The Opportunity

The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU NorCal) seeks a Human Resources Manager for the San Francisco office.  This leader will work directly with the organizations Human Resources team in all aspects of Human Resources.  

The Approach

Our work is guided by the principles of freedom, equality, and justice enumerated in the Constitution. However, we know that because of historic and systemic racism and other forms of oppression, these principles are not equitably applied to all. In an ideal world, everyone would have equal access to justice and equal protection under the law. Unfortunately, neither our world nor our country is ideal. Our work involves hard subject matters that can be emotionally draining for some people. Ideal candidates will understand that as a mission driven organization; we strive to make the world a better place knowing that the road is long and hard. At the same time, we understand the importance of self-care, and do our best to reflect that in our practices and values.

The Position 

Reporting to the Human Resources Director, the Human Resources Manager will manage the daily operations of the Human Resources Department, including supervising a team of human resources professionals and support staff. The HR Manager will carry out their work in alignment with our mission and values of equity and inclusion. Duties include providing consultation and solutions to managers and supervisors on all employee and labor-management relations issues and ensuring consistency of treatment and application of HR policies and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) interpretation; and may participate in contract negotiations with IFTPE Local 20.

About the Organization

The ACLU of Northern California is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU NorCal) is comprised of two distinct corporations, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California (the “Foundation”, a 501c3) and the ACLU of Northern California (the “Union”, a 501c4). The incumbent is a joint employee of both corporations. For most of the last century, ACLU Nor Cal has been part of many of the most major – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil liberties and civil rights in our state.

Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper but are protected in practice. As we move into a new era, we face dangerous policies that threaten our civil rights and civil liberties, we must use our decades of experience in impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and fearless organizing to fight these policies and protect our most cherished rights and freedoms. At the same time, ACLU NorCal is committed to advancing proactive and positive change to transform laws and institutions to advance our values. We are committed to fostering an anti-racist work culture and to anti-racist principles and learning.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Department Management and Supervision

  • Hire and supervise staff, as needed, in order to meet operational demands of the department.
  • Administer performance management, disciplinary actions and recommends personnel actions as needed.
  • Provide ongoing professional development for staff members and other departmental responsibilities as assigned.
  • Provide regular feedback to staff, including corrective feedback when needed, to help staff build on strengths, grow, or improve performance.
  • Support staff in resolving interpersonal conflicts with colleagues, including identifying and escalating issues to HR when needed.
  • Develop professional development plans in partnership with staff.
  • Support staff with varying backgrounds and skill levels, fostering an inclusive and equitable environment.
  • Delegate responsibilities and identify opportunities for staff to absorb new responsibilities.
  • Provide mentorship to staff to assist in their growth and professional development.
  • Oversees major functions of human resources, such as recruitment, benefits, HRIS, compensation and onboarding/offboarding.
  • Works with payroll staff to resolve pay issues.

Employee and Labor Relations

  • Oversee complex employee relations issues and initiate appropriate resolution; recommend and facilitate effective solutions in alignment with applicable policies and laws; assess risk to the organization and identify compliance issues.
  • Identify and analyze trends; make recommendations for changes/improvements. Coach and advise staff on organizational, employee, and labor relations issues.
  • Provide relevant training and guidance to managers and employees; identify and analyze trends and initiate and/or direct appropriate interventions; independently handle and/or manage redesign and reassignment efforts.
  • Work with senior management to identify, direct, and/or deliver the training and development planning for individuals and groups; lead organizational and team effectiveness assessment.
  • Oversee processes for workers' compensation, disability, leave, workplace accommodation requests, and health and safety issues; inform managers as Act as a resource to others in organization and oversee the accurate documentation and retention of recordkeeping.
  • Prepare reports and analyze data available through local and centralized database resources.

Special Projects and Assignments

  • Participate and/or lead interdepartmental initiatives.
  • Develop organization-specific policies and practices; actively participate in setting the human resources strategy for planning processes, and actively promote best practices.
  • Facilitate organizational and behavioral change.
  • Perform needs assessment and process improvement; make recommendations on organizational design and development issues; establish metrics and monitor trends.
  • Participate in and/or lead human resources-wide projects/initiatives, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education / Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and eight years relevant human resources experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience, including 2 years of supervisory experience is required.
  • Ability to work with a high level of independence and exercise a high degree of initiative, influence, and judgement.
  • Demonstrated experience as a consultant and advisor to senior management in all human resources areas, including employee relations, employment and labor law, compensation, staffing and employment, training and development, performance coaching and management, and organizational development.

Required Skills / Competencies:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and understanding of group dynamics.
  • Successful track record of establishing credibility and trust with a diverse client group, including senior leaders.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and management courage.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, creative problem solving, judgment, negotiating, influencing, and strategic decision-making Ability to maintain confidentiality, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to advise on and implement organizational change.
  • Demonstrated end-to-end experience in the development and execution of organization-wide initiatives.
  • Excellent facilitation and oral and written communication skills; ability to prepare clear and concise reports and deliver formal presentations or training to senior management and other audiences.
  • Strong supervision/management and staff development experience.
  • Must be available for some evening & weekend responsibilities and available to travel.

Technical Skills:

  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite and human resource information and applicant tracking systems.

Total Compensation

We are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce through equity initiatives, which includes equitable pay practices. Competitive compensation is commensurate with experience. Starting salary range for this position is $97,113 - $113,297 Annually.

We understand how vital our work is and at the same time understand the toll engaged activism can take. Our goal is to retain staff and we believe that having a robust benefit offering is vital in meeting that goal. Our benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to 14 office holidays; fully employer-paid medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse or domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer match. We have a robust Employee Assistance Program and emerging Employee Resource Groups.

This position is Confidential.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis.  Applications must include (1) resume, and (2) a cover letter.  Applicants concurrently applying to any other position with the ACLU should state what other position they are applying for in the cover letter. Please submit your application online at:

The ACLU NorCal is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

The ACLU of Northern California advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, military and veteran status, and any other basis prohibited by law. The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment. Through this policy, the ACLU NorCal strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is free from discrimination and supportive of a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our communities and the people we serve.

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