Be Part of a Pivotal Moment in History.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is looking for a Director of People and Culture to join our team!  The Director of People and Culture is a new position at the ACLU of Minnesota that ensures our policies, practices, culture, and values work together to set our staff up for long-term success and impact as champions of civil rights in Minnesota.  Our mission is timely, our staff is committed to protecting civil liberties, and we are poised to succeed, with a growing community of more than 30,000 donors and members.

At the ACLU of Minnesota, we take pride in our reputation of more than 65 years of fighting the hard fight for people whose civil liberties are threatened or denied.  And now—as we enlarge our staff to face the current threats to our civil liberties —is the ideal time to join us!

Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of People and Culture will also play an essential role in developing and maintaining a healthy and thriving organizational culture that values the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging and making sure that we make progress toward our goals of fighting for systemic change and racial justice internally and externally.

The position is based in our Minneapolis office, providing access to the Twin Cities area's best. 

Our Director of People and Culture will:

Human Resources

  • Oversee and Manage Benefits.
  • Maintain human resources records.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and organizational policies.
  • Research, create and implement organizational policies and procedures, all with an equity lens
  • Oversee the full lifecycle of hiring and ensure onboarding is equitable, consistent, and effective.
  • Work with Finance team to establish a compensation philosophy.
  • Serve as a liaison with the staff union and management.

Organizational Culture

  • Lead efforts to create a healthy and equitable organizational culture.
  • Develop and oversee the staff professional development program.
  • Develop and implement ways to gather staff feedback.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB)

  • Develop and manage EDIB organizational change process.

Experience & Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a combination of the following:

While no candidate will possess every quality, the successful candidate will possess many of the following qualifications and attributes. Even if you aren’t sure but are excited about the position, we encourage you to apply.

  • Minimum seven years of proven experience in human resources roles, preferably in a non-profit setting and within a unionized workplace.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ACLU of MN’s values, mission, and vision. 
  • Experience in organizational change processes such as culture change and anti-racism.
  • Demonstrated sound judgment, flexibility, compassion, and patience; able to exercise discretion in dealing with confidential and sensitive matters.
  • Exceptional communication skills, and an ability to engage and work with diverse groups of people in an open and respectful way.
  • Deep understanding of staff management skills and practices, including experience coaching and supporting staff through management challenges.
  • Strong project management skills – highly organized, detail oriented, able to consistently meet deadlines, and follow up on action items.
  • Commitment to encouraging a healthy and collective work environment that values racial justice and equity. Recognition that creativity, health, and humor among staff strengthen the organization.

Cultural Competencies

  • Demonstrated awareness of one’s own cultural identity, views about differences, and the ability to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms.
  • A complex understanding of racial justice and the urgency of confronting institutional racism and inequity.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice and culture.
  • Proven track record of working across lines of race, immigration status, ethnicity, language, class, gender and other identities and experiences including record of arrest or conviction.

COMPENSATION RANGE:   $80,000 - $90,000.

Please click on the link below for an application.
Click here to apply

To be included in the application:
Be prepared to upload. (All attachments should be in Word or .pdf format):

  • Letter of interest
  • C.V./Resume 
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement (A brief summary - 800 words to 1 page) of your values, experiences, and capabilities related to diversity, equity and inclusion.)
  • Three professional references (relationship, email address, and phone numbers).
    • Your references will not be contacted unless you are a finalist for the position.

Applications will be accepted until January 9, 2023.

ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages 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, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.

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