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Human Resources Generalist

Description

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) is a nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure freedom of religion, including the right to believe or not believe, for all people in the United States. Founded in 1947, Americans United is a diverse and dynamic organization composed of people from all walks of life: lawyers and lobbyists, students and activists, religious leaders and impassioned Americans.

The organization includes people of faith and people who don’t profess any particular faith. It is a community that includes and welcomes people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions or beliefs, gender identifies, sexual orientations, ages, classes, and abilities. Because it works on a variety of issues with many different communities, Americans United values what diversity and diverse perspectives bring to its work.

Americans United uses high-impact litigation, lobbying, and grassroots advocacy to ensure that religion does not dictate public policy; the government does not tell Americans what to believe or how to practice their faith; and discrimination is not justified under the guise of religious beliefs.

Founded in 1948, Americans United has a budget of $13 million and a staff of 37. For more information about AU, please see www.au.org.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Human Resources Generalist will be a thought partner supporting the development of strategic human resources and organizational development initiatives aimed at creating a workplace culture centered on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. The role will also be responsible for managing some of the day-to-day functions of human resources, including recruitment, hiring, and onboarding; professional development; benefits administration; and human capital management. The Human Resources Generalist will ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations and provide internal guidance around human resources-related issues and needs.

The position is full-time and based in Washington, DC. The Human Resources Generalist may remotely work up to four days per week and will be required to attend occasional in-person staff meetings and events in Washington, DC.

Implement Human Resources Strategies, Policies, and Procedures

  • Work with the COO to ensure that AU’s Human Resource systems, processes, and policies reflect the organization’s values
  • Manage the implementation of policies and procedures related to onboarding and orientation, performance management, benefits, and other human resource functions
  • Recommend alternative or new procedures and processes to maximize organizational effectiveness and efficiency
  • Ensure compliance with all state, federal, and local policies and laws
  • Review, track, and document compliance with mandatory trainings
  • Implement policies around remote work

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Support consultants, staff, and leadership in developing and implementing internal programs and initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ensure completion of trainings for managers and employees on sexual harassment and other workplace policies
  • Provide support in resolving employment-related issues, ensuring consistency and equity in handling employee situations and administering policies and procedures

Benefits Administration

  • Administer company benefits and serve as a resource to staff for benefits questions
  • Work with the COO to execute leave processes, including FMLA, parental leave, etc., and track leave balances

Recruitment and Hiring

  • Support talent recruitment efforts, including posting position descriptions, coordinating the hiring process with hiring managers, screening candidates, and conducting reference and background checks
  • Develop, recommend, and implement strategies to attract, hire, and retain a diverse workforce
  • Manage communications with candidates during the hiring process
  • Manage the onboarding, orientation, and offboarding processes

Human Capital Management

  • Recommend learning and development programs and initiatives that provide internal development opportunities for employees
  • Manage the performance review process, ensuring that staff and supervisors receive the necessary forms on schedule and providing support as needed
  • Collaborate with the leadership to plan full staff retreats and team-building activities
  • Work with COO to design and administer employee engagement surveys
  • Advise supervisors regarding appropriate resolution of employee relations issues
  • Collaborate with the internship program manager to ensure a positive and productive experience for interns
  • And manage special projects as needed.

Requirements

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration, or a related field, plus a minimum of five years’ relevant experience. SHRM or comparable HR certification is preferred.

Other Professional and Personal Qualities

  • Experience in the nonprofit sector and motivated by working for a mission-driven organization.
  • Skilled at listening, learning, and finding resolutions while maintaining professional integrity.
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across the organization, including serving as a trusted advisor to both leadership and staff.
  • Ability to work well under pressure with tight deadlines and multiple priorities.
  • Experience training others on human resources practices and building strong relationships across diverse leadership styles.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $70,000-$90,000 and is commensurate with experience. Americans United offers a comprehensive benefits package including employer-paid premiums for health care, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) with employer match, and commuter subsidy.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:

Americans United has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As a part of that commitment, AU has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all AU employees, interns, and fellows are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to have received a bivalent booster shot. If a candidate selected for hire desires a medical or religious exemption, the candidate should make a request to the COO, and the request will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a thoughtful, relevant cover letter and resume. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Americans United is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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Senior Director of Finance

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has retained Slesinger Management Services to recruit an experienced accountant with strong financial management skills to serve as senior director of
finance. This person will participate in senior leadership team meetings related to finance, the budget, and operational effectiveness of the organization.

The Position and its Principal Responsibilities Reporting directly to the chief operating officer, the senior director of finance is responsible for providing leadership for AU’s financial functions, ensuring the organization’s fiscal health.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a strategic business partner to the CEO, the COO, other senior staff, and the board of directors, including assessing the financial implications of key opportunities and decisions the
    organization is considering.
  • Evaluating all current procedures and processes related to the organization’s financial management, and identifying improvements as necessary. This may entail replacing the current accounting
    software (AccuFund) with new software that can better accommodate AU’s needs, including tracking an increasing number of restricted grants.
  • Overseeing the creation of the annual budget, and then tracking actual versus planned activity throughout the year by producing periodic financial reports and analyzing financial performance.
  • Working with program staff to create budgets for grant proposals that will be submitted to foundations and other private donors. (AU does not seek government funding.)
  • Enabling the outside audit firm to produce annual audited financial statements soon after the end of the fiscal year.
  • Ensuring that the organization is in compliance with state rules regarding fundraising; this includes annual filings and registration renewals with a multitude of states.
  • Oversee the defined benefit retirement plan, which now affects a declining number of current or former staff.
  • Leading a finance and accounting department that includes one other person, who serves as assistant finance director.
  • Serving as primary staff liaison to the board’s finance committee and to outside investment advisors.

Desired Skills and Characteristics

As the person overseeing Americans United’s financial management, the senior director of finance
should be:

  • Highly experienced in financial management at organizations whose revenue comes primarily from foundations and other private donors, including via bequests. Experience working for a nonprofit is
    preferred, but not essential.
  • Able to think strategically, providing the CEO and the rest of the senior team with sound analysis and advice as the organization considers new opportunities and new ways of carrying out its
    mission.
  • Fully up-to-date with the best ways to use technology to make financial systems operate as efficiently and effectively as possible, including enabling staff outside the finance department to
    have real-time access to relevant financial data.
  • A superb communicator, orally and in writing, including presenting and explaining financial and other quantitative data to staff and board.
  • Collegial and open. The senior director of finance must have a personality and work style that ensures that the internal atmosphere will remain open and collaborative.
  • Comfortable with a hand-on job, given that the finance and accounting department is a twoperson unit.
  • Fully supportive of AU’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Compensation

The anticipated salary will be $140,000 to $160,000, plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health insurance for the employee and all dependents.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Americans United has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, we have implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all Americans United employees, fellows, and interns are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to have received a bivalent booster shot. If a candidate selected for hire desires a medical or religious exemption, the candidate should make a request to our human resources personnel, and the request will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

To Apply

Please e-mail:

  • cover letter that explains why you’re interested and qualified and
  • resume

to search consultant Larry Slesinger, Founder and CEO of Slesinger Management Services, at [email protected]. Please include “Americans United” in subject line.

Chief Development Officer

The Opportunity

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is seeking a Chief Development Officer to lead the continued expansion of a comprehensive fundraising program. The Chief Development Officer is charged with the strategic, management and tactical fundraising roles within the organization in support of the organization’s key priorities.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Chief Development Officer will manage all integrated fundraising strategies, including membership/annual giving, major and planned gifts, corporate giving, foundation giving, gift processing/acknowledgement, data management and events. She/he will work closely with the senior staff team and board members on fundraising strategy and high-level donor cultivation, donor engagement activities and lead a six-person development team.

The ideal candidate for this position is a confident and creative fundraiser with a strong interest in the constitutional principle of church-state separation; a development professional who recognizes the value of education and advocacy organizations and relishes the opportunity to take on a major role in shaping the future of an organization in the national spotlight; a professional who is comfortable working with the President and CEO, staff, and volunteer leaders to develop and implement strategies for AU to meet and exceed its goals; and an experienced manager to lead the development team.

Responsibilities

Strategy and Direction

  • Provide strong, energetic, strategic leadership by setting ambitious but attainable goals that will increase annual operating funds and longer-term priorities;
  • Determine vision, direction and execution of plans to build and manage a full-scale development program, both near- and long-term;
  • Engage the board, volunteer leaders and staff to further develop an effective system of prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; and
  • Manage the current development team to achieve or exceed their revenue targets.

Donor Outreach and Management

  • Manage a portfolio of high-level donors and prospects at all times and personally solicit and close significant major gifts; and
  • Act as an effective ambassador to external supporters, partners and donors.

Board and Staff Role

  • Staff the Development Committee of the Board and partner with its Chair;
  • Serve as a member of AU’s senior management team;
  • Manage a team of six people – including revenue targets, personnel and budgets – to ensure a high-performing department;
  • Cultivate strong working relationships with senior staff, volunteer leaders and consultants; and
  • Promote a collaborative and positive work environment aimed at elevating skills and exceeding targets.

Experience and Skills

  • A bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree and/or CFRE certification, while not required, is preferred.
  • At least ten years of progressively more responsible fundraising experience; work experience with an advocacy organization, while not required, is preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement a comprehensive set of development strategies that lead to diversified funding and sustainable growth in organizations without an organic donor base;
  • Established track record of personally securing six- and seven-figure gifts from a national pool of foundations and individual donors;
  • An important role in at least one major fundraising campaign, including responsibility for engagement of volunteer and leadership committees;
  • A history of successfully working with senior staff and organization volunteers in fundraising activities;
  • Demonstrated commitment to AU’s values of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and manage a team of development professionals; and
  • Polished communication abilities, including listening, writing and public speaking skills, as well as the ability to craft and articulate a persuasive case for support.

Personal Characteristics

  • Equal parts smart, savvy, and fun to work with. Culture and leadership both matter;
  • Advocate for church-state separation issues with a worldview that aligns with AU’s mission;
  • Inspirational, equitable and effective as a manager and leader;
  • Tact and diplomacy in building strong working relationships with colleagues;
  • Capacity to manage multiple tasks and negotiate several priorities simultaneously; and
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, evenings and to maintain a travel schedule necessary to visit donors, prospective donors and constituent groups.

Work Location: This role can work remotely from anywhere in the U.S. or locally in our Washington, DC office. Occasional in-person attendance at events and meetings will be required.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy: Americans United has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, we have implemented a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all Americans United employees, fellows, and interns are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and to have received a bivalent booster shot. If a candidate selected for hire desires a medical or religious exemption, the candidate should make a request to our human resources personnel, and the request will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

Competitive Salary Range: $178,000 – $205,000 depending upon experience.

Generous Benefits: Americans United offers a comprehensive benefit package including employer paid premiums for health care, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, and a 401(k) with match and commuter subsidy.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and a thoughtful, relevant cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. AU is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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Constitutional Litigation Internships

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is seeking legal interns who are committed to civil rights, impact litigation, and upholding core First Amendment protections. Both part-time and full-time positions are available during the fall and spring. We hire full-time summer interns as well, but all our openings for Summer 2023 internships have been filled.

Your work will include defending the rights of women, LGBTQ people, and racial and religious minorities against religion-based discrimination. And you will fight to keep religion out of government—including through challenges to religious activities in public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored religion in the public square.

Americans United is the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization. For the last 75 years we have litigated church-state issues in federal and state courts across the country, with a substantial practice before the federal courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues. In just the past few years, for example, we have litigated lawsuits and submitted amicus briefs challenging or opposing:

  • Religion-based refusals by businesses, foster-care agencies, and government officials to provide services to LGBTQ people and religious minorities.
  • Race-based and sex-based employment discrimination by religious employers.
  • Efforts to deprive women of access to abortion and contraceptives.
  • Trump Administration regulations that licensed healthcare workers to refuse care to women, LGBTQ people, and religious minorities.
  • The Trump Administration’s anti-Muslim travel and immigration ban.
  • Demands for religious exemptions from Covid-19-related public-health orders.

Legal interns receive a substantive legal experience with in-depth exposure to some of the most important issues facing the nation. Interns assist with ongoing litigation by conducting legal and factual research and writing, analyze potential new litigation, and draft demand letters to resolve constitutional violations without filing suit. Interns may also draft pleadings, briefs, or discovery. Our attorneys endeavor to prepare interns for public-interest legal practice, including by providing training and practical experience, in house and in conjunction with partner organizations. Interns are encouraged to take full advantage of the many events that take place in Washington, D.C., or are available virtually.

Eligibility and Requirements: Law students (any year) who are committed to advancing the public interest and the separation of religion and government are encouraged to apply. Americans United includes and welcomes people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions or beliefs, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, and abilities. Because we work on a wide variety of issues and with many different communities, we value what diversity and diverse perspectives bring to our work.

Compensation: A stipend of $6,300 for a ten-week term for summer interns.  For spring and fall interns, support in obtaining academic credit or a prorated stipend will be available. A commuter subsidy is also provided.

Work Location: This role can work remotely from anywhere in the U.S. or locally in our Washington, DC office. Occasional in-person attendance at events and meetings will be required.

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy: Americans United has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, we have implemented a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all Americans United employees, fellows, and interns are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and to receive a bivalent booster shot. If a candidate selected for hire desires a medical or religious exemption, the candidate should make a request to our human-resources personnel, and the request will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

How to apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and a list of three references through our web-based application portal at https://bit.ly/3zRst3C. The cover letter should highlight why you want to work with us and what perspectives you would bring to strengthen our practice. The writing sample may be of any length; it should be your best example of comprehensive and detailed legal argument or analysis, should be your own work, and should not be substantially edited by anyone else. First-year law students who apply before receipt of their initial grades may submit a law-school transcript that shows their initial courses or an undergraduate transcript. If you have any questions about an internship position, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

Deadline: Positions will remain open until filled. Applicants for positions during the fall are encouraged to apply by September 1; applicants for positions during the spring are encouraged to apply by December 15. Summer 2023 positions have been filled. Applicants for Summer 2024 positions are encouraged to apply between July 1, 2023 and January 15, 2024.

BREAKING NEWS

Americans United & the National Women’s Law Center file suit to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans.

Abortion bans violate the separation of church and state. Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center—the leading experts in religious freedom and gender justice—have joined forces with thirteen clergy from six faith traditions to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans as unconstitutionally imposing one narrow religious doctrine on everyone.


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