The Opportunity

American Civil Liberties Union of NM (ACLU-NM) seeks to hire an experienced Human Resources leader for a newly created position - Manager for People and Culture. This position is the organization’s first dedicated HR role. The person in this position will work across the organization to lead efforts to improve workplace culture and provide expertise and support in the areas of performance management, employee relations and engagement, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, policy and procedure development and implementation, and HR compliance. The Manager for People and Culture works from our Albuquerque office and reports to the Deputy Director.

Who You Are

The ideal candidate will carry out their responsibilities with a high degree of emotional intelligence, confidentiality, and collaboration and a proven ability to build and sustain relationships. The Manager is expected to bring critical thinking, strategic, and operational expertise to the team on all people-related matters. The Manager for People and Culture is a true ‘people person’ with a passion for supporting great teams and helping them thrive.

Who We Are

ACLU-NM is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. We work to make justice, liberty and equity realities for all people in New Mexico, with particular attention to the rights of people and groups who have historically been disenfranchised.

We partner with individuals and communities impacted by injustices to inform and mobilize people throughout the state. The people in the center of the struggles for justice, who feel the impact in their daily lives, are especially important allies.

ACLU-NM is committed to ending racism and other inequities. This includes how we work with each other and with our partners and allies in the communities we serve. We are looking for candidates who share our commitment to advancing racial justice, both internally in our organization and externally in the communities that we serve.

ACLU-New Mexico is a strong, growing organization. We are supported by thousands members, activists, and donors. For more information, please visit our website at www.aclu-nm.org


Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

  • Provide leadership to sustain and continually strengthen an intentional culture that: centers racial and other forms of equity; encourages respect, compassion, and courageous engagement;
  • Partner with staff at all levels to implement strategies for employee engagement and retention;
  • Develop procedures, processes, and programs that support internal equity and inclusion work.

Recruitment and Hiring

  • Build on current recruitment and hiring processes to attract diverse candidates at every level;
  • Build and maintain systems to track and communicate with candidates;
  • Implement and continually improve employee onboarding, ensuring that employees feel welcomed, informed about their benefits and organization processes, set up for success from the outset, and able to integrate seamlessly into the organization;
  • Coordinate employee off-boarding.
  • Performance Management and Professional Development
  • Refine and manage professional development program that will retain, develop and motivate people to achieve their fullest potential;
  • Support the professional development of existing managers, help ensure they are managing effectively and continually improving their skills;
  • Facilitate implementation of the performance review process through training, support, and accountability to ensure effectiveness, compliance, and equity within the organization.

Benefits Administration and Development

  • Collaborate with organizational leadership on fair, equitable, and competitive compensation and benefits programs, including creating and keeping job descriptions current, recommending appropriate changes;
  • Administer complete benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance, FSA, various voluntary insurances, retirement, life insurance, workers’ compensation, vacation, sick leave, and leaves of absence.
  • Employee Relations
  • Participate in coaching, counseling, and advising management and staff to resolve employment related matters;
  • Implement employee relations and engagement practices to cultivate a supportive work environment for all employees;
  • Respond to inquiries regarding policies, procedures, and programs.

Other Responsibilities

  • Identify key Human Resource trends, challenges, and opportunities and promote best practices that align with organizational strategy and objectives;
  • Develop and maintain a human resources information system;
  • Advise on creating and /or updating policies, procedures, and guidelines, as needed
  • Provide operational guidance to the organization on a variety of human resources programs, policies, and practices;
  • Other duties as assigned.


While no one person will have all the qualities enumerated below, the successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Awareness of, and willingness to engage in, the difficult and transformative work of challenging systems of oppression, institutional and structural racism, and implicit bias.
  • Demonstrated passion for developing and implementing best practices for organizations on equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU, including a demonstrated commitment to equity and racial justice. At least four years of relevant human resources experience required with demonstrated experience developing and implementing HR policies and programs; SHRM, HRCI, or similar HR certification preferred, but not required
  • Demonstrated experience coaching and advising management and staff in an HR capacity
  • Familiarity with all aspects of HR, including compensation, recruitment, benefits, performance management, professional development, training, etc.
  • Ability to think strategically with an open-minded approach to HR Solutions using an equity lens. Forward thinking, innovative and progressive in HR practices
  • Ability to establish credibility and be decisive while maintaining positive employee relationships
  • Can connect with people from different backgrounds, build relationships across differences, and navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with people at all levels.
  • Team player who inspires collaboration, lifts up the work of others, and maintains balance and perspective with patience and a sense of humor.
  • Openness to a multi-faceted range of viewpoints; ability to engage with tough questions in a thoughtful and respectful manner.
  • Able to engender trust and respect.
  • Demonstrated ability to work creatively to find solutions to people and organizational challenges.
  • Experience with or willingness to learn about trauma-informed practices, and restorative justice
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines and accomplish work in order of priority while driving strategies to completion.
  • Able to effectively facilitate meetings and to prepare and deliver formal presentations or training.
  • Skilled in communicating both orally and in writing.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and exhibit high levels of tact and discretion
  • Flexibility, patience, and willingness to learn.
  • Strong self-awareness, cultural competence with marginalized communities, and humility; grounded with a high degree of integrity and transparency.
  • Ability to work with a high level of independence and exercise a high degree of initiative, influence, and judgement.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, including Microsoft Office suite and human resource information and applicant tracking systems, with an ability to become familiar with organization-specific programs and software.
  • Must be available for some evening & weekend responsibilities and available to travel.


Salary range is $65,000 to $70,000 annually, depending on experience. Excellent benefits include paid employee medical, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance, 401k contribution, and paid vacation and holidays.


Please send cover letter, resume and three reference by email to HR@ACLU-NM.org. Please include Manager of/for People and Culture in the subject line and all attachments should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Please indicate where you learned of this job posting. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis beginning on SEPTEMBER 10, 2021.


Currently we are mainly working remotely with some voluntary work in the office.

While the Manager of People and Culture could conduct the vast majority of their duties from home, there may also be some responsibilities that could necessitate limited office visits. We anticipate that once it is safe to lift the work-from-home policy, the Manager of People and Culture, like most ACLU-NM staff, will work partially in-office and partially from home.

Candidates outside of Albuquerque and/or New Mexico will be considered for this position with the understanding that relocation to the region will be required possibly before we fully open.

ACLU of New Mexico is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and promote an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those who have been formerly incarcerated, and other members of underrepresented and marginalized groups.

“ACLU of New Mexico” refers collectively to two separate corporate entities, ACLU of New Mexico and ACLU of New Mexico Foundation. The two entities share the same mission, office space, and employees.