Senior Manager, HR & Compliance

Groundswell Fund

We work a flexible 4-day, 32-hour work schedule.

Only considering candidates eligible to work in the USA ⚠️

About Groundswell Fund

Since its inception in 2003, Groundswell Fund has put intersectional grassroots organizing led by women, transgender, and gender-expansive people of color at the center of our giving. It is a channel into which individual donors and foundations pour resources to reach vital work at the grassroots, serving as an irrigation system for growing reproductive, racial, and social justice movements. Our staff are from the very movements we fund, and we deeply understand grassroots impact with long-term investment.

We do this work with our sibling organization, Groundswell Action Fund, founded in response to the first Trump Administration. Groundswell Action Fund was founded on a simple but revolutionary premise: those most excluded from our democracy should be at the center of transforming it. Both organizations work to revolutionize philanthropy through grantmaking, capacity building, and organizing within philanthropy itself to inspire more giving to the types of organizations we support – whether or not those resources come through our doors.

While we fund nearly every major social justice movement in the United States, we are a long-term funder of the U.S. Reproductive Justice (RJ) Movement. Since the start of our grantmaking, we have moved more than $180 million (across both our c3 and c4) to the field in grants and capacity-building support, increased the giving of dozens of national and local foundations, and helped bring thousands of new individual donors into the RJ Movement. Our grantees have been instrumental in the passage of hundreds of pro-RJ policies at the state and local level and in blocking many regressive policies, and they have built a growing grassroots base of support for RJ across the U.S.

Groundswell is a fully remote, highly collaborative, pro-worker, pro-union organization working across the four continental U.S. time zones. We believe that the best ideas emerge when diverse perspectives come together, and are committed to creating an inclusive and flexible work environment where employees can thrive. We’ve embraced remote work as a core aspect of our culture since 2017 and will celebrate our first union contract with Groundswell Workers United this year.

About the Role - Senior Manager, HR & Compliance

The Senior Manager, HR & Compliance is a newly created role that will oversee and enhance various aspects of human resources, labor relations, and performance management.  As a vital member of the HR team, the Senior Manager, HR & Compliance will serve as a knowledgeable resource on HR matters, ensuring compliance with pertinent laws and regulations while upholding our commitment to equity, inclusion, and other values.  Responsibilities include managing employee and labor relations, conducting investigations, and resolving conflicts in collaboration with the Director of People.  This role will also play a key role in maintaining our employee handbook, ensuring alignment with our values, and providing training on policy updates.  Additionally, this role will manage the annual evaluation process, guide progressive discipline procedures, and facilitate goal-setting initiatives.

This role reports to the Director of People and serves as a peer to the Senior Manager, People Operations in the department. We seek a candidate who possesses a comprehensive knowledge of employment and labor laws and regulations and bargaining, as well as experience in managing organizational policies and interpreting labor contracts.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Serve as a staff liaison and resource on HR-related questions and concerns, including answering questions about areas under management
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of laws and regulations related to EEO, ADA, Title XII, collective bargaining, unions, labor relations, and human resources.
  • Attend and participate in employee disciplinary meetings, terminations, and investigations.
  • Partner with the Director of People to keep the employee handbook up-to-date and in line with social justice and values-centered language, policies, and best practices, and is communicated and complied with across staff and leadership.
  • Work with the Director of People to manage organizational compliance with federal, state, and local employment and labor laws and regulations for all of the places GSF staff reside.
  • In collaboration with the Director of People, implement staff and leadership education around union relationship, CBA, and legal compliance.
  • Handle routine labor relations and human resource inquiries related to policies, procedures, and bargaining agreements; refer complex matters to the Director of People, appropriate management, and legal counsel.
  • In collaboration with the Director of People, investigate a variety of employee-related issues, incidents, and complaints, resolve disputes, recommend appropriate actions, and, where applicable, conduct effective, thorough, and objective investigations.
  • Provide labor relations consultations to employees, supervisors, directors, and union leadership.  Work with employees and union to interpret and implement various labor contract provisions.
  • Represent Groundswell management in administering agreements reached with unions.  Prepare MOUs and supplemental agreements. Facilitate labor-management meetings, research issues brought forward, and prepare management responses.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with union representatives.
  • Partner with the Director of People to oversee and administer all aspects of the annual evaluation process.

What You'll Need:

  • Five or more years of relevant experience with an emphasis on HR, compliance, and labor relations.
  • Proven ability to provide support for several areas of the HR lifecycle, including tactical, operational, and strategic HR functions within the organization.
  • Demonstrated experience in tactical HR administration (i.e., employee relations, performance management, etc.).
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with employment-related laws and regulations and ability to successfully apply them as needed.
  • Ability to think critically and provide effective and timely customer service to internal and external stakeholders.
  • SHRM-CP, or willingness to obtain certification in the first year of employment.

Who You Are:

  • An Effective Collaborator. You've successfully worked across cultural lines on a dispersed team, and you have the ability to operate in complex situations. You can easily gain trust from team members and are known for supporting them to ensure they are set up for success. You're not afraid to ask questions.
  • Flexible. You can manage a diverse set of team needs and aren't afraid to step outside your job description or comfort zone to help the team reach its goals. You're comfortable with shifting schedules and don't expect every day to go "as planned."
  • A Humble Teammate. Nothing is beneath or above you. You are quick to always lend a hand or two! You are able to earn influence without authority and naturally seek to support both small projects and large strategic goals.
  • Highly Ethical. You will be asked to make sensitive and critical judgment calls, and as such, you are known for your integrity; you take that reputation seriously. You always choose to make the right decision versus the easy decision. You know what information is sensitive, and you will protect it accordingly.
  • Equity-Driven. You have experience centering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in organizational practices. You bring sensitivity to issues of privilege, class, and race and are dedicated to incorporating principles of social justice into decision-making and strategic initiatives.

Compensation & Location

  • The salary range for this position is $99,000 - 107,800. Please note that it is for a flexible 4-day, 32-hour work schedule.
  • Very generous benefits include fully paid-for employee and family health, dental, vision, and a matching 401K plan, as well as additional employer-provided reimbursements for fertility expenses, gender-affirming health care costs, and midwifery/doula expenses that are not covered by insurance.
  • Three weeks of vacation upon hire and a generous holiday schedule, including a week during the summer and the last two weeks of December off.
  • This is a full-time, fully-remote, exempt position.

The Application Process

Groundswell Fund has engaged Equitable Hiring Group to support this hiring process. To apply, please complete the short form to the right.

Individuals who apply by Friday, May 31st, will be given priority; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon!

When you apply, we kindly ask you to remove your schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume and leave your degree as is; simplify it to "B.A. Economics," for example. Just remember to remove any references to undergraduate and graduate school names where possible. This "bias-reduced" process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g., where you went to school).

This evaluation process will follow practices shown to reduce bias in decision-making and may be different from other application processes you have experienced.

  • Mid-May: Selected candidates asked to complete short answer questions
  • Late May: Phone interview with Groundswell staff
  • Early June: Finalist candidates will be asked to complete a paid, timed, trial assignment
  • Mid-June: Finalists will participate in a multi-team member panel interview
    • Candidate references will also be checked at this step
  • Late June: Offer extended

If you have any questions about the opportunity, please email [email protected].

Virtual Organization: Groundswell is a completely virtual organization and has been for many years before the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to building a strong identity and thriving culture that is exemplary in the nonprofit world and in the greater landscape of fully remote organizations.  Our work is virtual but we will also have the opportunity to travel and see each other in person for retreats, conferences, and events. To succeed as remote workers, applicants should have a dedicated workspace, a commitment to clear and frequent communication, and comfort utilizing technology to increase collaboration and connection. Those with previous remote work experience are preferred, but we also welcome those who are new to remote work and understand the requirements of working in a thriving virtual organizational culture.

Work Schedule: Groundswell currently operates in a 4 day, 32 hour work week. We are a completely virtual organization, allowing for flexibility in work schedules for our staff across differing U.S. time zones. While work can usually be completed during standard business hours of the applicant's time zone, there may be times where early morning, evening, and weekend work may be needed to ensure organization-wide collaboration, to staff or attend events, and/or to meet organization workload needs during busy times of the year. Staff whose jobs require travel can expect longer hours, as travel may happen outside of business hours and on weekends.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The Groundswell Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and that enables each of us to realize our potential. Our work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, beliefs, religions, faiths and ideologies, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and levels of physical ability.


Groundswell Fund is a leading funder of intersectional grassroots organizing led by women of color, focusing on reproductive and social justice.

Working Week

We work a flexible 4-day, 32-hour work schedule.

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Our Vacation Policy

Three weeks of vacation upon hire and a generous holiday schedule, including a week during the summer and the last two weeks of December off.

  • 20 days
  • 52 Fridays
  • 72 days off per year

Remote Working Policy

We work 100% remotely within the USA

Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Dentalcare
  • Equipment allowance
  • Professional Development Budget

Our Team

We're a team of 44 across 6 departments:

  • operations
  • finance
  • media and commmunication
  • consulting
  • human resources
  • information technology

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Labor relations
  • Compliance
  • HR administration
  • Employment laws
  • Employee handbook

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