Finance & Administration

The ACLU of Texas seeks a highly motivated individual with a passion for civil rights and civil liberties, as well as having the initiative and energy to see projects/tasks to completion. The Director of Human Resources will work in the ACLU of Texas’ Houston Office, reporting to the Director of Finance & Administration, overseeing all traditional Human Resources activities to ensure:

  • The organization has the talent and capacity to achieve its goals;
  • A culture built on trust;
  • A shared commitment to the achievement of organizational and programmatic goals;
  • A workplace where diversity, belonging and equity are fundamental to success;
  • Serves as a strategic business partner to Executive/Leadership team members in the development of a superior staff, emphasizing quality, continuous improvement and high performance.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Working with the Executive/Leadership Team, create, promote and protect a respectful workplace.
  • Provide supervision and mentorship to Human Resources department staff, currently one employee.
  • Advise on the selection of all benefits/compensation packages.
  • Oversee compliance with organizational policies and relevant laws.
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with community partners, coalitions, stakeholders, and affected communities.
  • Ensure appropriate and timely information to staff about benefits/compensation.
  • Monitor staff evaluation processes, ensuring adherence to policy and recommending changes/improvements.
  • Oversee onboarding of new staff and advise on improvements to onboarding process.
  • Oversee recruitment and hiring process to ensure consistency and equity across departments, including posting of new positions and screening of candidates.
  • Collaborate with Leadership Team and Human Resources Generalist in the development of job descriptions.
  • Participate in interviewing and facilitation of communication with potential candidates.
  • Review and recommend compensation strategies within the organization's philosophies and strategies for new hires, promotions, transfers and equity/merit adjustments.
  • Provide support for visioning, planning and execution of long-range cultural and leadership development initiatives.
  • With other members of the Executive team, select external resources and/or design and implement various trainings – skill-based as well as professional development – for staff at every level.
  • Provide direct access to problem resolution for staff.
  • Provide feedback to managers to improve individual and team performance.
  • Be a catalyst for accountability and professional growth.

Talents & Skills

  • Critical Thinking: Must be able to understand what a person needs when coming to them in crisis. Being able to find solutions for a myriad of issues will be necessary.
  • Attention to Detail: Review all staff information and ask clarifying questions to ensure concise record keeping and solution driven guidance.
  • Performance Feedback: Able to provide critical and effective feedback to both staff and executive team.
  • Communication Skills: Be a good listener and effective speaker. Establish rapport and trust with staff in a short period of time.
  • Organization: Being well-organized and therefore responsive in a timely way is essential.
  • Confidence: Must possess a level of confidence that allows s/he/they to influence and control situations based on what is best for the organization.
  • People to People: Work well one on one and in group settings, many times defining group dynamics.
  • Creative: Able to develop innovations and initiatives to engage staff in regional offices; and to promote work/life balance in an intense, often time-sensitive, often urgent environment.
  • Decision Making: Work closely with the Executive/Leadership team to make solid decisions that align with the culture and goals of the organization.
  • Training: Understand different ways people learn and be able to adapt training methods to be effective across the organization.


  • Bachelors preferred or minimum of six years of proven progressive Human Resources experience in non-profit or a mix of for-profit and non-profit organizations, or equivalent experience
  • At least four years experience as a Human Resources manager/director, or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with staff effectively.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and belonging.
  • Strong sense of humor.
  • Ability to travel – one-third of staff work in one of four regional offices.
  • Demonstrated experience in working alongside executive leadership.
  • Spanish speaker preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of ACLU of Texas’s salary scale. Excellent benefits include a generous Paid Time Off policy, medical, dental and vision insurance; 401(k) plan with an employer match; life and long-term disability insurance, and generous paid holidays.

Electronic applications in MS Word or PDF preferred. Submit a letter of interest mentioning where you saw this posting, along with a résumé and the ACLU of Texas application (available at www.aclutx.org, under ‘careers’) to:

E-mail: jobs@aclutx.org
or mail: ACLU of Texas
Attn: Director of Human Resources
PO Box 8306, Houston, TX 77288-8306

Applications are being accepted until the position is filled.

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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