Director of People and Culture

  • Nonprofit Full Time
  • Arizona
  • City: Phoenix

Website ACLU of Arizona

The ACLU of Arizona works to advance equity and dismantle systemic injustice through legal action, policy advocacy, and mobilizing our communities to protect the civil rights, liberties, and dignity of all Arizonans. We are excited to announce the search for an experienced, creative Director of People and Culture to drive the organization’s human resources and staff development program while also guiding organizational change that creates an inclusive culture and advances equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work in Arizona.


Position Overview

The Director of People and Culture is a new position at the ACLU of Arizona 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 Arizona. The Director of People will ensure equitable and sound human resources functions and will develop and oversee policies and programs to support and retain staff. This position will also play an essential role in developing and maintaining a healthy and thriving organizational culture and making sure that we make progress towards our goals of fighting for systemic change and racial justice, internally and externally. As part of our mission to defend and advance the rights and dignity of Arizonans, we believe in creating a liberatory and healthy work environment where all staff can bring their full authentic selves to the table.


The Director of People and Culture will hold human resources technical expertise, combined with a passion for creating dynamic organizational culture, and experience with managing organizational change processes.  They will possess a great deal of flexibility, compassion, and discretion. And at the foundation of it all, they should share the values of the ACLU of AZ, support our vision, and want our committed staff to be as successful as they can and should be.


Location: Arizona; Phoenix preferred

Starting Salary Range: $85,000-$105,000

Deadline to Apply: August 28, 2022

Supervision: This position reports to the Executive Director, is a member of the Leadership Team and currently has no direct reports.

Classification: Full-time, exempt


Position Responsibilities

Human Resources

·       Oversee administration of ACLU-AZ benefits: leave time, medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, 401k, etc., including managing the relationship and contract with insurance and benefits providers.

·       Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and organizational policies.

·       Maintain human resources records including employment files, ensure proper documentation is generated and maintained regarding job information, compensation, benefits, etc.

·       Research, develop, and implement organizational policies and procedures, all with an equity lens – including personnel manual, job descriptions, and other materials.

·       As we continue navigating the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, develop safe and effective COVID guidelines to be consistently reevaluated.

·       Establish a compensation philosophy that is reflected and maintained in annual performance reviews, compensation levels and categories, and promotion considerations.

·       In partnership with hiring managers, oversee the full life cycle of hiring and ensure onboarding is equitable, consistent, and effective.

·       Serve as primary backup for payroll processing.

·       Collaborate closely with the Office Coordinator on administrative projects and tasks.

·       Serve as a liaison with the staff union and a member of the management bargaining team and oversee implementation of the contract bargaining agreement.

·       Be a thought-leader and partner with the Executive Director and other staff on dynamics related to staffing, culture, organizational development, and other issues.


Organizational Culture

·       Manage consultants and collaborate with staff to identify and develop a healthy and equitable organizational culture that prioritizes racial justice and equity and staff well-being.

·       Play a lead role in organizing and planning staff retreats, working with the Administrative team and facilitators on logistics and program.

·       Support planning of staff-wide trainings and convenings including managing consultants and facilitators when appropriate.

·       Develop and oversee the staff professional development program and a paid internship program to ensure equity, effectiveness, and consistency.

·       Develop and implement ways to gather staff feedback, including an annual survey, and use this data to drive organizational change.


Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB)

·       Manage EDIB consultants and the staff-board committee tasked with overseeing our EDIB organizational change process.

·       Monitor progress towards EDIB priorities and goals and report progress to the board of directors and staff.

·       Serve as a thought-leader and partner with peers in the national ACLU network and in the affiliate as we learn and unlearn how organizations – and the people within them – can become anti-racist internally and externally.



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.

·       Demonstrated commitment to ACLU of AZ’s values, mission, and vision.

·       Minimum seven years of proven experience in human resources roles, preferably in a non-profit setting and within a unionized workplace.

·       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.

Working Conditions: The ACLU of Arizona offices are generally open between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The physical demands and work environment described below represent those required and encountered by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

·        Inputting information into a computer for long periods of time.

·        Work some evenings, weekends, and holidays.

·        Periodically work long and extended hours.

·        Occasionally travel locally/regionally/internationally as needed.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. Please note that most ACLU-AZ staff are based in Phoenix; this position requires in-person work in the Phoenix office, occasionally in the Tucson office, and does permit some remote work.

Why work for ACLU of AZ?

Time off: Staff get 15 vacation days their first three years; 20 days after four years. We offer an additional 17 days off for holidays and personal days.


Benefits package: We cover 100% of health, vision, and dental insurance for employees. We provide life and disability insurance, as well as reimbursement of some out-of-pocket healthcare related expenses. Staff are reimbursed for cell phones and home internet if working from home.


401k Plan: We want you to be prepared for retirement! We match 100% of the first 1% of your salary deferred to your 401k, plus 50% of the next 5% of your salary contribution. And then, we contribute an additional 2% of your salary contribution each pay period.


Commitment to our staff: We invest in staff growth and professional development opportunities and are committed to providing regular feedback and opportunities for advancement.


Crystal clear focus: Our team focuses on some of the most important and urgent issues of our times – from abortion rights, voting rights and democracy, LGBTQ+ rights, criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, border justice, and racial justice.


Our team is amazing: You will be working with incredibly dedicated, smart, and caring people who know how to have fun while getting a lot done in a low-ego environment. In addition to your Arizona colleagues, you will become part of a national network of ACLU staff in all 50 states plus D.C. and Puerto Rico!


How to Apply

Email your resume and cover letter to Include “Dir of People and Culture” in the subject line and how you heard about the position. In the cover letter, please answer the following questions:

1) Why you are interested in working at ACLU of AZ; and

2) How have you demonstrated a commitment to equity in your previous roles?

No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

The ACLU of Arizona undertakes inclusive 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

Deadline: Applicants must submit their cover letter and resume by August 28, 2022.

The ACLU of Arizona is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage 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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