long-term disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, commuter check and flexible spending accounts.



Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to the contact below with the job title in the subject line. We will acknowledge receipt of your information, but due to the volume of resumes received, only candidates being considered for a position will be contacted. Please no hard copies, drop-ins or telephone calls. Reposting this job description elsewhere is not permitted.

Thomas Hendricks
Walker Warner Architects

Back to Job List...

  • ×Search in: