Accountability Counsel amplifies the voices of communities to protect their human rights and environment. As advocates for people harmed by internationally financed projects, we employ community driven and policy level strategies to access justice. Since our founding in 2009, our team has partnered with communities and advocates from 50 countries to defend their rights, demand justice, and achieve historic victories. We are proud to be building human resource structures that are transparent, progressive, and equitable to support our global team.

We work toward change through three programmatic approaches. Our Policy Advocacy program advocates for accountability offices that are accessible, transparent, and fair tools for justice; lawyers in our Communities program provide grassroots legal support and assist communities to use accountability offices effectively; and our Research team delivers concrete research and tools for the movement for accountability more broadly. Our respect-based approach underlies all that we do: internally, it guides how our team treats one another, and externally, it ensures that marginalized people, particularly Indigenous Peoples, women and girls, are included as full participants in community-led strategies seeking accountability.

Accountability Counsel is seeking a full-time Human Resources Manager with a broad range of experience in employee relations, benefits administration, supporting training and professional development, and compliance. This virtual position will provide support to our teams in California, Washington DC, Asia, and Africa. The position reports to Accountability Counsel’s California-based Director of Finance and Administration. The role contains five essential duties, and will include weekly participation in team meetings, and occasional events and community-building work (in person approximately quarterly when public health guidance permits):

Benefits Administration and Employment Practices (30%)

  • Oversee bi-weekly payroll and coordinate medical, dental, vision, retirement, and other benefits through the Gusto platform, while supporting staff to understand and enjoy their benefits
  • Maintain compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, alongside attention to compliance for team members abroad
  • Regular review and recommendation of best practices, trends, and regulatory changes in human resources and employment law, as well as potential new benefits offerings, to ensure that annual revisions to the Employee Handbook and other human resource-related policies reflect our values as an organization that prizes team wellbeing
  • Routine management of personnel files and review of expense reports
  • Support our team evaluation processes
  • Support the implementation of our Compensation Equity & Transparency Framework
  • Oversee our annual Morale Survey and support the development and implementation of any follow on action required

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Engagement (15%)

  • Regularly train on and support team members and board to continue training on DEIA best practices, particularly as related to recruitment and hiring, employment practices, and work conditions and culture
  • Support the implementation of DEIA best practices within our operational systems

Recruitment and Hiring (30%)

  • Build and improve current processes, protocols, templates, and tools for hiring staff and students
  • Assist with sourcing, screening, and presenting candidates to colleagues based on position requirements
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key networks to generate a diverse pool of qualified applicants
  • Manage the onboarding, orientation, and offboarding processes for professional and student hires

Staff Training, Policy Compliance, and Other Support (25%)

  • Facilitate trainings and ensure staff compliance with organizational policies on physical security, cybersecurity, mental health, travel, and other human resource-related topics
  • Support staff to achieve their personal professional development goals and identify organization-wide opportunities for continued team development
  • Contribute to team appreciation initiates and promotes wellness across the organization
  • Participate as a member of our staff Wellness and Security Committees
  • Assist with the planning and coordination of the organization’s annual team retreat


  • Personally committed to Accountability Counsel’s mission and values. You believe in the agency of communities around the world to protect their human rights and environment. You are inspired to help Accountability Counsel grow as a world class organization. You resonate with and are eager to celebrate Accountability Counsel’s respect-based approach and values.
  • A versatile and well-rounded human resources professional. You bring at least four years of experience and/or training in human resources, business administration, or a related field, and are knowledgeable regarding human resources systems, processes, and best practices. You are eager to stay on the leading edge of human resource management and to be part of the movement for progressive workplaces.
  • A thoughtful relationship builder who develops rapport and trust across lines of difference, both internally and externally.
  • A tech-savvy and well-organized project manager. You are experienced in leading multiple projects with concurrent deadlines. You take a hands-on approach to challenges and opportunities and are skilled at building and improving processes and systems. You strategically use limited resources to create the biggest impact.
  • A flexible, self-directed team member. You are at home in a lean nonprofit environment with the ability to stay focused and nimble in the face of growth and change. You are collaborative, pitch in wherever is needed, and are comfortable with shared responsibility.
  • You are comfortable in a collaborative and diverse, international work environment, sometimes working across time zones. You are sensitive to the challenges of international human rights work, and want to be a part of an organization striving to make that work sustainable and healthy, as well as impactful.

This full-time position is available immediately. This position will require regular, daily communication with a California-based team and weekly communications with our global team working from the East Coast of the United States, Africa, and Asia. This excludes Wellness Fridays, where all team members are encouraged to take every other Friday off.

Our Compensation Equity & Transparency Framework ensures that compensation at Accountability Counsel is competitive, equitable, transparent, and progressive. The salary for this role depends on location and is commensurate with experience and in the range of $67,500 – $90,000 with opportunities for progression as well as full health, vision, and dental coverage, wellness support, retirement contributions, professional development resources, generous paid time off and sabbatical policies, Good Ally time, and other benefits. We pride ourselves in supporting the wellbeing of our team.

If this opportunity calls out to you, please use the application form below to submit: 1) a tailored, authentic cover letter that explains why this mission calls to you and why this particular role is a fit, and 2) your resume. Please address your cover letter to Hannah Schiweck. We will review applications on a rolling basis starting on September 13th and strive to get back to applicants within two weeks.

Accountability Counsel is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other prohibited category. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.