Deputy Director of Human Resources (San Francisco, Sacramento, or Fresno)

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ACLU of Northern CA

The Opportunity

The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU NorCal) seeks a Deputy Director of Human Resources for the San Francisco, Sacramento, or Fresno offices, with a preference for the San Francisco location. 

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 

Under general direction of the Human Resources Director, manage the daily operations of the Human Resources (HR) Department, including supervising a team of human resource professionals and support staff.  The Deputy Director performs research and analysis and makes recommendations to senior leaders on a variety of human resources issues. May serve as backup in absence of Human Resources Director. They should have deep experience in at least one of the areas of compensation, benefits, recruitment or talent management and in labor and employee relations. They will be expected to carry out their work in alignment with our mission and values of equity and inclusion. 

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

Employee and Labor Relations

  • May participate in contract negotiations with IFTPE Local 20.
  • Ensures consistency of treatment and application of HR polices and the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Provides consultation and solutions to managers and supervisors on all employee and labor-management relations issues, staff engagement, employee benefits, talent acquisition, employee relations and other critical processes and programs.
  • Manages employee relations issues, conduct investigations, make decisions regarding course of action, and provide guidance and counseling to employees and managers as appropriate.
  • Provides relevant training and guidance to managers and employees; identify and analyze trends and initiate and/or direct appropriate interventions; independently handles and/or manage redesign and reassignment.
  • Oversees processes for workers' compensation, disability, leave, workplace accommodation requests, and health and safety issues; inform managers as needed.
  • Works with the Human Resources Director as needed to respond to grievances.
  • Develops short and long-term goals for HR functional areas and routinely reviews progress.
  • Evaluates and analyzes information and recommends solutions; assures that HR processes and procedures are in compliance with all laws, policies, regulations and standards.
  • Provides consultation/guidance to all levels of employees on HR related matters.
  • Provides various HR related training to all levels of employees; schedules outside training for HR employees, as needed.
  • Works with payroll staff to resolve pay issues.

 Department Management and Supervision

  •  Manages, evaluates, and provides leadership in HR operational programs. Position is responsible for the effective and consistent coordination, implementation and workflow of HR business processes, functions, and procedures related to recruitment, staffing, compensation, benefits, and wellness.
  • Works with the Director and generalist, annually review employee benefit programs, manage open enrollment, and works closely with benefit broker on plan design and analyzes complex benefits information and data to ensure a market competitive benefit program.
  • Hire and supervise staff, as needed, in order to meet operational demands of the department.
  • Administer performance management, disciplinary actions and recommends personnel actions for direct reports.
  • Provides ongoing professional development and regular feedback to staff, including corrective feedback when needed, to help staff build on strengths, grow, or improve performance.
  • Prepare reports and analyze data available through local and centralized database resources.
  • Manage accurate documentation and retention of recordkeeping.
  • Develops, revises and implements HR Policies and procedures.
  • Reviews internal audits on HR processes and provides recommendations; implements approved changes.
  • Participates in the development department budget, monitors budget expenditures, makes adjustments as necessary and reports budget information.
  • Gathers information and prepares reports/presentations on HR operational subject matters.

Special Projects and Assignments

  • Oversee performance evaluation cycles.
  • Collaborate with department heads to facilitate organizational and behavioral change.
  • Participate in and/or lead organization-wide projects/initiatives, as needed.
  • Manage vendor/consultant relationships. Vet and potentially develop HR related trainings for staff.
  • Will assist with managing org wide DEI initiatives/projects/resource development as it relates to HR.
  • Serve in absence of HR Director.   
  • Other duties as assigned.


 Education / Experience:

(We welcome you to include any lived experience you are comfortable sharing in your cover letter or an additional attachment)

  • Bachelor's degree and eight years professional human resources program management 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.
  • Experience working in a unionized work environment and experience administering collective bargaining agreements.
  • Successful track record of establishing credibility and trust with a diverse client group, including senior leaders.
  • 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.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and understanding of group dynamics.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite and human resource information and applicant tracking systems on a PC.
  • Must be available for some evening & weekend responsibilities.

Preferred Experience:

  • Developing and applying HR practices, policies, and procedures with a DEI lens.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Certification as a Professional in Human Resources (SHRM) or (PHR) and certification as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and/or Certified Benefits Professional (CBP) are desirable.

Technical Skills:

  • Comfort with learning and using computer applications, for example HRIS systems, accounting platforms, constituent management systems, video conferencing, etc.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office 365 Suite, especially Outlook, Word, and Excel.

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 $115,727-$135,014 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 Not Represented and 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) a resume and (2) a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position. 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.  ACLU NorCal will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).

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