HR Manager

The HR Manager is a staff position within the ACLU-WI’s Administration Department.  The position will help build a robust system of Human Resources (HR) systems and structures that center on the ACLU’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB) while ensuring that the organization meets regulatory and nonprofit best practices.  The position will manage the ACLU-WI’s day-to-day HR functions as well as the organizational needs of the office.  

Job Context

This position is a full-time exempt position.  The HR Manager reports to the Deputy Executive Director.  The position is based in a remote/hybrid work environment. The position responsibilities will require limited travel at the expense of the organization. Work may include some nights and weekends.

Responsibilities include:

  • Create, 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;
  • 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;
  • Participate in and help lead ACLU-WI work to promote, and protect a respectful, equitable workplace of belonging, including staying apprised of and implementing best practices in EDIB;
  • 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;
  • Oversee the successful orientation of each new employee and intern, to ensure that they are welcomed, set up for success, and able to integrate seamlessly into the organization;
  • Conduct offboarding, including exit interviews and ensuring continuity of work;
  • With supervisors, create and execute or identify professional development programs and systems to retain high-caliber, well-performing staff and to enable team members to grow;
  • Maintain awareness and knowledge of labor and employment law and assure organizational compliance, including providing direction to directors, supervisors, and staff to ensure they are fully informed of HR requirements, objectives, and plans;
  • Inventory and order office supplies as needed for both the Milwaukee and Madison offices;
  • Manage handling of confidential documents;


Experience & Qualifications

  • A strong commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU, racial equity, dismantling white supremacy and incorporating a structural power analysis into work;
  • Knowledge and understanding of how power and oppression is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, citizenship and socio-economic circumstances;
  • 5+ years relevant human resources experiences, including policy and benefits administration, and strong knowledge of human resources and policy guidelines (both legal requirements and best practices);
  • Talent for creating and managing systems;
  • Commitment to EDIB as core values;
  • Trustworthy with excellent judgement and experience exercising discretion and upholding the highest level of confidentiality;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including conflict resolution experience and ability work across lines of difference;

Working Conditions: a remote/in-person hybrid office environment.  The position requires maintaining some physical file records and word processing.

Mental Demand: Decision making, emotional intelligence, giving and receiving feedback and building trusting relationships.  The nature of this work can be emotionally demanding and requires thoughtful communication.

Compensation: Compensation is based on relevant experience and skills, ranging from approximately $50,669 to $65,229 depending on experience and skills, $60 per month for internet and cell phone allowance. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, 12 weeks paid family medical/parental leave, and optional medical (includes one plan at no cost to the employee), vision, dental coverage, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, and a 401(k) retirement fund with a stepped employer match.

How to Apply: Please email a single document of the requested documents to,  please use ‘[YOUR NAME]- HR Manager’ in the subject line of the email. The requested items are the following:

  • Cover letter explaining how you are qualified for this position and why you’re interested in being part of the ACLU of Wisconsin;
  • Resume.
  • Final interviewees will need three professional references.

Priority Deadline: Monday, January 2, 2023. 

This job announcement provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of Wisconsin reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and formerly incarcerated people to apply.

The ACLU of Wisconsin undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.  We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact us at

The ACLU of Wisconsin is comprised of two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin and the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation. Both are organizations with the same overall mission; they share office space and employees.