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Human Resources Director

Mother Jones
San Francisco, California, United States
12 days ago


Mother Jones seeks a collaborative and innovative human resources director to help guide our awarding-winning, 45-year-old news organization, which has grown significantly in the past three years. Today, our San Francisco–based nonprofit has about 90 employees, and offices in New York and Washington, DC. Our newsroom goes deep on the biggest stories of the moment, from politics and criminal justice to education, climate change, corruption, and human rights. Our mission is to produce journalism that helps people create change, and our award-winning work reaches about 10 million people per month. We have fantastic benefits, including health, dental, and vision benefits for our employees and their dependents (premiums fully paid by Mother Jones), paid vacation starting at three weeks per year, pretax commuter benefits and an FSA program, a flex-hours program, and a 37.5-hour workweek.

There are many past roles and experiences that would make you an ideal candidate for this position, but one must-have is a basic understanding of labor law and how it applies to office life. An ideal candidate would have a track record of handling a wide portfolio of human resources responsibilities, from administering benefits and managing the employee evaluation process to fostering a workplace that values diversity and inclusion. At Mother Jones, the HR director advocates for both employees and employer, and balances both interests.

You’ll support the managers in our newsroom; the journalists whose work appears across our website, magazine, podcasts, newsletters, social media channels, and videos; and department heads for Mother Jones’ fundraising, technology, advertising, and business operations teams.

About two-thirds of Mother Jones employees are represented by a labor union. The HR director is a non-union position.

Ideal candidates will have an interest in the news industry or the areas that Mother Jones covers. Experience working at a nonprofit or news organization is helpful, but not required.

It will be a top priority for our new director to help Mother Jones’ leadership team update and improve documentation of our human resources processes, with an equity lens. That includes a handbook update and an ongoing project to improve compensation processes.

This job reports to the chief operating officer. We are open to remote candidates with a strong background in California labor law and who have at least one year experience providing remote HR support.

  • Manage onboarding and offboarding process for all employees and fellows.
  • Facilitate recruiting process in support of hiring managers including: creating or revising job descriptions, screening candidates, coordination and prep of finalists, work status determination, and coordinating orientation.
  • Maintain employee personnel files, and help consolidate HR record-keeping systems.
  • Manage a full suite of employee benefits and relevant insurance plans, in partnership with all relevant benefits vendors.
  • Manage Open Enrollment for our June 1st plan start date for health, vision, and dental insurance.
  • Manage our annual performance evaluation process for union employees.
  • Manage update of the Employee Handbook, in partnership with leadership and staff.
  • Manage monthly benefit and human resources vendor billing reconciliations, in partnership with accounting.
  • Assist with manager and staff HR inquiries, delegating to the HR generalist and other staff as needed.
  • Build a body of knowledge for HR inquiries, and create efficiencies in serving employees through the HR inbox or other means. Help maintain listing of staff resources.

In addition:

  • Manage the HR Generalist.
  • Assist executive team in creating and improving compensation processes, including helping to manage transparency and staff communications.
  • Apply an equity lens to any and all HR processes and actions, and work in partnership with leaders and staff to maintain an inclusive, open, transparent, and diverse workplace.
  • Manage payroll process in partnership with accounting.
  • Reference the Employee Handbook, most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement, and any applicable labor laws in order to conduct investigations, conflict and personnel disputes, salary or role changes, accountability practices, or other relevant HR processes.
  • Implement Employee Handbook and CBA policies as written, and interpret policies on a case-by-case basis, while helping to formalize policies where none exist.
  • Review current federal and state labor laws and provide guidance to leadership and staff on their implementation and compliance requirements.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


Only applications submitted to this Application Form will be considered for this recruiting round. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applicants for any given role, there may be delays in responding to every application submitted.

What you’ll need for the application form:

  • An updated resume
  • A well-thought-out cover letter detailing your interest in and relevant experience for the role

Mother Jones and its parent organization, the Foundation for National Progress, are committed to building and maintaining a diverse and welcoming workplace. 

We do not discriminate in our hiring based on race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, union activity, physical or mental disability, AIDS/HIV status, on-the-job injuries, age, or any status otherwise protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.



  • BA/BS in a business field, or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience working with a labor union is desired, but not required.
  • At least five years of human resource management experience.
  • Knowledge of California labor law, and experience with New York labor law and/or labor law in other states is a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.


  • Strong understanding of the interview process, benefits administration, labor law, payroll, and other HR functions.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse teams.
  • Experience supporting remote teams.
  • A high comfort level with adapting to evolving technology systems.
  • Superior communication skills and time management.
  • Highly organized, with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Strong emotional intelligence.
  • The ability to carry confidence, understand nuance, and maintain professionalism at all times.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57854543
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California, United States
    San Francisco, California, United States
  • Position Title: Human Resources Director
  • Company Name: Mother Jones
  • Mission / Industry: Non-Profit / Charity
  • Job Function: HR Director
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%

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