Farm Sanctuary employs nearly 100 staff members at its animal sanctuaries and administrative offices in New York and California and in remote office locations across the country.  The Human Resources Manager reports to the Chief Operating Officer and functions as a human capital business adviser to the senior management team. This proactive, hands-on, and customer service driven individual will be tasked with evaluating and implementing employee programs, recommending improvements to policies, and ensuring that these policies align and are administered in alignment with organizational values.


  • Supervises and trains staff in the department while overseeing daily workflow.
  • Provides overall leadership and guidance by overseeing talent acquisition, including writing and strategically placing job descriptions and ads, candidate due diligence, and supporting hiring managers throughout the interview, offer, and onboarding process.
  • Develops initiatives, policies and programs to complement existing practices and creates consistency across the organization
  • Supports employee career development, succession planning, retention programs, training and leadership development in partnership with the CEO and COO
  • Works with senior leadership and staff to ensure Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion values, principles, and goals are incorporated throughout the HR department’s activities
  • Effectively addresses employee relations and engagement issues. May provide coaching and counseling to resolve conflicts.
  • Ensures Farm Sanctuary’s compensation program is aligned with our compensation philosophy and conducts market salary reviews.
  • Receives and manages compensation inquiries
  • Regularly identifies trends in employee data and feedback and makes solution-focused recommendations.
  • Drives performance management process; monitors performance evaluation programs; recommends changes and/or improvements and leads training and related communications and discussions
  • Identifies staff training needs and opportunities for staff development, and procures appropriate training and development resources
  • Maintains compliance with federal, multi-state and local laws.
  • Conducts annual benefits reviews


  • Five to seven years of experience as an HR Generalist/Manager; experience in a nonprofit setting preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources or a related field; HR Certification (SHRM or PHR) preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding, acceptance, and integration of equity, inclusion and diversity principles across race, ethnicity, gender, experience, cultural identity, neurodiversity, religious affiliation, etc.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, in terms of understanding their own culture, identity, biases, prejudices, power, privilege and stereotypes
  • Experience managing employee relations, recruiting, and performance development preferred (nonprofit experience in these areas a plus)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise with HR practices and principles; understanding of applicable state and Federal law; experience working in a multi-state environment
  • Must have highly effective interpersonal and written communication and organizational skills demonstrated by a positive attitude and interest in providing exceptional customer service to all of our on- and off-site staff
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multitask, organize, and prioritize work
  • Proven ability to make connections with staff, establish trust, and maintain confidentiality
  • Demonstrates effective use of active listening and questioning skills and displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts
  • Demonstrates an unwavering commitment to ethics to help attract top talent while safeguarding Farm Sanctuary’s mission
  • Demonstrated interest in Farm Sanctuary’s mission

Job Specifications:

  • Full-time position
  • Position is located in Watkins Glen, NY, the Los Angeles area, or remote.
  • The salary range for this position is $58,000 to $65,000.

Farm Sanctuary is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability or age.

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About Farm Sanctuary

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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