Personnel Manager

Personnel Manager 

Down Home North Carolina is seeking a full-time, permanent Personnel Manager to join our growing team. The Personnel Manager will work closely with Down Home’s Operations manager to ensure that the organization can run smoothly and efficiently. We know that none of our work to build power for working people can happen without a great operations team, and this role is a great opportunity to make a big contribution to the success of Down Home.

The Personnel Manager is the go-to person for all employee-related issues. The job of Personnel Manager is important to Down Home NC’s success. People are our most important asset and you’ll help to ensure we have a happy and productive workplace where everyone works to realize our established mission and objectives. Promoting corporate values and shaping a positive culture is a vital aspect of the Personnel Manager job description and specification.  This position will support various internal processes, including job posting and onboarding, processing timesheets, and be the liaison between TriNet and the organization. We are looking for someone who likes working with people, has a passion for systems, and appreciates a well-run operations department!

No previous experience in non-profit work is required. We are excited to interview candidates who have experience in this field.

About Down Home North Carolina

Down Home North Carolina is a growing statewide organization of rural and small-town communities that advocate for economic, gender, and racial justice. We will move North Carolina toward the values of dignity, safety, and inclusion through leadership development, strategic campaigning, multiracial movement building, and civic engagement that advances positive, life-changing reforms for rural communities.

We are unique in our focus on building permanent, statewide organizing infrastructure in North Carolina’s rural places. Through our growing network of member-led, county-based chapters, we are engaged in year-round organizing. Our member-leaders, deeply rooted in their communities, are the heart and soul of Down Home’s work. Our organizational mission includes a deep commitment to building multiracial and working-class member leadership, and our chapter culture inspires the deep and necessary commitment required to transform small towns and rural places.

Founded in 2017, Down Home has built a strong organizational track record, including:

  • Electing Diamond Staton-Williams in House District 73, the first Black woman to represent Cabarrus County in the General Assembly as well as temporarily preventing a Republican Supermajority 
  • Winning a years-long statewide campaign to Expand Medicaid, which was passed by the General Assembly in 2023
  • Helping to elect the first Latinx state legislator in NC history
  • Growing a statewide membership base that includes all 100 counties of North Carolina
  • Anchoring the first southern, rural deep canvass and race-class narrative tests

Job Responsibilities 

  • Assist with job descriptions, job posting, staff onboarding, and exit processes. 
  • Recommend, interpret, and administer employee relations, policies and SOP
  • Train staff on organizational policies.
  • Collect hiring documents, I-9s, tax documents 
  • Collect timesheets, maintain personnel records, and implement the organization’s policies and practices
  • Create and calendar virtual meetings, take staff meeting notes, and other administrative tasks 
  • Process and submit invoices              
  • Liaison between TriNet and the organization.        
  • Book organizational travel and accommodation needs 
  • Order and track supplies for multiple offices across the state
  • Write memos, correspondence, invoices, receipts, spreadsheets and other reports as needed 
  • Administer and interpret provisions of collective bargaining agreements
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with bargaining unit staff leaders and work with bargaining unit to resolve conflicts;
  • Keep the department records and filing systems up to date and organized 
  • Handle sensitive company information in a confidential manner and according with Federal and  NC state law 
  • Provide polite and professional communication with vendors, members and staff
  • Cover Operations Manager duties when absent due to vacation, illness or other time deemed necessary. 
  • Administrative tasks, not limited to, bank deposits, post office pick ups, purchasing office supplies, etc

Required Competencies: 

  • Trust builder: Ability to establish credibility and respect with colleagues, and an understanding of how to build strong, long-term relationships. Build relationships with staff, members, contractors, and stakeholders. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with people from different backgrounds.
  • Systems builder: Demonstrated ability to translate a vision into results. Ability to create and document systems, practices, and standards from scratch and that can be used (and modified) for years to come.
  • ​​Effective project management skills: Demonstrated ability to successfully execute complex projects, including setting goals and developing a realistic work plan. Move staff to action and hold them accountable with and without formal authority. Highly organized and with strong attention to detail. Proven ability to manage complex schedules and responsibilities with minimal support or oversight. 
  • Mission alignment: Committed to the vision of a  powerful, inclusive, rural, multiracial, working-class movement-building as a path towards liberation for all people.

Familiarity with financial tools and tracking systems (Quickbooks preferred); familiarity with G-Suite preferred, and personal or professional experience living in rural communities, living in the South, and/or organizing in the South are a plus but not required. Requires Experience developing and implementing financial procedures independent judgment, excellent people skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills

Some irregular hours are required, including nights and weekends. Location is flexible within North Carolina. Applicants must be able and willing to travel for in-person meetings as needed. 


Compensation for this full-time, permanent staff position is $72, 916 to $84, 134 annually and includes best-in-class health and retirement benefits. We also offer unusual benefits, including a sabbatical policy and relocation stipend. Location is flexible within North Carolina. Applicants must be able and willing to travel regularly for work. 

How to Apply
Down Home NC is committed to creating a dynamic, multicultural, diverse working environment. Candidates of color and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Down Home NC is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. . If this job description is posted on Down Home’s website (, we are still accepting applications.
Please send a resume and a short cover letter that includes your experience to: [email protected]

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