People, Benefits, and Culture Manager

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) seeks a People, Benefits, and Culture Manager. This is a new role designed for a professional looking for a meaningful opportunity in a proven, growing, and vibrant organization that makes profound differences in the lives of people across New Jersey. The ACLU-NJ takes pride in our reputation of over 60 years of fighting for the rights of all New Jerseyans. And now – with ongoing challenges to civil liberties at the national level, the increased need to develop good policy at the local level, the still-evolving impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on civil rights, and the 400-years overdue increased awareness of the impacts of systemic racism on every American institution— is a vital time to join us and make a meaningful, positive, long-term impact on the future of New Jersey and the United States.

The People, Benefits & Culture Manager will help develop and lead the ACLU-NJ’s human resources function, helping build an organizational culture that promotes belonging and psychological safety. The work includes, but is not limited to, managing the organization’s equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB) efforts, assisting with improving recruitment, hiring practices and onboarding, and addressing HR issues and staff conflicts. This position reports to the Deputy Director/COO and is based in Newark, but will work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic with an expectation of returning to the office in some capacity in early 2022.

What you’ll do

  • Implement and oversee all people and human resources initiatives, including recruiting, compliance, performance, and employee engagement.
  • Actively develop and lead the organization’s equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB) efforts to ensure an inclusive and psychologically safe work environment and culture for all staff.
  • Manage and administer the ACLU-NJ’s benefits program.
  • Maintain confidential personnel records.
  • With key staff members, help manage the full spectrum of the hiring process, including but not limited to:
    • Drafting job announcements and descriptions, full cycle recruiting, and managing the interview and selection process.
    • Onboarding and orienting all new hires to organizational practices and culture.
    • Offboarding, including executing exit interviews, and ensuring continuity of work.
  • Seek and develop internal and external opportunities for professional development for staff.
  • With senior leadership, work to ensure equity in compensation and benefits across the organization.
  • Help support performance management systems and career growth for staff.
  • Create, communicate, and enforce personnel policies and guidelines.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert in areas of employee relations and legal compliance, and maintain up-to-date knowledge of EDIB-related issues and best practices.
  • Provide HR counsel and mediation to address organizational needs.
  • Provide training and policy updates to colleagues on compliance and HR best practices.
  • Work with legal counsel to ensure that organization policies and practices comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Cultivate and monitor organizational culture of belonging.
  • Other duties as needed.

What you’ll need

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including proven dispute resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated significant experience in comprehensive HR functions, strategies and practices, including compensation, performance management, equity and inclusion, hiring, employee relations, and conflict resolution.
  • Certification (e.g., SHRM) and/or degree in HR management, organizational development, or other related field preferred.
  • Thorough understanding of federal and state employment laws and regulations, including equal employment opportunity laws, and the NJ Law Against Discrimination.
  • Passion for achieving team goals and supporting other individuals and groups.
  • Ability to thrive in an environment with an expanding work force and need for establishing organization-wide HR systems and processes.
  • Work experience that demonstrates ability to engender trust and respect, ability to exercise good judgment, exceptional degree of empathy and compassion, and ability to responsibly handle highly confidential information such as personnel records.
  • Demonstrated ability to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive work environment that fosters a culture of belonging, collaboration, and teamwork.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to analyze data to guide personnel planning.
  • Unwavering commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU, including a demonstrated commitment to equity and racial justice.
  • Experience working in a non-profit, advocacy, or political organization is preferred.


The salary range for this position starts at $84,000 and is negotiable, commensurate with experience. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package which currently includes 16 days paid time off, 11 office holidays and 12 health care leave days; medical, vision, and dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; pre-tax transit benefits; and a 401(k) plan with employer match. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

About our Culture

We are a diverse workforce and take pride in our ability to attract and retain employees with a huge array of backgrounds and experiences. We work hard, but also like to celebrate our successes.

Our organization is currently a team of 28 who care deeply about the work of the ACLU. We view our work as advancing our goals of liberty and justice for all and we work to achieve these through our approach and practices. We enjoy working together and remain inspired by the remarkable work of our amazing local and national colleagues.

Are You Ready to Help Lead Us into the Future?


If you’re excited about bringing your talents and skills to the ACLU-NJ, complete the application below and upload a resume and detailed letter of interest. Your letter should explain ways in which you satisfy the skills and qualifications specified above. We also invite applicants to include in their letter information about how their background and/or experiences could contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and advocacy work.

Application materials will also be accepted via postal mail (P.O. Box 32159, Newark, NJ 07102), but electronic filing is strongly preferred. Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately. We will accept applications until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website. We hope that one of those applications is yours.

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU 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 email If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

The ACLU-NJ is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest organization, dedicated to defending and enhancing civil rights and civil liberties through litigation, legislative advocacy, organizing, and community education. 

The ACLU-NJ is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture of belonging. It is our policy to employ qualified people without regard to race; color; religion; sex; national origin; age; ancestry; disability; sexual orientation; veteran’s status; marital status; civil union status; arrest or court record; citizenship; credit history; genetic information; gender identity or expression; status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking; or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law. The more inclusive we are, the better we are.

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