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Senior Manager, People & Culture Operations

Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary

United States

Operations, administration, HR, project management, finance or accounting







Senior management

Mgmt responsibilities: 


Date posted:



About the Role

The Senior Manager of People and Culture Operations is vital in shaping the organizational culture, developing and implementing HR policies and programs, and fostering a positive and inclusive work environment for all employees. The Senior Manager of People and Culture Operations collaborates with the Human Resources and leadership teams to lead a best-in-class organizational culture and workplace experience focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility. This role is an excellent opportunity for an HR professional passionate about animal welfare and social justice.


Supervise and train staff in the department while overseeing daily workflow. 
Develop initiatives, policies, and programs to complement existing practices, maintaining consistency in partnership with the Senior Director of People & Culture.
Lead and contribute to employee development plans, succession planning, retention programs, training, and leadership development. 
Mentor leaders on conflict resolution techniques and performance management via training platforms and development sessions. 
Co-lead Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategic plan, including research, creation, and implementation of DEI initiatives. 
Manages the Employee Resource Group/Affinity groups program, including acting as liaison to and developing strong relationships with ERGs/Affinity groups and responding to diversity- and equity-related issues as they arise. Provide support and guidance to affinity groups.
Develop content, coordinate, and analyze research on DEI practices such as unconscious bias, microaggressions, cultural humility, restorative justice, and anti-racism.
Design and implement DEI education and initiatives for team members (i.e., professional development, large group facilitation, survey data tracking/analysis).
Lead employee relations investigations and effectively address employee relations and engagement issues. Provide coaching and counseling to resolve conflicts as necessary—partner with Legal and Sr Director P&C on all employee relation investigations. 
Demonstrates strong analytical skills and can translate metrics, research, and trends into training curricula.
Drive change management, performance management process, and performance evaluation program; recommend changes and/or improvements; and lead training and related communications.
Co-lead training and development program; Identify training needs and opportunities for staff development; and procure appropriate training and development resources.
Maintain compliance with federal, multi-state, and local laws.
Participate in annual benefits comparison review, making recommendations for plan options.
Assist Talent Acquisition Manager with recruiting and onboarding as needed. 
Assist with payroll functions related to the HR task list 

Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum of 3 to 5 years of relevant experience as an HR Generalist or Manager supporting 100 to 500 team members. 
Experience utilizing software platforms to work efficiently, including but not limited to Asana, Slack, Virtual meetings, and Google Suite—administrative operations experience with payroll software (Paylocity is a plus).  Proficient with virtual platforms and tools.
Demonstrated understanding, acceptance, and integration of equity, inclusion, and diversity principles across race, ethnicity, gender, experience, cultural identity, neurodiversity, religious affiliation, etc.
Expertise in best practices, cutting-edge theory, and organizational change theories to ensure a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
Experience managing employee relations, recruiting, and performance development preferred.
Demonstrated knowledge and expertise with HR practices and principles; understanding of applicable state and Federal law; experience supporting a multi-state environment, including New York and California. 
Ability to manage several projects and prioritize tasks effectively. 
Demonstrates effective active listening and questioning skills, displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts, and maintains confidentiality and discretion.
Adept at Excel/Google sheets and experienced in translating data into meaningful charts and dashboards.
Experience designing and developing training curricula for effective communication, leadership, conflict resolution, change management, teamwork, emotional intelligence, and DEI-related education.
Commitment to equity, social justice, and Farm Sanctuary’s mission and alignment with Farm Sanctuary’s values of compassion, understanding, integrity, transformation, and freedom. 
Familiarity, commitment to, and experience with equity and social justice and the principles embedded in Farm Sanctuary’s mission.

We embrace candidates from a range of backgrounds and experiences, regardless of whether they satisfy all the specified requirements. We encourage you to apply, even if you have an unconventional or non-traditional background.

Job Specifications:

Terms of employment: Regular, full-time, exempt position
Reports to: Senior Director, People & Culture
Direct report: Coordinator, Human Resources
Pay: $70,000-80,000 per year, commensurate with experience and qualifications
Location: Remote in the United States
Travel: 1 to 4 times a year, regionally or nationally
Benefits: Competitive benefits package, including 13 paid holidays; generous paid time off; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 403(b) plan; flexible spending accounts; long-term disability insurance; free access to the CALM meditation app; and access to the Nivati wellness platform
Technology: To ensure optimal performance of our remote technology, internet connections are required for all remote positions and are not supplied by the organization. 

Our Process:

Stage 1: 30-minute virtual interview with our Talent Acquisition Manager and Human Resources Coordinator
Stage 2: 45-minute virtual interview with our Senior Director of People and Culture and General Counsel
Stage 3: 45-minute virtual interview with our Chief of Staff and Chief Executive Officer
Stage 4: Reference checks
Stage 5: Job offer

About the Organisation

Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming, advocate for institutional reforms, and encourage a new awareness and understanding of farm animals and the benefits of cruelty-free, plant-based living. In recent years, science has confirmed the inhumane and destructive impact of animal agriculture — a food system based on interrelated oppression and injustice.

As the founding farm animal Sanctuary in the U.S., Farm Sanctuary has rescued and provided refuge for countless survivors of the animal agriculture system. Today, at Farm Sanctuary’s Los Angeles, CA and Watkins Glen, NY Sanctuaries you will find nearly 1,000 rescued animals—each with an individual story to tell. These survivors are ambassadors, representing the billions of farm animals currently in the system. They, and others like them, have changed the hearts and minds of a generation.

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