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Location: Remote

Reports to: M4BL Director of People Operations & Culture

Salary: $100,000 - $110,000 with full health benefits for employee and dependents, employer-funded retirement plan, remote work stipend, and 28 days of vacation

Movement for Black Lives

The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) is an ecosystem of organizations and individuals creating a shared vision and strategy to win rights, control and resources for Black people. Building on the legacy and strategies of past movements, the Movement for Black Lives has created a broad political home for Black organizers, activists, and their organizations. Our ecosystem is held together by politics of abolition, anti-capitalism and radical Black Queer Feminisms and a value system that fights for the most marginalized amongst us. 

Position Summary

As a lead member of the People Operations & Culture team, the People Operations & Culture Manager facilitates the M4BL work by supporting full cycle recruiting, employee onboarding and off boarding, benefit and employee support programs, performance management, ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and best practices, and ensuring that all relevant files and data are secure and appropriately accessible. This position plays a supportive role in the M4BL employee experience and in shaping organizational culture. The M4BL People Operations & Culture Manager reports to the Director of People Operations & Culture and works closely with other People Operations team members. They will be responsible for managing our HR systems to support our employees to be successful.

May require travel and work on occasional weekends and evenings as determined. 

Essential Areas of Work

  • Support employee recruitment including supporting job description development and postings
  • Keep track of recruiting metrics including time to hire and cost per hire while supporting hiring managers as needed and managing recruitment consultants
  • Support onboarding and off boarding of employees
  • Oversee management of HRIS, employee documentation and record keeping
  • Oversee management of employees leave of absence
  • Staff point of contact for FMLA administration
  • Manage benefits and payroll provision and support the organization’s benefits offerings and open enrollment
  • Manage coordination with finance team to ensure accurate payroll processing 
  • Support investigation of employee issues and conflicts, addressing demands, grievances and any other issues arising 
  • Champion performance management and support the performance evaluations process for all staff
  • Support department leads in providing compliant People Operations support for employees on their teams
  • Support table members People Ops requests
  • Support development and implementation of HR strategies and initiatives aligned with overall business strategy
  • Support evolution of the organization’s HR policies to align internal operations with organizational values 
  • Ensure employee handbook is up-to-date and compliant with local, state, and federal laws
  • Ensure people operations compliance with local and national labor laws
  • Lead employee wellness initiatives
  • Engage with staff on an ongoing basis to evaluate and ensure that M4BL is an excellent Black, queer, feminist employer


Note: The Movement for Black Lives is committed to responding flexibly to changing circumstances and priorities which means that the expectations of every position are dynamic. This description reflects the assignment of essential functions, but does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Personal alignment with M4BL’s vision and values
  • Minimum of five years of people operations work, including at least three years as a HR Generalist
  • Hands on recruiting experience including a year in recruitment
  • Skilled at time management and project coordination
  • Strong emotional intelligence/quotient and ability to respond to emerging needs
  • Ability to hold complexities while centering staff wellness and wellbeing
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Ability to build consensus and relationships among managers, partners, and staff
  • Grounded and flexible with a high degree of integrity, transparency, and collaborative ability
  • Able to pay close and consistent attention to details and accuracy
  • Understanding of standard People Operations best practices
  • Strong background in managing robust cloud-based storage systems 
  • Ability to manage immediate and long term People Operations activities within an active and fluid environment
  • Strong proficiency with data management, review, analysis, documentation, and reporting
  • Ability to work on a virtual team, in particular, and juggle multiple projects at once while proactively communicating with all in a virtual environment
  • Ability to travel as needed for work
  • Demonstrated reliability, flexibility, and follow-up
  • Deep commitment to relationship building, team building, and strategic action


Education & Experience

  • Prior experience working with Social Justice Movement organizations required
  • 3-5 years of increasing experience across all facets of people and culture work
  • Professional certification in the area of People Operations (SHRM CP/SCP)
  • Experience in supporting building out of organizational structures is preferred
  • Hands on experience with HRIS systems and Applicant Tracking systems
  • Experience with candidate screening and evaluation and phone and in person interviews

Equal Opportunity Workplace

The Movement for Black Lives in partnership with its fiscal sponsor the Common Counsel Foundation is proud to be an equal employment workplace. We welcome and encourage job applicants who are motivated to work with us in addressing social injustice and those who have personal experience with injustice. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on any of the follow factors; race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), age, sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/ or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (genetic characteristics, cancer or a record or history of cancer), military or veteran status, national origin, ancestry, disability (mental and physical including HIV/AIDS, cancer, and genetic characteristics), and genetic information.


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