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The California Budget & Policy Center (Budget Center) seeks to hire a Human Resources Manager to manage the Budget Center’s human resources functions. The Human Resources Manager will also provide support for day-to-day administrative operations, bookkeeping support, and contribute to all basic office operations.

About the California Budget & Policy Center

The team at the Budget Center works every day to build a more inclusive California where everyone has the opportunity to participate fully in the state’s economic, social, and political life. This requires our state to make smart policy choices and public investments. By examining the most pressing budget and policy issues and making them accessible and more understandable, we aim to broaden participation in state policy debates and help foster outcomes that work for all Californians, especially those individuals and communities who have not yet shared in our state’s economic prosperity.

How This Position Advances the Organization’s Work

The Human Resources Manager is a highly valued member of the Budget Center’s growing team with responsibility to manage employee recruitment and retention, with a focus on building a diverse team. The Human Resources Manager partners with the leadership team to help develop and execute the organization’s human resource and talent strategy, particularly as it relates to current and future talent needs, recruiting, retention, and succession planning.

The Budget Center is committed to advancing equity and inclusion and seeks to create an environment and culture that embraces employee differences. We value the lived experiences and diverse perspectives that staff bring to their work.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Manage the routine functions of the Human Resources (HR) department including hiring and onboarding staff; administering pay, benefits, and leave; and enforcing and updating company policies and practices.
  • Manage employee recruitment, with a focus on building a diverse workforce, including recruitment, interviewing, hiring, and helping new staff feel welcomed, engaged, and enabled to learn their new roles quickly. 
  • Analyze trends in compensation and benefits; research competitive base and incentive pay programs to ensure the organization attracts and retains top talent.
  • Maintain compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices.
  • Maintain employee benefits and records.
  • Work with the operations director to manage organizational finances.
  • Contribute to the organization’s commitment to center racial and gender equity (RGE) in our work external-facing and internal organizational work.

Qualifications for this position include:

  • Commitment to, and knowledge of, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) as priorities in Human Resources policies and practices.
  • High school diploma required; bachelor’s degree highly desirable.
  • Five years of directly related experience.
  • Solid written and verbal communications skills.
  • Thorough understanding of federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws and regulations.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and Google documents.
  • Knowledge of bookkeeping (QuickBooks).
  • Excellent proofreading skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong commitment to social, economic, racial, and gender justice.
  • Ability to prioritize and work on multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong commitment to valuing and maintaining employee privacy and confidentiality.
  • Ability to focus on details without losing sight of the big picture.
  • Ability to meet deadlines while still maintaining accuracy.

This position is full-time. The salary range for the position is $95,000 – $120,000 based on experience and skill set. Includes excellent health insurance and dental and vision coverage, retirement benefits, and paid time off for vacation, sick leave, and holidays. The Human Resources Manager position requires a minimum of two days per week of in-person work at the Budget Center’s Sacramento office. Budget Center staff are required to be located in California regardless of hybrid work arrangements.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications that are received by May 15. To apply, send the materials listed below to or by direct mail to the address below. No calls please.

Application materials must include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • An equity statement (under 1,000 words) addressing how your personal and professional experiences demonstrate your embrace of diversity, equity, and inclusion (see for information on preparing an equity statement)
  • Names of three references.

Human Resources Manager
California Budget & Policy Center
1107 9th Street, Suite 310
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Budget Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, and any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.