Location: Virtual/Hybrid, US-Based

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 Senior People Manager to lead all aspects of our human resources systems, policies, and practices, including recruitment, pay and benefits, training and professional development, and policy revision and compliance. This virtual position will provide support to our teams in California, Washington DC, Asia, and Africa. It reports to Accountability Counsel’s California-based Director of Finance and Administration. 


As our Human Resources leader, you will:

  • Support our leadership team to develop and execute a human resource and people strategy particularly as it relates to current and future needs, recruiting, retention, and succession planning;
  • Lead all of our recruitment processes, including the sourcing, reviewing, interviewing, and evaluation of candidates for both student and staff positions, in collaboration with hiring teams; 
  • Manage the onboarding, orientation, and offboarding processes for professional and student hires;
  • Lead our team evaluation processes and the implementation of our Compensation Equity & Transparency Framework;
  • Oversee payroll, leave, and other benefits, while supporting staff to understand and enjoy their benefits, and reviewing them annually to ensure that Accountability Counsel remains a competitive and progressive employer;
  • Support staff to achieve their personal professional development goals and identify organization-wide opportunities for continued team development;
  • Support team members and board to implement DEIA best practices, particularly as related to recruitment and hiring, employment practices, and work conditions and culture, in coordination with our staff DEI Committee;
  • Support our team to manage any challenging personnel situations, including overseeing and managing any departures from the organization;
  • Oversee our annual Morale Survey and support the development and implementation of any follow on action required;
  • Maintain compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices, including consistent reviews of policies and practices to maintain compliance. Expertise in California and/or Washington DC employment regulations is strongly preferred;
  • Manage the organization’s engagement with its Professional Employer Organization (PEO) for internationally-based team members; and
  • Participate as a member of our staff Wellness and Security Committees.


  • 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 have proven work experience as a Senior Human Resources Manager or similar role, and are knowledgeable regarding human resources systems, processes, and best practices. You seek a role 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, but collaborative nonprofit environment, with the ability to stay focused and nimble in the face of growth and change. 
  • You are comfortable in a diverse, international work setting, sometimes working across time zones. You are sensitive to the challenges of international human rights and environmental justice 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 team operates on a virtual/hybrid basis, with domestic and international travel required approximately quarterly for in-person meetings. This position is available anywhere in the U.S., but with a preference for candidates located in San Francisco Bay Area or Washington DC.


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 $85,000 – $105,000 (for candidates based in California and Washington DC or a similar high cost of living setting). For lower cost of living settings in the US, the salary range may be $59,500 – $94,500, depending on location and experience.

Our superb benefits package includes full health, vision, and dental coverage with the option to add a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA); additional mental health and wellness benefits; 401(k) retirement plans with an employer match; long-term disability insurance; professional development funds, and other unique benefits. Each year, team members receive 20 vacation days, 12 holidays (in addition to the week between Christmas and New Years), 10 paid sick days, and are also encouraged to take every other Friday off (Wellness Fridays) as part of our commitment to team wellbeing.


If this opportunity calls out to you, please click here to submit:  1) a cover letter that explains why our 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 October 2nd 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.