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People Manager (Fully Remote)

Movement for Black Lives
New York, United States
$100,000.00 - $110,000.00
Closing date
Nov 24, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Human Resources
Advocacy, Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time
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M4BL People Manager

Location: Remote

Reports to: M4BL Director of Finance & Operations

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), formed in December of 2014, was created as a space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions, develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins, convene organizational leadership in order to debate, and co-create a shared movement-wide strategy. M4BL is an ecosystem of more than 150 Black led organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country that have come together with renewed energy, strategy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda. Our ecosystem is united by core values and politics that seek to build an anti-capitalist, abolitionist and Black queer feminist future. The Movement for Black Lives’ budget has grown significantly to meet the needs of the ecosystem and the urgency of this political and cultural moment. M4BL’s donor base now consists of multi-year commitments from diverse funding streams across major individual donors, corporations, private, public and family foundations, trusts, and other assets. In this phase of our growth, M4BL is looking for new staff members to join an expanding finance and operations team.


Position Summary

As a lead member of the operations team, the People Manager facilitates the M4BL work by overseeing all aspects of people management, including full cycle recruiting, employee onboarding and offboarding, overseeing 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 key role in the M4BL employee experience and in shaping organizational culture. The M4BL People Manager reports to the Director of Finance and Operations.


Essential Areas of Work

  • Oversee performance management, employee experience/culture, and employee relations for the organization
  • Serve as primary liaison on people operations with the fiscal sponsor 
  • Oversee benefits and payroll provision in collaboration with the fiscal sponsor 
  • Investigate employee issues and conflicts and help bring them to resolution
  • Oversee performance evaluations process for all staff
  • Support table and department leads in providing compliant People Operations support for employees on their teams
  • Oversee employee recruitment including job description development and postings
  • Oversee onboarding and offboarding of employees
  • Ensure compliance with local and national labor laws
  • Develop and deploy ongoing support opportunities for staff
  • 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.



  • Personal alignment with M4BL’s vision and values
  • Minimum of five years of people operations work, including at least three years of experience in management
  • 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 including policy development and day to day management 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
  • Demonstrated reliability, flexibility, and follow-up
  • Deep commitment to relationship building, team building, and strategic action



  • 6-8 years of increasing experience across all facets of people and culture work
  • Professional certification in the area of People Operations 
  • Prior experience working with Social Justice Movement organizations is required
  • Experience in building out organizational structures is preferred


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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