Human Resources Manager
The Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU, Inc. (“ACLU of Illinois”) seeks an experienced human resources professional to join our team in a newly created position: Human Resources Manager. This is an exciting opportunity to build a robust system of Human Resources (HR) systems and structures that center the ACLU’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) while ensuring that the organization meets regulatory and nonprofit best practices. The position will report to the Associate Director and will manage the ACLU-IL’s day-to-day HR functions for a staff of 40, including some who are in the process of unionizing.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
For 95 years, the ACLU-IL has been dedicated to protecting the liberties guaranteed by the federal and state constitutions, as well as state, federal, and local human rights laws, with special attention to the rights of low-income and marginalized people. Our work focuses on protecting democracy by (1) advancing First Amendment rights, government transparency, and voting rights; (2) fighting the institutional and structural racism that undermines civil rights and civil liberties, including in policing, the criminal and civil legal systems, and immigration; (3) promoting access to reproductive health care, gender equity, and the rights of LGBTQ+ communities; and (4) addressing and preventing the harm experienced by people in government care and control, including in the foster system, prisons, jails, and juvenile detention facilities.
With more than 75,000 members, the ACLU-IL of is one of the largest state affiliates of the national American Civil Liberties Union. We have successfully represented individual clients, led impact suits and class actions, enforced consent decrees, and pursued public policy reform and public education campaigns. As a result of the breadth and depth of its work, the ACLU of Illinois has served as a national leader in public interest litigation and related advocacy.
The ACLU of Illinois seeks to create a team that reflects our organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and where each person feels that they belong. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, criminal record, or veteran status.
RESPONSIBILITIESSpecific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Refine and maintain clear, responsive, and accessible HR systems for staff.
- Manage recruitment efforts, including job postings, application review, interviews, reference checks, and offers.
- Serve as a primary point person for employee inquiries regarding human resources and policies, and participate in employee meetings and exit interviews.
- Manage staff benefits including health, dental, vision, retirement plan, and other insurance benefits.
- Support staff in resolving interpersonal conflicts with colleagues and handling feedback professionally.
- Develop improvements as necessary to staff evaluation system, new staff orientation, on-boarding, career development program, and staff wellness and training programs.
- Identify, recommend, and implement operational improvements to streamline HR processes and incorporate best practices in management, including updating employee policies and personnel handbook.
- Plan all-staff workshops that focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
- Participate in and help lead ACLU-IL’s race equity work to promote, and protect a respectful, equitable workplace of belonging, including staying apprised of and implementing best practices in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB).
- Prepare materials for audits, benefits renewals, annual compliance filings, and pension and retirement plan census reports.
- Ensure accuracy and confidentiality of employee records.
- Maintain knowledge of legal requirements related to HR, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance.
- Identify and work with external HR consultants, Benefits Committee and attorneys on special projects as needed.
- 5+ years relevant human resources experience, including policy and benefits administration, and strong knowledge of human resources and policy guidelines (both legal requirements and best practices).
- Excellent interpersonal skills including conflict resolution experience and ability to work across lines of difference.
- Talent for creating and managing systems.
- Proven ability to support values-aligned organizational development.
- Love for giving and receiving feedback and building trusting relationships with employees.
- Experience applying the principals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in previous work.
- Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as core values.
- Ability to think creatively and problem solve.
- Trustworthy with excellent judgement and experience exercising discretion and upholding the highest level of confidentiality.
- Organized and detail-oriented with experience managing people, multiple projects, and meeting deadlines.
This position requires maintaining some physical file records and word processing in an ADA-compliant office space. Travel outside of Chicago is not required. Evening and weekend work may be necessary on occasion.
ACLU of Illinois staff are based in Chicago, IL, and are currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When conditions are safe, our office will reopen.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
The salary for the HR and Operations Manager is $85,000-$95,000. Excellent benefits include 100% employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff and eligible dependents; four weeks paid vacation; paid holidays and paid sick leave. In addition, ACLU provides a 403(b) retirement benefits plan with employer match and employer-only contributions, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance.
This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt, which means the position is ineligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
To apply, instead of a cover letter, please share:
- Your resume.
- A 1-page reflection on:
- the role human resources should play in creating an inclusive and equitable work place.
- the skills/approach you have that makes you effective at accomplishing this goal, including specific examples of when you have demonstrated these skills.
- anticipated challenges to accomplishing this goal.
- If applicable, a brief summary of any experience working in a unionized work environment.
HOW TO APPLY
Please fill out the fields below. Then, email your application materials to email@example.com and use the subject line: “Human Resources Manager.”
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No calls or outreach via social media or other platforms please.
The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need assistance applying online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.