Our goal at Maven is to never forget we’re in the business of recruiting and placing people. Actual people. Candidates are more than resumes and companies are more than quarterly earnings. We treat people as people. We’re honest with them. We meet them over coffee instead of over email. We celebrate what makes each person and company unique, instead of directing them to a webpage. 



We believe the greatest sign of respect is telling people the truth and not wasting their time.

Touch over Tech

We learn more through a handshake and eye contact than we do through a long email

The Intangibles

Discovering the imperceptible  creates lasting relationships with candidates and companies.

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+ Jessica Vann
Founder and CEO

“I love your intensity and professionalism. Today was a better day because I met you."

SF native Jessica founded Maven in March 2010. Her mission is to cultivate our top-notch team and to distill our values and approach throughout the organization. A true lover of the ghost pepper (a love not yet shared by her 7-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son), Jessica is not only bold in her food choices and loud typing, but just about everything she does, including her hair colors.

+ Susan Murphy
Director, Business Development

“I wish you were my daughter!”

Susan brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to the office, as well as her extensive handbag collection! Susan is passionate about bringing in new business and cultivating those relationships. With her love of animals, we understand that if Susan doesn’t show up to work one day, it’s because someone has finally invented a Glarm (glamorous farm).

+ Amber Liu
Account Director, Temporary

“I'm glad you were the one who ended up meeting and helping me. You're awesome at your job!”

After a chance encounter with a mutual friend on BART, Amber was brought in from her technical recruiting job to recruit for Maven’s Temp Team. When she’s not contacting candidates and clients, Amber is either in line at Chipotle or Snap-chatting pics of her favorite dachsunds. She’s known around the office for wearing a lot of black and having a neat desk that includes an array of chapsticks. Yes, chapstick.

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+ Christine Morico
Recruiter, Permanent

Born & raised in Maine, a few years in Montana, and it's only fitting that Christine's next "M" is Maven! Christine is a first point of contact for incoming candidates for the Permanent team and also maintains strong candidate relationships of her own. When she's not working in the sunshine on Maven's balcony, she's out exploring the Bay Area's best hiking spots.

+ Vanessa Domingo
Recruiting Coordinator, Temporary

When Vanessa called Maven for help with her job search, Dana spotted a potential recruiting coordinator in her resume, and the rest is history! Vanessa is our calendaring wiz: she specializes in scheduling phone and onsite interviews with candidates as well as building relationships with new clients. A lover of Japanese and Filipino food, Vanessa loves shopping on her lunch break even more (and after work…and before work…). Vanessa digs shopping.

+ Kevin Baker
Vice President, Team & Customer Success

“Kevin trailblazes the path to excellence in every professional endeavor.”

Kevin stumbled upon his passion for leading others and growing teams while building out a recruiting agency on Oahu – tough, right? Today, Kevin continues to live out his passion right here in SF where he still enjoys the blue water (though slightly colder) as an avid sailor. Kevin’s adventuresome spirit is represented through not only his one-of-a-kind stories, but also through the rotating photo album-travelogue sitting on his desk. Every day Kevin finds new ways to unleash our team’s potential - and every day his high energy and commendable work ethic is kick-started with an iced coffee with a dash of cinnamon!

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+ Gillian Kay Lopez
Account Manager

“Job searches are basically the worst, but recruiters like you make things so much easier.”

Gillian’s background in wedding and private event planning for a CA winery made her a natural fit as a Maven matchmaker, guiding hiring managers and executives to their perfect hires, just as she did brides to their perfect weddings. When Gillian isn’t using her endless optimism and energetic personality to help actively build relationships with clients, she’s surfing or training for triathlons with her purple bike aptly named Barney.

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+ Shirin Esmaili
Account Director, Temporary

“Shirin could be a personal coach, if she so chose.”

Shirin Esmaili comes to Maven after working at a company self-styled as the AirBnB of all water experiences – and after traveling to Peru and Machu Picchu! When she’s not off to Peru, she works with temp candidates and companies to provide a superior temporary placement experience. Her favorite brunch food is a mimosa (that counts!).

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+ Hayley Morrison
Recruiter, Permanent

Originally hailing from Seattle, Hayley is a recent transplant to SF by way of Southern California for school. Hayley is a strong advocate for her Direct Hire candidates, working tirelessly to help them land that great new role. After just her first week at Maven, she got a handwritten thank-you note from one of our candidates. It was that special touch that really made her know that we’re doing something great here at Maven! The other great thing that Hayley loves about Maven is that she can eat all the peanut M&M’s…or maybe no one has noticed yet…

+ Leslie Crain
Business Operations Manager

“It’s so nice to come into the office and be greeted by a lovely smile and wonderful attention.”

When you walk through Maven’s front door, Leslie is the first person you see. If her smile doesn’t make you feel instantly welcome, her Southernisms will! As business ops manager, Leslie handles mostly every task but the actual recruiting. Leslie’s background in academia, including teaching English abroad, has honed not only her stellar editing skills, but also her ability to read several books in a week.

+ Haley Garrison
Marketing & Events Associate

“You are really creating a great, recognizable brand.”

Haley is Maven’s creative storyteller who looks for new opportunities to leverage our brand. She leads everything from social media presence and blog content to brand partnerships and events. Aside from her Marketing efforts, she’s mostly known as the office youngin’ who spends her evenings surfing with her other half. Prior to Maven, Haley was studying in the hills of Santa Barbara (her favorite place on Earth) and acquiring various Marketing skills at a tiny-house (on wheels) company! If you walk past her desk, you’ll likely see a cup of coffee, a photo of her in Hawaii and macaroon sticky notes – a few of her favorite things.

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+ Stefanie Jass
Account Director, Temporary

"You gave me the confidence I needed after feeling beat down on my job hunt."
Stef's love for helping her candidates land their dream jobs is only surpassed by her love for her sweet Cocker Spaniel, Liko. Stefanie brings her prior recruiting experience to the table in her role as Temp Team Account Director, seamlessly helping clients and candidates find the best fit on both sides. On a sunny day, if she's not hard at work at the office, Stefanie's at the park playing fetch with her pup.

+ Kate Mahoney
Recruiter, Permanent

“You helped me find my dream job!”

Although her official title is Recruiter for the Perm Team, Kate’s candidates would likely refer to her as a coach, therapist, match-maker, and friend. From her Anthropologie outfits and homemade lunches to her passion for health and wellness and love for French bulldogs – she's every Maven’s inspiration! And if that’s not enough, she can make a Matcha Tea Latte like no one else. When she’s not sourcing new candidates through all hours of the day, she’s taking her pups on a walk to the park to enjoy the San Francisco weather.


Not only does working at Maven mean being part of the best team in the business, we have plenty of great perks, too. How do incentive bonuses, catered meals, profit-sharing, medical/dental/vision insurance, 401k, and a luxury year-end trip sound? Check out the opportunities below.

Director of Team Success

Are you a leader who shoots for the stars and inspires those around you to do the same? Do you measure YOUR success by how you motivate and lift others around you to find THEIR OWN?  Do you love crushing your goals and achieving new levels of success?  Are you familiar with the concept ‘Leaders Eat Last,’ and does that align with your own beliefs? If you’re looking for an exciting environment to make your next mark and lead a hungry and motivated team (while sharing an impressive charcuterie plate with a group of inspiring people), keep reading!

As the Director of Team Success, you will work across Maven’s Temporary and Direct Hire Divisions to hire, train and manage a winning team. As you grow the team’s skillset and headcount, you will also keep your eye on the bottom-line, ensuring that all monthly, quarterly and yearly financial goals are being met or exceeded.

In this newly-created position, here’s what you can expect of your day-to-day:

team management

  • Influence and oversee team sales and recruiting activities, providing constructive feedback and thoughtful coaching to the team
  • Keep a pulse on your team by holding 1:1 and team meetings to build and maintain a cohesive, communicative, high-performing group
  • Provide direction and guidance on sales calls, client and candidate meetings, and closing techniques
  • Step in when needed to resolve any escalated issues
  • Track team KPI’s, and leverage that data into how your train and develop your team
  • When required, as in the case of an absence or vacation, cover for Temp Team or Direct Hire team by helping to fill orders, matching candidates to roles, contacting clients, etc.


  • Create and evaluate plans for development that support your team’s individual and company goals
  • Share your expertise by demonstrating and creating formalized, creative trainings on sales and recruiting strategies and techniques
  • Develop sales plans and determine new business targets and industries, in partnership with Founder, to meet aggressive revenue and member growth within budget
  • Conduct recurring, formal performance reviews with all sales/recruiting team members, documenting accordingly

Hiring & Onboarding

  • Lead internal recruiting efforts for your team, soup to nuts, from sourcing the perfect candidate to closing the offer out
  • Work with Management Team to onboard and train new recruits, including developing training plans


  • Be a decision-maker on the Leadership Team—provide input and play a key role in Maven’s overall growth strategy
  • Go beyond the immediacy of the day-to-day to identify potential opportunities or threats to the business and come up with smart action plans
  • Keep a pulse on industry and economic trends to help your team go after the right opportunities in the SF Bay Area’s dynamic market

Ideally, your experience and attributes include:

  • Winning mentality!
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work/life experiences
  • 5-8 years in a high-growth, recruiting agency environment
  • Measurable track record of sales growth and results in a management role
  • A risk-taker who is excited to be an influencer at a growing business

Account Manager

In this role, you’ll directly impact our client partnerships and generate results by managing client relationships and driving open searches.


  • Work with senior & C-Level officers to present candidates, schedule interviews, provide feedback, and negotiate offers
  • Work with internal recruiting team to match candidates to opportunities
  • Anticipate recruiting challenges, find solutions
  • Provide constructive input to clients
  • Conduct new business development activities
  • Share best practices contributing to Maven’s greater good

Bachelor’s degree, 3+ years of experience in recruiting, account management, or sales.

Recruiting Coordinator

You’re in charge of maintaining candidate flow and sourcing for administrative and HR candidates.  Additionally, it’s up to you to support our recruiters throughout the recruiting process by:

  • Evaluating resumes and initiating contact with candidates
  • Scheduling interviews
  • Conducting reference checks
  • Drafting job notes as well as monthly newsletters to our candidates
  • Maintaining postings on online job boards

Bachelor’s degree, strong writing skills, familiarity with Outlook, and 1+ year professional experience.


In this role, you will develop and maintain relationships with candidates.


  • Develop and maintain a network of qualified Executive Assistant and Human Resources candidates
  • Conduct in-person candidate interviews
  • Work with internal account management team to provide candidates for opportunities
  • Manage full life cycle of candidate process: initial communication, pitching and presentation of suitable roles, interview scheduling and feedback, presentation and acceptance of offer

Bachelor’s degree, 2+ years in recruiting or related professional experience.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We are an equal opportunity employer.



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