Human Resources Manager

About the Organization
TakeRoot was founded in 2001 and provides legal, participatory research and policy support to strengthen the work of grassroots and community-based groups in New York City to dismantle racial, economic and social oppression. TakeRoot employs a unique model of partnership with grassroots and community-based groups. Our partners take the lead in determining the priorities and goals for our work, and advance our understanding of justice. We believe in a theory of change where short-term and individual successes help build the capacity and power of our partners, who in turn can have longer-term impact on policies, laws and systems that affect their communities.

TakeRoot models our internal structure on anti-oppressive and democratic principles to build a workplace culture that mirrors the progressive change we pursue through our work. We encourage all staff members to participate in key organizational decisions and to help manage integral aspects of our internal operations through a system of committees, or “circles” that oversee areas such as hiring, budgetary decisions, racial justice work, internal and external community building, communications, policy, and more. To learn more about TakeRoot, visit

Position Title: Human Resources Manager

Position Summary:
TakeRoot seeks a dynamic, compassionate HR Manager to manage the day-to-day HR work for our 50-person racial justice organization. The HR Manager will be the primary point of contact for all staff HR inquiries as well as for our HR vendors, including our PEO (Professional Employment Organization), 401k provider, HRA/transit plan provider, and STD/LTD provider. Additional responsibilities include collaborating with the PEO and Director of Finance on payroll, providing support for hiring, development and retention of staff, maintaining employee HR records and ensuring TakeRoot’s compliance with the HR-related portions of our union CBA.

This is a full-time, hybrid position with the potential to be mostly remote with occasional in-office work required in our New York City office location.

Position Description and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of TakeRoot’s Human Resources practices with an intentional lens that moves beyond diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks to reflect TakeRoot’s values of democratic participation, anti-oppression and liberation.
  • Manage day-to-day administration of human resources functions, including benefits, payroll, leaves of absences, performance review processes, staff development, and hiring/departures.
  • Serve as the primary resource for employees on all Human Resources policies and practices.
  • Manage day-to-day administration of all employee benefits in conjunction with our PEO, Prestige and other benefits providers.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive HR policies and procedures manual.
  • Maintain accurate HR files and systems ensuring that all information is accurate and current.
  • Support TakeRoot’s participatory hiring process, which may include helping hiring committees with job postings, resume sorting, reference checks and preparing offer materials.
  • Support TakeRoot’s management team in handling conflict and grievance resolution processes, in accordance with our union CBA.
  • Facilitate a comprehensive and supportive onboarding and orientation process for new hires and offboarding process for departing staff.
  • Act as main point of contact with benefits, payroll, and HR vendors.
  • Assess and improve organization’s approach to staff training and professional development in collaboration with staff and managers across the organization.
  • Collaborate with the Fiscal Team to provide HR-related information for the organization’s annual budget, audit and financial statements.
  • Support the performance review process, including research into new performance review systems to support organizational and employee growth and retention.

Timeline, Salary and Hybrid Work Details:
The anticipated start date for this position is September-October 2022. The expected salary range is $65,000 – 85,000 depending on experience. An excellent benefits package is available, including generous vacation, personal, and sick time, along with strong medical and dental coverage. We also offer paid access to professional development opportunities (related trainings, workshops and/or conferences).

This is a full-time, hybrid position with occasional in-person work required in our New York City office location. TakeRoot Justice is a hybrid remote workplace that allows employee flexibility in determining whether to work remotely or in the office, for routine, independent work that doesn’t require office resources.

Master’s or bachelor’s degree with a focus on Human Resources, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field, with 3-5 years of experience in non-profit human resources management. DEI certification or equivalent experience is a plus


  • Experience working with PEOs, 401k providers, HRA providers and other HR vendors
  • Experience administering HR in a unionized workplace strongly preferred
  • Superb organizational skills and ability to think strategically when implementing cross-organization systems and practices
  • Exceptional emotional intelligence and ability to handle complex, confidential employee issues with tact, discretion, and empathy
  • Ability to apply knowledge and skills in a professional, ethical manner focused on both equity and problem-solving
  • Strong commitment to direct, clear communication while demonstrating discretion and professionalism
  • Flexible and able to work well under pressure
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for creating opportunities for employees to learn, grow, and bond to foster a positive and inclusive workplace culture
  • Strong commitment to DEI and cultural competency
  • Proficient with basic computer/database software and both electronic and paper file management
  • Passion for TakeRoot’s mission and demonstrated commitment to social justice issues is strongly preferred.

To Apply
Interested applicants should apply immediately by emailing a cover letter addressed to April Herms, and CV/résumé to Please include in your cover letter (1) the title of the position in the subject line of your email and (2) where you found the position posting If possible, please email all documents as a single PDF. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

CDP is an equal opportunity employer. CDP encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve.