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Senior Manager, Human Resources and Operations


About Black Futures Lab

The Black Futures Lab (BFL) works to make Black communities powerful in politics. Black Futures Lab transforms Black communities into constituencies that wield independent, political power at the municipal, state, and federal level. The problems communities face are complex; the solutions to those problems require imagination, experimentation, and political power. Black Futures Lab advances strategies that help imagine the alternatives everyone deserves, while building political power at the local, state, and national level in order to implement those alternatives.

The Black to the Future Action Fund (B2F) is a 501(c)4 that works to transform Black communities into constituencies that build independent, progressive, Black political power in cities and states. We work to enact policy that improves the lives of Black people. We work to ensure that Black people have what all people deserve–dignity, safety, and power.

To make Black communities powerful in politics, Black Futures Lab:

  • Educates, Activates, and Motivates Black Voters
    • Black Futures Lab engages Black voters over the long term, empowering Black voters to share the policy discussions that affect their lives. BFL energizes Black communities to hold elected leaders, officials, and decision makers accountable for implementing policies that improve the lives of Black people.
  • Builds the Capacity of and Invests in Black Organizing Infrastructure
    • Black Futures Lab is committed to building power – and that takes resources. In partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, BFL’s Black Organizing Innovations Project awards grants to community organizations working to engage and activate Black communities. Recent grantees have received between $125,000 – $250,000 in key states such as Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Louisiana, and California.
  • Collects and Uses Relevant Data to Transform Communities
    • Black Futures Lab has launched the Black Census Project 2022, the largest survey of Black people in the United States in 157 years. The information gathered from the Census will be used to identify priority issues for Black communities, inform public policy, and shape an agenda created for Black people, by Black people.

 The Opportunity

The Black Futures Labis hiring for a Senior Manager, Human Resources & Operations position. This is a shared position with the Black Futures Lab’s sister organization Black to the Future Action Fund.

The Senior Manager, Human Resources & Operations is an experienced HR professional who is essential to BFL’s growth and ability to recruit and retain talented staff.  The Senior Manager, Human Resources & Operations is responsible for the design and implementation of a robust recruitment plan and a tailored staff engagement strategy. The ideal candidate will also possess the ability to train and develop staff. This role reports to the Director of Administration.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Human Resources & Recruitment

  • Manage the recruitment, onboarding, and orientation of new staff members.
  • Take leadership in attracting high-performing staff members that will help Black Futures Lab and Black to the Future Action Fund achieve their goals.
  • Work to build relationships with recruiting partners to raise brand awareness with our target audiences.
  • Assist with employee off-boarding, employee status changes and other general updates, and conduct exit interviews.
  • Support a variety of employee relations matters including performance issues, interpersonal conflicts, grievances, and mediations.
  • Act as a trusted advisor to employees with the interpretation and implementation of HR & Operations policies and procedures; answer questions and provide information and advice about the workplace.
  • Research, analyze data, generate reports, and provide general HR & Operations support to the Director of Administration and the Executive Leadership Team.
  • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources and employment law; ensure all job descriptions are up to date and compliant with local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Assist with identifying and reporting trends or issues; follow up with staff as needed and filter feedback to the Director of Administration.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures; assist with preparing and maintaining the employee handbook to improve the compliance posture of the organization.
  • Familiarize employees with policies, procedures, and HR programs via direct communication, training, and information sessions, etc.; administer organizational policies and work to reduce liabilities.
  • Contribute to department goals, objectives, and implementation of new systems.
  • Compile metrics and produce various reports as directed. Assist with tracking of and adherence to compliance deadlines for reporting, notifications, training, etc.
  • Conduct periodic audits of electronic staff records and systems to ensure accuracy and compliance.
  • Manage salaries, including periodically updating salary ranges, conducting salary comparisons, and working with the Director of Administration to implement salary changes.
  • Train, retain, and develop existing staff.

Employee Engagement

  • Lead BFL’s employee committee to maintain a well-organized and communicated calendar of events, actions, and experiences for employees both in person and virtually.
  • Organize and lead high-impact activities, lunch and learns, and initiatives for employees to positively engage in the community.
  • Plan and execute employee engagement activities in coordination with BFL’s values.
  • Establish specific goals related to employee engagement as well as clear ways to measure and track the effectiveness of each initiative.
  • Build on BFL’s employee recognition strategy to demonstrate employees are valued and appreciated.
  • Identify and implement new opportunities to enhance a sense of belonging and social connection in an organization with remote employees.
  • Partner with the Administrative team to execute tasks that will benefit BFL.
  • Work with the Communications department on digital platforms related to our employer brand (such as Glassdoor, Comparably, and LinkedIn), as well as assist in applying for various employer awards.
  • Promote organizational culture, values, and works to support a positive work environment and morale among staff.

The aforementioned responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel classified in this manner. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Candidate Profile

While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, a successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Exposure to and depth of knowledge in all areas of Human Resources including recruitment, talent management, compensation, and employee relations.
  • Specific experience in learning and development with experience designing and facilitating effective learning opportunities and an understanding of adult learning principles.
  • Deep understanding of best practices in recruitment, learning and development, employment law, and talent management; familiarity with benefits, and compliance.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a supportive work environment with a sense of belonging for staff, and to uphold the values of inclusion in hiring, onboarding, and staff development.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop strong relationships across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders.
  • Exceptional integrity and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential employment information with discretion, strong judgment, and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully planning and managing high-profile projects and associated communication within a highly collaborative environment.
  • A willingness to embrace a constantly evolving environment along with the ability to skillfully facilitate others through change.

In addition, ideal candidates will offer:

  • Three to five years proven experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience within an HR team or as a Trainer; PHR or SHRM-CP certification desired.
  • Experience recruiting and retaining staff in the nonprofit sector and/or social justice arena.
  • Strong track record in finding and retaining high performing talent at a fast-growing organization.
  • A high degree of discretion, professional ethics, and judgment in confidential matters and information.
  • Commitment to delivering a positive employee experience and ensuring that all employees feel a strong sense of inclusion and belonging.
  • Ability to drive engagement with remote employees and during in person quarterly conferences.
  • Ability to communicate the organization’s culture and support an engaging work environment.
  • Strong attention to detail, excellent communicator with excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to analyze problems, gather pertinent data and recommend solutions.
  • Ability to maintain composure and good judgment when dealing with deadlines, staff needs, and a fast-paced environment; ability to multi-task and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Strong organizational skills to meet recurring deadlines and maintain tracking systems related to HR, employee engagement, and retention information.
  • Desire to work well within and across teams with a results-driven approach.
  • Ability to travel, as needed.

Compensation & Benefits

Pay for this position is commensurate with experience and responsibilities. The estimated salary range for this position is $100,000 – $125,000. This position comes with medical and dental benefits, generous paid vacation, sick time, and holidays. This position is full-time.

Work Environment

Due to COVID-19, all work is being conducted remotely until further notice. Office hours are 10 am – 6 pm local time. Work hours may be adjusted to accommodate team members in other time zones. In-person quarterly meetings are required.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Chartise Clark and Tracy Michelle León of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search.
To express interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email NonprofitSearchOps@divsearch.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

Applications received via email or outside of the designated process will not be considered. Black Futures Lab, Black to the Future Action Fund, and Resilient Strategies LLC are equal opportunity, affirmative action employers. Folks who are queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, parents, are/have been system-impacted, are immigrants, and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and/or gender-based violence are encouraged to apply.