HR Manager

Savanna Institute

remote, Remote

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $64,000-66,000
Deadline Jun 26, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Job Opening: HR Manager

The Savanna Institute invites applications for an HR Manager to lead and direct the routine functions of the Human Relations (HR) department including supporting staff success; administering pay, benefits, and leave; and implementing company policies and practices.

We seek applicants who share our passion for ecological and equitable agriculture as a nature-based climate solution and who are motivated to widen the circle of who has the opportunity to inform, support, and benefit from its development. To that end, we are seeking a diversity of voices at the table and strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.


Who We Are

The Savanna Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Madison, WI and Urbana, IL. Established in 2013, we work in collaboration with farmers, businesses, and scientists to lay the groundwork for widespread agroforestry in the Midwest US. Inspired by the native savanna ecosystems that once covered much of this region, we envision a transformed agricultural system, centered on trees and other perennial crops, that fosters ecological resilience, climate stability, economic prosperity, and vibrant, equitable communities. For more information, please visit savannainstitute.org.


Job Description

Hours: full-time

Location: remote

Start Date: July 29, 2024

Salary: $64,000-66,000/year


  • This position is eligible for the Institute’s benefits package. Benefits for full-time employees include 20 days of paid time off annually plus 11 civic holidays, 12 weeks of parental/disability annually, a dependent care flex spending account, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, reimbursement of healthcare costs (including ACA marketplace premiums) via an HRA plan, and a monthly home office stipend
  • This position reports to the Director of Administration



  • Respond to and resolve HR inquiries and questions
  • Submit and file employment-related paperwork
  • Administer payroll and benefits (health insurance, retirement plans, flex spending plans, PTO policy)
  • Facilitate interpersonal workplace conversations where needed
  • Maintain and update employee handbook and workplace policies
  • Onboard new hires
  • Facilitate transitions, offboarding, and leaves of absence
  • Conduct grievance and disciplinary action procedures
  • Oversee annual goal-setting and performance evaluation processes
  • Manage avenues for company and individual feedback 
  • Cultivate organizational culture
  • Support professional development opportunities
  • Develop and support staff well-being strategies


Required Qualifications

  • Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills
  • 5 years experience in human resources work (nonprofit experience preferred)
  • Experience managing employees in multiple states
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and HR best practices
  • Ability to work independently


If you're excited about this job, we're excited to learn about your experience! Please be sure to address each of the following qualifications in your cover letter — paint us a picture of how your unique skills, experiences, and/or education meet or exceed the qualifications. Cover letters should be no longer than 1 typed page. 


How To Apply Submit a resume/CV and cover letter to the position on our jobs page: https://www.savannainstitute.org/jobs/

Deadline All applications must be received by 11:59 pm CT on June 26th, 2024.

Questions? Email Kathleen Fitzgibbon, Operations Manager, kathleen@savannainstitute.org.


Diversity Commitment

The Savanna Institute affirms the value of diversity of staff and stakeholders, and aims to foster inclusive environments and equitable outcomes of our work. We seek individuals who are committed to these goals.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law.


Submit a resume/CV and cover letter to the position on our jobs page: https://www.savannainstitute.org/jobs/

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Admin & Leadership